Jake Ballard move now looms large for Pats

Above: Jake Ballard scores against Tracy White of

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At the time of the transaction, it seemed as if Bill Belichick was more interested in tweaking the Giants than anything else. Why bother claiming injured tight end Jake Ballard on waivers - knowing full well that Ballard would miss the entire 2012 season because of a knee injury - when Belichick already had two of the best tight ends in the league in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. 

That...

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Hernandez loses endorsement deal

Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who has been the focus of an investigation into the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd of Dorchester, Mass., has lost one of his commercial endorsement deals because of his legal entanglement.

His endorsement contract with CytoSport, the maker of Muscle Milk, was terminated by the company that makes the product, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

Hernandez...

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Revis likes Tampa's laid-back atmsophere

Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets

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Darrelle Revis says the living is easy in his new digs in Tampa, where the laid back atmosphere is much to his liking. Especially after the last few controversy-filled years in New York.

“Going to Tampa is great. I look at it as a new chapter in my football career,” Revis said in an interview with the Beaver County (Pa.) Times during his second annual football clinic at Aliquippa High School,...

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Reports: Arrest warrant for Hernandez

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Multiple news outlets are reporting that authorities in Marlborough, Mass. have issued an arrest warrant for Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who has been linked to the murder of a 27-year-old man on Monday. 

WBZ in Boston and ABC News reported that Hernandez will be arrested on charges of obstruction of justice. Various reports have indicated that Hernandez, who was believed to have...

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Report: Hernandez destroyed video, cell phone

Aaron Hernandez catches a ball during a practice

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Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez destroyed his home security system and dismantled his cell phone, according to an ABC News report that casts further suspicion on the player in the wake of the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, 27, who was Hernandez's friend. 

Sources told ABC News that Hernandez has not been ruled out as a suspect in the homicide. Police also want to know...

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Sapp: Simeon Rice was better than Strahan

Warren Sapp

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Former Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year, beating out former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan. Evidently, Sapp doesn't think much of Strahan, who owns the single-season sack record and is likely to be selected for the Hall of Fame very soon, perhaps as early as next February. 

Sapp told Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune...

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Report: Hernandez may be tied to homicide

Aaron Hernandez addresses the media during Super Bowl

Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez may have been directly tied to the murder of a Dorchester, Mass. man, according to a report by Boston television station FOX25. The body of Odin Lloyd, 27, was found on Tuesday at a warehouse not far from Hernandez’s home after he was allegedly murdered the previous Saturday.

Citing a law enforcement official, the station reported that Hernandez, Lloyd and...

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Mike Tice hopes to get back into coaching

MIKE TICE High school: Central Islip (1977) NFL:

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Former Vikings head coach Mike Tice, a Bayshore native who played at Central Islip and then at Maryland before enjoying a 14-year career as an NFL tight end, won’t be coaching this season. It’s the first time since 1996 that he isn’t coaching, and he admits there are some symptoms.

But it’s not as if he didn’t try landing another job. After being fired by the Bears, Tice couldn’t hook on with...

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Steve Gleason accepts apologies of fired radio hosts

Steve Gleason, right, a former New Orleans Saints

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Three Atlanta-based radio talk show hosts lost their jobs yesterday over a cruel skit making fun of former Saints safety Steve Gleason, who suffers from the incurable disease ALS. After being fired, all three offered public apologies, and Gleason has accepted them all with the kind of grace and class that the rest of us can only hope to emulate.

Gleason, who communicates via a computer on...

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Radio hosts fired over Steve Gleason remarks

Steve Gleason, right, a former New Orleans Saints

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Three Atlanta radio talk-show hosts have been fired for mocking former Saints safety Steve Gleason, who suffers from ALS. Management from 790 AM made the announcement this afternoon, hours after a segment in which the three hosts made fun of Gleason.

During the segment, someone saying he was Gleason called into the show as part of what was billed as a "media tour." The person pretended...

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