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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2014, file photo, New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner exhorts the crowd in the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Foxborough, Mass. Browner got a Super Bowl ring without playing in the game for Seattle last season. He was serving a suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Now he's a physical cornerback for the Patriots who will go for his second straight championship, this time against the Seahawks.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Patriots’ Browner gets a second chance at a Super Bowl ring

Monday, January 26, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Brandon Browner received a Super Bowl ring last year even though he was watching from home 3,000 miles from the Seattle Seahawks when they won the title. Now the hard-hitting cornerback has a shot at more diamonds and another title, going face-to-face with receivers when the New England Patriots play his former team on Sunday. It’s a …

Belichick on deflated balls: ‘We try to do everything right’

Sunday, January 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Saying his team “followed the rules to the letter,” New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating. In an unscheduled availability yesterday afternoon, eight …

Tim O’Sullivan column: It’s time to root for the bad boys of the NFL

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The NFL may never find any illicit deflating proof, but it seems fairly apparent now: Something shady happened to those footballs last Sunday in Foxborough, despite Bill Belichick’s denials in yesterday’s bizarre and impromptu press conference. When the news first broke, deflategate or ballghazi or whatever you want to call it felt like …

Scouting has changed since Belichick’s dad did it

Thursday, January 1, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Steve Belichick would sit in his booth above the field with his pencils and charts as he watched Navy’s future opponent through binoculars. More than half a century later, the son of the renowned scout …

Several Pats have a rooting interest in college playoff games

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Dont’a Hightower has extra time to prepare for his top-seeded team’s playoff game. Meanwhile, he’ll be rooting for another No. 1 seed. The New England Patriots linebacker plans to watch his college team, Alabama, face Ohio State in a College Football Playoff semifinal tomorrow night. …

Patriots’ Brady re-works contract, frees up $24 million for team to spend

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tom Brady restructured his contract with the Patriots yesterday to free up $24 million for the team to spend this offseason, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. According to the report, Brady changed the language in …

With opponent unclear, Patriots turn focus to themselves

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots are moving on from a game they didn’t have to win to one they can’t afford to lose. Their 17-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday had no bearing on …

Ray Duckler: He sure proved me wrong. How about you?

Monday, December 29, 2014

Forget leftovers from the holidays, the turkey, the ham, the Christmas goose. For me, pass the crow. I deserve it. Three months ago, before he donned a cape on his back and an “S” on his chest, I …

Orton, Bills beat disinterested Patriots, 17-9

Monday, December 29, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Safe on the sideline, Tom Brady watched the Buffalo Bills finish with their first winning record in 10 seasons. Then he predicted the New England Patriots would be just fine once their top players are …

Patriots-Bills capsule

Sunday, December 28, 2014

BUFFALO (8-7) at NEW ENGLAND (12-3) 1 p.m., CBS OPENING LINE – Patriots by 3½ RECORD VS. SPREAD – Buffalo 8-7, New England 9-6 SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead, 67-41-1 LAST MEETING – Patriots 37, Bills 22, Oct. …

Bills aim for consolation prize against Pats

Sunday, December 28, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Buffalo Bills ruined their chance for their first playoff berth in 15 years when they lost to one of the NFL’s worst teams. Now they can salvage a consolation prize by beating one of …

Patriots put CB Dennard on IR, promote WR Boyce from practice squad

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, who has played in just six games this season, was placed on season-ending injured reserve by the Patriots yesterday. Dennard, a seventh-round pick in 2012, injured his hamstring Friday in practice, according to the team’s injury report. Dennard played in 23 games, including 16 starts, …

Lots of achievements ahead for Patriots

Saturday, December 27, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Bill Belichick opened his regular Friday news conference with some un-Belichick comments. “Good morning. How are we looking today? Get everything that you asked Santa for,” the New England Patriots coach asked the gathered media. …

Top-seeded Pats focus on regular-season finale

Thursday, December 25, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots wore pads as they practiced hard in the rain inside their stadium on Wednesday. No light workout on the adjacent field where they usually prepare, even though Sunday’s game against the …

Patriots, Spurs follow similar paths to success

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are aiming for their fourth Super Bowl title. Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs are going for their sixth NBA championship. Different sports. Similar dynasties. “They’re built …