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  • Opening statements next in murder trial of ex-Pat Hernandez

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Aaron Hernandez once seemed to be a man with a bright future. At age 23 he had a Super Bowl appearance under his belt and a $40 million contract as…

  • NFL Calendar

    Feb. 1 — Super Bowl, Glendale, Ariz. Feb. 16 — First day for teams to designate franchise or transition players. Feb. 17-23 — NFL combine, Indianapolis. March 2 — Final day to designate franchise or…

  • Belichick on deflated balls: ‘We try to do everything right’

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Saying his team “followed every rule to the letter,” New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players…

  • Luck-led Team Carter vs. Romo-lead Team Irvin in Pro Bowl

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — After three days of light, make that very light, workouts, Team Irvin and Team Carter are ready for Sunday night’s Pro Bowl. Tony Romo will start at quarterback for Team Irvin,…

  • Could Super Bowl be Lynch’s finale in Seattle?

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) — For all the importance placed around finding the right quarterback, the trade that brought Marshawn Lynch to Seattle part way through the 2010 season could be considered the most important transaction…

  • Bears hire Hardegree as offensive assistant

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have hired Bo Hardegree as an offensive assistant. Hardegree follows new Chicago coach John Fox from Denver, where he spent this season as an offensive quality control…

  • Sherman, Seahawks take the trash-talk lead over Patriots

    Richard Sherman gave Tom Brady an earful and trolled him on Twitter a few years ago. Now the All-Pro cornerback says the star quarterback isn’t really a choir boy. Sherman vs. Brady. Jeremy Lane vs.…

  • Pro Bowl officials to use tablets for video reviews

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The NFL will test having game officials use tablets for video reviews in Sunday’s Pro Bowl. Coaches and players for the first time have been using the Microsoft Surface tablets on…

  • As Brady, Gronk know, pre-Super Bowl injury talk always big

    Perhaps already annoyed by the attention to his left elbow ahead of the Super Bowl, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman used a quip to answer one reporter’s question about that joint’s range of motion. “If…

  • World Cup of Hockey tournament set for 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The World Cup of Hockey is making a long-awaited return in 2016. And the NHL intends to host it every four years. “We decided that bringing back the World Cup was…

  • AP Explains: The Pro Bowl, unlike any other All-Star game

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Pro Bowl is unlike any other All-Star game. The concept is the same, sure; the best players in the league showcasing their talents against each other. But the NFL’s version…

  • Jets hire Pepper Johnson as defensive line coach

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have hired former linebacker Pepper Johnson as their defensive line coach. Johnson worked in the same role last season with Buffalo, but was replaced by Karl…

  • Seahawks vs. Patriots: key matchups in Super Bowl

    Matchups for the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium: When the Seahawks (14-4) have the ball: If the Patriots can tame the Beast,…

  • Weekend Time Schedule

    All Times EST Saturday TOP 25 BASKETBALL Men No. 1 Kentucky at South Carolina, Noon No. 3 Gonzaga vs. Pacific, 8 p.m. No. 6 Wisconsin at Michigan, 7 p.m. No. 7 Arizona at California, 10:30…

  • Weekend Time Schedule

    All Times EST Saturday TOP 25 BASKETBALL Men No. 1 Kentucky at South Carolina, Noon No. 3 Gonzaga vs. Pacific, 8 p.m. No. 6 Wisconsin at Michigan, 7 p.m. No. 7 Arizona at California, 10:30…