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PATS WILL STAY PUT WITH NEW DEAL IN FOXBORO

The New England Patriots are staying put for now.

The team committed itself to a state-backed proposal to renovate Foxboro Stadium, abandoning a plan to build a new facility down Interstate 95 in Providence, R.I.

"The Patriots are playing here now and it's our home and it's the only football stadium in New England. So this is where our attentions are turned," Patriots vice president Jonathan Kraft said.

"This was never about Massachusetts vs. Rhode Island," he said.

The defending AFC champions have been looking to replace their outmoded stadium almost from the day Kraft's father, Robert, bought the team in 1988. A proposal to build a stadium in South Boston was rejected this year because of neighborhood opposition.

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