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11/17/2015 Foxboro Ma. New England Patriots #39 Montee Ball (cq) at Practice at Gillette Stadium Globe/Staff Photographer Jonathan Wiggs

Montee Ball arrested in domestic case

Ball, who spent time on the Patriots practice squad, was jailed on a felony battery charge after an apparent dispute with his girlfriend.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference prior to Super Bowl 50 at the Moscone Center West on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Eight takeaways from Roger Goodell’s state of the NFL address

The commissioner discussed the league’s marijuana policy, daily fantasy football, the Pro Bowl, and more on Friday.

Feb 5, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference at Moscone Center in advance of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Roger Goodell says PSI data was not collected for study

At his state of the NFL address, the commissioner said the league was aiming for deterrence, not research.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches a Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks basketball game in Cleveland, Ohio, in this file photo taken October 17, 2014. Manziel's ex-girlfriend told police he hit her after they met friends at a Dallas hotel and again when they were driving back to her home in Fort Worth, according to a police report released on Thursday. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports/Files

Johnny Manziel’s father is afraid for his son’s life

“I truly believe if they can’t get him help, he won’t live to see his 24th birthday,” his father told The Dallas Morning News.

Ballad of the Brokenhearted Pats Fan

Bill Littlefield turns to verse to capture the anguish felt throughout New England at the Patriots’ loss.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning speaks to reporters in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Peyton Manning’s lawyers investigated documentary’s source, report says

The Washington Post reported investigators located and questioned the main source in Al Jazeera’s story.

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell gestures while speaking before the NFL Women’s Summit Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SUPER BOWL NOTEBOOK

NFLPA attorney questions league’s silence on PSI data

Jeffrey Kessler wants to know what the NFL will do with the data from its season-long study of the inflation levels of footballs.

Feb 1, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib (21) during Super Bowl 50 Opening Night media day at SAP Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Broncos’ Aqib Talib turned career around with Patriots

No one has topped Talib’s total of 30 interceptions since he entered the league.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton throws during practice in preparation for the Super Bowl 50 football game Thursday Feb. 4, 2016 in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Broncos face a sizable challenge in Cam Newton

Experts at Super Bowl 50 have different opinions on how to stop the Panthers’ 248-pound mobile quarterback — if it’s even at all possible.

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel speaks with media members after an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, in Seattle. Tired of Manziel’s off-field transgressions, some Browns fans have vowed not to discuss the quarterback on Twitter in February 2016. They’ve begun a “Johnny Free February” movement to refrain from mentioning Manziel on their social media accounts. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund, File)

Manziel won’t be charged after ex-girlfriend said he struck her

Fort Worth police released a report that provided details of the altercation between Manziel and Colleen Crowley.

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell gestures while speaking before the NFL Women’s Summit Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Roger Goodell to require NFL teams to interview women for executive jobs

Goodell’s announcement immediately drew attention.

Sportscasters Phil Simms, from left, Jack Whitaker and Jim Nantz participate in the

CHAD FINN | SPORTS MEDIA

History the main topic of CBS’s 4-hour Super Bowl pregame show

Even Bill Belichick will narrate one segment as the network looks back on 50 years of the big game.

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots speaks in a post game press conference after being defeated by the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Tom Brady to attend ceremony honoring Super Bowl MVPs

The NFL announced that 40 MVPs are confirmed to participate in the on-field pregame ceremony.

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 17: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos gives an interview to Tracy Wolfson of CBS Sports after the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 17, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

bettor’s edge

The bucks go on the Broncos

A bruising defense and a head start on points looks like a winning combination in the Super Bowl.

