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Wells defends 'Deflategate' probe as impartial

By The Sports Network, 1 year 3 months ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - The NFL-appointed attorney who led the investigation over deflated footballs in the AFC Championship game defended his probe as impartial, a response to claims by the New England Patriots and the agent for quarterback Tom Brady that it was one-sided and unfair. Ted Wells said Tuesday that the conclusions in his report "represent the independent opinions of me personally...

Patriots sign LB Dekoda Watson

By The Sports Network, 1 year 3 months ago
Foxborough, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The New England Patriots signed linebacker Dekoda Watson on Tuesday. Last season, Watson began the season with Jacksonville and appeared in nine games with one start. He posted 14 tackles before being released in November. He then signed with the Cowboys and played in one game. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round...

Extra Points: Rice was Goodell's Waterloo

By The Sports Network, 1 year 3 months ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - Teddy Roosevelt's foreign policy was often described as "Big Stick diplomacy," stemming from his famous quote: "Speak softly and carry a big stick." The meaning behind that approach was simple: Negotiation and artfulness were peddled in the foreground with the threat of war always looming as the potential trump card, if needed. Things have changed a lot since the...

Brady gets 4 games; Pats fined, lose draft picks

By The Sports Network, 1 year 3 months ago
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was suspended four games without pay and his team was fined $1 million and docked two draft picks in punishments doled out by the NFL on Monday over the deflated balls scandal. 

Patriots release CB Arrington

By The Sports Network, 1 year 3 months ago
Foxborough, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The New England Patriots released cornerback Kyle Arrington on Monday. Arrington spent the last six seasons with the Patriots after joining the club as a practice squad player. In the 2011 season, Arrington tied Charles Woodson and Eric Weddle for the NFL lead in interceptions with seven. He scored touchdowns on a fumble recovery and a blocked field...

Brady gets 4 games; Pats fined, lose draft picks

By The Sports Network, 1 year 3 months ago
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was suspended four games without pay and his team was fined $1 million and docked two draft picks in penalties doled out by the NFL on Monday over the deflated balls scandal. The punishment was announced five days after the release of the long-awaited Wells report, which detailed what it called a "deliberate effort...

New England Patriots' Path of Destruction Unequaled in Sports History

By Mike Dussault, 1 year 3 months ago
It's hard to believe it was just 14 years ago when the upstart, underdog New England Patriots knocked off the "Greatest Show on Turf" to capture their first Super Bowl title. The Patriots were America's first feel-good story after the tragic events of 9/11, even choosing to be announced as a team as they ran out of the tunnel in New Orleans.Back then it would've almost been...

Extra Points: The lesson of Deflategate: grow up

By The Sports Network, 1 year 3 months ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - Stop being so damn surprised. Remember when Alex Rodriguez was going to save Major League Baseball's oh-so- important home-run record from the dastardly Barry Bonds? A-Rod was clean after all. I mean sure, he looked like an NFL linebacker but it was such a natural progression from the teenage stringbean that showed up in Seattle back in 1994, right? Or how about...

Brady says he has no reaction to Wells report

By The Sports Network, 1 year 3 months ago
Salem, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tom Brady remains coy on Deflategate. Speaking publicly for the first time since the Wells report was released Wednesday, the Patriots quarterback said, "I don't really have any reaction," when pried by Jim Gray at the Salem State Speaker Series, a pre-scheduled Q&A appearance. "It's only been 30 hours, so I haven't had much time to digest it fully, but...

Wells report: Pats intentionally deflated balls

By The Sports Network, 1 year 3 months ago
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Ted Wells has completed his investigation into deflated footballs used by the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game and concluded that team personnel deliberately tried to "circumvent the rules." Wells, the NFL-appointed attorney who conducted the probe, submitted a 243- page report on Wednesday. According to the report, quarterback Tom...