Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announces retirement
BOSTON (AP) — The party's over for Rob Gronkowski. Then again, it might just be getting started.
The New England Patriots' fun-loving, touchdown-spiking tight end announced Sunday that he is...
Review of penalty calls on table when NFL owners meet
Reviewing penalty calls, including pass interference, will be among proposals NFL owners will hear to expand replay when they meet next week in Phoenix.
4th-grader builds Tom Brady mosaic out of Rubik’s Cubes
WESTWOOD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts fourth-grader has built a mosaic tribute to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady entirely out of Rubik's Cubes.
DENVER (AP) — In no sport but the NFL do players, fans, coaches and general managers annually debate the rules of the game, advocating ways to make pro football better, safer,...
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — After a week of being beaten up in the media over the trade of popular star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., general manager Dave Gettleman went on the offensive, saying...
Top 10 NFL free agents of all time.
A look at the most impactful football free agents of all time:
1. DE Reggie White, 1993 Green Bay Packers.
White stunned the NFL by choosing Green Bay after a whirlwind tour in the...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Linebacker Dante Fowler has re-signed with the Los Angeles Rams, passing up a shot at unrestricted free agency to stay with the NFC champions.
NFL Films is no stranger to producing films commemorating a Super Bowl title for the New England Patriots. When it came time to tell the story of the Patriots' sixth championship, they found that...
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn has announced his retirement.
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst made the announcement Wednesday.
Jason Witten rejoining Cowboys after year as broadcaster
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Jason Witten said the hardest thing about deciding to retire nine months ago was leaving football without winning a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys.
State: School’s ‘football flu’ policy can be challenged
BURLINGTON CITY, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey school employee has won a round in a dispute over using a sick day during last year's Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory parade.
Goodell has wide-ranging powers to fine or suspend Kraft
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has wide-ranging powers to discipline teams, coaches, players, and, yes, owners.
Pending the completion of police investigations in Florida — and likely a...
Patriots owner Kraft denies charges of soliciting prostitute
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, faces charges of soliciting a prostitute after he was twice videotaped in a sex act at a shopping-center...
Kubiak missed coaching too much to resist job with Vikings
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The allure of the gameday atmosphere was simply too strong for Gary Kubiak to ignore, having spent the past two years in a non-coaching role for Denver following another health...
Panthers longtime running backs coach Jim Skipper retires
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers running backs coach Jim Skipper has retired from coaching after 32 years in the NFL, including 15 with Carolina.
Joe Gibbs dedicates Daytona 500 victory to late son
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Joe Gibbs closed his eyes during a tribute lap for his late son, while crew members raised a banner to honor the co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing.
Super Bowl MVP Edelman to wave green flag at Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — New England Patriots receiver and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman has been named the honorary starter for Sunday's Daytona 500.
The honor caps a whirlwind two weeks for Edelman, who since winning his third Super Bowl on Feb. 3 has visited Disney World with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and served as a presenter at the Grammy Awards.
- Columbus TelegramSteven M. Sipple: Burkhead says he's 'just scratching the surface as a player' after six NFL seasonsFebruary 20, 2019
- Sentinel & EnterpriseAgent: Gronkowski Won't Take Long to DecideFebruary 20, 2019
- Sentinel & EnterprisePatriots May 'tag' FlowersFebruary 18, 2019
- The Washington TimesDonald Trump Jr. mocks Jeff Bezos' Super Bowl ad, says 'leftist BS' requires hefty sales pitchFebruary 4, 2019
- The Washington TimesRoger Waters, Pink Floyd co-founder: Halftime acts should 'take a knee' during Super Bowl showFebruary 1, 2019
New Jersey saw $385M in sport bets in Super Bowl run-up
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Gamblers betting on the NFL playoffs online or over their phones during the January run-up to the Super Bowl helped make more than $385 million in sports bets in New Jersey.
It was the highest monthly total yet for the state whose U.S. Supreme Court victory cleared the way for legal sports betting across the country.
Figures released Wednesday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement show nearly $305 million of that was made by gamblers online or on mobile devices.
AP Source: Broncos to acquire Joe Flacco from Ravens
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Joe Flacco has gone from Denver Broncos tormentor to savior.
The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to trade the veteran quarterback to the Broncos in exchange for a fourth-round pick in this year's NFL draft, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press.