BOSTON, MA - 2/03/2016: CLASS MATES OF 1975 L-R : Mark Manuel, Mark Reed, Tom Stack, Jim Rourke, Jim Timmins, Frank Nash and Tom Cunningham. BC High grad and former NFL player Jim Rourke will be presented an NFL game ball in recognition of Super Bowl 50. NFL has sent game balls to the high schools that had a player compete in a Super Bowl. Rourke played for Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: SPORTS TOPIC 04schbchigh

Super Bowl XXIII | Michael Madden

Jim Rourke filled in for the Bengals

The former BC High offensive lineman seized his opportunity in Super Bowl XXIII.

Tom Brady and the Patriots defeated the Panthers, 17-16, in the preseason.

RACHEL G. BOWERS

How would Patriots have matched up with Panthers?

Many have speculated what might have been if the Patriots had been able to rally past the Broncos. Here’s what the stats say.

Dean Blandino, NFL vice president of officiating, spoke during a news conference in March.

NFL backtracks, says it’s evaluating PSI data

The league’s head of officials said Wednesday said the NFL has not decided how to use the results of random checks.

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots speaks in a post game press conference after being defeated by the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Tom Brady Sr. talks about ‘difficult year’ for his son

Brady Sr. said the NFL’s refusal to release data that could exculpate his son is frustrating.

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Josh Norman #24 of the Carolina Panthers addresses the media at Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade at SAP Center on February 1, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Panthers defense not getting much attention

The Panthers finished sixth in total defense, sixth in points allowed, and first in turnover differential.

New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) warms up before an NFL football game between the Patriots and the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

SUPER BOWL NOTEBOOK

Adam Vinatieri defends Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski

Vinatieri admitted he was surprised Gostkowski missed an extra point in the AFC Championship, but knows it can happen.

ANN ARBOR, MI - FEBRUARY 3: Tom Brady, former Michigan Wolverine and current NFL quarterback talks with Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines during the Michigan Signing of the Stars event at Hill Auditorium on February 3, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Tom Brady headlines cascade of stars for Michigan’s signing day

The Patriots quarterback returned to his alma mater to help announce some of Michigan’s top recruits.

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 17: Charles Johnson #95 and Mario Addison #97 of the Carolina Panthers celebrate defeating the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 17, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Carolina Panthers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 31-24. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

2015 NFL playoffs schedule

A look at the dates and times for this season’s playoff games.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Rob Gronkowski thinks Panthers will pull off Super Bowl win

The Patriots tight end made his prediction in a segment on “Conan.”

February 2, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman (23) addresses the media during a press conference prior to Super Bowl 50 at Santa Clara Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Rachel G. Bowers

Super Bowl Q&A: Who are the X factors for each team?

We’ve identified the key debates surrounding Super Bowl 50 and found some explanations.

Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler celebrated after completing a touchdown pass in Super Bowl XI.

NFL NOTEBOOK

Ex-quarterback Ken Stabler suffered brain trauma

Stabler had an advanced form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

It looks like Johnny Manziel won’t be on the Browns come training camp.

Browns tired of Johnny Manziel’s antics, point to release

In a statement Tuesday, the team condemned the quarterback’s latest actions and said it would address the matter further in March.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton fielded questions Monday.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Challenges remain for Panthers’ Cam Newton

Newton can’t demure from the truth: that race is a factor in how he is perceived.

Cornerback Robert McClain (left) has been a nice fit with linebacker Thomas Davis and the Carolina Panthers defense.

Super Bowl notebook

Ex-Patriot Robert McClain finds a home — in the Super Bowl

The cornerback, cut in training camp, signed with the Panthers in December.

Broncos linebacker Von Miller terrorized Tom Brady in the AFC Championship game.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

Broncos star Von Miller can’t be cooped up

The edge-rushing sensation is adorned with random tattoos, dances to anything, and longs to be a chicken farmer.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said on Tuesday that the league has not been keeping the PSI data it collected this season.

Roger Goodell says PSI data collected as a deterrent

The commissioner said the data was not collected to determine the effects of weather and temperature on ball inflation.

