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Documents Sealed in Death Near TE’s Home

Attleboro, Mass. — A Massachusetts court said yesterday it has sealed documents related to the killing of a semi-pro football player found dead a mile from the home of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Attleboro District Court officials said documents related to the case, including search warrants, have been impounded, meaning the public can’t see them. No charges have been filed.

State police have searched in and around Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough several times. At least three search warrants have been issued in connection with the investigation.

Odin Lloyd, who played for the semi-pro Boston Bandits, was found slain June 17. The 27-year-old’s relatives said he was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee and that the two men were friends.

Hernandez’s attorney has said he will refrain from commenting on the substance of the investigation while it is ongoing.

Reporters have been camped out for days at Hernandez’s sprawling home on the Rhode Island line, not far from the stadium where the Patriots play. They reported yesterday that Hernandez got a visit from Boston defense attorney James Sultan.

A spokesman for Michael Fee, the attorney who has been representing Hernandez, said yesterday that Sultan’s firm, Rankin & Sultan, has been co-counsel on the case from the beginning. Among other well-known cases, Sultan helped win a new trial for a former New York banking executive accused of fatally stabbing his former girlfriend on the exclusive island of Nantucket.

NHL Hockey

Canucks Hire Deposed Rangers Coach

Vancouver, British Columbia — The Vancouver Canucks hired John Tortorella to be their new coach yesterday. Tortorella was recently fired by the New York Rangers after they lost to the Boston Bruins in the playoffs in five games.

Game 6 Viewership
Up 66 Percent

New York — The Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup-clinching win was watched by almost two-thirds more viewers than last year’s Game 6.

Chicago’s 3-2 victory Monday night over the Bruins had 8.16 million viewers on NBC, up from 4.93 million for the Los Angeles Kings’ clincher over the New Jersey Devils last year. It was down slightly from the 8.28 million for Game 6 between the Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers in 2010.

The series averaged 5.76 million viewers on NBC and NBC Sports Network, making it the most-watched Stanley Cup Final since records started being kept in 1994, though the population was smaller then.

Flyers Buy Out
Goalie’s Contract

Voorhees, n.j. — The Philadelphia Flyers are buying out the remainder of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov’s contract, saving the team nearly $6 million under the salary cap for each of the next seven years.

College Football

Ducks to Learn Fate
From NCAA

Eugene, Ore. — The Oregon Ducks are about to hear the NCAA’s decision on possible recruiting violations.

The NCAA’s Division I Committee on Infractions will release a public report on the findings of its investigation and any possible sanctions against Oregon’s football program this morning.

The NCAA has been looking into payments Oregon made to recruiting services, including $25,000 to Willie Lyles and Houston-based Complete Scouting Services in 2011. Lyles had a connection with an Oregon recruit.

In April, Oregon released documents acknowledging at least one major NCAA violation in connection with recruiting. It also proposed a self-imposed two-year probation with the loss of one scholarship in each of the next three years.

While acknowledging violations from 2008-11, Oregon’s report did not find any unethical conduct or lack of institutional control, typically one of the most severe charges the NCAA can bring after an investigation of rules violations.

The case headed to the infractions committee after Oregon and the NCAA failed to reach an agreement on the matter.

NBA Basketball

League Schedules Games for London, Mexico City

New York — The NBA says regular-season games will be played next season in London and Mexico City.

The San Antonio Spurs are set to play the Minnesota Timberwolves at Mexico City Arena on Dec. 4, and the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets will meet at The O2 in London next Jan. 16.

The NBA said yesterday it’s the first time regular-season games in two countries outside of the United States and Canada will be played in the same season.

In March, the league announced eight preseason games would be played in several countries from Oct. 5-18.

The latest games bring the NBA’s global package next season to 12 teams playing 10 regular-season and preseason games in 10 cities in seven countries and territories.