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Judge: Jury can watch Super Bowl unless Hernandez mentioned

Judge: Jurors can watch Super Bowl but must leave room if Aaron Hernandez's name is mentioned
Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press

FALL RIVER, Mass. - The 18 New England residents sitting on the jury in the murder trial of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will be allowed to watch the home team play in Sunday's Super Bowl, but the judge overseeing the case says they must leave the room if his name is mentioned.

Carroll says decision is Sherman's if baby arrives early

Pete Carroll says decision will be Richard Sherman's to make if baby arrives early
Tim Booth, The Associated Press

PHOENIX - Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday it will be Richard Sherman's decision whether to play in Sunday's Super Bowl if his pregnant girlfriend goes into labour with the couple's first child sooner than expected.

Carroll said during a joint news conference with New England coach Bill Belichick that family comes first and "if (Sherman) is faced with that decision, we'll support him."

NFL's Goodell seeks to look past 'tough year,' to future

NFL's Roger Goodell acknowledges 'tough year' for league, himself, but also touts 'progress'
Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press

PHOENIX - As if wishing made it so, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described his league — and himself — as having addressed missteps on difficult matters such as domestic violence and being ready to move on.

"As an organization, and as an individual, it's been a tough year," Goodell said Friday during his pre-Super Bowl news conference, "but a year of great progress, and I'm excited about the future."

Some Arizona officials score free Super Bowl tickets

Some Arizona officials score free or face-value Super Bowl tickets that can go for $10,000
The Associated Press

PHOENIX - Tickets for the Super Bowl are in hot demand and running for several thousand dollars, but some Arizona elected officials are getting the perk of going for free or at face value.

The NFL, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and businesses have provided tickets to local lawmakers at a lower price than most people can get them. Face-value seat prices run from $800 to $1,900, but tickets are going for high as $10,000 on some sales websites.

Some Arizona officials score free Super Bowl tickets

Some Arizona officials score free or face-value Super Bowl tickets that can go for $10,000
The Associated Press

PHOENIX - Tickets for the Super Bowl are in hot demand and running for several thousand dollars, but some Arizona elected officials are getting the perk of going for free or at face value.

The NFL, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and businesses have provided tickets to local lawmakers at a lower price than most people can get them. Face-value seat prices run from $800 to $1,900, but tickets are going for high as $10,000 on some sales websites.

Goodell: Pats could be penalized even if no competitive edge

NFL's Goodell says Patriots could be penalized even if flat footballs didn't give them edge
The Associated Press

PHOENIX - Commissioner Roger Goodell says that even if no competitive advantage was gained, the New England Patriots could face increased penalties if the NFL investigation finds they violated rules by deflating footballs in the AFC championship game.

Goodell says at his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference Friday: "We have rules. We're a league of rules."

AP Source: Missy Elliott to join Perry for Super Bowl half

Person familiar with Super Bowl plans: Rapper Missy Elliott to join Katy Perry at halftime
Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press

PHOENIX - Missy Elliott is going to "Work It" at the Super Bowl with Katy Perry.

A person familiar with the plans for Sunday's halftime show told The Associated Press on Thursday that Grammy winner Elliott is slated to make a surprise appearance during Perry's performance.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because Elliott's participation had not been announced by the NFL.

Elliott was featured on a remix of Perry's song "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" in 2011.

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez goes on trial on murder charges

With his old team headed for the Super bowl, ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez goes on trial
Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press

FALL RIVER, Mass. - With his ex-teammates about to play in the Super Bowl, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez went on trial on murder charges Thursday, watching from the defence table as prosecutors said DNA on a shell casing and security-camera video from his own home connect him to the crime.

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez goes on trial on murder charges

With his old team headed for the Super bowl, ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez goes on trial
Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press

FALL RIVER, Mass. - With his ex-teammates about to play in the Super Bowl, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez went on trial on murder charges Thursday, watching from the defence table as prosecutors said DNA on a shell casing and security-camera video from his own home connect him to the crime.

Kim Kardashian, other celebs in Super Bowl ads

Celebs from Katie Couric to Kim Kardashian poke fun at themselves in Super Bowl spots
Mae Anderson, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Along with puppies and babies, celebrities are a Super Bowl advertising staple. And this year is no exception.

Using stars is a surefire way to grab attention during advertising's most competitive night, when a crowded field of 40-plus marketers vie for the attention of the more than 110 million viewers expected to tune in to the Super Bowl on Sunday.

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