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Shayanna Jenkins, right,  fiancee of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, left, walks away after testifying at Hernandez's trial, Friday, March 27, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/CJ Gunther, Pool)

Aaron Hernandez fiancee discusses money, gun at murder trial

Friday, March 27, 2015

FALL RIVER — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and his fiancee traded expressionless glances Friday as she took the witness stand to testify in his murder trial. Shayanna Jenkins was called by prosecutors after being granted immunity, which means she was ordered to testify by the court or face time behind bars. Jenkins, Hernandez’s high school sweetheart and …

Fiancee of Aaron Hernandez to be called to testify Friday

Thursday, March 26, 2015

FALL RIVER — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be called to testify in his murder trial Friday, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press. Shayanna Jenkins was granted immunity by the court in February, which means she can be compelled to testify or …

NFL unveils plans to mark league’s 50th Super Bowl

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PHOENIX — The Super Bowl turns 50 this year and the NFL is planning a golden yearlong celebration. The league unveiled plans that include sending a gold-colored football to the high school of every player or head coach who played in the big game. The football will have the player’s name and the name of the high school. In some cases, the player …

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 …