Bill Belichick - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Bill Belichick Thomas scores 53, Celtics beat Wizards 129-119 in OT BOSTON (AP) — It was his sister's birthday. She would have been 23. Isaiah Thomas spent four or five hours in the dentist's chair having work done on the tooth that was knocked out in Game 1, a day after he was in oral surgery for six hours having it repositioned in his mouth. His mouth was swollen, and he could barely talk. Still, he never considered not playing Tuesday night. Wed, 03 May 2017 15:51:00 GMT 2017-05-03T15:51:00Z Trump congratulates Patriots, doesn't mention Hernandez WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump welcomed the New England Patriots to the White House Wednesday, noting the parallels between his own upset victory and their stunning Super Bowl win — but avoiding discussion of the apparent prison suicide of their former teammate Aaron Hernandez earlier in the day. As he extolled the team's virtues and saluted ind... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:25:00 GMT 2017-04-19T20:25:00Z The Latest: Trump on Pats, 'No team has been good this long' WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the New England Patriots' visit to the White House to celebrate their 2017 Super Bowl championship (all times local): 2:25 p.m. President Donald Trump is saluting the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots at the White House. Trump says "no team has been good this long." The Patriots ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:35:00 GMT 2017-04-19T18:35:00Z RG3 and out: Browns release quarterback Robert Griffin III CLEVELAND (AP) — Robert Griffin III is scrambling again. The injury-prone quarterback was released Friday after one flawed season with the Cleveland Browns, who remain in search of a QB to turn around their once-proud franchise. The Browns terminated Griffin's contract one day before he was due a $750,000 roster bonus. The expected move... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:28:00 GMT 2017-03-10T23:28:00Z The Latest: Rams trade defensive end Hayes to Dolphins The Latest on NFL free agency (all times Eastern): 12:55 a.m. The Rams have traded defensive end William Hayes to the Miami Dolphins. The clubs also exchanged draft picks, with Miami getting a seventh-round pick and the Rams getting a sixth-round pick. Hayes spent the past five... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:02:00 GMT 2017-03-10T06:02:00Z Saban: Foster a good player, teammate, not a 'candy striper' TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn't think Reuben Foster's run-in with a hospital worker at the NFL combine should affect his draft status. Saban and Foster's teammates defended the Butkus Award-winning linebacker Wednesday at Alabama's pro day after Foster had met with officials from various teams, partly to address that incident. ... Wed, 08 Mar 2017 22:16:00 GMT 2017-03-08T22:16:00Z Near miss: LeBron avoids Belichick in courtside collision BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James stopped short of plowing into Patriots coach Bill Belichick during the Cavaliers' 103-99 loss in Boston. James went for a rebound in the fourth quarter Wednesday night when his momentum carried him off to the court and into seats on the baseline near Belichick. James knocked over a camera man but avoided running into Belichick and his girlfriend. T... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:32:00 GMT 2017-03-02T14:32:00Z Thomas, Celtics overcome Cavs, James' triple-double BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics know any road to the NBA Finals will likely pass through Cleveland. They put the defending champs on notice that they are gearing up to challenge them for their Eastern Conference throne. Isaiah Thomas scored 31 points, including a pair of go-ahead free throws, as the Celtics outlasted LeBron James and t... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 05:13:00 GMT 2017-03-02T05:13:00Z Patriots take victory lap, parade Boston for Super Bowl win BOSTON (AP) — Snow, rain and chilly temperatures didn't dampen the joy of New England Patriots fans exulting in their team's latest championship Tuesday. The five-time Super Bowl winners received a hero's welcome as they paraded through downtown Boston aboard World War II-era duck boats that have become a staple of the city's recent title celebrations. ... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 21:41:00 GMT 2017-02-07T21:41:00Z The Latest: Brady, Belichick address huge crowd in Boston BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the Boston parade celebrating the New England Patriots' fifth Super Bowl win (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Bill Belichick says his Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots worked harder than any other team he's coached. Belichick repeatedly shouted to a spillover crowd in Boston's City Hall P... