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Associated Press

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 26 at 8:06 PM

NFL-HERNANDEZ

Hernandez charged with murder, released by Pats

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Aaron Hernandez has become a former member of the New England Patriots after becoming a guest of the Massachusetts penal system.

Hernandez has been arrested and charged with murder in the in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player whose body was found about a mile from Hernandez's home.

Prosecutors say Lloyd had angered Hernandez at a nightclub a few days earlier by talking to the wrong people. Authorities say Hernandez drove Lloyd to a secluded gravel road before shooting him multiple times.

The Patriots released the tight end less than two hours after his arrest and before he was charged. The Pats issued a statement saying the team believed the decision to release him was "simply the right thing to do."

Hernandez could get life in prison without parole if convicted.

NFL-BROWNS

Browns release player charged with murder

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have released a rookie who is charged with attempted murder for allegedly punching a man outside a club in northern New Jersey. Ausar Walcott turned himself in to Passaic, N.J., police Tuesday after he was identified as a suspect in an incident that happened around 3 a.m. Sunday.

The linebacker was signed by the Browns on May 13 following a tryout. The team announced

WIMBLEDON-DAY 3

Sharapova eliminated on a day of injuries

LONDON (AP) — It has been a day of upsets and injuries at Wimbledon.

Seven-time men's champion Roger Federer was stunned by 116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round, losing the match 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6. It's Federer's earliest loss in a Grand Slam tournament in a decade.

On the women's side, Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) was ousted by a 131st-ranked qualifier. The third-seed and 2004 Wimbledon champion was beaten by Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal, 6-3, 6-4. Sharapova slipped and fell several times on the grass on Court 2 and received medical treatment from the trainer in the second set.

No less than seven singles players withdrew or retired because of injury. Leading the group were American John Isner (IHZ'-nur) and women's second-seed Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh). Isner retired during his second-round match against Adrian Mannarino of France with a left knee injury after only two games. Azarenka withdrew minutes before her second-round match against Flavia Pennetta (FLAH'-vee-uh pehn-EHT'-uh) after being injured in her first round match.

Steve Darcis (DAHR'-see), who registered one of Wimbledon's greatest upsets Monday when he beat two-time champion Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') in straight sets, had to pull out of his second round match with an injured right shoulder. And men's No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh) stopped playing while trailing Ernests Gulbis two sets to one after having his left leg treated by a trainer.

In men's results, second-ranked Andy Murray advanced to the third round, while former champion Lleyton Hewitt lost to German qualifier Dustin Brown. Hewitt, who upset 11th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka (vah-VINK'-ah) in the first round, was overwhelmed by Brown, losing 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2.

For the women, American Sloane Stephens was a winner. The 17th seed beat a German and moved onto the third round while former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee) slumped to a 6-2, 6-2 defeat to Petra Cetkovska (PEH'-truh seht-KOV'-skuh) in their second round match. The ninth-seeded Wozniacki, who has never fared very well on the London grass, also lost in the 2nd round at the French Open.

MLB-SCHEDULE

New heights for Bucs...Two-hitters by Dickey, Griffin

UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves 18 games over .500 for the first time since the 1992 season.

The Pirates did it by scoring twice in the ninth inning to beat Seattle 4-2 this afternoon. Jordy Mercer singled home the tiebreaking run with two outs in the ninth before Travis Snider scored on a wild pitch. Neil Walker hit a two-run homer for the Pirates who own baseball's second-best record at 48-30.

Also in the majors, R.A. Dickey allowed just two hits in his first complete game of the season as Toronto downed Tampa Bay 3-0. Jose Reyes went 0-for-4 in his first game since missing two months with a sprained ankle.

A.J. Griffin also fired a two-hitter and Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer as Oakland blanked Cincinnati 5-0 to complete a three-game sweep. Griffin struck out seven in his first career complete game.

Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DY'-ur) homered twice to stretch his career-high hitting streak to 23 games, but John Lackey struck out a season-high 12 over seven innings as Boston downed Colorado 5-3. Daniel Nava (NAH'-vah) drove in two runs and Shane Victorino had three RBIs as the Red Sox completed a two-game sweep.

Placido Polanco and Jeff Mathis hit their first homers of the season to help Miami overcome a 3-0 deficit in a 5-3 win over Minnesota. Polanco had gone 350 at-bats before homering for the first time since last June 4, and Mathis was hitting .096 in 52 at-bats this season before going deep.

MLB-NEWS

Season-ending surgery for Yanks' Teixeira, Orioles' Bundy

UNDATED (AP) — Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will have season-ending surgery on his right wrist. Recovery time for the surgery is projected at six months. Teixeira was hurt while hitting off a tee March 5, when he was with the U.S. team at the World Baseball Classic.

In other major league news, Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy also is headed for season-ending surgery. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter says the 20-year-old will undergo elbow ligament-replacement on Thursday. Selected fourth overall in the 2011 amateur draft, Bundy made it to the big leagues with last season but developed arm soreness during spring training this year and never threw in a game.

The Cleveland Indians have activated shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera from the 15-day disabled list and designated infielder John McDonald for assignment. Cabrera strained his right quadriceps running out a grounder on June 3.

The Red Sox have activated right-hander Clayton Mortensen from the 15-day disabled list after optioning right-hander Pedro Beato to Triple-A. Mortensen had been placed on the DL on June 11 with a strained right groin.

NBA-NEWS

Clippers introduce Rivers...Bird returning to Pacers...Heat retain Chalmers

UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have formally introduced Doc Rivers as their new head coach, after sending a first-round pick to the Celtics for him. Rivers says he's eager to guide a team loaded with stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, who is expected to stay with the Clippers despite being a free agent.

Meanwhile, Larry Bird is returning to the Indiana Pacers as president of basketball operations. The team has scheduled a news conference for Thursday morning to re-introduce Bird, who's credited with building the team that took the Miami Heat to seven games in this year's Eastern Conference finals. Bird left the team last summer, but says he has had time to reflect, rest and take care of some health issues. He has been attending draft workouts with the Pacers top executives this month. Elsewhere in the NBA, the Miami Heat have decided to exercise their team option to keep starting point guard Mario Chalmers for the 2013-14 season. Chalmers is due to make $4 million this coming season. He averaged 8.6 points per game this season, making a career-best 123 tries from 3-point range.

The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised their contract option on guard Jodie Meeks and extended a qualifying offer to center Robert Sacre.

Power forward Carl Landry has opted out of the final year of his deal with the Golden State Warriors to become a free agent. The 29-year-old averaged 10.8 points and six rebounds in 23.2 minutes off the bench last season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OREGON

Program slapped by NCAA

UNDATED (AP) — The University of Oregon's football program has received a light punishment from the NCAA.

The NCAA's Division I Committee on Infractions has released a report stating that former football coach Chip Kelly failed to monitor the program for its improper involvement with a Houston-based recruiting service. The program has been stripped of one scholarship in each of the next two seasons and placed on probation for three years, but the team avoided a bowl ban.

The NCAA also issued an 18-month show-cause order against Kelly, who's now head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

NHL-NEWS

Bergeron hospitalized with punctured lung...San Jose re-signs two

UNDATED (AP) — Patrice Bergeron is in a Boston-area hospital this evening with a punctured lung.

The Bruins forward was admitted Monday night, after Boston's season-ending loss to Chicago in the Stanley Cup Final. Bergeron was already a question mark heading into Monday's Game 6, with a broken rib and torn cartilage. He then suffered a separated shoulder in the first period.

Bergeron had 10 goals and 32 points in the shortened regular season, as well as nine goals and 15 points in the postseason.

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