• Lynch at Media Day: 'I'm here so I don't get fined'

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Marshawn Lynch smiled politely, waved at the crowd and answered every question the same. "I'm here so I don't get fined," the Seattle Seahawks' star running back constantly repeated for five minutes before leaving the podium at Media Day on Tuesday. It's not clear if...

  • The distinctive international flavor of Super Bowl Media Day

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — New England Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer spent a good portion of his hour-long media session answering questions in German. Vollmer grew up in Germany, so it makes sense, but it also exemplifies how much of an international event the Super Bowl has...

  • Healthy Gronkowski ready to roll in Super Bowl

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Rob Gronkowski's ankle is fine. So are his forearm and knee. He's way past those injuries that ruined his last three postseasons. You can't even hurt his feelings. So when Seattle nickel back Jeremy Lane says "I actually don't think he's that good," the best tight end...

  • Getting fired from New England led to Carroll's reinvention

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Looking back at the championships he won at Southern Cal and the Super Bowl title a season ago with Seattle, Pete Carroll can see exactly where the foundation for all that success was built. The 2000 football season was the only time since 1972 that Carroll did not work...

  • OC Koetter likes potential of young Tampa Bay offense

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dirk Koetter is confident he can help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers become relevant again. The team's new offensive coordinator is taking over a unit that ranked 29th in scoring and 30th in total yardage during a 2-14 season that not only left the Bucs out of the...

  • Long after Twitter feud, Revis, Sherman pledge respect

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Darrelle Revis long reigned supreme among NFL cornerbacks. Then came along this upstart Richard Sherman, who proclaimed himself the best then backed it up. Now they get to state their case on the NFL's biggest stage — Revis' New England Patriots against Sherman's...

  • Column: Sherman provides some levity for this Super Bowl

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Richard Sherman didn't draw the biggest crowd Tuesday at media day, despite doing his best to spice up Super Bowl week with a running feud with New England owner Robert Kraft. That's the way the lunacy of media day works. Marshawn Lynch has yet to voice a quality...

  • Bennett: Seahawks embrace spotlight as champs

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Seahawks can be brash, boastful and over the top. They also are champions, and defensive end Michael Bennett believes they've earned their right to be in the spotlight. Problem is, Bennett believes America doesn't appreciate his team. "People hate us because, you...

  • Highs and lows of players in the Super Bowl

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The extremes between the players in Sunday's Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks: Tallest: 6-foot-8, New England offensive linemen Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer. Shortest: 5-foot-10, 12 players (six each team). Heaviest: 335...

  • Deflated topic: air pressure in footballs

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Patriots owner Robert Kraft's pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl media day and, well, deflated it. Not only was the topic rarely raised in questioning of players from both sides Tuesday, but Kraft's protesting...

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