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Aaron Hernandez Sports New Neck Tattoo That Reads ‘Lifetime’

Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images(BOSTON) — Former NFL standout Aaron Hernandez is commemorating his life sentence with a new neck tattoo that reads “Lifetime” and another on his hand that prison officials confirmed is gang-related.

Hernandez, 25, who is serving a life sentence after he was convicted in the 2013 killing of his friend Odin Lloyd last month, faced a judge again Thursday in connection with a separate double slaying he is accused of committing in July 2012.

Hernandez is accused of intimidating a witness to that drive-by execution-style slaying.

During his Boston court appearance on Thursday, Hernandez was photographed with the new ink, which several sources said was one of two tattoos he got from jailhouse artists at MCI-Shirley’s Souza Baranowski Correction Center. The tattoos were spotted after a “two-on-one fight” involving Hernandez that the sources called gang related.

The fight landed Hernandez in a segregated cell at the prison’s Special Management Unit, authorities said.

Hernandez was arraigned Thursday on witness intimidation charges connected to the allegation that he shot a former bodyguard, Alexander Bradley, in the head after a night out in Florida and rolled him out of a moving car in an industrial park.

Bradley later told a grand jury that Hernandez shot him to keep him quiet about the July 2012 shooting, sparked when the then Patriots tight end was angry about a spilled drink on the dance floor at a Boston nightclub and he retaliated by waiting for the men to leave the club. He then ambushed them at a red light and opened fire, Suffolk County prosecutors said.

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Scoreboard Roundup for 5/21/15

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — MLB, INTERLEAGUE
Minnesota 4, Pittsburgh 3 (13 innings)
Washington, 3 New York Yankees 2
Detroit, 5 Milwaukee 2
Atlanta, 2 Tampa Bay, 1
Kansas City 7, Cincinnati 1

MLB, AMERICAN LEAGUE

Houston 6, Oakland 1
Seattle 4, Baltimore 2
L.A. Angels 4, Toronto 3
Texas 2, Boston 1
Cleveland 4, Chicago White Sox 3

MLB, NATIONAL LEAGUE

Arizona 6, Miami 1
St. Louis 9, New York Mets 0
Philadelphia 4, Colorado 2
Chicago Cubs 3, San Diego 2
San Francisco 4, L.A. Dodgers 0

NBA PLAYOFFS

Cleveland 97, Atlanta 89

NHL PLAYOFFS

Tampa Bay 6, New York Rangers 5 (OT)

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NBA Playoffs: Cavs Beat Hawks 97-89, Take Early Series Lead

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The Cleveland Cavaliers downed the Atlanta Hawks 97-89 in Game 1 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night.

The Cavs’ LeBron James scored 31 points, but after the game James gave a tip of the hat to teammate J.R. Smith, who drained eight 3-pointers – part of a 28-point performance that helped Cleveland take an early series lead.

“You get a guy like J.R. Smith who’s able just to shoot the ball and have the extreme confidence that every time they let it go, it’s going in,” James said.

Game 2 is Friday night in Atlanta.

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Terry Labonte a Member of NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — The NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2016 was announced Wednesday.

Two-time Cup champion Terry Labonte, drivers Bobby Isaac and Curtis Turner, modified series champion Jerry Cook, and Speedway Motorsports Executive Chairman Bruton Smith all made the cut.

Labonte won 22 races during his NASCAR career, and captured the Cup titles in 1984 and 1996.

Isaac, who died in 1977, compiled 37 wins.

Turner was an early star of NASCAR and won 17 races. He died in a plane crash in 1970.

Cook won six NASCAR modified championships, including four consecutive in the mid-1970s.

Smith’s company owns eight tracks that stage NASCAR events, including Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The seventh Hall of Fame class will be inducted on Jan. 22, 2016.

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Indianapolis Colts Discuss New Additions at OTA’s

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indianapolis Colts are back to work.

After a tough loss in the AFC Championship Game to the New England Patriots, the team brought in running back Frank Gore and pro bowl wide out Andrea Johnson in the off season.

“To me, it seems like they’ve been here for the past five years, to be honest with you. They don’t miss a beat as far as the playbook, knows what to do. Every time I see them in a huddle, break a huddle to me it looks like they’re lining up to go right. They’re very talented, talented guys,” Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said on Wednesday when asked how his team looked at OTA’s.

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck also said he was enjoying the additions of Gore and Johnson.

“I’ve admired Frank and Andre and Todd from a far for a long time, especially Andre and Frank you know. But to hand off to Frank, to see him run his routes, their huddle demeanor, to see Andre create separation and watch. To be hones it’s really fun to be out there with the guys,” he said.