Chiefs assistant Thomas retires after 5 decades in NFL
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Emmitt Thomas announced his retirement Tuesday as the defensive backs coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, ending an NFL career that began as a Hall of Fame player and wound up spanning five decades.
Governor releases NFL head’s response about missed penalty
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has told Louisiana's governor there was an error in the officiating that helped the Los Angeles Rams go to the Super Bowl instead of the New Orleans Saints, but there's nothing he can do about it.
Patriots fans can get a picture with Lombardi trophy
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots fans still reveling in the team's sixth Super Bowl championship can get their picture taken with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
The Super Bowl 53 trophy will be on display for fan photos on Saturday and Sunday at the Patriots Hall of Fame next to Gillette Stadium.
Fans can visit from 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Wyoming Black 14 members receive award from university
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Seven of 14 black players summarily dismissed from the Wyoming football team nearly 50 years ago returned to the university Friday to dispel myths about their experience and show other black athletes that they can successfully overcome major obstacles.
CBS picks up additional 12 million viewers for Super Bowl
Another 12 million has been added to CBS' viewership totals for the Super Bowl.
The network said Friday that the New England Patriots 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Feb. 3 now totals 112.7 million viewers. That's based on Nielsen's "Out of Home" viewing metric. That includes viewers at places including other people's homes, bars, restaurants and hotels.
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts:
CLAIM: Stacey Abrams gave the State of the Union response in front of a green screen showing fake supporters.
Alliance of American Football looks to blossom this spring
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nearly four decades removed from a stint in the short-lived USFL, Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Polian will preside over the opening weekend of the newest spring league, the Alliance of American Football.
"It's one more challenge at the end of a long career," said Polian, 76, who co-founded the AAF with Charlie Ebersol, a TV and film producer whose father, Dick, defined NBC Sports' programming for more than two decades and created "Sunday Night Football."
- Globe NewswireNFL Star Richard Sherman Joins SportsCastr as Company’s First Brand AmbassadorMarch 21, 2019
- Business WireNFL Launches “Tickets for 100 Years,” Awarding a Fan with Season Tickets for the Next Century in Honor of League’s Centennial SeasonMarch 14, 2019
- Business WireUndertone Online Ads Actually More Effective than Multi-Million Dollar Super Bowl TV Ad CampaignsFebruary 14, 2019
Thousands who attended New Orleans protest raised $57, 000
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thousands of people attended the city of New Orleans' protest parties on Super Bowl Sunday, and many of those who attended a special fundraiser contributed more than $57,000 for a foundation that works to improve the community.
A blown referee call in the NFC championship that many believe cost the Saints a chance to play for the Super Bowl title, and angry Saints fans organized a number of protest parties around the city Feb. 4, the day the game was played in Atlanta.
Editorials from around New England
Editorials from around New England:
The Providence Journal
Few issues seem as bitterly divisive as abortion. Abortion touches on people's core beliefs about the sanctity of life, morality and freedom, including the right of women to control their own bodies and choose what medical procedures they will receive.
When the issue comes up before a legislative body, other key public policy matters go by the wayside. The public's attention may be consumed by the abortion debate.
Family seeks to find plush toy goat lost at Patriots parade
BOSTON (AP) — A New Hampshire couple is on a mission to find a stuffed toy goat they named Brady that got away from them during the New England Patriots Super Bowl parade in Boston.
Tom Brady gets his playoff beard shaved for charity
BOSTON (AP) — After a close shave at the Super Bowl, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got another close shave, this time for charity.
The six-time Super Bowl champion got his playoff stubble shaved off Thursday at Gillette headquarters in Boston.
Gillette donated $35,000 each to the Boys and Girls Club of South Boston, Best Buddies and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Gronk gets bonked by beer can during Super Bowl parade
BOSTON (AP) — Gronk got bonked.
Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots' star tight end, says he got hit in the face by a can of beer thrown during Tuesday's Super Bowl victory parade in Boston.
Gronkowski told "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" the can drew blood, and he showed Fallon the small cut it left near one of his eyebrows.
Browns’ Mayfield will use NFL rookie runner-up as motivator
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield stepped onto the stage and took a handoff from former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar.
At least he got one postseason trophy.
Mayfield, who finished second to New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley in voting for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, was named Cleveland's top professional athlete at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards on Wednesday night.
California’s governor serves meals in Tom Brady jersey
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has been spotted in a Tom Brady jersey.
