>>Belichick Denies Any Knowledge Of How Deflated Footballs
(Foxborough, MA) -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he's "shocked" about "Deflategate." Belichick said at a Thursday press conference that he has never talked to a player or any staff member about football air pressure during his entire career and that they are cooperating with the NFL's investigation. According to ESPN, 11 of New England's 12 allotted game balls were under-iNFLated by two pounds during last Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots beat the Colts 45-7 to advance to Super Bowl 49 against the Seattle Seahawks.
>>Brady Denines Knowledge of "Deflategate"
Tom Brady spoke of his involvement regarding the deflated footballs used during the AFC Championship Game on Thursday.
And like his head coach, Brady pled ignorance.
"I didn't alter the balls in any way," said Brady, who did not have a prepared statement and instead took questions from the media on the issue. "I've always played within the rules and I would never break the rules."
Brady explained his routine with team equipment managers and said nothing was any different from their normal preparation.
"I have no knowledge of any wrong doing. ... I don't know what happened," said Brady, who will play in his record sixth Super Bowl on Feb. 1. "I don't like that this has taken away from what we've achieved as a team."
The Patriots advanced to Super Bowl XLIX by rolling to a 45-7 win over the Colts last Sunday, a rain-soaked affair the saw Colts quarterback Andrew Luck complete just 36 percent of his passes.
Brady, meanwhile, connected on 66 percent of his attempts and was picked off once, an interception by D'Qwell Jackson in the second quarter that commenced what has been since been deemed "Deflate-Gate."
>>NFL London Games To Start Early Stateside In 2015
Each of the three NFL games to be played in London next season will have morning start times in the United States.
The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins will play on Oct. 4 at Wembley Stadium, then the league will play consecutive weeks in London for the first time when Buffalo and Jacksonville meet on Oct. 25 and Detroit takes on Kansas City on Nov. 1.
All three start times will be 9:30 a.m. ET in the United States.
Since the London series began in 2007, most of the start times were 1 p.m. ET in the U.S., although the Lions and Falcons played at 9:30 a.m. ET in one of this past season's three games.