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Former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez, center, stands with his defense attorneys, from left, Charles Rankin, Micheal Fee and James Sultan, as the verdict is read in his murder trial, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd in June 2013. (Dominick Reuter/Pool Photo via AP)

In Aaron Hernandez Murder Case, Question Lingers: Why?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Fall River, Mass. — Aaron Hernandez had it all. Fame, as a star tight end with the New England Patriots, which took him to the Super Bowl. Fortune, with a $40 million NFL contract. Family, with a fiancee and baby daughter. But his future? A lifetime behind bars after being convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder in the 2013 slaying of …

Wizards Pierce Raptors

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Toronto — Paul Pierce scored five of his 20 points in overtime, Nene had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 93-86 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Pierce hit a 3-pointer, his fourth of the game, to begin the extra session, further …

Tampa Bay Ties Series

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tampa, Fla. — Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop stopped 24 shots for his first NHL playoff victory Saturday, a 5-1 win over Detroit that evened their opening-round Eastern Conference series at one game apiece. Tyler Johnson had two goals for the Lightning, who dropped Game 1 while outplaying the Red Wings for most of a 3-2 loss. Alex Killorn and Andrej Sustr scored in …

LeBron Looks for Payback vs. Celtics

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Cleveland — Five years ago, LeBron James left the floor after Game 5 against Boston in disgrace. There were boos from the home fans, even some whispers he’d quit on the Cavaliers. Today, in his first playoff game …

Kenseth Has No Intention to Retire Soon

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bristol, Tenn. — Matt Kenseth is just a year younger than Jeff Gordon, who has already said he’ll retire at the end of this season. The 43-year-old former champion won’t use Gordon’s exit as a reason to consider his own future in NASCAR. He’s got no plans to …

Mixed Emotions for Roy at 40

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Boston — Fifteen rows up, Travis Roy watched from his wheelchair as the goalie for his former team scored for the opponent in the NCAA championship game. He could sense Matt O’Connor’s heartbreak. The mistake tied the game. …

Dartmouth Alum Wins 5K Race in Record Time

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Boston — Score another one in the record books for Hanover’s Ben True. True, a 2009 Dartmouth College graduate who set multiple Big Green track and field records, on Saturday won the Boston Athletic Association 5K in a U.S. record 13 minutes, 22 seconds. True’s time was two …

In Brief: Merritt Leads by 3 in South Carolina

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hilton Head Island, s.c. — Troy Merritt shot a 2-under 69 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the RBC Heritage, while defending champion Matt Kuchar and Masters winner Jordan Spieth stayed within reach. A day after tying the course record with a …

Bryant Helps Cubs Past Padres

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Chicago — Kris Bryant drew a standing ovation after blooping an RBI single for his first major league hit, and reached base five times Saturday as the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 7-6 in 11 innings. A day after the prized prospect went 0 for 4 …

Orioles Blast Buchholz

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Boston — Forget opening day. Clay Buchholz can’t seem to find his groove again. Buchholz gave up 11 hits in six innings Saturday but limited the Orioles to just two runs in Boston’s 4-1 loss to Baltimore. Coming …

Fox Hires Hit King

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New York — Pete Rose is getting back in baseball while he awaits a ruling on his reinstatement request — as a television analyst. The career hits leader, who agreed to a lifetime ban from the sport 26 years ago, has been hired by Fox as a guest …

A-Rod Surprised By Early Success

Sunday, April 19, 2015

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez is the first one to admit it. He is surprised by his start this season after missing all of last year while serving a drug suspension. Rodriguez is batting .344 with four homers and 11 RBIs through his first 10 games with …

In Brief: Spieth Bounces Back in South Carolina

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hilton Head Island, s.c. — Troy Merritt shot a 10-under 61 on Friday to tie the course record at the RBC Heritage only a few hours after Masters champion Jordan Spieth finished off a bounce-back 62. Merritt matched David Frost’s tournament mark set in 1994 and topped the …