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Belichick and The Beast talk but don't say much at Media Day
PHOENIX (AP) -- Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he had to talk. It didn't mean he had to say anything....

Jury convicts 2 ex-Vanderbilt players of raping woman
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....

Deflated topic: air pressure in footballs
PHOENIX (AP) -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft's pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl media day and, well, deflated it....

Healthy Gronkowski ready to roll in Super Bowl
PHOENIX (AP) -- Rob Gronkowski's ankle is fine. So are his forearm and knee. He's way past those injuries that ruined his last three postseasons....

Column: Sherman provides some levity for this Super Bowl
PHOENIX (AP) -- Richard Sherman didn't draw the biggest crowd Tuesday at media day, despite doing his best to spice up Super Bowl week with a running feud with New England owner Robert Kraft....

Tale of Tiger's tooth: 'Dude ... caught me square' on mouth
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Tiger Woods was all smiles Tuesday - and with a full set of teeth....

Super Bowl, Tiger make Phoenix center of sports universe
PHOENIX (AP) -- Tiger Woods will tee off his season in front of 200,000 golf fans and an estimated million people will flock to a revived Phoenix downtown for NFL events....

Former NFLers appeal dismissal of lawsuit over painkillers
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Lawyers representing 1,300 former NFL players filed notice Tuesday that they plan to appeal a federal judge's dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that teams damaged the players' health by routinely - and often illegally - dispensing painkillers....

Nadal's Australian Open goes true to his prediction
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Rafael Nadal kept telling anyone who would listen that his fitness levels wouldn't stand up to the rigors of a two-week Grand Slam tournament. Tomas Berdych proved him right....

Highs and lows of players in the Super Bowl
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The extremes between the players in Sunday's Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks:...

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