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Ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez has been acquitted of a drive-by double murder that prosecutors said began over an argument about a spilled drink.

On April 14, Aaron Hernandez was acquitted of seven charges, but was found guilty of illegally possessing a firearm.

The former tight end for the New England Patriots is already serving a life sentence for the killing of man who was dating his fiancée’s sister.

Aaron Hernandez cried in court as the verdict was read, saying he is “very happy”.

A judge added five years to Aaron Hernandez sentence after the verdicts were read.

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The former NFL player had been accused of the fatal shooting of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado outside a Boston nightclub in 2012.

Prosecutors said it happened after the football star became enraged that one of the men had bumped into him causing him to spill his drink.

Lawyers for the state relied heavily on a former friend of Aaron Hernandez, Alexander Bradley, who said he had been the driver for the shooting.

Alexander Bradley, who is serving a prison sentence in another state, was granted immunity in order to testify.

He had also claimed that Aaron Hernandez shot him in the face, causing him to lose sight in his right eye, after becoming paranoid that he would tell someone about their crime.

Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers mocked the immunity agreement as the “deal of the century”.

One month after the deaths, Aaron Hernandez signed a $40 million extension contract with the Patriots.

Prosecutors pointed to one of Aaron Hernandez tattoos as evidence that he had committed the attack.

“That is not random. That is not art. That is evidence,” Patrick Haggan told the court about a depiction of a handgun beside five bullets – the same number fired in 2012.

“That is a confession,” the prosecutor said.

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The New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime and claim a fifth Super Bowl title in the most dramatic of circumstances.

The Patriots trailed by 25 points in the third quarter but recovered to level at 28-28 and force the extra period – the first in Super Bowl history.

Quarterback Tom Brady, 39, led the recovery, finishing with a record 466 yards en route to being named the Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Player for a fourth time.

The turnaround was completed when James White scored on a two-yard run – taking his personal haul for the game to 20 points.

The previous biggest deficit overcome by an eventual Super Bowl champion was 10 points, a record emphatically shattered by the Patriots on a quite incredible night at Houston’s NRG Stadium, which also featured a spectacular half-time show by Lady Gaga.

The singer opened her set with Woody Guthrie’s civil rights anthem This Land Is Your Land, “a gentle but pointed rebuke to the Trump administration”.

Tom Brady admitted afterwards that the outcome could have been very different had any part of the Patriots team not done its job.

A key moment came with the Patriots trailing 28-20 with 2:28 remaining in the final quarter when Julian Edelman made a miraculous catch for a first down, somehow grabbing the ball under pressure from three opponents after it was tipped into the air by Falcons cornerback Robert Alford.

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Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are heading towards a split despite their sweet public messages to each other on social media, OK! Magazine reports.

A source told the gossip magazine: “Things between Tom and Gisele have been strained for a long time.

“Gisele is ramping up the social media activity because her marriage is breaking down.”

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The magazine claims that the New England Patriots quarterback and his wife had a “massive fight” at a recent birthday dinner for Tom.

Since then, the couple has been allegedly communicating via angry texts.

A rumor of Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s divorce isn’t new, as the couple has dealt with speculation since tying the knot in February 2009.

Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady reportedly signed an ironclad prenuptial agreement but OK! Magazine says the marriage may end in a $460 million divorce battle.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s divorce rumors come in the midst of an actual battle he is currently having with the NFL over his alleged role in deflating footballs.

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The New England Patriots have won their first Super Bowl in 10 years after beating the Seattle Seahawks with 28-24 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The Patriots are being investigated over allegations they under-inflated balls in beating the Indianapolis Colts to reach the showpiece event.

Despite trailing 24-14, they rallied to become the first team in Super Bowl history to trail by double digits in the second half and win.

The Patriots took the lead with two minutes left and held on for victory.New England Patriots win Super Baowl 2015

The New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named the most valuable player of Sunday’s Super Bowl, with the 37-year-old throwing four touchdown passes, including two in the fourth quarter.

He set a new record for career Super Bowl touchdown passes with 13 to break the old mark held by his childhood idol Joe Montana. Tom Brady’s 37 completions also set a new Super Bowl record.

Pop star Katy Perry was the star attraction at the half-time and she was joined by special guests Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott.

Katy Perry entered the pitch on a giant golden robotic lion as she sang her hit Roar before Lenny Kravitz provided some rock and Missy Elliott some hip-hop.

The climax saw Katy Perry lifted 50 feet off the ground by a mechanical contraption and she sang Firework as she floated above the pitch.

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Vladimir Putin has hit back at allegations he stole a diamond-encrusted Super Bowl ring from billionaire Robert Kraft, the owner of New England Patriots.

