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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 …

Patriots not dwelling on last Super Bowl loss in Arizona

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CHANDLER, Ariz. — The road to perfection reached a dead end in the Arizona desert. Now the New England Patriots are back where a Super Bowl championship — and an unbeaten record — barely eluded them seven years …

Surprise players often star in Super Bowls

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

PHOENIX — Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski. The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks wouldn’t be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday if it weren’t for …

Russell Wilson recalls watching as a kid while Tom Brady won Super Bowls

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Tom Brady began winning Super Bowls when Russell Wilson was still a teenager, tuning in to see the big game on TV. “Of course I remember watching Brady,” Wilson said Tuesday. “He won some incredible games. …

Belichick and The Beast talk but don’t say much at Media Day

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he had to talk. It didn’t mean he had to say anything. So, in essence, he didn’t. And now, onto our regularly scheduled Super Bowl Media Day, where the players …

Long after Twitter feud, Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman pledge respect

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Darrelle Revis long reigned supreme among NFL cornerbacks. Then came along this upstart Richard Sherman, who proclaimed himself the best then backed it up. Now they get to state their case on the NFL’s biggest stage …

Healthy Rob Gronkowski ready to roll in Super Bowl

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Rob Gronkowski’s ankle is fine. So are his forearm and knee. He’s way past those injuries that ruined his last three postseasons. You can’t even hurt his feelings. So when Seattle nickel back Jeremy Lane says …

Deflated topic: air pressure in footballs

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl media day and, well, deflated it. Not only was the topic rarely raised in questioning of …

Getting fired from New England led to Pete Carroll’s reinvention

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Looking back at the championships he won at Southern Cal and the Super Bowl title a season ago with Seattle, Pete Carroll can see exactly where the foundation for all that success was built. The 2000 …

UMass basketball notebook: Forward Seth Berger might be from Seattle, but he’s rooting for the Patriots

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

AMHERST — Seth Berger is not a Seahawks fan. Yes the sophomore forward on the UMass men’s basketball team is a football fan and yes he’s from Seattle. But he isn’t part of the 12th man and doesn’t root for the Legion of Boom. In fact he cheers …

Brandon Browner tells Pats to hit Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas where it hurts

Monday, January 26, 2015

Brandon Browner is telling his New England teammates not to hold back against Seattle’s Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas. In an interview with ESPN, Browner talked about the toughness both Sherman and Thomas showed in the NFC championship …