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Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell spotted at billionaires summit

07.08.15 at 7:39 pm ET
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A photo posted by CNBC sports business reporter and field producer Jess Golden on Twitter of Patriots owner Robert Kraft and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell walking at a billionaires getaway is making the rounds.

The occasion?

The two presumably are attending an annual tech and media conference hosted by investment bank Allen & Co. in Sun Valley, Idaho.

The event is known as “billionaire’s summer camp” as Elon Musk (Tesla), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Barry Diller (IAC), Rupert Murdoch (News Corporation), Jack Dorsey (Twitter), and Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook) have already made their arrival at the Sun Valley Resort.

No word from either camp as to what will be discussed. Goodell is expected to hand down his decision later this month on Tom Brady‘s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.

Red Sox owner John Henry was also spotted with wife Linda Pizutti at the retreat resort/conference.

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Brandon LaFell out of walking boot, ‘looking forward to starting camp’

07.08.15 at 6:13 pm ET
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Brandon LaFell

Brandon LaFell

Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell had one of the better first seasons in New England of any wide out in recent memory, catching a career-high 74 passes for 953 yards and seven touchdowns to go along 13 catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns in the postseason.

Although there was no reported injury following the season, LaFell missed all offseason camps and was spotted wearing a walking boot on his left foot. But any concerns of him missing any time once training camp rolls around were put to an end on Wednesday.

“Just a few lingering injuries that happened in the late part of the regular season that I just played through throughout the playoffs,” LaFell told Sirius XM NFL Radio. “Finally got some time off to let my body heal up properly. I’m out of the boot now and I’m just looking forward to starting camp.”

Despite the foot injury, LaFell said he spent the offseason looking to build on a successful first season as a Patriot, saying he stayed “within the playbook” and continued to “pick [Tom] Brady‘s mind and try to get better.”

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Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski among NFL Network’s top 10 players of 2015

07.07.15 at 1:50 pm ET
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Where will Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski land on the NFL Network’s top 100 players of 2015 list?

The network’s “The Top 100 Players of 2015″ weekly series will conclude Wednesday, July 8 where the top 10 list will be unveiled. The network released the names of the top 10 players and Brady and Gronkowski are both on the list.

The other members of the top 10 are: Marshawn Lynch, Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning. J.J, Watt, Antonio Brown, Calvin Johnson, DeMarco Murray and Aaron Rodgers. The order of the top 10 will be revealed in two, one-hour episodes at 8:00 and 9:00 EST.

Julian Edelman was on the list at No. 91 and Darrelle Revis No. 17.

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Andrew Luck: Patriots ‘kings of the league right now and everybody would like to dethrone them’

07.07.15 at 8:39 am ET
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The Patriots have knocked Andrew Luck and the Colts out of the playoffs the past two seasons. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Patriots have knocked Andrew Luck and the Colts out of the playoffs the past two seasons. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

After hosting a Q&A event with fans in London last weekend, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck checked in with a British website,, for an interview touching on a number of different subjects.

With Patriots beating the Colts 45-7 in last year’s AFC championship game on their way to winning the Super Bowl, as well as knocking them out of the playoffs the year prior, Luck discussed the Patriots, noting how the Colts “respect” them, but also with them winning the Super Bowl, every team would like to take them down.

“€œThe Patriots are obviously the defending Super Bowl champs and our defending conference champs so there’€™s a high amount of respect for that team and what they do,” Luck told the website. “They’€™re the kings of the league right now and everybody would like to dethrone them –€“ we’€™d like to dethrone them but you have to look at the season as 16 games. There are fans and media who will hype up certain games and circle them in red on the calendar but, as a player, you lose sight of what’€™s important if you get into that mode.”

The Patriots will travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts Oct. 18 in the Patriots’ fifth game of the season, which if Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension holds, it would be his first game of the year.

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Patriots up for 5 ESPY awards, including Tom Brady for Best NFL Player

07.05.15 at 12:29 pm ET
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The 2015 ESPYs will be held July 15 and the Patriots are up for five awards at the annual event.

Best coach/manager: Bill Belichick
Best game: Super Bowl XLIX
Best NFL player: Tom Brady
Best comeback athlete: Rob Gronkowski
Best play: Malcolm Butler interception

Fans can vote on the winners, by clicking here.

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Patriots celebrate their own ‘fourth’ on Instagram

07.04.15 at 1:24 pm ET
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By winning their fourth Super Bowl title in franchise history this past February, the Patriots are celebrating a little different than everyone else this Fourth of July.

The team posted this photo to Instagram on July 3.

#FBF That other time we celebrated the fourth. #Patriots

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Judge rejects Aaron Hernandez move to overturn murder conviction

07.01.15 at 2:14 pm ET
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Judge Susan A. Garsh, who oversaw Aaron Hernandez‘s trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, refused a motion to toss the ex-Patriot’s first-degree murder conviction or at least reduce it to second-degree murder on Wednesday.

Hernandez’s defense lawyers asked the court to “invalidate the jury’s verdict and find Hernandez not guilty on the murder charge and one of the gun charges,” according to the Hartford Courant.

Garsh, in refuting the motions, which was a procedural step that needed to be taken before an appeal, wrote in a ruling that “considering the evidence in the light most favorable to the Commonwealth, the court finds that a rational jury could find that the Commonwealth proved every essential element of the crimes charged in counts 1 and 2 beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Hernandez was convicted in April of first-degree murder, which holds an automatic life sentence without parole.

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