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AP Top Sports News At 1:16 p.m. EST

Hoodie and scowl hide the Belichick impact
PHOENIX (AP) -- 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....

Carroll, Belichick both have sons on Super Bowl staffs
PHOENIX (AP) -- Nate Carroll almost passed on the chance to own a Super Bowl ring....

Murray into final; Williams, Sharapova to meet in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Andy Murray has reached the Australian Open final for the fourth time, beating Tomas Berdych in a tension-filled semifinal to earn one more shot at a long elusive title....

Brady feels better, expects to be 100 percent for Super Bowl
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) -- Tom Brady expects his cold to be gone in time for the Super Bowl....

Spieth ready for big show _ Phoenix and Tiger
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Tiger Woods faced dozens of reporters and cameras, a big gathering in a crowded section outside the clubhouse at the TPC Scottsdale. Just then, Jordan Spieth walked on a path above the staging area and smiled when he saw the scene....

Defense: Cops quickly focused on Aaron Hernandez in killing
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) -- A defense lawyer in the trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez says police and prosecutors targeted his client in the murder case from the beginning....

Irving dazzles, scores 55 as Cavs win 8th straight game
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kyrie Irving clapped his hands as he walked to the middle of the locker room, unaware of the surprise his teammates had in store for him....

Chase Elliott to replace Jeff Gordon in No. 24 next season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Chase Elliott will replace Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Chevrolet when the four-time NASCAR champion gives up his seat at the end of this season....

Column: Think you know the Super Bowl? Take the quiz
PHOENIX (AP) -- By now, even the most casual fan has learned that Marshawn Lynch is interesting only because he refuses to say anything....

NFL players who started young show more thinking problems
BOSTON (AP) -- NFL veterans who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 are more likely to have cognitive difficulties after their careers, according to a study published on Wednesday in the journal Neurology....

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