The Latest: Helmets by position in NFL's future?

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Latest on the NFL meetings (all times local): 3:40 p.m. NFL players may be wearing different helmets based on their position in the not-too-distant future. The chairman of the league's head, neck and spine engineering subcommittee outlined the research that's leading in that direction in an informal gathering with reporters at the NFL owners meetings on Tuesday. Dr.

Bears player calls Hernandez 'my guy' at double-murder trial

BOSTON (AP) -- Chicago Bears wide receiver Deonte Thompson has testified in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez. The former New England Patriots tight end played football with Thompson at the University of Florida. Thompson testified Monday about a Florida party he invited Hernandez to in February 2013. Hernandez smiled when Thompson referred to him as "my guy." Thompson's team, then the Baltimore Ravens, had just won the Super Bowl.

Brady's Super Bowl jerseys returned to New England Patriots

BOSTON (AP) -- Tom Brady's stolen Super Bowl jerseys are back with the New England Patriots. The jerseys worn by Brady during this year's Super Bowl and the 2015 Super Bowl were returned to Gillette Stadium Thursday, the FBI announced. Brady's 2017 jersey went missing from the Patriots' locker room after the team's win over the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5, touching off an investigation stretching from Boston to the Mexican border.

Column: Brady's stolen jersey saga proves grime doesn't pay

A friend once explained the sports writing business this way: "We pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us." Martin Mauricio Ortega was OK with the first part, but apparently not the second. The one-time Mexican media executive and part-time memorabilia seller is the only suspect named so far in the overheated investigation into who stole Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey.

Tipping Off: Michigan talked Super Bowl on way to Sweet 16

When Michigan was slumping earlier in the season, the coach started thinking Super Bowl, not Final Four. John Beilein conjured up the highlight-reel catch that Patriots receiver Julian Edelman made during New England's game-tying drive in the Super Bowl, and said the Wolverines should keep that sort of play -- an outlier, as he called it -- in mind.

Serial numbers, game photos may help verify Brady jerseys

BOSTON (AP) -- Now that authorities believe they have recovered the jersey stolen from Tom Brady's locker following the Patriots' Super Bowl win last month, the next step will be determining whether it is in fact the MVP quarterback's missing grass-stained garment. So how exactly does that happen? Old-fashioned detective work.

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NBA Boston over Washington in key Eastern Conference faceoff BOSTON (AP) -- Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points after missing the previous two games with a bruised right knee, leading the Boston Celtics to a 110-102 victory over the Washington Wizards in another testy matchup between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

Police: Brady's missing Super Bowl jerseys tracked to Mexico

BOSTON (AP) -- Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey has been found in Mexico six weeks after it vanished from the Patriots' locker room -- but the mystery isn't over. The NFL said the jersey was found in "possession of a credentialed member of the international media," and authorities were investigating Monday whether a former Mexican tabloid newspaper executive played a role in the theft.

Jury hears from tattoo artist in ex-NFL star's murder trial

BOSTON (AP) -- The jury in Aaron Hernandez's double-murder trial is hearing from a tattoo artist who inked an image of a gun and the phrase "God Forgives" on the former New England Patriots star. Prosecutors say the phrase and the image of a six-shot revolver are evidence Hernandez killed two men after one of them bumped into him at a Boston nightclub and spilled his drink in 2012. Hernandez's lawyers deny that claim.

AP source: Saints trade WR Cooks to Patriots for draft picks

A person familiar with the deal says the New Orleans Saints have agreed to trade receiver Brandin Cooks to the New England Patriots. The Patriots sent their 2017 first-round selection and a third-round pick to New Orleans for Cooks while the Saints will send back a fourth-round pick, said the person who spoke Friday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams have not announced the deal.

Glennon gets Bears job, RG3 gets walking papers

It looks like Mike Glennon has a starting job in the NFL. Robert Griffin III no longer has any job. The Bears finalized their deal with Glennon, the former Tampa Bay quarterback, on Friday, one day after cutting Jay Cutler. Glennon wasn't about to beat out Jameis Winston with the Buccaneers, and he got a three-year contract in Chicago.

What to look for as free agency begins in the NFL

On first look, it's tempting to ask "Is that all there is?" on the NFL free agency front. A deeper investigation reveals some talent being available at most positions. As for studs, game changers and franchise players, well, there simply isn't much now that the Steelers won't be letting prize running back Le'Veon Bell slip away.

Prosecutor: Aaron Hernandez killed 2 over spilled drink

BOSTON (AP) -- Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez misinterpreted a brief encounter at a Boston nightclub involving a spilled drink as a sign of disrespect and became furious, later gunning down the two men involved, a prosecutor said in opening statements in Hernandez's double murder trial.

Defense: Killer of 2 is star witness, not Aaron Hernandez

BOSTON (AP) -- The real killer of two men in a hail of gunfire at a stoplight was not former NFL star Aaron Hernandez but rather the government's star witness in his double murder trial, his attorney charged Wednesday in opening statements, revealing the defense strategy for the first time.