Wednesday's roundup: Fans welcome champ Patriots
Boston — Giddy fans of the Super Bowl champion Patriots chanted "Brady! Brady!" and clambered atop massive snowbanks for better views as players danced and waved their way through Boston in a Wednesday afternoon parade celebrating their fourth NFL title.
Well-wishers blew kisses, pumped their fists and screamed themselves hoarse as the team rolled through downtown aboard the World War II-style amphibious "duck boat" vehicles that have become a staple of the city's championship parades.
Some fans defied police warnings and climbed on giant piles of snow left from last week's blizzard to get a glimpse of quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick and other players as trucks blew plumes of confetti into the air.
The crowd roared as a smiling Belichick and his players snapped selfies and took turns waving the Lombardi trophy earned in a 28-24 victory over the defending champion Seahawks last weekend.
A beaming Brady held his young son, Benjamin, who grinned and waved to the crowd. Later, Brady posted a video to Facebook.
"Thank you guys. Thanks for all your support. What a year it's been. Look at this!" he said panning the camera over the roaring crowd. "Let's go!"
The convoy carrying players, their wives and girlfriends, the team mascot, cheerleaders and more rolled down Boylston Street on route to City Hall, crossing the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where two bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others in 2013.
"I'm freezing, but it's been great. It's exciting," said Annie Cushing, a Quincy resident who had been standing in front of City Hall for hours before the parade started, wearing a No. 87 Rob Gronkowski jersey and a homemade Lombardi trophy hat made of tin foil and tape.
Cambridge resident Carl Estrella wore a T-shirt saying "Deflate This," mocking allegations the Patriots cheated with underinflated footballs in their AFC Championship victory over the Colts nearly three weeks ago. The NFL still is investigating.
Lynch is clear
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch fulfilled all his media obligations during Super Bowl week and will not be fined.
NFL spokesman Michael Signora said in a statement that Lynch fulfilled the obligation to attend all media sessions before the game.
Lynch never appeared for more than five minutes at any of the three availabilities, saying at Media Day, "I'm just here so I won't get fined."
In addition, Signora said Lynch will not be fined for the hat he wore all three days. Lynch wore a hat for his "Beast Mode" clothing brand.
The hat was made by and given to him by an NFL licensee, New Era, and was in team colors, Signora said.
Cowboys running back Joseph Randle was arrested for the second time in less than four months, this time on suspicion of marijuana possession after a domestic violence call to police in his hometown in Kansas.
Wichita police spokesman Lt. James Espinoza said Randle was arrested early Tuesday after the 22-year-old mother of Randle's child called 911 to report she fought with him in a hotel room. Espinoza said the woman showed no signs of being injured. She was there so Randle could see his child.
The 23-year-old Randle was arrested after a small amount of marijuana was found, and he was ordered to appear in court in three weeks on the possession charge. He wasn't taken into custody.
It's the second arrest since October for Randle, who faced a misdemeanor shoplifting charge at a Dallas-area mall after police in the suburb of Frisco say he was accused of taking $123 worth of cologne and underwear from a department store.
Cowboys officials didn't immediately comment, and Randle's agent didn't return messages seeking comment.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email that league officials "will look into it."
... Police in Washington arrested Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and charged him with assault after an argument over a parking space.