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 21:02:00 GMT 2017-02-07T21:02:00Z Now attention turns to 2017 NFL offseason, draft The New England Patriots have some more catching up to do. Bill Belichick hardly took time to relish the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history when he declared "in all honesty, we're five weeks behind in the 2017 season to most teams in this league." After overcoming a 25-point deficit to win their fifth title, the Patriots will pick ... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 07:17:00 GMT 2017-02-07T07:17:00Z Patriots return to New England, receive warm welcome in cold FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots defensive lineman Trey Flowers walked into the team's locker room on Monday night, still wearing the "Super Bowl Champions" hat the players were handed on the field in Houston after winning the NFL title. "I haven't taken it off much" in the previous 20 hours, Flowers said. "There was a lot of work to get this... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 03:30:00 GMT 2017-02-07T03:30:00Z Judges who ruled in Brady case unanimous in praise of game NEW YORK (AP) — Three Manhattan judges who ruled in the "Deflategate" case differed on the law but unanimously praised this year's Super Bowl on Monday. They included Denny Chin, one of two judges with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals who decided in a 2-to-1 decision last spring that New England quarterback Tom Brady must serve his four-game suspension. Brady capped his... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:37:00 GMT 2017-02-07T00:37:00Z Vegas, baby! Who'll go No. 1? NFL offseason stories to watch Tom Brady took the high road while appearing with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and collecting the silver hardware for his record fourth Super Bowl MVP award. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick bemoaned needing to play catch-up when it comes to preparing for next season. Yes, the Patriots rule their sport once again, thanks to the greatest comebac... Mon, 06 Feb 2017 20:49:00 GMT 2017-02-06T20:49:00Z Stunning rally raises question: How do Pats rank in history? HOUSTON (AP) — The Patriots have the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. Cue the debate on whether it translates into the greatest dynasty in the NFL, and maybe where New England ranks among dominant pro sports franchises. Perhaps the discussion hinges on the record-setting duo of quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick. There are some numbers ... Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:47:00 GMT 2017-02-06T15:47:00Z Lady Gaga delivers a show big on flash and inclusiveness NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga dropped from the top of Houston's NRG Stadium to open her halftime show and dropped the mic at the end, offering a program that delivered high-energy hits and an inclusive theme. With the nation on edge politically, the NFL had little taste for a show that would ruffle feathers, as Beyonce did in some circles last year with the B... Mon, 06 Feb 2017 02:51:00 GMT 2017-02-06T02:51:00Z Ryan, Falcons, Cowboys big winners on NFL awards night HOUSTON (AP) — Matt Ryan and the Dallas Cowboys were big winners Saturday night. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback was voted The Associated Press 2016 NFL's Most Valuable Player and top offensive player. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott took Offensive Rookie of the Year and Jason Garrett was selected Coach of the Year by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cov... Sun, 05 Feb 2017 02:59:00 GMT 2017-02-05T02:59:00Z Falcons QB Matt Ryan wins NFL MVP honors HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on The Associated Press 2016 NFL awards (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Quarterback Matt Ryan is the first Atlanta Falcons player to win The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award. Ryan, also voted to the 2016 All-Pro Team by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover th... Sun, 05 Feb 2017 01:51:00 GMT 2017-02-05T01:51:00Z Patriots locked in to proven approach entering Super Bowl 51 HOUSTON (AP) — Ten words have driven Patriots coach Bill Belichick since he arrived in New England 17 years ago. And they are 10 words that he leans on whenever he is queried about what's gone into making his team an annual threat to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. "I do what I think is best for the team," he says. For the better part of those 17 seasons, that... Sat, 04 Feb 2017 00:25:00 GMT 2017-02-04T00:25:00Z Correction: Super Bowl-Gostkowski story HOUSTON (AP) — In a story Feb. 2 about New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski, The Associated Press reported erroneously rankings of the Patriots offense and the Falcons defense. The Patriots have the third-ranked offense and top-ranked defense in points per game, while the Falcons have the top-ranked offense and 27th-ranked defense in points per game. A c... