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Aaron Hernandez Found Guilty On All Charges

Apr 15, 2015 10:30 AM

Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of first-degree murder, possession of ammunition and possession of a glock.

While Massachusetts does not have the death penalty, Hernandez will receive life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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Stevan Ridley Signs With Jets

Apr 9, 2015 1:29 AM

Stevan Ridley has signed with the New York Jets.

Ridley's one-year contract with the Jets was finalized Wednesday.

 

"He's excited for the opportunity and his rehab is going strong at this point," Ridley's agent, Andy Simms, told The Associated Press.

Ridley, 26, only five months removed from major knee surgery, visited last week with the Jets. Ridley also met with Washington and the Miami Dolphins.

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Defense Attorney: Aaron Hernandez Witnessed Killing Of Odin Lloyd

Apr 7, 2015 11:58 PM

Aaron Hernandez's attorney acknowledged on Tuesday that his client was at the scene of a killing and saw it happen.

Jurors spent a little more than an hour deliberating after hearing closing arguments in Hernandez's trial later Tuesday afternoon.

 

"Did he make all the right decisions? No," James Sultan said during his closing arguments. "He was a 23-year-old kid who witnessed something, a shocking killing, committed by someone he knew. He didn't know what to do, so he just put one foot in front of the other."

Attorneys are not under oath and comments made during opening and closing arguments are not to be considered evidence by jurors.

Sultan pinned the killing on Hernandez's co-defendants, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz. Both men have pleaded not guilty and will be tried later.

 

Assistant District Attorney William McCauley said Hernandez's behavior after the crime showed that he was involved. 

Sultan pointed out that prosecutors never presented a clear motive for why Hernandez would kill Lloyd, saying they were friends and future brothers-in-law and that there was no evidence he would have wanted Lloyd dead.

"You didn't hear because it doesn't exist," Sultan said. "Does the prosecution expect you to fill in that gaping hole in its case with guesswork, speculation?"

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LeGarrette Blount Suspended One Game By NFL

Apr 7, 2015 5:03 PM

LeGarrette Blount has been suspended one game by the NFL for violating the NFL's policy for substances of abuse.

Blount and Le'Veon Bell were arrested last summer for marijuana possession.

Bell was driving the car and charged with DUI in the case, which was resolved with a sentence of probation, and faces a likely two-game suspension from the league.

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Rolando McClain Re-Signs With Cowboys

Apr 1, 2015 10:35 AM

Rolando McClain has agreed to re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys on a one-year contract.

McClain will be given a base salary of $3 million and can earn an additional $1 million in playing-time incentives, sources said.

 

McClain chose the Cowboys after receiving another from the New England Patriots.

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Kraft Testifies Hernandez Told Him He Was Innocent Of Murder

Mar 31, 2015 12:10 PM

Robert Kraft testified that Aaron Hernandez told him he was innocent when asked whether he was involved in the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Kraft spent a little more than a half-hour on the stand Tuesday at the Fall River Justice Center after being called by the prosecution in Hernandez's murder trial.

Hernandez is charged with the June 17, 2013, slaying of Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée.

Kraft said he found Hernandez in a weight room working out and pulled him into an adjacent office for a private talk.

"I understood there was an incident that had transpired, and I wanted to know whether he was involved, and if he was -- any player that comes into our system, I consider part of our extended family, and I wanted to get him help," Kraft said.

"What did he say?" prosecutor William McCauley asked.

"He said he was not involved," Kraft replied. "That he was innocent and that he hoped that the time of the murder incident came out because he said he was in a club."

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Jets File Retaliatory Tampering Charges Against Patriots On Revis

Mar 25, 2015 12:15 PM

The New York Jets have filed retaliatory tampering charges against the New England Patriots based on comments by Robert Kraft.

Kraft, speaking to reporters at the league meetings in Phoenix, commented for the first time on the departure of Revis. The remark that caught the Jets' attention was Kraft saying, "I speak as a fan of the New England Patriots, we wanted to keep him."

That accusation stemmed from owner Woody Johnson, in an end-of-the-season news conference, telling reporters, "I'd love for Darrelle to come back."

 

Although Johnson's comments may have violated the league's anti-tampering rule, based on the letter of the law, the Jets felt it was a baseless charge because there was no malicious intent.

 

Johnson called Kraft immediately after the news conference, saying he "misspoke." The Patriots refused to let it slide, leading to Tuesday's counter move.

