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Judge grants request to erase Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction

John Blanding/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(FALL RIVER, Mass.) — A Massachusetts judge on Tuesday granted a request to erase Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction, less than one month after the former New England Patriots star hanged himself in prison.

“Abatement has been practiced in state and federal courts for more than a century,” Judge Susan Garsh said in delivering her ruling from the bench in Fall River.

She noted that “an appeal is an integral part of the system” and said the interests of justice do not permit a defendant to stand convicted upon death if appeals are not exhausted.

“Abatement remains the law in this Commonwealth and this court is compelled to follow binding precedent,” Garsh said.

The judge said she could not abide by the assertion of prosecutors that Hernandez knew his about abatement when he decided to commit suicide.

“This court cannot know why Hernandez chose to end his life,” Garsh said, adding that suicide is a “complex act that may have myriad causes.”

John Thompson, Hernandez’s appellate attorney, had argued to the judge, “When the defendant dies after a trial and before an appeal the abatement ab initio doctrine applies without exception. … This is an established common law doctrine.”

But prosecutors in Bristol County, where Hernandez was found guilty in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, argued there is no constitutional right to abatement — prosecutor Pat Bomberg said it instead “is a practice.” Bomberg also told the judge there is no reason to erase the conviction since doing so would “reward” Hernandez for taking his own life.

On April 19, Hernandez was found naked hanging from a bed sheet in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office said. His death was ruled a suicide. Hernandez left behind three notes, and in one note, Bomberg said, Hernandez indicated he knew about abatement.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence after he was convicted in April 2015 of murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition for the June 2013 killing of Lloyd in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Lloyd was dating the sister of Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, who was Hernandez’s fiancée.

Five days before his death, Hernandez was acquitted in a double murder that occurred in 2012.

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NBA opens elite training center in India

NBA(NEW DELHI) — In hopes of reaching a cricket-obsessed fanbase, the NBA has opened an elite training center in India.

The league announced on Tuesday the official opening of NBA Academy India at Jaypee Greens Integrated Sports Complex in Delhi National Capital Region. Twenty-one male prospects will receive scholarships to attend the academy. They were selected after a three-month, nationwide talent search.

“The opening of our first academy in India is an important milestone in the NBA’s efforts to grow basketball in India and demonstrates our commitment to developing talent and shaping the game’s future here,” NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum said in a statement.

In 2015, Satnam Singh Bhamara became the first Indian to be drafted into the NBA, joining the Dallas Mavericks as a center.

The opening of NBA Academy India follows the launch of training centers in China and Senegal. Another one is planned for Australia.

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/8/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

Baltimore 6, Washington 4
N.Y. Yankees 10, Cincinnati 4
San Diego 5, Texas 1

Toronto 4, Cleveland 2
Kansas City 7, Tampa Bay 3
Oakland 3, L.A. Angels 2, 11 Innings

St. Louis 9, Miami 4
N.Y. Mets 4, San Francisco 3
L.A. Dodgers 12, Pittsburgh 1
Chicago Cubs at Colorado, postponed

Golden State 121, Utah 95

Washington 5, Pittsburgh 2

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Report: Hawks’ Dwight Howard pulled over for speeding the morning of playoff loss

Rob Carr/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard was reportedly caught speeding and without insurance on April 28, the morning of his team’s season-ending loss against the Washington Wizards.

According to a police report obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 31-year-old Howard was pulled over by police in Dunwoody, Georgia, for traveling 95 mph in a 65 mph zone around 2:06 a.m. The report said an officer found he was driving without insurance and on a suspended registration.

Howard was given a verbal warning for speeding and suspended registration, had a ticket written for having no insurance and had his car towed, the report said.

The Wizards beat the Hawks 115-99 in Game 6 of the playoffs on April 28.

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UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum suspended for failed drug test

iStock/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) — UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum has been suspended for three months after testing positive for marijuana metabolites around the time he fought Vitor Belfort in Fortaleza, Brazil, two months ago.

Gastelum failed a drug test shortly after a first-round knockout win over Vitor Belfort on March 12. The Brazilian Superior Justice Court of MMA overturned his win and fined Gastelum 20 percent of his undisclosed purse.

Shortly after, the 25-year-old tweeted his acceptance of the suspension but vowed to never fight in Brazil again.