Robert Kraft claims the Russian president pocketed his $26,000 ring during a visit to St Petersburg back in 2005.

He has kept quiet about the incident for the past eight years, but broke his silence during a gala in New York at the weekend.

Robert Kraft says he meant to only show Vladimir Putin the ring, but the president pocketed it.

“He put it on and he goes, <<I can kill someone with this ring!>>” Robert Kraft said.

Vladimir Putin has hit back at allegations he stole a diamond-encrusted Super Bowl ring from billionaire Robert Kraft

Vladimir Putin has hit back at allegations he stole a diamond-encrusted Super Bowl ring from billionaire Robert Kraft

“I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket. And three KGB guys got around him and walked out.”

The ring, which is encrusted with 124 diamonds that spell out the words “World Champions”, has turned up on display at the Kremlin Library.

But Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, insists it was a gift.

“What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird. I was standing 20 centimetres away from them, and I saw Mr. Kraft give this ring as a gift,” he said in a statement.

“If the gentleman is really experiencing such excruciating pain from his loss, the president is ready to send him any other ring he can buy for that kind of money.”

Dmitry Peskov has also suggested Robert Kraft should see a psychoanalyst.

“These words about how someone put pressure on him and so forth – I think this is an issue for a detailed discussion with psychoanalysts,” he said.

Robert Kraft says he tried to get the ring back in 2005, but was advised by the White House that it would be in the best interest of American-Russian relations if he dropped the matter.

His spokeswoman Stacey James says while Robert Kraft still has emotional ties to the ring, he is happy for it to remain in Moscow.

“It’s a humorous, anecdotal story that Robert retells for laughs,” she said.

“He loves that his ring is at the Kremlin and, as he stated back in 2005, he continues to have great respect for Russia and the leadership of president Putin.”

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During the on-field celebrations right after New York Giants won the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, linebacker Greg Jones got down on bended knee and proposed to his girlfriend Amanda Piechowski amid the confetti and the rapturous screaming and cheering from fans.

Greg Jones’ girlfriend, who he refers to as Mandy, said yes and immediately started crying.

Speaking to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Greg Jones said: “She was bawling. I was like, <<I don’t know how long she’s going to keep crying>>.

“She definitely knows how I feel. A speech wasn’t even needed.

“Just everything we’ve been through together. She’s been here since day one and she knew me long before everything else.”

During the on-field celebrations right after New York Giants won the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, linebacker Greg Jones got down on bended knee and proposed to his girlfriend Amanda Piechowski

During the on-field celebrations right after New York Giants won the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, linebacker Greg Jones got down on bended knee and proposed to his girlfriend Amanda Piechowski

Greg Jones said if his team had lost, he would have proposed another time.

The linebacker and Amanda Piechowki met three years ago at Michigan State but only started dating a year ago.

Amanda Piechowski is a former Spartans basketball player and model.

The joyous moment – captured on camera – was reminiscent of Boise State’s Ian Johnson getting engaged after the Fiesta Bowl a few years ago.

Greg Jones, a sixth-round pick, began the season as a starter on defense and has been a contributor on special teams.

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Maria Menounos had to strip down in Times Square after she lost her bet on the New England Patriots at the Super Bowl.

If the Patriots lost, Maria Menounos would “bare all“, said the bet. The correspondent A.J. Calloway, Giants fan, would have to wear a Patriots cheerleader outfit, if they won.

In a cold weather Maria hosted an entire broadcast of her show “Extra” in a red, blue and white bikini and a pair of warm, furry, black Ugg boots. It was around 50 degrees (10° C) in New York yesterday.

A. J. Calloway, co-host Mario Lopez, and a group of Giants fans admired her toned figure.

Two weeks ago Mario Lopez also stripped down to his underwear on Ellen DeGeneres’ show.

 

Maria Menounos and Mario Lopez hosting "Extra" show

After she lost a Super Bowl bet on her beloved Patriots, Maria Menounos hosted the entire "Extra" show wearing NY Giants bikini and a pair of Uggs.

 

I hate bets. I’m never doing this again,” said Maria Menounos taking off her white robe.

God is a Giants fan!” A. J. Calloway exclaimed.

My girl @mariamenounos lost a Super Bowl bet & had to wear a NY Giants bikini! Big props..Look great,” Lopez wrote on Twitter.

Maria posted a picture of herself wearing the white robe with the comment: “Ready to face the music.

She had to leave Indianapolis to arrive in Times Square and wrote on her Twitter’s page:

Flying to ny now…today is gonna stink. At least it’s not bitter cold there. Should be 50 degrees I hear.