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel speaks with media members after an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, in Seattle. Tired of Manziel’s off-field transgressions, some Browns fans have vowed not to discuss the quarterback on Twitter in February 2016. They’ve begun a “Johnny Free February” movement to refrain from mentioning Manziel on their social media accounts. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund, File)

Browns tired of quarterback Johnny Manziel’s antics

The team released a statement saying Manziel’s ‘‘continual involvement in incidents’’ run counter to expectations for players.

Peyton Manning was one of nine other Broncos players who sat at podiums for media day.

Tom Brady will play until he’s 70, Peyton Manning jokes

Manning also joked that Bill Belichick will coach until he’s 90.

Josh Norman wore a mask given to him by a reporter during Super Bowl media day.

Josh Norman wears wrestling mask during Super Bowl media day

The Panthers cornerback was given the mask by a reporter and wore it during his time with reporters.

Peyton Manning focused on football, not Donald Trump in Iowa

The Broncos quarterback was asked who he supported in Monday night’s caucus. He dodged the question.

This week, Peyton Manning will appear in his fourth Super Bowl.

Peyton Manning on retirement: ‘I haven’t made my mind up’

The Broncos QB said he is just trying to soak in the atmosphere surrounding his fourth Super Bowl appearance.

Carolina’s Cam Newton won the first round of Super Bowl 50 — the fashion competition — with his $900 gold-and-zebra-patterned Versace pants on Sunday.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Super Bowl 50 pits New Age vs. Old Standard

The marquee matchup of the NFL’s golden game in the Golden State is Cam Newton vs. Peyton Manning.

Justin Tuck concluded an 11-year career in the NFL with 66.5 sacks.

NFL notes: Ex-Giant Justin Tuck retires

In two Super Bowl wins over the Patriots, Tuck racked up four sacks.

Broncos team bus involved in minor accident

Team spokesman Patrick Smyth says nobody was injured.

The “Thursday Night Football” studio show includes Steve Mariucci (left) and Marshall Faulk (center).

NBC is added to ‘Thursday Night Football’ mix

NBC and CBS will each broadcast five games on Thursday nights for the next two seasons.

Aaron Hernandez appeared in Suffolk Superior Court on Dec. 22.

Purported Aaron Hernandez letter trashes Kraft, praises Brady

The letter writer says Kraft, the Patriots owner, was disloyal.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton packed light for Super Bowl 50. He chose zebra-print pants for Carolina’s flight west.

Broncos, Panthers arrive in Bay Area for Super Bowl 50

The teams flew into California on Sunday, ready for the busy week that precedes the big game.

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson tried pulling away from Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett during a game Dec. 3 in Detroit.

NFL notes: Calvin Johnson tells Lions he’s retiring, report says

According to ESPN, Johnson made up his mind before the season and confirmed his decision after Detroit’s final game.

Super Bowl fever is rampant in the Bay Area with the big game just a week away.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Patriots would have been Super Bowl’s biggest story

Here’s what we’re missing out on with the Kraft-Belichick-Brady trinity absent from the NFL’s top event.

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots speaks in a post game press conference after being defeated by the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Tom Brady to attend Michigan’s signing day event, report says

The Patriots quarterback will be joined by other sports celebrities at the Wednesday event, according to Sports Illustrated.

Longer season is taking a varying toll on Patriots rookies

Some first-year players seem to be nearing the proverbial “rookie wall,” but not all of them.

In two seasons in the NFL, Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has made much more news off the field than he has on it.

SPORTS LOG

Johnny Manziel being investigated for possible assault of ex-girlfriend

Police in Texas identified Manziel as being involved in a disturbance, but there have been no arrests.

From the archives

Super Bowl XLVI

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/02062012_mp06belichick111-8176395-4952-9054.jpg Giants break Patriots’ hearts again

Look back at complete coverage of the Patriots' loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

Past seasons

2013 season recap

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/05/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_neden5_spts-10061-13863--90x90.jpg An ugly end in Denver

Track the high and low points of the Patriots’ 2013 season before their eventual loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game.