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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 …

‘Deflategate’ or not, New England fans should enjoy the Patriots’ success

Friday, January 30, 2015

If the Patriots win Sunday’s Super Bowl, the title will be tainted, an asterisked championship that won’t mean as much — at least that’s what the seemingly endless parade of talking heads, who breathlessly can’t wait to talk about “Deflategate,” are saying. Who exactly is going to consider …

Judge: Jury can watch Super Bowl unless Hernandez mentioned

Friday, January 30, 2015

FALL RIVER — The 18 New England residents sitting on the jury in the murder trial of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will be allowed to watch the home team play in Sunday’s Super Bowl, but the judge …

Super Bowl notebook: Richard Sherman looking forward to fatherhood

Thursday, January 29, 2015

PHOENIX — Richard Sherman has contingency plans in place should his girlfriend give birth to their first child — a son — before Sunday’s Super Bowl against New England. Sherman doesn’t seem worried about the potential arrival of …

Hoodie and scowl hide the Belichick impact

Thursday, January 29, 2015

PHOENIX — He’s been called the Evil Genius, and he’s been fined for spying on an opponent. And now there are questions about deflated footballs. Any visual portrait of Bill Belichick likely has him wearing a hoodie — …

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez goes on trial on murder charges

Thursday, January 29, 2015

FALL RIVER — With his ex-teammates about to play in the Super Bowl, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez went on trial on murder charges Thursday, watching from the defense table as prosecutors said DNA on a …

NFL: ref inspected footballs properly in AFC title game

Thursday, January 29, 2015

PHOENIX — NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino says the inspection of the footballs by referee Walt Anderson before the AFC championship game was handled properly. Blandino also said Thursday the process of checking the footballs and security surrounding the inspections will be enhanced for Sunday’s Super Bowl. As …

Only Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork remain from Patriots’ last title team

Thursday, January 29, 2015

PHOENIX — Vince Wilfork still remembers the joy of being showered with confetti on the field where the New England Patriots won their last NFL title. “It’s something that you really can’t put into words,” he said of …

Rob Gronkowski and Kam Chancellor make for must-see matchup

Thursday, January 29, 2015

PHOENIX — On some point Sunday it will happen. At least everyone hopes it happens. The biggest, most athletic tight end in football will be running downfield and be met in a full-speed collision with the hardest-hitting strong …

Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll coach Super Bowl from different angles

Thursday, January 29, 2015

PHOENIX — Put Bill Belichick behind a microphone and he’s C-SPAN — minus the information. Pete Carroll is more like a Lifetime movie. Or, as defensive lineman Michael Bennett puts it, “He has that Benjamin Button effect on …

Local physics professor, high school quarterback weigh in on deflategate

Thursday, January 29, 2015

As the NFL seeks a Columbia University physics professor’s help with the science in the New England Patriots deflated football investigation, a local university instructor said the advantage to using an under inflated football is minimal. “Almost irrelevant,” …