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Kraft demands apology if Pats cleared

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CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft demanded an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules regarding using under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game.

A conclusion Kraft is certain will occur.

In an unscheduled statement, Kraft strongly defended his team's actions and integrity Monday night.

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Browner to Patriots: Hit Sherman, Thomas

(AP) -- Brandon Browner is telling his New England teammates not to hold back against Seattle's Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas.

In an interview with ESPN, Browner talked about the toughness both Sherman and Thomas showed in the NFC championship game playing with injuries. Sherman suffered a sprained elbow, while Thomas suffered a separated shoulder.

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Sherman, Thomas: We'll be ready to play

PHOENIX (AP) The two All-Pros in the Legion of Boom promise they'll be ready and "fearless" for the Super Bowl.

Seattle safety Earl Thomas (separated left shoulder) and cornerback Richard Sherman (left elbow) are damaged goods, suffering injuries in the NFC championship overtime victory against Green Bay. On Sunday, they showed little to no concern about how they will feel - and perform - against the New England Patriots.

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Thousands gather for Patriots send-off

BOSTON (AP) Several thousand fans have gathered at City Hall Plaza in Boston to give the New England Patriots a raucous send-off to the Super Bowl.

Mayor Marty Walsh sported a No. 12 Tom Brady jersey as he and other officials led the crowd in cheers before the team left for the airport.

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Rams shifting to year-to-year lease

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams took a step toward a possible move back to the West Coast, notifying the city's Convention and Visitors Commission on Monday that they intend to shift to a year-to-year lease agreement for their use of the Edward Jones Dome.

The CVC, which operates the dome, confirmed the move Monday. The Rams referred comments to the CVC and general reaction was that it was a procedural step.

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Petitions submitted for vote on LA venue

LOS ANGELES (AP) The plan to build a football stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs that could become home for an NFL team has taken a step forward.

Organizers behind the project submitted more than 20,000 petition signatures Monday to get the plan before voters in Inglewood, where the stadium would be built.

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Jury seated for Hernandez murder trial

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) A full jury was seated Monday for the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, and the judge pushed back opening statements until at least Thursday because of a blizzard bearing down on the region.

"We have a jury," Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh announced to the courtroom after more than 30 potential jurors were struck from the pool, leaving 13 women and five men on the panel.

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Raiders give veteran Woodson 1-year deal

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders signed pending free-agent safety Charles Woodson to a one-year contract extension on Monday, bringing him back for an 18th season in the NFL.

The team announced the contract by releasing a picture on Twitter of Woodson signing the deal next to Hall of Fame defensive back Willie Brown. Woodson was eligible to be a free agent in March.

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Colts LB Jackson arrested on DUI charge

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Indianapolis Colts linebacker Andrew Jackson has been arrested on a drunken driving charge in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Police stopped Jackson's car early Friday morning after an officer saw his Infiniti SUV drive into a concrete median. A citation from Bowling Green Police says Jackson smelled of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test at around 4:15 a.m.

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Colts part ways with RB coach Walker

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Colts have decided to "part ways'" with running backs coach David Walker.

Coach Chuck Pagano announced the move Monday. Pagano has called for a consistent power-running game, something that has been a struggle for the Colts. They were No. 22 in the league in yards rushing per game, averaging 3.9 yards per carry in 2014 when Trent Richardson, the No. 3 overall draft pick in 2012, lost his starting job.

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