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A still image from a court room video display shows former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez, visiting a gas station about an hour before prosecutors say Odin Lloyd was killed, at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Hernandez is charged in the murder of Lloyd in 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Video shows Hernandez dancing near gas pump before killing

Thursday, February 26, 2015

FALL RIVER — Ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez ran up a $243 bar tab and smoked marijuana in the hours before the boyfriend of his fiancee’s sister was shot to death, according to testimony Thursday at his murder trial. Just over an hour before the killing of Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013, video surveillance shows Hernandez walking unsteadily …

Housecleaners say they saw guns in Aaron Hernandez’s home

Monday, February 23, 2015

FALL RIVER — Two women who cleaned the home of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified Monday at his murder trial that they saw guns stashed in three places in his house before the killing. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the June 17, 2013, killing of Odin Lloyd, who was …

Hometown eager to celebrate Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler

Friday, February 20, 2015

VICKSBURG, Miss. — The day before the Super Bowl that would change Malcolm Butler’s life, he posted a picture of the Vicksburg city seal on his Facebook page, thanking family and friends for supporting him during his journey to football’s biggest stage. It was clear Butler loves his hometown. Now Vicksburg — a …

Julian Edelman cleared to play after concussion test

Monday, February 2, 2015

PHOENIX — Julian Edelman passed a concussion test after a big hit in the Super Bowl appeared to leave him groggy, allowing him to continue and catch the winning touchdown a few minutes later, a person with knowledge …

Seahawks’ decision to pass latest call to create controversy

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Seattle Seahawks had both the Lombardi Trophy and greatness in their grasp with 36 inches and 26 seconds to go. They watched their coronation as a modern day dynasty slip away with the decision not to put …

Super Bowl Notebook: Seahawks WR Chris Matthews distinguishes himself at Super Bowl

Monday, February 2, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Whenever Seattle Seahawks receiver Chris Matthews searched online for news about himself, he always had to add the word football. Any other search for Chris Matthews almost always ended up with political talk show …

How the Super Bowl ad game played out

Monday, February 2, 2015

NEW YORK — Super Bowl advertisers on Sunday night sought to win over viewers in a variety of ways. McDonald’s called for loving, Coke demanded more positivity, and Nationwide told the story of a dead boy. Here’s a …

From deflation to elation, Patriots fans celebrate a Super Bowl championship

Monday, February 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The mood went from somber and dejected to jubilant very quickly at Platform Sports Bar in Northampton during Super Bowl 49 Sunday night. The crowd experienced a loss, and a Super Bowl victory in the same …

Seattle’s decision to throw leads to Pats’ clinching pick

Monday, February 2, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. — A late-game interception by defensive back Malcolm Butler saved the Super Bowl for the New England Patriots. That the pass was thrown at all may haunt Seattle coach Pete Carroll. A quick rundown of the …

Tom Brady rallies Patriots to 28-24 Super Bowl win over Seahawks

Sunday, February 1, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Ten years removed from his last Super Bowl win, Tom Brady wasn’t letting this one slip away. Sure, the brilliant Brady needed a huge play by an undrafted rookie to preserve New England’s 28-24 Super …

Aaron Rodgers wins MVP, J.J. Watt unanimous top AP defensive player

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX — Just living the dream. And looking for more. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers won his second MVP award Saturday night, and J.J. Watt swept away the voters the way he sweeps quarterbacks off their feet to take …

Former Amherst College coach leading the Patriots defense

Friday, January 30, 2015

In the hours leading up to his team’s biggest game of the season, Amherst College football coach E.J. Mills knows one of the first people who will send him some encouragement. Even while involved in final preparations for …

This Tom Brady in Belchertown sometimes mistaken for that other Tom Brady who plays football

Friday, January 30, 2015

The phone call came out of nowhere. A nameless man was so irate following a New England Patriots loss that he looked up the phone number of Tom Brady and voiced his displeasure to the apparent three-time Super …