BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors have announced new murder charges against Aaron Hernandez, saying the former New England Patriots tight end ambushed and shot to death two men following a chance encounter inside a Boston nightclub.
The victims in the July 2012 shooting were killed in a car as they waited at a red light in Boston’s South End neighborhood, a few weeks before Hernandez signed a five-year deal worth about $40 million.
Hernandez is awaiting trial in the separate 2013 shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.
Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said the investigation of the Boston killings moved forward after the Lloyd case, which will be tried separately in another Massachusetts court. He noted the discovery of the car Hernandez was driving the night the men died and the recovery of the alleged murder weapon from an unnamed person with ties to Hernandez.
Conley declined to say whether authorities suspected any connection between the two shootings.
Hernandez’s attorneys say their client is innocent of these charges and looks forward to his day in court,”
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie says he’s not looking for another job despite being linked to several NBA job openings, including with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Ollie just led the Huskies to the national championship in his second season since replacing Jim Calhoun. He says he loves the university and is hoping to work out a new contract with athletic director Warde Manuel. His current deal runs through the end of the 2017-18 season.
A Game 6 in two series tonight
UNDATED (AP) — The Pacers and Thunder can advance in the NBA playoffs tonight with wins. The Pacers enter this evening’s Game 6 with Washington leading 3-2. The Wizards kept their hopes alive with a lopsided 102-79 win two nights ago in Indianapolis. Tonight’s game is being played in Washington with Game 7, if needed, taking place Sunday in Indy.
Oklahoma City took a 3-2 series lead over the Clippers two nights ago and can close it out with a win tonight in Los Angeles. If the Clippers get the win on their home court they would force the final game of the series this Sunday in Oklahoma City.
Reds, Brewers win
UNDATED (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds have won Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader this afternoon.
Johnny Cueto (KWAY’-toh) tossed a three-hitter and Brandon Phillips belted a three-run homer as the Reds blanked San Diego 5-0. Cueto improved to 4-2 and lowered his league-leading ERA to 1.25 with his second shutout of the season.
The game was scoreless until Phillips went deep in the fifth inning. Zack Cozart (KOH’-zahrt) added a two-run single in the sixth to cap the scoring against Ian Kennedy, who was tagged for 11 hits in six frames.
Also in the majors:
– Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh 4-3 on a two-run single by Khris Davis in the bottom of the ninth. Rickie Weeks and Martin (mahr-TEEN’) Maldonado hit solo homers as the Brewers improved to 27-15, tying the Giants for the National League’s best record.
Cards chairman leading committee search for new commissioner
NEW YORK (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. will lead the committee to find a successor to baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who is scheduled to retire in January. The committee already has started meeting and is to identify the candidate or candidates for Major League Baseball’s executive council, which is to make a recommendation to owners. Selig sidestepped whether he would remain as commissioner emeritus, saying details would be worked out in the coming months.
A’s get Blanks from Padres, DFA Barton
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have acquired outfielder and first baseman Kyle Blanks from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league outfielder Jake Goebbert and a player to be named. The A’s designated Daric Barton for assignment to make roster room for Blanks, who is expected to join the team tomorrow in Cleveland.
Austin to serve as Gordon insurance
UNDATED (AP) — The Browns have agreed to contract terms with free agent wide receiver Miles Austin, insurance in case Pro Bowler Josh Gordon is suspended.
The two-time Pro Bowler was released by the Dallas Cowboys two months ago in a salary-cap move. The 29-year-old played in just 11 games last season because of injuries.
Miles had his best season in 2009, when he had 81 receptions for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns.
ESPN reported last week that Gordon is facing a one-year suspension for failing another drug test.
Bears have all 8 picks under contract
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears already have signed their eight selections from last week’s NFL draft. The last to sign was third-round pick Will Sutton, a defensive tackle from Arizona State.
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The first round of the Byron Nelson Championship is being played today in Irving, Texas. Texan Jordan Spieth (speeth) leads the field that includes Matt Kuchar (KOO’-char), Angel Cabrera and Rory Sabbatini.
The host of the tournament, legendary golfer Byron Nelson, passed away in 2006 at the age of 94.
Lewis looks to be No. 1
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Stacy Lewis, the winner of the North Texas LPGA Shootout two weeks ago, can take the top spot in the world with a win this weekend in the Kingsmill Championship. The win was the ninth for Lewis in her LPGA career as she finished six shots in front of the field.
Cristie Kerr is the defending champion.
A major event for the seniors
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The first round of the Regions Tradition is in progress as players vie for the first of five majors on the Champions Tour. The venue for the event is Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Ala. It’s a Jack Nicklaus-designed course.
The winner of the last event on the tour was Bernhard Langer, who beat Fred Couples by a stroke in the Insperity Invitational. The 56-year-old Langer has 20 wins on the 50-and-over tour.
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