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Lynch: 'Don't know what story you want'

(AP Photo/Matt York, File)

PHOENIX (AP) After a couple of days of giving only scripted answers, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had his most extensive comments of Super Bowl week.

"All week I told y'all what's up and for some reason y'all continue to come back," he said at a news conference on Thursday.

"I don't know what story you want. I don't know what image y'all wanna portray me. But it don't matter what y'all think, what y'all say about me. When I go home at night, the same people I look in the face, my family that I love, that's all I need. So y'all can make up whatever you wanna make up. I don't say enough.


NFL says concussions down 25 percent

PHOENIX (AP) The rate of concussions among NFL players fell 25 percent this season, according to the league, even as injury reporting and trips to injured reserve list rose overall.

Data provided to The Associated Press by the NFL ahead of its annual pre-Super Bowl health and safety news conference Thursday shows there were 111 concussions in games during the 2014 regular season, down from 148 in 2013, and 173 in 2012, a 36 percent drop over that three-year span.


DA tells jury Hernandez planned killing

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez orchestrated the killing of a semiprofessional football player, then covered up, prosecutors charged Thursday in opening statements, while the defense countered that authorities ignored the evidence and zeroed in on their client from the beginning.

The prosecution and defense teams laid out their cases in Hernandez's murder trial Thursday, just days before his old team was to play in the Super Bowl.


Brady better, says he'll be 100 percent

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) Tom Brady expects his cold to be gone in time for the Super Bowl.

The Patriots quarterback still sounded congested when he said Thursday, "I expect to be 100 percent on Sunday. I'll be ready to go."


Thomas, Sherman participants in practice

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) All-Pros Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman were full participants as the Seattle Seahawks held their first full Super Bowl practice of the week.

Seattle's entire 53-man roster took park in Wednesday's practice at Arizona State University. Thomas dislocated a shoulder in the NFC championship game win over Green Bay and sat out two days of practice last week. Thomas was limited in Seattle's last practice before leaving for Arizona.


Phillips to be Broncos' def. coordinator

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Wade Phillips is returning to Denver as Gary Kubiak's defensive coordinator.

Phillips, 67, interviewed for the position this week after the Broncos were rebuffed in their attempts to speak with Bengals secondary coach Vance Joseph about the position. Joseph, who has a year left on his contract in Cincinnati, had interviewed for the Broncos head coaching vacancy following John Fox's ouster earlier this month.


Marynowitz named Eagles' VP of personnel

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have named Ed Marynowitz vice president of player personnel.

The 30-year-old Marynowitz joined the Eagles in 2012 as the team's assistant director of pro scouting. He was promoted one year later to assistant director of player personnel.


Hoodie, scowl hide Belichick's impact

PHOENIX (AP) 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.

Any visual portrait of Bill Belichick likely has him wearing a hoodie - and a scowl. Many of his media duties are marked by terse answers or outright stonewalling.


Redskins add Grimm's son as assistant

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The son of a former Hog is joining the Washington Redskins' coaching staff.

The team announced Thursday that Chad Grimm has been hired as a defensive quality control coach.


Fans snap up caps designed by Lynch

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Hats off to Marshawn Lynch.

While barely saying a word, the Seattle Seahawks running back has created a run on the "Beast Mode" caps he has been wearing at Super Bowl media appearances.



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