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Jets Investigated On Darrelle Revis Tampering Charge

Mar 20, 2015 6:59 PM

The New York Jets are being investigated about possibly tampering with Darrelle Revis.

The league sent an investigator to the Jets facility in Florham Park, N.J., on Sunday, March 8, during the three-day “legal tampering” window before the official start of free agency to interrogate general manager Mike Maccagnan and front office personnel about the pursuit of Revis, according to sources.

Owner Woody Johnson was not interviewed.

The Patriots levied a tampering charge against the Jets shortly after Johnson’s public admission on Dec. 29 that he’d “love for Darrelle to come back,” prompting many to wonder how serious the NFL would consider the complaint.

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Brandon Browner Agrees To Three-Year, $18M Deal With Saints

Mar 12, 2015 2:49 PM

The New Orleans Saints have agreed upon a three-year, $18 million deal with Brandon Browner.

Browner spent the 2014 season with the New England Patriots.

Browner emerged in the NFL at cornerback with the Seattle Seahawks.

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Jabaal Sheard Signs With Patriots On Two-Year, $11M Deal

Mar 11, 2015 7:10 PM

The New England Patriots have signed Jabaal Sheard on a two-year, $11 million deal.

Sheard will receive $5.5 million in guaranteed money.

Sheard is a versatile defensive player capable of playing both defensive end and outside linebacker.

Sheard was a second round pick in 2011 for the Cleveland Browns.

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Darrelle Revis Agrees To Return To Jets
Darrelle Revis' deal will include more than $40 million in guaranteed money.

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Patriots Could Sign Percy Harvin
Percy Harvin would give the Patriots another weapon on offense.

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Browns, Raiders, Chiefs Interested In Darrelle Revis
The Browns and Raiders also pursued Darrelle Revis in 2014.

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Patriots Decline Option For 2015 On Darrelle Revis
The Patriots have decided not to pick up their $20 million option on Darrelle Revis.

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Devin McCourty Re-Signs With Patriots On $47.5M Deal
Devin McCourty will receive $28.5 million in guaranteed money.

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Patriots Decline 2015 Option On Vince Wilfork
The Patriots create $8.06 million in salary-cap space with the move.

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Rob Gronkowski: Winning The Super Bowl Changes Lives
Rob Gronkowski believes winning a Super Bowl has already changed his life.

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Woody Johnson Pushing For Jets To Sign Darrelle Revis
The Jets traded Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers in 2013 and he played for the Super Bowl champion Patriots last season.

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Patriots Use Tag On Stephen Gostkowski Instead Of Devin McCourty
The Patriots have used their 2015 franchise tag on Stephen Gostkowski.

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NFL Fires Employee Who Sold Deflategate Footballs
Adam Schefter reported on ESPN that the footballs used in the game were supposed to be donated to charity, but that one employee took some footballs and sold them instead.

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New ESPN Report On Deflategate Conflicts With Earlier Claims
Kelly Naqi of ESPN released a report that conflicts with the report from Chris Mortensen that transformed the question of deflated footballs from a curiosity into a national sensation.

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Patriots Ready To Begin Work On Darrelle Revis Extension
Jonathan Kraft said that Darrelle Revis' current contract for 2015, which would count $25 million against the salary cap, is just "a placeholder".

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Bill Belichick Explains Not Calling Timeout At End Of Super Bowl
Bill Belichick said he considered calling a timeout, but changed his mind at the last second.

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Brady Wants To Give MVP Truck To Malcolm Butler
Malcolm Butler is an undrafted rookie cornerback out of West Alabama.

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NFL Confirms Colts GM Blew Whistle On Patriots
Ryan Grigson contacted NFL officials about the Patriots using underinflated balls.

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Only One Football Was Under-Inflated By Two Pounds
"Several" other balls were found to be roughly one pound under-inflated, and "several more" were either right at, or barely beneath, the correct inflation mark.

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Tom Brady Doesn't Want To Retire Any Time Soon
Tom Brady will be 38 years old when the 2015 season kicks off.

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Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds
The Seahawks, Patriots and Packers have the best odds of winning the Super Bowl next season.

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Patriots Were Just 12 Percent Likely To Win Before Interception
The Patriots had less than a 15 percent chance of winning in two separate parts of the game.

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Super Bowl XLIX Has Highest Ever Overnight TV Rating
Super Bowl XLIX had a 49.7 overnight rating, which is the highest in the history of the game.

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