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  • Some businesses stay clear of using Super Bowl name

    Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:44:31 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — It is the game that must not be named — at least not without permission.

  • Prosecutors: Ex-NFL star Hernandez's DNA ties him to slaying

    Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:01:33 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors laid out what they called compelling forensic evidence — Aaron Hernandez's DNA on a marijuana cigarette shared with the friend they say he killed — as the ex-NFL star's trial got underway.

  • Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez goes on trial on murder charges

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:57:38 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — 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.

  • Jonathan Dwyer pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:29:09 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and been placed on probation in a case stemming from alleged assaults on his wife during arguments at their apartment last year.

  • Prosecutors, defense present cases in Aaron Hernandez trial

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:37:43 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez orchestrated the killing of a semiprofessional football player, then covered up, prosecutors charged Thursday in opening statements, while the defense countered that authorities ignored the evidence and zeroed in on their client from the beginning.

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:48:36 GMT

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

  • Stone-faced Holyfield has starring role in road rage PSA

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:55:54 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — Flashing the same stone-faced glare that once was so familiar in the boxing ring, Evander Holyfield appeared headed toward another fight.

  • Who's who in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:22:39 GMT

    A list of who's who in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez:

  • Jets hire brother of judge in New Jersey sports betting suit

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:59:50 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have hired the brother of a federal judge who has ruled on New Jersey's efforts to allow sports betting, but that won't affect the case for now.

  • Vanderbilt rape verdicts signal support for assault victims

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:06:48 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The gang-rape conviction of two former Vanderbilt University football players sends signals out in every direction.

  • Pennsylvania shop owner makes deflated chocolate football

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:01:57 GMT

    CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania candy maker is getting a big kick out of the New England Patriots' scandal over some deflated footballs.

  • After 2 convictions, 2 more Vanderbilt players face charges

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:43:05 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With two former Vanderbilt football players facing decades in prison after being convicted of the rape of an unconscious student in a dorm room, attention now turns to two of their teammates who have yet to go to trial.

  • McIlroy tired of finishing runner-up

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:15:12 GMT

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The familiar environs of the Emirates Golf Club is where Rory McIlroy hopes this week to end a streak of three straight second-place finishes on the European Tour.

  • Saints, Pelicans owner asks judge to dismiss heirs' lawsuit

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:55:12 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by his recently estranged heirs who are seeking control of his NFL and NBA teams.

  • Jury convicts 2 ex-Vanderbilt players of raping woman

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:57:42 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A jury convicted two ex-Vanderbilt football players on Tuesday of raping a former student, rejecting claims that they were too drunk to know what they were doing and that a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex should be blamed for the attack.

  • Kurt Busch focusing on racing amid domestic violence case

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:59:25 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kurt Busch is confident he is in line for his best NASCAR season ever despite a domestic violence case that could keep him off the track.

  • Deliberations start in rape trial for ex-Vanderbilt players

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:30:35 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two former Vanderbilt football players accused in the rape of a woman in a dorm room believed they were entitled athletes who could "get away with anything," prosecutors said Tuesday.

  • Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper to face rape charges next month

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:18:05 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A preliminary hearing for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper on charges that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub has been tentatively set for Feb. 17.

  • Mental evaluation ordered for boxer Jermain Taylor

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:06:19 GMT

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Champion middleweight boxer Jermain Taylor, who is facing charges in two gun-related incidents, must undergo a mental evaluation, an Arkansas judge said Tuesday.

  • Jurors to start deliberations soon in Vanderbilt rape trial

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:59:56 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jurors in the rape trial of two former Vanderbilt football players will soon begin deliberating.

  • Attorney: Ex-Vanderbilt player took photos, innocent of rape

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:23:18 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Vanderbilt football player on trial for rape took "deplorable" photos of the alleged assault, but shouldn't be convicted of rape because he didn't take part in it, a defense attorney said Tuesday.

