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Bill Belichick a future first-base coach?

PHOENIX — New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spent time Monday at a Los Angeles Dodgers-Arizona Diamondbacks spring training baseball game as a guest of Tony La Russa. It was a topic that produced a smile Tuesday morning at the AFC coaches breakfast. “It’s great, Arizona-Dodgers, can’t beat that. Dodger dog,” he said, in …

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Where things stand with Vince Wilfork

Where do things stand with veteran defensive lineman and longime new england patriots stalwart Vince Wilfork? It’s a waiting game at this point. “There are about five or six other teams, mostly AFC teams, couple in the NFC, that are looking to add a player of Vince’s magnitude,” Wilfork’s agent, Houston-based Kennard McGuire, told Mark …

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Picked-up Patriots pieces at combine

Some Patriots-based and NFL draft picked-up pieces from watching the various NFL news conferences Thursday on the Web: Grigson talks of Colts’ role in underinflated footballs. Colts general manager Ryan Grigson mentioned that the organization reached out to the NFL in the week leading up to the AFC Championship Game regarding concerns with underinflated footballs. …

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Video: Celebs come to Pats' defense

Had enough of Deflategate and in need of a good laugh? Check out this clip from “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” which features A-list celebrities with Boston roots — Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, John Krasinski, Chris Evans and more — giving their totally plausible explanations (some of them heroic) as for why the New England Patriots’ balls …

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Patriots center Bryan Stork limited at practice

PHOENIX — New England Patriots starting center Bryan Stork, who injured his right knee in the AFC divisional round playoff victory over the Ravens and missed the AFC Championship Game, remains a limited participant in practice leading up to Super Bowl XLIX. Stork said this week, “I’m working with the trainers every day, working hard, …

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Julian Edelman says Bill Belichick's words about team are meaningful

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick publicly lauded his players on Saturday, saying, “The team was the best team in the AFC in the regular season. We won two games in the playoffs against two good football teams. The best team in the postseason, that’s what this team is. I know that …

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Patriots center Bryan Stork practices again

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots’ injury report remained unchanged Friday, as rookie center Bryan Stork (knee) was a limited participant again for the team’s Friday walk-through. Stork, who injured his knee in the second quarter of the Patriots’ AFC divisional playoff win over the Baltimore Ravens and missed the AFC championship game against …

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Trio of ESPN analysts don't believe Tom Brady

In the immediate aftermath of Tom Brady’s news conference, several ESPN analysts — all former players — said they were not buying that the new england patriots quarterback did not know how the team’s footballs became deflated in the AFC title game. A sample of their comments: Former QB Mark Brunell: “I did not believe …

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Former official: Balls would have been inflated at halftime

One of the unanswered questions/assumptions in the developing story about the Patriots’ allegedly under-inflated footballs is whether the referees — who reportedly confirmed the under-inflation at halftime of the AFC title game — re-inflated the footballs before the second half. Former NFL official Gerry Austin was on the “Mike & Mike” show on ESPN Radio …

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History of heavy favorites in title games

The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks are currently favored by at least a touchdown in the AFC and NFC Championship games. But if history is to be used as a guide, one of them could have a tough time advancing Sunday. Each of the last four times both conference title games featured touchdown favorites, …

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Getting to know the Indianapolis Colts

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Shortly after the Indianapolis Colts upset the Denver Broncos in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs Sunday, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano let it be known that his team won’t be taking a “just happy to be here” approach in preparations for an AFC Championship game matchup against the new england …

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Big TV ratings for Patriots-Ravens game

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots’ 35-31 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday posted a 20.9 average household rating and a 38 market share, tying for the second-best overnight rating for a Saturday AFC divisional-round game since 1994, according to the team. The ratings represented an 8 percent increase from last year’s AFC …

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Bryan Stork ruled out for rest of game

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots rookie center Bryan Stork was ruled out of Saturday night’s AFC divisional playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens after injuring his knee in the first half. With 10 minutes, 55 seconds left in the second quarter, quarterback Tom Brady was sacked for a 4-yard loss. While Brady was fired …

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W2W4: Patriots' key areas vs. Ravens

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs on Saturday (4:35 p.m., NBC) and here are some of the key areas for them: Will pass protection hold up? A rather obvious storyline, as the Ravens’ strength on defense is their front, while the Patriots’ …

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