The NFL says its investigation into whether the New England

The NFL says its investigation into whether the New England

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The NFL says its investigation into whether the New England Patriots used underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game is ongoing after a report Tuesday night claimed the league found 11 balls were not properly inflated. C. J. Beathard Jersey .Troy Vincent, the NFLs executive vice-president for football operations, told The Associated Press that the investigation is currently underway and were still awaiting findings.Vincent was responding to an ESPN report that cited anonymous league sources saying 11 of the Patriots 12 allotted game footballs were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch of air. ESPN did not say how that occurred.Vincent said earlier Tuesday he expected the probe to be concluded by the end of the week. The last thing the NFL wants after a difficult season off the field is a potential cheating scandal that disrupts Super Bowl week. New England faces Seattle on Feb. 1 in Glendale, Arizona.The Patriots, who beat Indianapolis 45-7 for the AFC title, said they were co-operating with the league, and a Seahawks spokesman said the team would defer to the league on the matter.The NFL began looking into the issue not only because doctoring the footballs could provide a competitive advantage, but because it would compromise the integrity of the game.Deflating a football can change the way its gripped by a player or the way it travels through the air. Some quarterbacks and receivers prefer balls with less air or more air than the standard.Under NFL rules, each team provides balls each game for use when its offence is on the field. The balls are inspected before the game by the officiating crew, then handled during the game by personnel provided by the home team.Social media responses were quick late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.11 of 12 balls under-inflated can anyone spell cheating!!! #Just Saying was the tweet from Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice.So we get to play the game again or nah? ?? tweeted Colts cornerback Darius Butler.Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on ESPN radio in Milwaukee that he didnt like how referees handle the balls. If balls come in over-inflated, the referees take some air out.I have a major problem with the way it goes down, to be honest with you, Rodgers said. The majority of the time, they take air out of the football. I think that, for me, is a disadvantage.Rodgers said referees have a set range in which they like to set game balls, and that he always liked the higher end of the range because of his grip.I just have a hard time throwing a flat football, Rodgers said. He thought a slight majority of quarterbacks like footballs on the flatter side.My belief is that there should be a minimum air-pressure requirement but not a maximum, Rodgers said. Theres no advantage, in my opinion. Were not kicking the football. Theres no advantage in having a pumped-up football.Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said the investigation is the least of his worries. And tight end Rob Gronkowski tweeted a photo of himself spiking the ball with the words: WARNING GRONKING MAY CAUSE DEFLATION.Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Tuesday deferred questions about the investigation, saying reporters should ask league officials. Belichick earlier said he wasnt aware there was an issue until Monday morning and promised to co-operate fully with whatever the league wants us to, whatever questions they ask.Belichick, of course, was fined $500,000 in 2007 for having an assistant spy on the New York Jets defensive signals.Special teams captain Matthew Slater said the Patriots try to do things the right way. We work hard at our jobs, our professions, to be successful and its unfortunate that things like this come up, but thats life, thats the world we live in.Colts coach Chuck Pagano said he did not notice issues with the football and didnt specify when asked whether the Colts had reported the issue to officials.We talk just like they talk to officials (before the game), he said. We have an opportunity to talk to the officials about a lot of things.Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman said the balls didnt feel different than usual.And defensive tackle Vince Wilfork seemed amused by the matter and didnt shed any light on it.I dont know anything about that, he said. I dont touch footballs. I tackle people.___AP Sports Writers Howard Ulman, Tim Booth and Genaro C. Armas contributed to this report.___AP NFL website: and AP NFL Twitter feed: Ahkello Witherspoon Youth Jersey . The Toronto Argonauts (11-7) look for an opportunity to repeat as CFL champions when they host the surging Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10-8) on Sunday. Reuben Foster Youth Jersey . Appearing on TSN 1050 on Tuesday, Sean McAdam of Comcast SportsNet New England reported that the Blue Jays, along with a number of other playoff contenders were in the mix for the Boston ace. . The win puts the final playoff berth in Group A in question. If the Czechs beat Slovakia on Tuesday, they will go through. If they lose, Germany will get the last quarter-final berth.DALLAS - Thomas Vanek isnt sure how Minnesota keeps blowing three-goal leads. Hes just happy to try to explain it after a win.Marco Scandella scored the winning goal 2:04 into overtime, after Vanek pulled the Wild even late in regulation, and they beat Dallas 5-4 on Friday night, handing the Stars their eighth straight OT loss at home.The Wild have twice failed to protect 3-0 leads in the third period this season, losing to the New York Rangers 5-4 on Oct. 27 and beating Winnipeg 4-3 in overtime earlier this month.I dont know what is, said Vanek, who assisted on the first Minnesota goal and Scandellas winner. I dont think we change our game, but I think its something that we have to be smarter.This time the lead vanished in the last 4 minutes of the second period. Ales Hemsky started the Dallas scoring with his first goal in his 22nd game with the Stars since signing a 3-year, $12 million contract in the summer.About a minute and a half later, Tyler Seguin got his NHL-leading 18th goal on a shot that was stopped by Darcy Kuemper before the puck slid past the goalie. Erik Cole beat Kuemper from the top of the left circle with 11 seconds left in the period to make it 3-3.The flurry of goals from the Stars came two nights after Kuemper was pulled after giving up four goals in the first period of a 4-0 loss to Los Angeles. He had 41 saves on a season-high 45 shots by Dallas.Alex Goligoski put the Stars ahead 4-3 by beating Kuemper over the top of his glove off a pass from Seguin with 6:31 remaining.Vaneks tying goal came with 1:52 left in regulation from the right circle on assists from Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, who had three assists.We battled foor a point, which is awesome, Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. Joe Williams Womens Jersey. Theres a lot of good in the game, but we seem to throw something really bitter in there to make it hard for me to stand here and tell you I like most parts of our game.Minnesota improved to 6-0 against Central Division teams, and Dallas remained winless at 0-6-2 in the division.The Stars came up short in what would have been their biggest comeback since rallying from 3-0 to beat Chicago 4-3 in a shootout on Feb. 11, 2011, according to STATS.They got chances, but we werent flustered when they scored goals, Scandella said. We came back. We settled things down and we came back to win.Dallas lost the finale of a five-game homestand after winning three straight to answer a seven-game losing skid on home ice that was the longest in franchise history.Story of season so far, Goligoski said. Its not like we have one or two lines going and the other two arent. Seems like its all or nothing.Nino Niederreiter got his seventh goal in eight games and team-leading 11th of the season to start the scoring for Minnesota.Jason Zucker poked in a rebound off Kari Lehtonens pad on a shot by Nate Prosser for a 2-0 Minnesota lead in the first. Mikael Grandlund made it 3-0 midway through the second when he beat Lehtonen on Jason Pominvilles feed.NOTES: Stars F Ryan Garbutt started a two-game suspension for a knee-on-knee hit on Edmontons Taylor Hall in the Stars 3-2 victory Tuesday. He will also be out Saturday night at Colorado. ... Hemskys goal was his 500th career NHL point in his 12th season. He has 147 goals and 353 assists. ... Both teams played the first of back-to-back games. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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