  • Vanderbilt rape trial to wrap up with defense arguments

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:42:45 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Defense attorneys for a former Vanderbilt football player accused of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious coed will get a chance to have their say in closing arguments Tuesday morning.

  • Closing arguments begin in ex-Vandy players' rape trial

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:06:07 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The rape trial of two former Vanderbilt football players began wrapping up Monday with a prosecutor telling jurors that video evidence and photographs taken of the crime would be enough to convict them on most of the charges.

  • Court upholds conviction in murder of famed auto racer, wife

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:55:27 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An appeals court upheld convictions Monday in the murders of auto racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife.

  • Kyle Busch annoyed by being mistaken for older brother Kurt

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:39:24 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch said Monday he has not gotten involved in his older brother's personal issues and is disappointed he has been mistaken for Kurt in coverage of assault allegations against the 2004 NASCAR champion.

  • Vanderbilt rape case defendant: No memory of any assault

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:04:43 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Vanderbilt football player charged with rape told a jury Monday that he can't remember a dorm room sexual assault that prosecutors say he and three of his teammates carried out.

  • Defendant in Vanderbilt rape case takes the stand

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:26:08 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Vanderbilt football player being tried for rape is testifying on his own behalf.

  • AP Source: Browns WR Josh Gordon fails another drug test

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:40:04 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon's troubles have deepened. He may be out of chances — and time.

  • Family attorney: Cubs great Ernie Banks died of heart attack

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:13:30 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks died after a heart attack, an attorney representing the Hall of Famer's family said Sunday.

  • AP Explains: What makes the Super Bowl such a big deal

    Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:25:18 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Super Bowl, at its most basic level, is a game that determines the NFL championship.

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

    Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:53:44 GMT

    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 a star tight end with the New England Patriots. He and his fiancee had started a family, living in a mansion in the Boston suburbs with their 8-month-old daughter.

  • 'Death-qualified' juror search slows marathon, theater cases

    Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:04:38 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon.

  • Ex-arena official sues NJ Devils GM over lost wages

    Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:39:16 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former Prudential Center executive has sued New Jersey Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello, claiming he jeopardized his livelihood by falsely accusing him of running the arena poorly.

  • Ex-Major League Baseball player Ted Lilly accused of fraud

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:11:33 GMT

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — Former Major League Baseball player Ted Lilly has been charged in California with three felonies related to insurance fraud, according to a newspaper report.

  • Vanderbilt gang-rape defense points to campus culture

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:17:10 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Defense attorneys for the former Vanderbilt University football players whose own cellphones show they participated in a dorm-room sex assault have placed blame on the elite Southern university, saying their clients' judgment was warped by a campus culture where drunken sex was common.

  • Officials file to end lawsuit against Penn State, NCAA

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:24:17 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania officials are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit against Penn State and the NCAA over the penalties related to the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case.

  • Like a safety in the Super Bowl? Stand in line in Vegas

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:59:23 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — For some bettors, there's just not much value picking either the New England Patriots or Seattle Seahawks in a Super Bowl that is a tossup almost everywhere in this gambling city.

  • Montana man fined for offense on Alaska hunt with Wade Boggs

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:27:35 GMT

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Montana man has been ordered to pay a $3,000 fine after pleading guilty to federal wildlife violations while leading former Boston Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs on a 2009 sheep hunt in Alaska.

  • Jury expected to be seated soon in Aaron Hernandez trial

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:00:14 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The judge overseeing the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez on Friday settled on a pool of 53 prospective jurors from which the court will try to seat 18 jurors.

  • Photographer sues Nike over Michael Jordan photo copyright

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:41:15 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A photographer is accusing Nike of violating the copyright of his 1984 image of Michael Jordan soaring toward a basketball hoop by continuing to use the image to market shoes and clothes.

  • Doc: Player was so drunk, he'd struggle to join a gang-rape

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:01:06 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A defense witness in the case of four former Vanderbilt University football players charged with gang-raping a fellow student testified Friday that one of them was so drunk, he would have struggled to form the intent to commit such a crime.