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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 …

New London Man to Mets’ Owners: Hit the Showers

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New York — A group of New York Mets fans has its own slogan this season, a message directed at the club’s owners. When the team arrived at Citi Field for Monday’s home opener, it was greeted by …

Bruins Under Review

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Boston — The Boston Bruins aren’t used to cleaning out their lockers so early in the year. For the first time in eight seasons, they missed the playoffs even though their 96 points were the most ever by …

Sox Bats Nosh on Nats

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Boston — Mookie Betts took away a two-run homer with a leaping catch. He stole two bases on the same pitch. Then he hit a three-run homer. All in the first two innings. Boston’s athletic, young leadoff hitter …

Penguins Weather a Storm

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The first time the Pittsburgh Penguins were forced to play with just five defensemen, Ben Lovejoy logged upward of 27 minutes of ice time. That, the Dartmouth College graduate joked, would have been the equivalent of time amassed …

Blackhawks Expect Kane Back for Playoffs

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Chicago — Center Brad Richards is ready to go. Same for defenseman Kimmo Timonen. And superstar forward Patrick Kane isn’t far behind. Not only does Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville expect his star right wing to play in Chicago’s opening-round playoff series against the Predators, Kane might be ready …

Windy City Windfall: Celtics Qualify for Playoffs

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New York — Nikola Mirotic scored 26 points, Pau Gasol had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 113-86 victory Monday night over the Brooklyn Nets. Chicago’s win also guaranteed a postseason berth for …

Royals Remain Perfect

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Minneapolis — The Kansas City Royals became the only unbeaten team in the majors as Danny Duffy pitched into the seventh inning and Kendrys Morales homered in a 12-3 romp over Minnesota, spoiling the Twins’ home opener Monday. …

Queens Buzzing for Harvey’s Return

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New York — Coming up at Citi Field, the night New York Mets fans have eagerly anticipated for more than a year and a half: Matt Harvey back on the mound in Queens. Harvey is set to make …

Jordan Rules: Spieth Matches Record With 1st Major Win

Monday, April 13, 2015

Augusta, Ga. — On a day as gray as Hogan’s sweater, Jordan Spieth reclaimed Augusta National for Texas, introduced America’s next great hope and showed all the kids out there what guts look like. He also won the …

Leafs Start Cleaning House

Monday, April 13, 2015

Toronto — Changes were expected from the Toronto Maple Leafs after their worst season in almost 20 years. Team president Brendan Shanahan didn’t waste any time making them. The Leafs fired general manager Dave Nonis and interim coach …