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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez Hit a Home Run That Landed in a Boat

Tina Stachelek(PITTSBURGH) — Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit a home run out of PNC Park and into a boat in the Allegheny River Tuesday night — and the owners of the boat jokingly say they want the ball back.

Ryan and Tina Stachelek parked their boat outside of PNC Park and were watching the game on television from a nearby restaurant.

“I saw [Alvarez] hit the home run but couldn’t tell if it went out of the park,” said Ryan.

When the television camera started showing a boat on TV, Ryan said he told his wife, “That’s our boat! What’s going on?”

When the Stacheleks saw a man on the boat and jump to the dock, at first they thought someone was stealing from it and that “someone was looking for the cooler,” Tina Stachelek said.

The person wasn’t looking for the cooler, but a baseball, instead.

“We want the ball back,” Ryan Stachelek jokingly said.

According to ABC affiliate WTAE-TV, Alvarez’s 461-foot home run is only the third home run to land in the Allegheny River.

“He made history by being the third person to hit it in the river,” Tina Stachelek said. “It would be great to own it.”

They don’t expect to get the ball back or even hear from the person who took it from their boat. If they did get the ball back, what would they do with it?

“Probably give it to our nephew, maybe keep it, or maybe Pedro [Alvarez] wants it,” Tina Stachelek said.

The Stacheleks park their boat outside the stadium every weekend because they can either walk right into the stadium or go to one of the local restaurants.

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Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry’s Daughter Steals the Show at Press Conference

Travis Bell/ESPN Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — There is only room for one star at a news conference, and unfortunately for Golden State Warriors’ player Stephen Curry, the star at his post-game press conference Tuesday was not him but his young daughter.

Curry held his 2-year-old daughter Riley on his lap as he spoke to reporters following his team’s Western Conference finals playoff win against the Houston Rockets.

While the NBA MVP tried to answer reporters’ questions about his 34-point, six-rebound, five-assist performance, Riley stole the show.

The toddler waved to reporters and, when things evidently got slow, lifted her arms to stretch and yawn.

At one point when Curry spoke into the microphone, his daughter quickly admonished him that it was “too loud Daddy” and to “be quiet.”

Eventually, Riley gave up on the whole sitting in her dad’s lap thing and played hide-and-seek under the table.

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Steph Curry Leads Warriors to Game 1 Victory over Rockets

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The Golden State Warriors took Game 1 of the NBA’s Western Conference finals Tuesday night, 110-106, over the Houston Rockets.

Stephen Curry led the game with 34 points — including six three-pointers — and notched six rebounds and five assists for the Warriors.

Rockets guard James Harden led Houston with 28 points on the night.

After the game, Curry admitted he had no illusions this would be an easy series: “You expected it to be a battle. We had to come in and really fight … Once we got our rhythm and figured out how to get some stops, we turned the game in our favor.”

Game 2 between the Warriors and Rockets is Thursday in Oakland.

WATCH – NBA Star Stephen Curry’s Daughter Steals Show at News Conference:

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John Calipari Says ‘No Interest’ in New Orleans Pelicans Job

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW ORLEANS) — John Calipari will continue to coach the Kentucky Wildcats, tweeting on Tuesday he had “no interest” in jumping to the NBA.

Calipari took to Twitter an hour after NOLA.com reported that he was interested in the vacant head-coaching job with the New Orleans Pelicans.

“Even though Anthony and Tyreke are in NOLA, I have no interest in the Pelicans or any other job. I have a great job and I’m happy at UK,” Calipari wrote.

Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans, both on the Pelican’s roster, played for Calipari while he coached at the University of Kentucky and the University of Memphis.

NOLA.com reported the team was willing to pay around $4 million to $5 million per season for the vacant spot.

Calipari now makes about $8 million annually at Kentucky.

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NFL Players Association Requests Roger Goodell Recuse Himself in Tom Brady Appeal

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The National Football League’s Players Association formally requested on Tuesday that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself as the arbitrator in New England Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady’s disciplinary appeal over penalties related to “Deflategate.”

“Given a process that has contained procedural violations of our collective bargaining agreement, the Commissioner’s role as a central witness in the appeal hearing and his evident partiality with respect to the Wells report, the Commissioner must designate a neutral party to serve as an arbitrator in this matter,” the NFLPA said in a release.

The organization also believes that Goodell’s “history of inconsistently” makes him “ill-suited” to hear Brady’s appeal

The NFL decode last month to fine the team $1 million and revoke their 2016 first-round draft pick as a result of the investigation of the team’s use of allegedly under-inflated footballs.

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