Maria Menounos was born in Massachusetts and she is a longtime fan of the New England Patriots.

Sorry, but you know what – I love the Pats for fighting to the bitter end. #PATRIOTpride,” Die-Hard Patriots fan wrote on Twitter.

Last weekend, Maria Menounos attended ESPN’s Super Bowl party and had a ball with celebs in Indianapolis Saturday night, including tebowing with Denver Broncos’ quarterback Tim Tebow. It was the first time he had ever done his signature knee drop with someone else, Tebow said.

Maria Menounos wears bikini in Times Square during her show “Extra” (video):

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The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17 with a dramatic last-minute touchdown in a thrilling Super Bowl XLVI at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

NEW YORK GIANTS 21

• Touchdowns: Cruz, Bradshaw

• Field Goals: Tynes (2)

• Safety: Awarded against Brady

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 17

• Touchdowns: Woodhead, Hernandez

• Field Goal: Gostkowski

Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who destroyed New England in the Super Bowl four years ago, repeated the trick to set up Ahmad Bradshaw’s six-yard run.

There were still 57 seconds for Tom Brady to respond, though, but the Patriots quarterback fell just short.

As in Super Bowl XLII, Manning picked up the Most Valuable Player award.

Manning, who this season led his team to six victories after being in losing positions before the Super Bowl, kept his composure at the end of a keenly contested encounter to mount the winning drive.

He was helped enormously though by a stunning catch by Mario Manningham, which will be remembered for years to come.

It came on the first play of their final drive. Manning, on his own 12-yard line with less than four minutes remaining, signalled his intent by firing a long pass down the left sideline. Manningham defied gravity to produce a superb catch as he fell, somehow getting both feet down in bounds and holding on to the ball.

It provided the Giants – who began the game well, taking an early 9-0 lead – with fresh impetus after they wilted under some relentless pressure from the Brady-inspired Patriots.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning poses with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants defeated the New England Patriots by a score of 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning poses with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants defeated the New England Patriots by a score of 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium

Eight plays later, and in surreal circumstances, Bradshaw fell into the endzone, completely untouched by the New England defence, who were prepared to concede the touchdown because it would have allowed Brady enough time for one final chance.

Were Bradshaw to have fallen at the one-yard line, Scottish-American kicker Lawrence Tynes would have had an easy field goal attempt to win the game as time expired.

Giants running back Bradshaw, who impressed throughout with 72 rushing yards from 17 attempts, could not stop himself from scoring, setting up a nailbiting final minute in which Brady – who completed a Super Bowl record 16 passes in a row during the game – did his utmost to snatch victory for New England.

But, with the last play of the game, his Hail Mary pass was batted to the ground by the Giants’ relieved defence.

It was cruel on Brady, playing in his fifth Super Bowl, who recovered superbly from conceding a safety with his first possession to complete 27 of 41 passes for 276 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The Giants capitalized on Brady’s mistake to take a 9-0 lead when Victor Cruz snagged Manning’s perfectly thrown two-yard pass.

New England responded, hitting back with a well-measured drive before ultimately being stopped by the Giants’ defence. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski made no mistake from 29 yards though to get them on the scoreboard.

Danny Woodhead’s catch in the endzone then capped a masterful 14-play drive from Tom Brady, which saw the Patriots march 96 yards down the field at the end of the first half – tying the Super Bowl record for the longest drive.

Brady picked up where he left off at the start of the third quarter with another controlled drive before ultimately finding Aaron Hernandez with a short pass. The tight end fought off Deon Grant’s despairing tackle to run into the endzone to make it 17-9.

The Patriots defence, with a reputation for giving up a lot of yards but not so many points, then took inspiration from their offence. Some fearful hitting and tackling restricted the Giants, but nonetheless they got three more points onto the board courtesy of a 38-yard Tynes field goal.

New England failed to respond, but were unlucky soon afterwards when they failed to recover the Giants’ wide receiver Hakeem Nicks’s fumble.

New York failed to fully capitalise on their stroke of good luck and were forced to settle for another Tynes field goal, this time from33 yards, at the end of the third quarter to bring them back within two points at 17-15.

Brady’s trademark composure slipped at the start of the fourth quarter when, after successfully evading two tackles, his long bomb down the field was intercepted by Chase Blackburn.

Bradshaw then nearly gave the ball straight back to New England but again the Giants got lucky when Chris Snee recovered the fumble.

The Patriots then aimed to run down the clock in the knowledge that the Giants had already blown two of their three timeouts.

But, after punting the ball back, Manning – who completed 30 of 40 throws for 296 yards – was able to weave his magic and set up yet another fairytale ending for the Giants.

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