But his choice of attire was for charity.
Newsom served lunch Wednesday at a Sacramento food kitchen in the jersey of the New England Patriots quarterback. It was the result of his losing Super Bowl wager against Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.
AAF kicks off without kickoffs, but with SkyJudge
SAN DIEGO (AP) — When the fledgling Alliance of American Football held four exhibition games recently in San Antonio, something was missing.
"We were all looking around saying, 'Does anyone miss kickoffs?' The answer was, no, we did not miss them," said Mike Pereira, the NFL's former vice president of officiating who is a consultant for the latest attempt at a spring league.
What a (familiar) feeling: Boston fetes Super Bowl winners
BOSTON (AP) — With cheers of "We want seven!" and "Next year, right here!" hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans jammed downtown Boston on Tuesday for a parade celebrating the New England Patriots' sixth Super Bowl title.
A party atmosphere enveloped the city on the unseasonably mild day. Red, white and blue confetti rained down and music blared as fans packed along sidewalks hoping to catch a glimpse of quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick and the rest of the beloved team.
McVay, Goff begin shaking off Rams’ loss, focusing on future
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have plenty of offseason work to do. Thanks to their run to the Super Bowl, they have a relatively short amount of time to do it.
Sean McVay professes to love few things more than his next challenge, and the coach is already hitting the Rams' offseason tasks with extra motivation from the humbling experience of Los Angeles' 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots in Atlanta.
The Latest: 12 arrested at Patriots’ Super Bowl parade
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a parade in Boston to celebrate the New England Patriots' sixth Super Bowl title (all times local):
Authorities say a dozen people were arrested at the New England Patriots' championship parade through Boston.
Police Sgt. John Boyle says that seven of those arrested Tuesday during the team's Super Bowl victory ride through downtown were juveniles and that many charges were alcohol-related.
Super Bowl hangover? Don’t worry, better sports days ahead
PodcastOne Sports Now hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg deal with their Super Bowl hangovers by looking ahead to the best dates remaining on this year's sports calendars.
Patriots fans celebrate sixth Super Bowl win
Super Bowl ads play it safe with humor, celebs
Column: No love for the defense in Super Bowl 53
In a Super Bowl snoozer featuring a single touchdown by victorious New England and the high-scoring, newfangled, all-the-rage Los Angeles Rams managing a measly three points, the MVP trophy went to Patriots receiver Julian Edelman.
‘Whirlwind’: Flores goes from Super Bowl champs to Dolphins
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — When Brian Flores was asked how he celebrated winning the Super Bowl, he paused for several seconds and laughed.
"I kissed my wife on the field," Flores said.
Then it was on to the next challenge, and a big one — fixing the Miami Dolphins. Flores, the New England Patriots' linebackers coach and defensive play-caller, was hired Monday as Miami's head coach.
Fans in 3 states legally bet almost $185.5M on Super Bowl
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Football fans in three states legally bet almost $185.5 million on the Super Bowl this year, with sportsbooks ending Sunday with mixed results and Nevada operators seeing the first drop in the total amount wagered on the game since 2015.
The Latest: Less money bet on Super Bowl at Nevada casinos
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on legal betting action on Super Bowl 53 (all times local):
Regulators say gamblers in Nevada bet less money on the Super Bowl this year.
Unaudited tallies released Monday by state gambling regulators show people wagered roughly $145.94 million on the big game at Nevada's 200 sportsbooks. That's about $12.65 million less than in 2018.
Super Bowl reaches 100.7 million people, down from 2018
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The New England Patriots' competitive but action-starved Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams was seen by 100.7 million people on television and streaming services, the smallest audience for football's annual spectacle in a decade.
McCourty twins nix White House visit but mum on retirement
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty said Monday he won't go to the White House if the Super Bowl champions are invited by President Donald Trump, and teammate and twin brother Jason said he highly doubts he would make the trip.
A day after the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams for their sixth NFL title, Devin McCourty said flatly that he would not join the team for a White House visit.
Kaepernick murals spring up in Atlanta after art demolished
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta artist community is responding in force after a mural featuring embattled former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was turned to rubble days before the Super Bowl.
Fabian "Occasional Superstar" Williams was dismayed when he learned that his mural was destroyed Friday, but he quickly rallied fellow Atlanta artists to respond by creating at least seven new Kaepernick murals, spread out across the city that is no stranger to public dissent and civic response.