Penney's board 'flying blind,' investor Ackman says

PLANO, Texas, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- J.C. Penney Co.'s board is "flying blind" and needs to oust Chairman Tom Engibous, investor Bill Ackman said in a letter Friday to the U.S. retailer's board.

Texas businessman and con man Billy Sol Estes dies at 88

DECORDOVA, Texas, May 15 (UPI) -- Billie Sol Estes, a flamboyant Texas millionaire businessman who wound up in prison multiple times for fraud, has died, his daughter said. He was 88.

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Former star athlete denies raping coed

MISSOULA, Mont., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A former star quarterback at the University of Montana has testified the sex he had with a fellow classmate a year ago was entirely consensual.

Johnson guilty of Phylicia Barnes' murder

BALTIMORE, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Michael Johnson was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Phylicia Barnes, who disappeared in 2010 while visiting family in Baltimore.

Minnesota ex-con charged with killing wife

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- A Minnesota man who spent nearly 12 years in prison for rape has been accused of killing and dismembering his wife.

Michigan enacts tough animal fighting laws

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Michigan's new laws against dogfighting and cockfighting are the toughest in the nation, a legislator said.

Ex-NFL players donate brains to science

BOSTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A dozen athletes, including six retired NFL players, will donate their brains to science when they die so U.S. researchers can study the effects of concussions.

Ex-Patriot Ted Johnson, wife arrested

WESTON, Mass., July 22 (UPI) -- Former New England Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson and his wife have each been charged with assault after a domestic dispute in Weston, Mass.

Patriots' Ted Johnson retires

FOXBORO, Mass., July 28 (UPI) -- New England Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson retired Thursday ending a 10-year NFL career.

Patriots release Roman Phifer

FOXBORO, Mass., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- New England Patriots linebacker Roman Phifer was released Monday.

Broncos, Patriots in the NFL Monday night

DENVER, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The Denver Broncos again will go with Danny Kanell at quarterback Monday night when they host the New England Patriots.

NFL: New England 9, Cleveland 3

FOXBORO, Mass., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The complex defensive schemes of Coach Bill Belichick confounded both Cleveland quarterbacks Sunday in a 9-3 win by New England.

New England 23, N.Y. Jets 16

FOXBORO, Mass., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Asante Samuel returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown to help Sunday as New England beat the New York Jets, 23-16.

Colvin lost for the season

FOXBORO, Mass., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- New England linebacker Rosevelt Colvin, the team's top free agent acquisition, underwent surgery Friday to repair a fractured hip.

Ted Johnson undergoes surgery

FOXBORO, Mass., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The New England Patriots lost another key member of their defense Wednesday when linebacker Ted Johnson underwent surgery to repair his broken left foot.

New England 33, Chicago 30

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- After having an interception overturned by replay, Tom Brady capped a huge comeback Sunday by throwing a 20-yard touchdown pass to David Patten with 20 seconds

LB Johnson returns to Patriots

FOXBORO, Mass., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Veteran linebacker Ted Johnson Friday returned to the New England Patriots after a three-day absence.

Indians put Diaz on DL

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Patriots LB Johnson is AWOL

FOXBORO, Mass., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Veteran linebacker Ted Johnson Thursday left the New England Patriots for undisclosed reasons.

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McGinest, Johnson among unprotected

FOXBORO, Mass., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Willie McGinest and Ted Johnson were among the five players Super Bowl champion New England left unprotected Tuesday for the Feb. 18 expansion draft.

Super Bowl XXXVI -- Patriots sketches

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- New England Patriots sketches:

Super Bowl XXXVI -- Depth Charts

Depth charts for the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams, who meet Sunday in Super Bowl XXXVI:
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AFC Championship: Depth Charts

Depth charts for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots, who will meet Sunday in the AFC Championship game:
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