Suspension accepted, but i will NEVER fight in Brazil again. All they want is $$$$

— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) May 7, 2017

Due to the failed test, the UFC pulled Gastelum from a scheduled fight against Anderson “The Spider” Silva at UFC 212 on June 3.

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/7/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

N.Y. Yankees 5, Chicago Cubs 4, 18 innings

Toronto 2, Tampa Bay 1
Baltimore 4, Chicago White Sox 0
Boston 17, Minnesota 6
Cleveland 1, Kansas City 0
Houston 5, L.A. Angels 3
Oakland 8, Detroit 6
Seattle 4, Texas 3

Miami 7, N.Y. Mets 0
Milwaukee 6, Pittsburgh 2
St. Louis 6, Atlanta 4, 14 Innings
Philadelphia 6, Washington 5, 10 Innings
Colorado 5, Arizona 2
Cincinnati 4, San Francisco 0
L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, postponed

Cleveland 109, Toronto 102
Washington 121, Boston 102
Houston 125, San Antonio 104

Nashville 3, St. Louis 1
Edmonton 7, Anaheim 1

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At Talladega, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. earns first career win

iStock/Thinkstock(LINCOLN, Ala.) — After 157 races, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finally recorded a victory, winning the Geico 500 Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Stenhouse took the lead on a NASCAR overtime restart in a race that was marked by an 18-car wreck that brought out the red flag for almost 27 minutes.

The wreck came on the 168th lap of the 191-lap race during a battle for second place between AJ Allmendinger and Chase Elliott. Allmendinger’s No. 47 Chevrolet turned Elliott’s No. 24 Chevrolet from behind, flipping Allemndinger’s car upside down, and turning Elliott’s on it’s side. Allmendinger walked away from the wreck and was treated and released.

Jamie McMurry finished second. Kyle Busch finished third.

Next week, the Monster Energy Series will race on Saturday at the Kansas Speedway for the Go Bowling 400.

Here are the top 10 standings in the Monster Energy Cup Series following Sunday’s race:

1) Kyle Larson — 428 points
2) Martin Truex Jr. — 374
3) Brad Keselowski — 367
4) Chase Elliott — 353
5) Jamie McMurray — 318
6) Joey Logano — 318
7) Kevin Harvick — 309
8) Jimmie Johnson — 305
9) Clint Bowyer — 289
10) Kyle Busch — 277

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UFC fighter Conor McGregor welcomes son

Larry Strumwasser/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — UFC fighter Conor McGregor and girlfriend Dee Delvin welcmed their first son Friday in Ireland, ESPN reports.

McGregor announced the birth of his son, Conor Jack McGregor, on social media.

“Dee and Junior are doing great everyone!” McGregor wrote. “Thank you for all the kind words, I am one proud and blessed Daddy.”

Dee and Junior are doing great everyone! Thank you for all the kind words, I am one proud and blessed Daddy ❤️

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 7, 2017

McGregor announced he was taking a break from UFC fighting back in November after winning the lightweight title. McGregor cited his the pending birth as the reason for his hiatus, according to ESPN.

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New York Mets suspend Matt Harvey for violation of team rules

Allen Kee/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Mets have suspended Matt Harvey after he violated team rules, ESPN reports.

While the team did not disclose what rules were broken, general manger Sandy Alderson did say that the right-hander was sent home.

Harvey was suspended 3 days without pay.

Left-hander Adam Wilk will replace Harvey in Sunday’s game against the Miami Marlins, according to ESPN.

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/6/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

N-Y Yankees 11 Chi Cubs 6


Boston 11 Minnesota 1
Tampa Bay 6 Toronto 1
Cleveland 3 Kansas City 1
Baltimore 6 Chi White Sox 5
Oakland 6 Detroit 5
L.A. Angels 2 Houston 1
Seattle 8 Texas 2

Pittsburgh 2 Milwaukee 1, 10 Innings
Washington 6 Philadelphia 2
St. Louis 5 Atlanta 3
N-Y Mets 11 Miami 3
Cincinnati 14 San Francisco 2
Colorado 9 Arizona 1
L.A. Dodgers 10 San Diego 2

Golden State 102 Utah 91

OT Ottawa 5 N-Y Rangers 4
Washington 4 Pittsburgh 2

L.A. Sparks 73 San Antonio 59
Dallas 80 Indiana 75

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