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January 30, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - LeGarrette Blount's football career seemed in peril after he threw a punch at an opposing player following Boise State's upset of Oregon in 2009. The incident came in Chip Kelly's first game as the Ducks' head coach. Kelly needed to make a decision about Blount's future. He suspended the running back but kept Blount on scholarship and in the football program. Kelly ultimately reinstated Blount after the running back met certain academic and behavioral conditions. That helped save Blount's career, which continues Sunday when he plays in the Super Bowl as a key part of the New England Patriots' offense.
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January 30, 2015
CHANDLER, Ariz. - And so there they stood, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, the NFL's iconic duo, the symbol of success in the free-agency era, models of consistency and innovation and unquestioned football brilliance. There they stood on a stage at a dais and waxed eloquent on their 15 years of shared success with New England, how they have grown as fathers and tacticians, how they better appreciate now what they often assumed in the past. There they stood, benefactors of the two most remarkable cheating scandals in American professional sports history.
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January 28, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHANDLER, Ariz. - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered a defiant defense of his organization, coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady amid the ball-deflation controversy on Monday, further entrenching the team's position that it committed no wrongdoing. Kraft even demanded an apology if the league's investigation vindicates the team. "I want to make it clear that I believe unconditionally that the New England Patriots have done nothing inappropriate in this process or were in violation of NFL rules," Kraft said.
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January 28, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CHANDLER, Ariz. - Seattle corner Richard Sherman said Sunday that he thinks Patriots owner Robert Kraft is too chummy with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for New England to be substantially punished for wrongdoing in the Deflategate scandal. Last night, that close relationship seemed to have acquired some distance. Speaking to a packed ballroom at the Patriots' Super Bowl headquarters hotel, Kraft clearly was furious, with the media but also with leaks from the league's Ted Wells-led investigation into the mysterious drop of 2-PSI drop in air pressure in 11 of 12 tested Patriots footballs during the AFC Championship Game rout of Indianapolis.
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January 27, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - The Seattle Seahawks are trying to win consecutive Super Bowls, a feat accomplished only eight times, and yet they spent a great deal of a news conference Sunday answering questions about the Patriots and "Deflategate. " Seattle coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson did their best to downplay the hoopla that has built since the NFL announced that it was investigating the Patriots after 11 of 12 balls used in the first half of the AFC championship were found to be below the minimum compression.
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January 26, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Let's start right at the top and say I had no idea that both teams in an NFL game supplied the footballs for their own offenses. The mystery of how a game ball gets from the Wilson factory to its appointed spot on the field never seemed like an interesting subject. There's a bag of balls, and when they need another, some kid tosses one to the official. What could be complicated about that? What could be more elemental to the game than the mere presence of the football? During one of the previous soccer World Cup preparations, U.S. coach Bruce Arena grew tired of taking questions every day on the ball that had been selected for play, one with a supposedly more aerodynamic cover and super technology that would transform it into an unstoppable scoring spheroid.
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January 22, 2015
A YEAR AGO at this time, Richard Sherman was the most recognized evil villain in all of football, his wild-eyed postgame rant scaring men, women and children alike and identifying for them at least the Evil and the Good in the upcoming Super Bowl. But as any good comic fan can tell you, evil and good are fleeting designations when it comes to morality plays. When Batman's Robin was killed, he came back as a vengeful hooded character named Red Hood. When a hero-worshiping acquaintance of Spider-Man had a little mishap with electric eels, the switch flipped on him, too, and he turned into a living electric generator named Electro.
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January 21, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
I USED TO THINK that all the talk about the New England Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick being cheaters was just sour grapes. When you lose playoff games and Super Bowls to a team that is as close to an NFL dynasty as there has been in the last 2 decades, there is bound to be talk of improprieties. Of course, the fact that Belichick was fined $500,000 by the NFL for his role in the Patriots spying on, and videotaping of, the New York Jets in 2007 tends to lend credence to charges of underhanded shenanigans.
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December 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Rematches are all that remain on the Eagles' schedule. It's Dallas Sunday in the regular-season home finale at Lincoln Financial Field, Washington six days later at FedEx Field, and the New York Giants in the final regular-season game Dec. 28 at MetLife Stadium. The Eagles beat all three opponents the first time they faced them this season and are 7-2 in NFC East games under coach Chip Kelly. The one thing we really do not know about Kelly, however, is how well he handles these rematch games.
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August 18, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Despite the improvements that Alex Henery displayed during training camp, the Eagles kicker hooked a 47-yard field goal wide in the 42-35 preseason loss to the Patriots on Friday night. It was his first field goal attempt of the preseason, and the kick was not even close off his foot. "You've got to make 47-yarders in this league," coach Chip Kelly said. Kelly said Henery was "really good" in training camp, and he is 9 for 9 on extended extra points that are similar to 33-yard field goals.
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