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Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman answers a question during an interview for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Phoenix. The Seahawks play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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 his son interfering with his chances at winning a second straight Super Bowl title. He’s expecting his son to be cooperative from …

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 — and a scowl. Many of his media duties are marked by terse answers or outright …

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 shell casing and security-camera video from his own home connect him to the crime. Hernandez’s …

Brady, Belichick offer no explanation for deflated balls

Thursday, January 22, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The two men most responsible for delivering wins for the New England Patriots both said Thursday they have no explanation for how footballs used to reach the Super Bowl were underinflated by 2 pounds per square …

Super Bowl notebook: Seattle CB Jeremy Lane doesn’t worry about Pats TE Rob Gronkowski

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Seattle Seahawks nickel cornerback Jeremy Lane said Thursday he doesn’t think New England All-Pro Rob Gronkowski is that good and being physical with the tight end is important. Asked what he thinks makes Gronkowski so good, Lane paused. “I actually don’t think he’s that good. He’s OK. He …

Colts linebacker says he noticed nothing wrong with Patriots’ football

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Indianapolis Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson says he noticed nothing wrong with the football he intercepted against New England in last week’s AFC championship game. Talking after his Pro Bowl team practiced at Luke Air Force …

Not just NFL: Ball-tampering an issue for other sports, too

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PARIS — Scuffed balls, scratched balls, balls switched mid-game. Ball-doctoring isn’t only an issue for the NFL, which is investigating a report that the New England Patriots used underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game while beating the …

What trick will Bill Belichick pull from his hoodie sleeve next?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has long been a fan of trick plays. Some of them are even legal. But he won’t be alone in next week’s Super Bowl: Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll also …

LeGarrette Blount happy with Patriots after rocky time with Steelers

Thursday, January 22, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — A right cross to an opponent’s chin. An arrest on a marijuana possession charge. A decision to walk out on the Pittsburgh Steelers. And now, for LeGarrette Blount, a spot in the Super Bowl in a …

Patriots coach Bill Belichick, QB Tom Brady offer no explanation for deflated footballs

Thursday, January 22, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The two men most responsible for delivering wins for the New England Patriots both said Thursday they have no explanation for how footballs used to reach the Super Bowl were underinflated by 2 pounds per square …

Deflated balls latest in Belichick’s reputation for guile

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Add underinflated footballs to the list of incidents giving Bill Belichick a reputation for guile and playing above the rules. Softer footballs wouldn’t explain all of a rout that earned the New England Patriots a spot in the …

Some things to know as NFL investigates Patriots’ footballs

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The NFL is very precise about its game and equipment — including the number of footballs prepared for games, how much each must weigh, and who monitors them until kickoff. One rule is very clear: Don’t tamper with …

NFL probe continues; ESPN report cites 11 deflated balls

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The NFL says its investigation into whether the New England Patriots used under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game is ongoing after a report Tuesday night claimed the league found 11 balls were not properly inflated. Troy Vincent, …