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NFL rising star Aaron Hernandez now set for murder trial

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Aaron Hernandez was once one of the New England Patriots' biggest stars. A tight end who caught passes from Tom Brady and helped land his team a spot in the Super Bowl, he had a $40 million contract and fans willing to shell out $100 apiece for jerseys bearing his name and team number: 81.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015

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Investigator: NFL should have sought more info in Rice case

NEW YORK (AP) — A former FBI director hired to look into how the NFL pursued evidence in the Ray Rice abuse case says the league should have investigated more thoroughly before it initially punished the player.

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Ezekiel Elliott's eyes on long run say it all for Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott's eyes saw running room ahead. It was what was behind him that concerned him the most.

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Ducks and Buckeyes settle into 'weird' prep week

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is treating this week like any other this season. And while that's more comfortable in a way, it also feels a little odd.

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Cleveland reaches 50 years of sports futility

CLEVELAND (AP) — For this golden anniversary, there won't be any gifts exchanged or champagne-sipping celebrations.

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Howard, Harden push Rockets past LeBron-less Cavs 105-93

CLEVELAND (AP) — All Houston coach Kevin McHale had to do was remind Dwight Howard the Cavaliers didn't have a center to stop him.

Once he did, the Cavaliers didn't have a chance either.

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Kapalua a test unlike any other on the PGA Tour

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — The reward for winning on the PGA Tour is a trip to the west tip of Maui for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, where the course was built on the side of a mountain, overlooks the ocean and evokes a response from players that is different from other weeks.

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Bid decision gives USOC chance to pick long-term partner

DENVER (AP) — When the leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee meet Thursday, they'll be deciding on more than a city to put in the running to host the 2024 Summer Games. They'll be picking a partner that will help shape their future.

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