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Belichick on deflated balls: 'We try to do everything right'
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- 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....

Kyrgios to meet Murray in in Australian Open quarterfinals
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- He upset Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, and followed up Sunday by beating the guy who ousted Roger Federer at the Australian Open. Next up for Nick Kyrgios is a quarterfinal against Andy Murray at Melbourne Park....

AP Interview: Selig says MLB could expand internationally
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bud Selig began his 8,173rd and final day in charge of baseball by waking up in a Manhattan hotel, having breakfast and working out. After nearly 22 1/2 years that began with unprecedented labor unrest, unfolded with rapid innovation and ended with unparalleled prosperity, he predicted a future filled with more transformation, perhaps with expansion to other countries....

Hall of Famer Ernie Banks mourned in sports world and beyond
CHICAGO (AP) -- To Chicago Cubs fans, Ernie Banks was sunshine that cut through decades of darkness. To baseball players, he was the spirit of the game....

As Brady, Gronk know, pre-Super Bowl injury talk always big
Perhaps already annoyed by the attention to his left elbow ahead of the Super Bowl, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman used a quip to answer one reporter's question about that joint's range of motion....

Eastern Michigan basketball player and fellow student killed
YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Authorities say an Eastern Michigan University women's basketball player and another student were killed in a head-on collision....

Weber's 108.5-mph blast gives him hardest shot at NHL skills
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Not that they did before, but it's official now: No one wants to get in front of Shea Weber's shot....

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

Buckeyes celebrate their title at Ohio Stadium
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- After leading Ohio State to a national championship, Joey Bosa had one question for the 45,000 fans who crowded into Ohio Stadium in late January....

Action Express regroups, sets up tight finish at Rolex 24
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Action Express Racing, vying to defend its Rolex 24 at Daytona title, climbed from an early hole to set up a stirring finish against a pair of Chip Ganassi Racing cars and Wayne Taylor Racing....

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