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Marshawn Lynch talks about why he doesn't talk to the media
PHOENIX (AP) -- Marshawn Lynch changed the script and fired back at his critics....

NFL says reported concussions down 25 percent this season
PHOENIX (AP) -- The number of recorded concussions dropped 25 percent during the regular season, according to the NFL, even as injury reporting and trips to injured reserve list rose overall....

Carroll: Refs to use hand signal for ineligible receiver
PHOENIX (AP) -- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Thursday the referees will use hand signals to indicate clearly when normally eligible receivers check in the Super Bowl as ineligible, a technique the Patriots have used in the postseason....

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....

No. 4 Blue Devils dismiss junior Rasheed Sulaimon from team
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Duke has dismissed junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon from the team....

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....

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez goes on trial on murder charges
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) -- With his old team 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 showed the jury security-camera footage from his own home to tie him to the crime....

Lions already propose expanded replay for officiating
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Detroit Lions, feeling burned by a non-interference call in a playoff loss to Dallas, already have proposed expanding the use of instant replay for coaches' challenges....

NFL: ref inspected footballs properly in AFC title game
PHOENIX (AP) -- NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino says the inspection of the footballs by referee Walt Anderson before the AFC championship game was handled properly....

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