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Vinovich survives health scare to referee Super Bowl

- Associated Press

One moment Bill Vinovich was lifting weights to stay in shape for the NFL season, the next he was on a hospital bed overhearing doctors say the next 48 hours would determine if he would live.

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, center, listens during his murder trial, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Fall River, Mass., as defense attorney Charles Rankin, left, looks on while an image of Odin Lloyd is displayed on a monitor, right. Hernandez is charged with killing Lloyd, 27, a semiprofessional football player, in June 2013.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

Prosecutors: Ex-NFL star Hernandez's DNA ties him to slaying

- Associated Press

Prosecutors laid out what they called compelling forensic evidence - Aaron Hernandez's DNA on a marijuana cigarette shared with the friend they say he killed - as the ex-NFL star's trial got underway.

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, right, listens during his murder trial as defense attorney Charles Rankin, left, looks on, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, 27, in June 2013.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

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

- Associated Press

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 defense table as prosecutors said DNA on a shell casing and security-camera video from his own home connect him to the crime.

Correction: Super Bowl-No More Ad story

- Associated Press

In a story Jan. 28 about a domestic violence , The Associated Press misspelled the name of a singer who was quoted. It is American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, not Jordan Sparks.

Jonathan Dwyer pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

Associated Press

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and been placed on probation in a case stemming from alleged assaults on his wife during arguments at their apartment last year.

Pitt has early road-heavy 2015 schedule

Associated Press

New Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi won't have to wait long to see how the Panthers will handle hostile environments. Pitt will play five of its first seven games of the 2015 season on the road.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick answers questions during a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Chandler, Ariz. The Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks in NFL football Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, Feb. 1, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Hoodie and scowl hide the Belichick impact

- Associated Press

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.