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Pats looking to prevent Seahawks repeat

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PHOENIX (AP) A year ago, Pete Carroll stood at a podium in a New York City hotel, less than 12 hours after his Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. He spoke about what would happen next.

"The first meeting that we'll have," Carroll said, "will be tomorrow."

Sounded a bit over the top, even from the ever-enthusiastic coach. A moment later, he continued the theme, insisting: "We really have an eye on what's coming, and we don't dwell on what just happened. We'll take this in stride."

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Rodgers wins second MVP award easily

PHOENIX (AP) Just living the dream. And looking for more.

Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers won his second MVP award Saturday night, and J.J. Watt swept away the voters the way he sweeps quarterbacks off their feet to take top defensive honors.

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Seau, Bettis, Brown elected to Hall

PHOENIX (AP) One by one, the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame stepped onto the stage as their names were called. When the eighth man elected Saturday, the late Junior Seau, was announced, his two sons stood with the group.

"I wish," 25-year-old Tyler Seau said later, "he was here in person with us."

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Carroll: Chancellor 'looked pretty good'

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor "looked pretty good" on Saturday according to coach Pete Carroll as Seattle went through its final preparations for Sunday's Super Bowl against New England.

Chancellor left practice a day earlier with his left knee wrapped after falling on the second-to-last play. He arrived for Saturday's walkthrough without a limp and looked comfortable during the 47-minute session inside Arizona State's practice bubble, according to a pool report.

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Irsay: NFL will solve deflated footballs

PHOENIX (AP) Colts owner Jim Irsay says he's confident NFL investigators will figure out how the New England Patriots used deflated footballs in the AFC championship game.

The issue was the main topic of conversation heading into Super Bowl week. NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash and lawyer Ted Wells are leading the probe to determine what happened to the footballs New England used during the 45-7 victory over the Colts on Jan. 18.

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Manning still mulling return to Broncos

PHOENIX (AP) Peyton Manning is still thinking over his future, making no commitment to returning to the Broncos for his 18th NFL season.

"I'm taking some time to assess some things and to see," Manning said Friday, after accepting the Bart Starr Award in Phoenix. "Of course, I think that's something that's important to me, is not whether I can physically do it for myself, (but) can I physically do it to help the team?"

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Goodell: 'Tough year' for NFL, myself

PHOENIX (AP) 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."

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Carroll: Sherman's call if baby arrives

PHOENIX (AP) 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 labor 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."

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NFL to create chief medical officer job

PHOENIX (AP) The NFL will create the new position of chief medical officer to oversee all the league's health policies.

In his annual Super Bowl news conference Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell announced the plan to hire an executive who will work with the league's medical committees, advisers and the NFL Players Association.

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Judge: Hernandez jury can see Super Bowl

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) 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.

Hernandez caught quarterback Tom Brady's last Super Bowl touchdown pass in the Patriots' 2012 loss to the New York Giants. Now he is on trial for murder, charged with the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee's sister.

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