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Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez listens as the guilty verdict is read during his murder trial, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd in June 2013.  He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.  (Dominick Reuter/Pool Photo via AP)

Ex-NFL star Hernandez convicted of murder, sentenced to life

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison yesterday for a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him. Hernandez, 25, who had been considered one of the top tight ends in professional football, …

Jets add RB Stevan Ridley in free agency

Thursday, April 9, 2015

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The New York Jets further bolstered their offense by adding running back Stevan Ridley yesterday. The former Patriot agreed to a one-year deal with the team. Ridley played in only six games last year before tearing his right ACL. “He’s excited for the opportunity and his rehab is going strong at this point,” said Andy Simms, Ridley’s agent. Ridley …

McClain opts against Patriots, re-signs with Cowboys

Thursday, April 2, 2015

IRVING, Texas – Rolando McClain revived his career with a solid season in Dallas. Now the linebacker will return for at least one more year with the Cowboys. McClain, a former top 10 pick who flamed out after just three seasons in Oakland, signed a one-year contract yesterday, the team reported on its …

Tim Dahlberg column: Brady the greatest ever in Super Bowl? Not so fast

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – His teammates were mostly showered and gone, but Tom Brady was having trouble even bringing himself to move. He sat in front of his locker in Indianapolis, pulling on a pair of boots with a pained …

Former Patriots linebacker Seau among eight voted into Hall of Fame

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields were elected yesterday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The class of 2015, announced a day before the Super Bowl, also includes a pair …

Pot charge dropped against Patriots’ Blount near Pittsburgh

Saturday, January 31, 2015

PITTSBURGH – Prosecutors have dropped a marijuana charge against New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount that stemmed from an August arrest with former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate Le’Veon Bell. West View District Judge Richard Opiela told Blount at a court appearance last month that the misdemeanor marijuana possession …

Doug Baldwin headlines group of unheralded receivers

Saturday, January 31, 2015

PHOENIX – Doug Baldwin led the Seattle Seahawks in catches and yards receiving. He ranked 42nd in the NFL in both categories. Forty-second. It’s no surprise that Hall of Famer and NFL Network’s Deion Sanders dissed Baldwin and the rest of Seattle’s receiving group. Few analysts give them …

Special teams could determine Super Bowl champion

Saturday, January 31, 2015

PHOENIX – While Russell Wilson was throwing interceptions in the NFC championship game, punter Jon Ryan kick-started Seattle’s rally with his arm. Could the Seahawks try another fake field goal against New England in the Super Bowl? “This …

Carroll says decision is Sherman’s if baby arrives early

Saturday, January 31, 2015

PHOENIX – Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll said yesterday it will be Richard Sherman’s decision whether to play in tomorrow’s Super Bowl if his pregnant girlfriend goes into labor with the couple’s first child sooner than expected. Carroll …

NFL’s Goodell seeks to look past ‘tough year,’ to future

Saturday, January 31, 2015

PHOENIX – As if wishing made it so, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described his league – and himself – as having addressed missteps on difficult matters such as domestic violence and being ready to move on. “As an …

Can the Seahawks defense do to Brady what it did to Manning?

Saturday, January 31, 2015

PHOENIX – Last season’s Super Bowl ended with the debate raging about where the Seattle Seahawks’ defense ranked among the all-time greats, and with Peyton Manning taking offense to being asked whether his team’s performance had been embarrassing. …

Judge: Jury can watch Super Bowl unless Hernandez mentioned

Friday, January 30, 2015

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 tomorrow’s Super Bowl, but the judge overseeing the case …

Only Brady, Wilfork remain from Patriots’ last title team

Friday, January 30, 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 …

Carroll: Refs to use hand signal for ineligible receiver

Friday, January 30, 2015

PHOENIX – Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll said yesterday the referees will use hand signals to indicate clearly when normally eligible receivers check in the Super Bowl as ineligible, a technique the Patriots have used in the postseason. Carroll spoke about conversations he had with league officials after Seattle …

Belichick, Carroll coach Super Bowl from different angles

Friday, January 30, 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 …