Charles Robinson

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Charles Robinson is an award-winning writer who has covered the NFL for newspapers in Michigan and Florida. He also has extensive experience reporting on college football. He graduated from Michigan State with a degree in journalism.

  • Details of Warren Sapp's arrest on assault and solicitation of prostitution charges

    PHOENIX – In the early morning hours before NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp's arrest on assault and solicitation of prostitution charges, hotel guests at the Phoenix downtown Renaissance awoke to what they believed to be an argument and physical altercation in a hotel hallway, Yahoo Sports has learned.

    The Phoenix police department and an employee at the Renaissance declined comment Monday, but a source with details of Sapp's arrest told Yahoo Sports that sometime around 2:30 a.m. MT, guests reported hearing an argument followed by objects banging in either the hallway or another room. When guests opened doors to see the disturbance, at least one reported seeing two women – one lying on the floor with apparent marks associated with a physical altercation, and a second woman who was with her, the source said. The women were shouting and alleged that Sapp had assaulted them and asked for someone to call police, the source said.

    Officers arrived shortly after the incident and interviewed

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  • Before Malcolm Butler's heroics, he looked to be victim of another great Super Bowl catch against the Patriots

    GLENDALE, Ariz. – In the final minutes before stepping into the game of his life, Malcolm Butler's eyes were fixed on New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Every word mattered, every syllable.

    Super Bowl XLIX was ready to begin, and Butler heard Belichick speaking to him. Granted, the words were reaching out to an entire room, but the message felt singular, like a collective lesson meant for private ears.Jermaine Kearse made catch of the night on Malcolm Butler. (USA TODAY Sports)

    "When you're out there today and you find yourself thinking about the future, go back to the present," Belichick said. "Play the next play." 

    It's fortune cookie coaching, a vague reminder to keep your wits. But sometimes this is the stuff that ping-pongs inside the head of a player and changes a game. And sometimes it changes the biggest game.

    This is how Butler went from devastation to elation in three Super Bowl plays. A 40-second, career-making span that will be relived forever – or at least as long as the Patriots' 28-24 victory against the Seattle Seahawks is considered a

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  • Patriots won't talk about ghosts of '07 season heartbreak at Super Bowl but they're impossible to avoid and hear

    PHOENIX – The garbage can in the middle of the locker room was failing. Within 30 minutes, it was bulging from the inside out, crushed to the brim with equipment, gifts and mementos that had been shed in disgust by the 2007 New England Patriots.

    [Watch Super Bowl XLIX live here and on NBC Sports - Sunday at 6 p.m. ET]

    A stack of expensive embroidered bathrobes with Super Bowl XLII logos – gifts to each player – were jammed inside, several still in their plastic wrapping. Multiple sets of game-worn gloves were among the refuse, poking out from beneath some silvery game programs. There was a pile of maybe a half-dozen partially-taped cleats on the top, each sliced down the side from where players had taken scissors and sliced them off their feet. David Tyree will have bragging rights over Rodney Harrison. (AP)

    Had things gone differently on Feb. 3, 2008, these abandoned layers would have fetched tens of thousands of dollars. Fans and memorabilia hunters would have gobbled them up and put them under glass, fit for eternal worship in some North End

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  • Super Bowl XLIX could make TV history thanks to deflate-gate, star power

    PHOENIX – For 32 years, the NFL has waited for television's celestial alignment to repeat itself in the Super Bowl. But Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers came and went. Bill Parcells and the New York Giants faded away. Jimmy Johnson and the Dallas Cowboys divorced. Even Bill Belichick and Tom Brady couldn't make it happen in five previous tries.

    But this year might be as close as the league has gotten to the holy grail: a game that captures both the largest TV viewership and ratings in Super Bowl history.

    [Watch the Super Bowl live here and on NBC Sports - Sunday at 6 p.m. ET]

    The first half of that elusive double – total viewership – has seen a record set four out of the last five years. Last year hit a new high of 112.2 million viewers. The latter half – ratings (also known as the total percentage of households with a television) – hasn't been snapped since 1982, when CBS reeled in 49.1 percent. By comparison, last year's Super Bowl set the viewership record but "only"

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  • Super Bowl tickets at extremely low inventory; cheap seats rise to $8,500

    PHOENIX – Forget about Sunday's clash between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. Getting in to the Super Bowl might be the craziest game played this week.

    On Wednesday night an already tight ticket market virtually vanished. The two biggest brokers of seats for Sunday's Super Bowl – StubHub.com and PrimeSport.com – went from a combined offering of 1,400 tickets Wednesday night to around 150 on Thursday morning. And that has sent prices for even the worst seats rocketing higher. The "get-in" nosebleed seats are now starting at $8,500 on StubHub.com, with field-level end-zone seats listed for as much as $21,533.25 each.

    Multiple independent brokers told Yahoo Sports that StubHub is so starved for inventory, it has begun calling other independent brokers and offering to buy entire inventories of Super Bowl tickets.

