Bill Belichick has built an old-school defense

This year, Bill Belichick just might have created his ideal old-school defense.

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Outside of Darrelle Revis and Vince Wilfork, there’s few players who won’t be asked to play multiple positions this season.


Choose your own Patriots 53-man roster

How good are you at doing Bill Belichick’s job? Choose the best 53 players you think should be on the Patriots roster.

“You have to get out there and play, get your mind working,” said Tom Brady. Winslow Townson for The Boston Globe

Tom Brady ready for test vs. Panthers

Brady is hoping he’ll be on the field well into the second half in the third preseason game on Friday.

LeGarrette Blount moved from the Patriots to the Steelers in the offseason.

LeGarrette Blount arrested with Steelers teammate

The former Patriots running back, a passenger in a car driven by teammate Le’Veon Bell, will be charged with marijuana possession.


// Aaron Dobson still playing catch-up

Dobson, coming off foot surgery, believes he is close to form, but his quarterback disagrees.

Mo'ne Davis pitched 2 2/3 innings in Philadelphia’s game Wednesday vs. Las Vegas.


Record ratings for Little League World Series

ESPN said Wednesday’s game, featuring Philadelphia’s Mo’ne Davis, had the best rating of any LLWS game it has broadcast.

David Ortiz has a friendly chat with Angels shortstop Erick Aybar.

Red-hot David Ortiz powering Red Sox

The young Red Sox roster, filled with so many young players, is getting a lesson in offense from the veteran DH.

Curt Schilling’s revelation a warning about tobacco use

After Schilling’s announcement, along with the death of Tony Gwynn, players said they know about the dangers that tobacco poses.


Clay Buchholz ineffective as Red Sox lose

Buchholz allowed five runs in the fifth as the Angels ran away with another win at Fenway Park.

Angels’ Garrett Richards injured at Fenway

Richards had to be taken off the field on a stretcher after what appeared to be a serious left knee injury.

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