BOSTON (AP) — Boston police have asked authorities in the Connecticut hometown of Aaron Hernandez for their help with a double homicide investigation linked to the former NFL star, police said.
Hernandez is already charged with murder in the shooting death of his friend Odin Lloyd, whose body was found June 17 near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass.
The request from Boston police in the July 2012 double homicide was based on evidence developed through the investigation of Lloyd's slaying, Bristol Police Lt. Kevin Morrell said.
Two people were killed in the shooting in Boston's south end on July 15, 2012. Witnesses reported seeing people in a grey SUV with Rhode Island plates open fire on a vehicle carrying the victims.
NEW YORK (AP) — A Major League Baseball umpire was recently dismissed for what was believed to be the first known drug ouster among umps, two people familiar with the situation told The AP.
MLB announced on June 14 that Brian Runge was no longer on the staff and that a Triple-A umpire had been promoted, but didn't give a reason. Only once since 2000 had such a change been made in midseason, and that was because of an injury.
The two people said Runge failed at least one drug test, then reached an agreement so he could remain on the umpire roster. When he failed to comply with those terms he was released.
It could not be independently determined by the AP what drug was involved.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine is dropping his defamation lawsuit against ESPN, his lawyers said.
Fine sued over broadcasts aired by ESPN with claims by two former ball boys that Fine molested them more than two decades ago. Fine was fired in November 2011, days after the broadcasts. The 67-year-old was investigated by federal prosecutors and never charged and has maintained his innocence.
William Albert, spokesman for the Harris Beach law firm, said Fine voluntarily filed notice of dismissal, although both he and his attorneys believe his legal claim has merit.
An ESPN spokesman said the withdrawal was not the result of a settlement.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will host a safety clinic next month for about 600 mothers of youth football players.
The free event will be held Aug. 1 at the Buckeyes' Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Participants will receive classroom instruction from health experts and on-field training from OSU coaches and players. The NFL, which is promoting improved safety in football at various levels, is facing a federal lawsuit over concussion-related injuries by thousands of former players.
In an invitation to female NFL fans in Ohio, Goodell says: "We want to give you a chance to see firsthand what we are doing to make youth football safer and better."
PARK RIDGE, Ill. (AP) — The Big Ten female athlete of the year award no longer is named for the Olympic track star from Wisconsin who later acknowledged working as a prostitute.
Big Ten spokesman Scott Chipman said that Suzy Favor Hamilton's name was removed from the award after discussions between the league and Wisconsin.
Favor competed in the Olympics in 1992, 1996 and 2000. The Smoking Gun website in December first reported that Favor Hamilton had worked as a $600-an-hour escort in Las Vegas.
Favor Hamilton, 44, was the Big Ten's female athlete of the year three straight times beginning in 1988 and one of the most celebrated athletes at Wisconsin. She won seven U.S. national titles.
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Wladimir Klitschko will defend his multiple heavyweight titles against mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in a highly anticipated showdown on Oct. 5 in Moscow.
Klitschko's management says the fight, long in the making, will take place in the Olympic Arena.
Klitschko holds the IBF and IBO belts and is also the WBO and WBA "super champion." Povetkin, 33, is WBA's "regular champion." Klitschko's older brother Vitali is the WBC champion. The Ukraine-born brothers have dominated the heavy division for a decade.
Russia's Povetkin, like Wladimir Klitschko, is a former Olympic champion is 26-0 with 18 KOs.
The 37-year-old Klitschko is 60-3.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The last time Poland was a factor on the men's side of a Grand Slam draw, Wojtek Fibak was the country's top player and Lech Walesa was its top politician.
That was back in 1980. Now, 33 years later, a country that loves soccer is talking tennis.
Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Li Na of China to move a win away from her second straight Wimbledon final. The bigger buzz, however, was about the men.
On Wednesday, Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot will be the first Polish men to play a Grand Slam quarterfinal since Fibak made the round of 8 three times in 1980. The winner will be the first Polish man to make a Grand Slam semifinal.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's national soccer and rugby teams will play on the same day at the former World Cup showpiece stadium in Soweto to honor Nelson Mandela, bringing together the country's two most popular sports that once underlined deep racial divisions.
The South African sports ministry said that Nelson Mandela Sports Day on Aug. 17 at FNB Stadium is aimed at uniting the country in celebration of the anti-apartheid leader's legacy.
While calling the sports day a celebration of Mandela, the ministry referred to the somber mood in South Africa, with its beloved 94-year-old national hero still in a critical but stable condition after 25 days in the hospital.