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 20:36:00 GMT 2017-02-02T20:36:00Z The Latest: Shanahan, Lynch pairing becomes a possibility HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the Super Bowl (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Kyle Shanahan sounds as if he's ready to work with John Lynch. Shanahan, the Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator, is expected to be hired as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers as soon as the Super Bowl is over. ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 05:12:00 GMT 2017-01-31T05:12:00Z Long's bet on Patriots pays off in vet's 1st Super Bowl trip FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — There was a time when Chris Long didn't think this opportunity would ever come. A time when words like "playoffs" and "Super Bowl" seemed like unattainable unicorns that the 31-year-old Patriots defensive lineman might never touch. Eight years in the NFL spent on underperforming teams, and having seasons potholed by injuries have that effect. ... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 00:24:00 GMT 2017-01-29T00:24:00Z Patriots-Falcons, the latest case of trophy inequity The New England Patriots are in the Super Bowl for the ninth time in the last 31 years, chasing their fifth championship next weekend in Houston. No coach or player in the current NFL could have a more palpable been-here-before feeling than Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. All four of their Super Bowl victories have come since the 2001 season with that venerable coach-quarterba... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 23:35:00 GMT 2017-01-28T23:35:00Z Matchups for the Falcons-Patriots Super Bowl HOUSTON (AP) — Matchups for the Super Bowl between the Atlanta Falcons (13-5) and New England Patriots (16-2) in Houston: When the Falcons have the ball Atlanta led the NFL in points (540) by a wide margin, thanks to a career year from QB Matt Ryan (2), who along with WR Julio Jones (11) are All-Pros. If that combina... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 18:23:00 GMT 2017-01-27T18:23:00Z Political football: For some, Super Bowl reflects US divide BOSTON (AP) — Not even the grandest of American sports spectacles is immune to the nation's deep political divisions. Patriots fans have spent nearly two full seasons being reminded of the close friendship between President Donald Trump and their team's three top figures — owner Robert Kraft, star quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick. ... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:11:00 GMT 2017-01-27T08:11:00Z Super Bowl is best thing to happen to Rutgers this season PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — After failing to win a Big Ten Conference game in his first season, Rutgers coach Chris Ash suddenly has a major recruiting tool. It's the Super Bowl. When the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons meet in Houston on Feb. 5, Rutgers will be on display. The Scarlet Knights are going into the ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 20:34:00 GMT 2017-01-25T20:34:00Z Rest over as Patriots begin Super Bowl prep for Falcons FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Bill Belichick is on to the Atlanta Falcons. After taking a day to review and recharge following his team's AFC championship game win over Pittsburgh, the New England coach said Tuesday that the coaching staff's preparations are fully underway for the Super Bowl. The Patriots are preparing to make their seventh ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:18:00 GMT 2017-01-25T00:18:00Z Patriots' defense ignored critics on the way to Super Bowl FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — There's a mantra that players quickly come to learn when they play for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. It's placed in different spots in the locker room, it's on the walls around the team facility, and the coach himself repeats it often: "Do your job." Perhaps no other unit for the Patriots has embo... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:16:00 GMT 2017-01-24T00:16:00Z Falcons get back to work after earning trip to Super Bowl FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Dan Quinn certainly knows who the Atlanta Falcons are playing in the Super Bowl. No wonder. It seems as if Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are there every year. One day after reaching the big game for only the second time in franchise history, Quinn and his players wer... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:36:00 GMT 2017-01-23T23:36:00Z Super Bowl will pit Brady's Patriots against Ryan's Falcons A season that began with Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension will end with him in the Super Bowl, where his New England Patriots will take on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. While much of the attention between now and the NFL championship game on Feb. 5 in Houston will be focused on Brady vs. Ryan, the truly key matchup could be Atlanta's score-at-will offense, which... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:30:00 GMT 2017-01-23T09:30:00Z