Victim's girlfriend says Hernandez was just casual friend

Feb 5, 2015

Victim's girlfriend says Hernandez was just casual friend

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez often smoked marijuana with the man he’s accused of later killing, and they hung out during family gatherings, the victim’s girlfriend testified Wednesday. But she insisted that they had only the beginnings of a friendship and were ...

Carroll stands by call to pass

Feb 3, 2015

Carroll stands by call to pass

Less than 16 hours later, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was still stunned by the outcome while defending the decision to call a pass from the 1-yard line in the Super Bowl’s closing seconds, a choice that will long be debated. So close to another ...

Patriots complete journey in Super Bowl XLIX

Feb 2, 2015

Patriots complete journey in Super Bowl XLIX

The final 125 seconds included a perfect possession by Tom Brady for the go-ahead points, a juggling catch that could have been the play of the year, and a victory-clinching, end-zone interception on a pass — not run — from the 1. A Super ...

Brady rallies Patriots past Seahawks to Super Bowl victory

Feb 2, 2015

Brady rallies Patriots past Seahawks to Super Bowl victory

Tom Brady and the Patriots made this Super Bowl all about football, not footballs. Clutch football, spiced by a sensational fourth-quarter rally and a goal-line, game-saving interception. The record-setting Brady threw for four touchdowns, including a 3-yarder to Julian Edelman with 2:02 remaining Sunday ...

Breaking down key factors for the Super Bowl

Jan 30, 2015

Breaking down key factors for the Super Bowl

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

One of the best moments during the Super Bowl week is simulating the biggest game of the year. How do the Seahawks match giant tight end Rob Gronkowski? Can the Patriots stop Marshawn Lynch when he is in the “Beast Mode?” And ultimately, who’s ...

Patriots over painful defeat

Jan 29, 2015

Patriots over painful defeat

The road to perfection reached a dead end in the Arizona desert. Now the New England Patriots are back where a Super Bowl championship — and an unbeaten record — barely eluded them seven years ago in the desert. Not that they dwell on ...

Kraft blasts NFL probe

Jan 27, 2015

Kraft blasts NFL probe

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft demanded an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules regarding using under-inflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game. A conclusion Kraft is certain will occur. In an unscheduled ...

Sherman says NFL won't punish Pats

Jan 26, 2015

Sherman says NFL won't punish Pats

Relishing no longer being in the “villain” role, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is painting his team’s Super Bowl opponent as occupying that position. He also doubts that the Patriots will be punished by the NFL if they are found guilty of doctoring footballs in ...

Belichick denies any wrongdoing

Jan 25, 2015

Belichick denies any wrongdoing

Saying his team “followed every rule 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. “At ...

Deflated ball scandal brings denials from Brady, Belichick

Jan 23, 2015

Deflated ball scandal brings denials from Brady, Belichick

The two men most responsible for delivering wins for the New England Patriots both said on Thursday they have no explanation for how footballs used to reach the Super Bowl were underinflated. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he has not been contacted by the ...

Patriots steamroll Colts in AFC championship game

Jan 19, 2015

Patriots steamroll Colts in AFC championship game

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are headed to a special place where no head coach or player has gone more — the Super Bowl. They earned their trip with the second-most lopsided AFC championship victory ever. The New England Patriots’ dominant duo earned a ...

Brady rallies Pats by Ravens

Jan 11, 2015

Brady rallies Pats by Ravens

One big comeback, then another. And now another game for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The quarterback who treats deficits as distractions dug the Patriots out of two 14-point holes — the first team to do that in NFL playoff history — ...