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For Patriots, Wilfork is Huge

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Belichick's Mysterious Right-Hand Man

Brian Costello, New York Post

UConn Taking a Historic Fall

Gary Parrish, CBS Sports

Why Hernandez Could Be Found Guilty

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Vince Wilfork is a monster of a man. They list him at six-foot-two and 325 lb., but that has to be before breakfast, in his skivvies. At the age of 33, he’s a captain, the se...(full article)

HANDLER, Ariz. – You have to turn all the way to page 50 of the New England Patriots media guide before you come across the mysterious man many people believe is the secret t...(full article)

The final buzzer sounded late Thursday, at which point Kevin Ollie strolled to midcourt like college basketball coaches do. He shook hands with Cincinnati's Larry Davis and various...(full article)

It was less than a year ago, and Darrelle Revis was weighing his options. He had been released after one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and in the frenzied first days of f...(full article)

Defense attorney Michael Fee had just spent the better part of a half-hour slapping the prosecution around via a forceful, impressive and at times even mocking opening statement...(full article)

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