Tag: New England Patriots

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Sports

Steelers turn back clock to break out of funk

Buffalo Bills’ EJ Manuel, left, is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers’ Jarvis Jones during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The ball was snapped and Jarvis Jones sprinted forward. A moment later, he was in the Buffalo Bills backfield. A split second after that, Buffalo quarterback E.J. Manuel tumbled meekly to the Heinz Field turf in apparent surrender. Jones stood up and walked back to the Pittsburgh Steelers huddle. No big celebration. No histrionics necessary.

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Sports

Steelers beat Bills in unimpressive manner

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Jerry Hughes (55) and Buffalo Bills free safety Jim Leonhard (35) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) It might just be me and maybe I see the glass as half empty but after the Steelers beat the Bills 23-10 on Sunday, I wasn’t left impressed. Sure, the game really wasn’t in question after the 2nd quarter but this victory was hollow. The Steelers beat a team who was just as bad as they are. The Bills are 3-6, so are the Steelers. If anyone expected the Bills to put on a display like the Patriots did a week prior, they don’t understand football.

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Sports

Former Patriots P Zoltan Mesko ready to go for Steelers

New England Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko (14) punts against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) by Dale GrdnicAssociated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — New Pittsburgh Steelers punter Zoltan Mesko believes that everything happens for a reason. That was never more evident than this week.

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Sports

Meyer: Hernandez murder charge not Florida related

In this Nov. 13, 2010, file photo, then-Florida coach Urban Meyer glances at the scoreboard during his team’s NCAA college football game against South Carolina in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File) COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said it is “wrong and irresponsible” to connect him or his former Florida staff to the murder charge facing Aaron Hernandez. In texts to The Columbus Dispatch and The Gainesville Sun on Saturday, Meyer said there was no cover-up of drug tests during Hernandez’s time at Florida. Meyer coached Florida from 2005 to 2010.

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Opinion

NFL doesn’t have answers on Hernandez

by Donald McPherson (CNN) — Many were shocked this week when New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and linked to an unsolved double-homicide case from 2012. The tone in the sports community has been muted because this is occurring during the off-season and the impact on the “game” is minimal. There are many unanswered questions about the Hernandez case. What does it tell us about the intersection of sports and the violent and sometimes criminal behavior of athletes off the field?

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National

Lloyd’s family: Patriots’ Hernandez was friend

This Dec. 25, 2012 photo taken by a sister and provided by the Boston Bandits football team shows Odin Lloyd, 27, whose body was found Monday, June 17, 2013 in an industrial park in North Attleborough, Mass., about a mile from the house of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. (AP Photo/Lloyd family via the Boston Bandits ) by Bridget Murphy BOSTON (AP) — A body was found, search warrants were issued, investigators conducted interviews — all the signs of an impending police action were in place by week’s end. Still the family of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd waited for answers. A jogger found Lloyd’s body in an industrial park Monday, a mile from the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Family members said Friday the two men were friends who were together the night Lloyd died. They said Lloyd had been dating Hernandez’s fiancee’s sister for about two years. Police have searched in and around Hernandez’s sprawling home in North Attleborough, not far from where the Patriots practice. Hernandez’s attorney Michael Fee has acknowledged media reports about the state police search of Hernandez’s home but said he wouldn’t have any comment on it.