Friday, April 17, 2015

Former NFL Star Jailed For Life For Murder

New York (AFP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday for the first-degree murder of a semi-pro football player two years ago.

The sentencing in a Massachusetts court after a four-month trial cements a spectacular fall from grace for Hernandez, who once had a $40 million, five-year contract with the New England Patriots.

The victim, Odin Lloyd, was a 27-year-old semi-pro football player whose bloodied body was found in North Attleboro, Massachusetts on June 17, 2013, less than a mile from Hernandez’s luxury home.

Lloyd had been dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.…

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NHL’s ‘Situation Room’ Doesn’t Miss Anything, Anywhere

By Michael Russo, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS)

TORONTO — Man cave bliss.

That’s the first impression in the NHL’s Situation Room. The 20-by-40 haven of high-def TVs and projector screens would be the perfect place to throw a Stanley Cup-watching party, if only they’d add a few recliners, a wet bar, pool table, some poker chips, and a popcorn machine.

None of that is in the works, though. Real work is done in this high-tech room — dubbed the “video war room” — that essentially is surveillance of 30 NHL arenas.

This video room, where every goal from every game is reviewed and confirmed, is not to be confused with the Department of Player Safety video room.…

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U.S. Blocks Settlement Between Lance Armstrong, Ex-Teammate Landis

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

WASHINGTON — Uncle Sam has now further complicated the high-stakes grudge match between disgraced bicyclist Lance Armstrong and his former teammate, Floyd Landis.

In a twist that even a federal judge admitted “might seem unfair,” the Justice Department has succeeded in blocking a settlement totaling $600,000 that Landis reached with Armstrong’s business associates. The department did not explain its objections to settling a case it previously declined to enter.

“Fairly or not, withholding of consent requires no explanation,” U.S. District Judge Christopher R. Cooper wrote in a decision Thursday.

Cooper’s decision is the latest, but not the final, turn of the wheel in the dispute pitting Landis against Armstrong, an Austin, Texas, resident who forfeited his seven Tour de France titles following revelations that he cheated by using banned substances.…

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