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Report: Robert Kraft among investor group vying to buy UFC

06.16.16 at 6:14 pm ET
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Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft is already synonymous with winning in football, and apparently he wants to expand his empire to include the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

According to a report on ESPN, Kraft is part of a group attempting to buy the UFC in a deal that could top $4 billion. The report, from business reporter Darren Rovell, said that Kraft and other investors have agreed to put up $25 million to $50 million each with WME-IMG in conjunction with Dalian Wanda Group. WME is co-chaired by Ari Emanuel, reportedly the inspiration for Jeremy Piven’s Ari Gold character on HBO’s Entourage.

A group of investors from China are also in the running for the wildly successful UFC, the brainchild of former Boston resident Dana White.

The UFC, which has made crossover stars out of fighters like Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor, and Chuck Liddell, reportedly grossed over $600 million last year.

Bidding is drawing to a close and could be decided on Friday, ESPN reported.

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Ed Reed on why his son roots for Patriots: ‘The kid likes champions’

06.16.16 at 2:25 pm ET
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Former Ravens defensive back Ed Reed was recently hired as an assistant coach by the Bills, which means things might get a little dicey in the Reed household twice a year.

Reed told the media Thursday that his son is a diehard Patriots fan.

“His mom is from Boston, though she’s not a Patriots fan. His grandmother lives up there, and the kid likes champions, man,” Reed said. “What can I say? I grew up in New Orleans, I loved my home [town] team, but I was a San Francisco [49ers] fan. I was a Joe [Montana] fan. So that’s just how it is.

“When you’re a kid and you’re watching sports growing up, who’s winning those championships? You tend to gravitate toward winners. Which is a good thing. It helps you from a work ethic standpoint, who you’re watching. Who wants to follow losers? Just saying.”

Reed said his son is “adjusting” to having his Dad work as an assistant coach for a division rival of one of his favorite teams.

“He’s adjusting, man,” Reed said. “When he came here, he left me some notes on the board. He’ll draw me some Bills stuff when I come home. It’s the best. But in his heart, I know.”

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Patriots announce individual tickets on sale July 14

06.16.16 at 1:11 pm ET
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The scene at Gillette Stadium just before kickoff. (USA Today)

The scene at Gillette Stadium just before kickoff. (USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — There will be a chance to buy tickets to Patriots games this year.

As has been the case in years past, a limited number of individual game tickets will be put on sale for the general public on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

When those tickets are sold, it will mark the 23rd consecutive season that the Patriots have sold out every game prior to the start of the season, extending the current streak to 249 consecutive games by season’s end. The streak began in 1994, the year Robert Kraft purchased the franchise, and includes preseason, regular season and postseason games.

The Patriots annually cap season ticket sales, leaving a limited number in reserve for Patriots fans who wish to purchase individual game tickets. All ticket orders will be processed exclusively through Ticketmaster. Tickets will not be sold at the Gillette Stadium Ticket Office.

Ticket orders can be completed online at Ticketmaster, or by phone by calling 800-745-3000. Visa, a Patriots and NFL sponsor, will once again be the only form of payment accepted to purchase Patriots tickets. Purchases will be limited to four tickets per game. In recent years, all tickets to regular season games sold out within minutes.

For wheelchair accessible seating, the number is 508-384-9191. The Patriots have once again limited sales to four tickets per game.

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Reports: Patriots, QB Jacoby Brissett reach agreement on contract

06.16.16 at 10:46 am ET
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The Patriots and Jacoby Brissett have reportedly come to an agreement on a four-year contract, according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot-4, 231-pound quarterback, who was a third-round pick of New England out of North Carolina State, is the last of the Patriots’ draft class to come to terms on a deal.

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Pats announce opening dates for training camp, confirm joint practices with Saints

06.16.16 at 10:19 am ET
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The Patriots announced Thursday 2016 training camp will open when veterans report on July 27, and the first practice will be held in front of the media and fans on July 28.

New England also confirmed that it would be holding joint practices with the Saints in Foxboro on Aug. 9 and 10 in advance of their preseason contest at Gillette on Aug. 11. It’s the first of two series of joint practices — the Patriots will also be conducting workouts with the Bears on Aug. 15 and 16 prior to their preseason game in Foxboro on Aug. 18.

In addition, the team also revealed at that the 2016 induction ceremonies for Kevin Faulk into the Patriots Hall of Fame will be held Mon., Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and is held on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place. Following the induction, the Patriots will host their annual in-stadium practice for Season Ticket Members and Foxborough residents inside Gillette Stadium at 7 p.m.  

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Brandon LaFell: Andy Dalton capable of being ‘similar player’ to Tom Brady

06.15.16 at 4:56 pm ET
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Brandon LaFell and Tom Brady were teammates for two seasons in New England. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Brandon LaFell and Tom Brady were teammates for two seasons in New England. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Former Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell has only been with the Bengals for a couple of months, but he already likes what he sees out of Andy Dalton, saying the Cincy quarterback is capable of reaching Tom Brady’s level of success.

LaFell has only worked with Dalton for a handful of practice sessions this spring, but believes there’s a legitimate comparison to be made between the two signal-callers, saying one day, Dalton could be in the same conversation as Brady.

“If we continue to take the steps we’re making, Andy could be a similar player like that,” LaFell told reporters on Wednesday.

LaFell, who had 107 catches via Brady in his two seasons (14th on the all-time list of receptions from the New England quarterback) said there’s a comparison to be made between the two on and off the field.

“Everybody respects [Dalton] just like everybody respects Brady,” LaFell said. “How Brady demanded the best out of everybody, Andy’s doing the same thing here.

“Both of those guys are smart guys. They always have the offense in the right play. They’re always getting the ball to the right person at the right time. They’re two different offenses, but both of those guys are winners.”

LaFell struggled with health last season before he was cut loose by the Patriots, but he was a key part of the 2014 team, catching 74 passes for 953 yards and seven touchdowns in New England’s most recent Super Bowl season. (In two years with the Patriots, he had 111 catches, 1,468 yards and seven touchdowns.)

“Being around a good quarterback makes everybody else on the field job that much easier,” LaFell said of Dalton and Brady when asked about the importance of good quarterback play. “With them having so much knowledge of the game, knowledge of the offense and playing with a high level of confidence, it kind of slows the game down for everybody else. And for me coming in learning the playbook, he’s helping me out in the huddle, helping me out off the field. It’s making me go out there and know the offense now and just going out there and playing fast and not worrying about anything else because he’s so good.”

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Martellus Bennett talks about joining Patriots, working with Rob Gronkowski

06.15.16 at 11:44 am ET
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New Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett is making the rounds at ESPN on Wednesday, and he stopped by SportsCenter to talk about what he anticipates his role being with the New England offense, as well as the personality the Patriots can now feature at the tight end position.

“If you want Martin Lawrence or Will Smith, then you come to me. If you want Chris Farley or Mike Myers, you go to Gronk,” he said with a smile.

Bennett also talked about what it was like finding out he had been dealt to New England.

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