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NFL players have good success rate with appeals

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady winning his appeal in federal court, here is a look at how players have fared …

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Cam Newton pokes 'Deflategate' fun at Tom Brady

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton tossed out a little Deflategate fun this past weekend at the expense of the New England …

Rise 'n Grind: Tom Brady finally gets to look Roger Goodell in the eye

This is the day Roger Goodell gets to look Tom Brady in the eye and sort out the league's latest half-assed player discipline investigation.<p><b>KANGAROO COURT:</b> Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game DeflateGate suspension starts at 9:30 a.m. ET, with a room full of high-powered lawyers and ol' Rog at the …

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Tom Brady's Deflategate appeal: what you need to know

<b>The background:</b> On Tuesday, Tom Brady will appeal against his four-game suspension by the NFL. The punishment was handed down in May after the Wells report into the Deflategate scandal found “it is more probable than not” that at least two New England Patriots employees improperly deflated …

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Rounding Up New England Patriots' Offseason Buzz, Post-Minicamps

Link to Media<p>With the New England Patriots having closed up shop until training camp opens, now seems to be as good a time as any to get you caught up on all the latest buzz around the team.<p>Who is competing for starting spots? Which backups are getting the most opportunities with the starters …

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Roger Goodell hears Tom Brady's Deflategate appeal: 4 things to know

Tom Brady's day of reckoning is here. The Patriots quarterback met Tuesday with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to appeal his four-game suspension …

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Rob Gronkowski says he hasn't spent any NFL contract money

Rob Gronkowski certainly is one to enjoy himself, but the New England Patriots tight end refuses to break the bank to do so.<p>In fact, he says in his …

Robert Kraft Chooses 'La Familia' Over War, While The Emperor Of The NFL Has No Clothes

Who knows whether New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has read or watched the movie <i>The Godfather</i>, but for those that saw his press conference in San Francisco on Tuesday as part of the NFL owners meetings, the parallels were undeniable. Kraft, one of the most powerful owners in the league had …

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Source: Aaron Hernandez a lookout in prison fight

<b>(CNN) —</b> Convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez is in trouble once again, getting mixed up in a prison fight, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the incident said Tuesday.<p>Hernandez allegedly agreed to be the lookout for another inmate who went into another prisoner's cell at Souza-Baranowski …

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5 New England Patriots Players Poised for a Breakout Campaign in 2015

Link to Media<p>One man steps down, another man steps up.<p>That idiom will be tested by the New England Patriots this season, who are more along the lines of "three men step down, three men better step up." With Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and Kyle Arrington out of the Patriots secondary, the …

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Photo: Patrick Chung reports that Patriots have had full attendance at offseason program. "Mandatory," he cracks. http://t.co/m2vGaacKU8

Click here for photos of Gronk’s new girlfriend

2,883<p>Rob Gronkowski officially is off the market.<p>Camille Kostek confirmed Wednesday to The Boston Globe that she and the New England Patriots tight …

Total breakdown: Patriots draft DT Malcom Brown in first round

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A few quick thoughts on the New England Patriots' first-round draft pick.<p><b>The pick:</b> Malcom Brown, defensive tackle, Texas<p><b>My take:</b> …

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Malcom Brown to Patriots: Twitter Reacts as DT Is Selected in 2015 NFL Draft

Link to Media<p>The reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots got strong value with their first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft on Thursday, selecting Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown No. 32 overall.<p>This marks the second year in a row New England has opted to shore up the defensive …

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New England Patriots NFL Draft: Mock drafts, prospect profiles to get you ready for Round 1

As the clock ticks down the the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' pick Thursday night in Chicago, we've got all the coverage you need to follow the New England …

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How the New England Patriots Manage Talent

The New England Patriots have produced some of the most astonishing statistics in sports history. Outside of 12 AFC East Championships, six AFC …

Patriots standing pat and picking Brown a smart move

FOXBORO -- Once it became clear that Malcom Brown would be there at 32, the Patriots weren’t waiting around to play “Let’s Make a Deal.”<p>There were …

Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower have fifth-year options picked up by Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have picked up the fifth-year contract options for defensive end Chandler Jones and linebacker Dont'a …

New England Patriots Mock Draft: Updated Day 3 Predictions

Link to Media<p>The New England Patriots tend to throw off the NFL media expectations at least once every draft season. From the outside, Friday's draft session was one of the most puzzling in recent memory, as Bill Belichick and Co. appeared to reach for a pair of prospects in Stanford safety Jordan …

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Patriots 2015 Draft: Aggregating Report Card Grades from Around the Web

Link to Media<p>Yes, it's too early to judge the results from the 2015 NFL draft. No, that won't stop every major media outlet, including this one, from compiling snap reaction grades before any draftee has played a single snap in the league.<p>Draft grades can be problematic in that they assert a firm …

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Identifying New England Patriots' Biggest Strengths, Weaknesses After Draft

Link to Media<p>Every team had needs entering the 2015 NFL draft. Some teams did a better job of addressing those needs than others, but nearly every team still has needs now that the final pick of the draft has been announced.<p>The New England Patriots are not excluded from that group. Even with nine …

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FSU OL coach: Pats 'only damn team' that know how to use his players

Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett said the Patriots are the 'only damn team' that knows how to use his players.<p>The Patriots found a …

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Eleven takeaways from 11 Patriots draft picks

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots had a busy three-day stretch in the NFL draft by picking 11 players. As part of media coverage, a …

Testing the NFL's Wonderlic: do athletes really need to be smart to succeed?

The NFL Draft combine is more than a little ridiculous. It’s a scientistic pageant in which a bunch of stern men holding clipboards and stopwatches watch muscular dudes in spandex perform various feats of speed and strength, then scribble a number onto an elaborate spreadsheet that measures a host …

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2015 NFL Draft: Historical Picks at 32nd Overall

The Patriots have the final pick of the first round in the 2015 NFL Draft and it's a pretty valuable position. Players selected in the first round …

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The New England Patriots' Round 1 Big Board Before Combine

Link to Media<p>The No. 32 pick is a blessing. Not only does it mean that the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl, it also means that they have a great bargaining chip for teams trying to trade back into the first round for the added value of the fifth-year option on the rookie contract.<p>That being …

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Raiders, Patriots among 10 NFL teams that must boost salary payroll

The Oakland Raiders must dramatically increase their payroll over the next two years. The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and eight other teams must ramp up spending as well.<p>The 2011 collective bargaining agreement says teams must spend 89% of the salary cap in cash over two distinct …

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Jason McCourty prepared to recruit his brother to Tennessee

Getty Images<p>The McCourty brothers were part of the same secondary when they were in college at Rutgers and Titans cornerback Jason McCourty would …

Chris Pratt vs. Chris Evans Super Bowl Wager ... 'Best Bet I Ever Lost'

Choking to the New England Patriots wasn't so bad after all ... so says Seahawks mega-fan <b>Chris Pratt</b> who says his <b>Super Bowl wager</b> with <b>Chris Evans</b> was …

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