New England Championships

New England defensive end Jabaal Sheard (middle) sacks Dallas quarterback Brandon Weeden during Sunday's NFL game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Patriots' work-in-progress defense continues to hold its own.

Work-in-progress defense getting job done for Patriots

By The Sports Xchange on Oct. 12, 2015, at 7:21 p.m.
FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts — Defense is going to play second fiddle in New England, and that’s on the very best day for the Patriots. That’s life playing along with Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowksi and an offense that scored 149 points in the first four games. A 30-6 win at Dallas on …
University of Maine quarterbacks Drew Belcher (left) and Dan Collins both said that a slightly deflated ball can provide an advantage in rainy weather.

Maine players: Under-inflated footballs easier to grip, harder to throw in wind

By Larry Mahoney on Jan. 21, 2015, at 9:55 p.m.
ORONO | University of Maine head football coach Jack Cosgrove said he is confused about the circumstances surrounding the NFL’s investigation of the New England Patriots. “How did the air come out of the balls?” asked Cosgrove, a former high school and college quarterback. “Why didn’t the referees recognize …
New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) smiles on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium.

Patriots’ Vince Wilfork uses one hand to pull woman from crashed SUV

By Los Angeles Times/TNS on Jan. 19, 2015, at 3:15 p.m.
New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork didn’t have the biggest game of his career against the Indianapolis Colts, but that didn’t stop him from making an impact Sunday. Wilfork helped pull a woman out of an overturned SUV he came upon while driving home from the Patriots’ 45-7 victory …

Mainers Hall, Bell win New England titles

By Pete Warner on June 09, 2013, at 1:28 a.m.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Kate Hall of Lake Region High School in Naples turned in a trio of top-three finishes Saturday during the 68th New England Interscholastic Track and Field Championship at Veterans Field. The sophomore won the 100 meters in 11.69 seconds, took second in the long jump at …