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Rodgers named MVP; Watt gets top defender

Feb 1, 2015

Rodgers named MVP; Watt gets top defender

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 top defensive honors. Rodgers, also the 2011 Associated ...

Feb 1, 2015

Seau, Bettis lead eight elected to Hall of Fame

Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields were elected Saturday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The class of 2015, announced a day before the Super Bowl, also includes a pair of contributors, Bill Polian and Ron Wolf, along ...

Goodell takes turn in spotlight

Jan 31, 2015

Goodell takes turn in spotlight

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 organization, and as an individual, it’s been a ...

Breaking down key factors for the Super Bowl

Jan 30, 2015

Breaking down key factors for the Super Bowl

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

One of the best moments during the Super Bowl week is simulating the biggest game of the year. How do the Seahawks match giant tight end Rob Gronkowski? Can the Patriots stop Marshawn Lynch when he is in the “Beast Mode?” And ultimately, who’s ...

Patriots over painful defeat

Jan 29, 2015

Patriots over painful defeat

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 ago in the desert. Not that they dwell on ...

Wilson set for duel against Super Bowl hero Brady

Jan 28, 2015

Wilson set for duel against Super Bowl hero Brady

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. Incredible comebacks. Incredible throws. Incredible plays. Hopefully he ...

Kraft blasts NFL probe

Jan 27, 2015

Kraft blasts NFL probe

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft demanded an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules regarding using under-inflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game. A conclusion Kraft is certain will occur. In an unscheduled ...

NFL stars focus on fun as Team Irvin wins Pro Bowl

Jan 26, 2015

NFL stars focus on fun as Team Irvin wins Pro Bowl

J.J. Watt danced, Jimmy Graham dunked, Odell Beckham Jr. dazzled. The Pro Bowl in the desert was all about having a good time. Few moved very fast, no one flattened a quarterback and there were no bone-jarring hits in the gentle, friendly version of ...

Sherman says NFL won't punish Pats

Jan 26, 2015

Sherman says NFL won't punish Pats

Relishing no longer being in the “villain” role, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is painting his team’s Super Bowl opponent as occupying that position. He also doubts that the Patriots will be punished by the NFL if they are found guilty of doctoring footballs in ...

Belichick denies any wrongdoing

Jan 25, 2015

Belichick denies any wrongdoing

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 from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating. “At ...

Jan 24, 2015

NFL investigation remains ongoing

The NFL said Friday it has interviewed dozens of people and collected physical evidence but has no conclusions yet on how the New England Patriots used underinflated balls in their last game, offering no timetable for resolving the cheating accusations with the Super Bowl ...

Deflated ball scandal brings denials from Brady, Belichick

Jan 23, 2015

Deflated ball scandal brings denials from Brady, Belichick

The two men most responsible for delivering wins for the New England Patriots both said on Thursday they have no explanation for how footballs used to reach the Super Bowl were underinflated. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he has not been contacted by the ...