    But even having availability at this point is rare. PrimeSport, a significant ticket resale partner of the NFL, completely pulled its Super Bowl ticket inventory

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  • Super Bowl cheap seats going as high as $5,000 each; 'this market is ready to go nuts'

    PHOENIX – A mad scramble for Super Bowl tickets and a mysterious lack of inventory on the open market have sent prices soaring this week. Super Bowl XLIX will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (AP)

    Multiple brokers told Yahoo Sports they are having issues filling pre-sold orders for Super Bowl tickets, due to tight inventory and "worst seat available" prices that have pushed as high as $5,700 per ticket. That's considered an astronomical "get-in" price, a term used for the cheapest face-value tickets offered. As one broker referred to such tickets, "Those are the ones that simply get you into the building." 

    As of Wednesday afternoon, the poorest seats in University of Phoenix Stadium were going for nearly $5,000 each with taxes and fees included. The website TiQiQ.com, which compiles ticket pricing research, said Wednesday that Super Bowl seats are selling for an average of 82 percent more than this time last year, when the Seattle Seahawks faced the Denver Broncos in New Jersey.

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  • The other Patriots conspiracy theory: LeGarrette Blount's scheme to reunite with Bill Belichick?

    PHOENIX – It's not the big conspiracy theory that everyone is talking about. There are no footballs, equipment managers or surveillance tape. But it's still a question that New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount can't answer with a straight face.

    Did Blount engineer his release from the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this season because he knew the Patriots wanted him back? Did someone tell him he had a job waiting for him? Is this Super Bowl a reward for a twisted scheme?

    On Tuesday, Blount repeatedly reacted to those questions with little more than Cheshire grins and half-hearted denials. One exchange in particular: LeGarrette Blount kept in contact with his Pats teammates during his time as a Steeler. (USA TODAY Sports) LeGarrette Blount kept in contact with his Pats teammates during his time as a Steeler. (USA TODAY Sports)

    "Did you know you had a job with New England before you left Pittsburgh?"

    Long pause. Big smile. No answer.

    "Why would you leave if you didn't know in the back of your mind that they were waiting to call you?"

    Big smile. Subtle laugh.

    "I didn't know nothin'," Blount said.

    One more laugh.

    It wasn't exactly convincing. And this is why there are those within the

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  • Will Richard Sherman take more unnecessary shots at Patriots, this time at Media Day?

    CHANDLER, Ariz. – Until Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks had the pole position to Super Bowl perfection. Softball questions … focused practices … and only mild curiosity from the national media. In every possible way, this was coaching bliss.

    No drama. No controversy. Nowhere near the New England Patriots' mess.

    Enter the Godfather of Gab, cornerback Richard Sherman, and his Trash Talking Consigliere, wideout Doug Baldwin. Two guys who had no reason to climb into someone else's fight, but did it anyway. And not by taking a shot at Patriots coach Bill Belichick, the accepted mark for deflate-gate – or even quarterback Tom Brady, whose mouthy history makes him fair game. Richard Sherman (USA TODAY Sports) Richard Sherman (USA TODAY Sports)

    No, Sherman decided to go after the integrity of Robert Kraft, the Patriots' affable owner who has been called many things, virtually none of them controversial. He's not the NFL owner with the party bus. Or the one who got pulled over with bricks of cash and a grocery bag of pills. He's not even the owner who refuses to

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  • How Landon Cohen went from parking cars to making Super Bowl roster in less than a month

    Over the years someone would see Landon Cohen in the newspaper, or maybe even on television, and think, "That guy … wait … is that the valet?"

    Yes, sometimes Landon Cohen parks cars. And sometimes he plays in the NFL.

    Cohen, amazingly, did both this month. And now he's one win from parallel parking a Super Bowl ring between his knuckles.

    As most fantasies go, Cohen's January has been the definition of awesome. Four weeks ago, he and two lifelong friends were running their valet service in Spartanburg, S.C. One workout and a few phone calls later, the journeyman defensive tackle landed with the Seattle Seahawks, despite not having been on an NFL roster the entire regular season.

    Seahawks tackle Jordan Hill went down with a knee injury on Jan. 4, and Cohen got a sleepy, midnight call from Seattle the next day.

    "Landon was a very active player," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after bringing Cohen aboard. "We had our eye on him."

    Cohen, 28, was inactive in the Seahawks' first playoff

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  • Senior Bowl: Best-ever selections and recent finds for every NFL team

    MOBILE, Ala. – It's the final days of Senior Bowl week. So, just follow the Pittsburgh Steelers and take notes.

    If history has taught us anything about this week, that is the lesson. The Steelers, more than any team in NFL history, have figured out a way to cull talent from this event. Whether it's Hall of Famers, consistent Pro Bowlers, solid starters or niche performers who slide perfectly into a system, a large portion of the Steelers' storied history has taken part in this week's game.

    Among the take? Eight Hall of Famers: defensive tackle Joe Greene, quarterbacks Terry Bradshaw and Len Dawson, running back Franco Harris, wideouts Lynn Swann and John Stallworth, and centers Mike Webster and Dermontti Dawson. When wideout Hines Ward becomes Hall of Fame eligible later this decade, that number could swell to nine.

    And all played in the Senior Bowl.

    Markus Wheaton (L) caught the Steelers' attention during the 2013 Senior Bowl. (USA TODAY Sports)Markus Wheaton (L) caught the Steelers' attention during the 2013 Senior Bowl. (USA TODAY Sports)How about linebackers Joey Porter, LaMarr Woodley, Larry Foote and Kendrell Bell? All were in the Senior Bowl. Defensive back Carnell

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