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Police continue to search area near Aaron Hernandez’s home

Police again searched the area near the home of New England tight end Aaron Hernandez, a week after his friend’s body was found about a mile away.

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Police continue to search

Police again searched the area near the home of New England tight end Aaron Hernandez, a week after his friend’s body was found about a mile away.

Some police officers wore wetsuits Monday while searching a stream near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Mass., not far from the industrial park where Odin Lloyd’s body was found.

Lloyd, a 27-year-old semipro player for the Boston Bandits, was found slain June 17. His relatives said he was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee, that the two men were friends and that both men were out together on the last night of Lloyd’s life.

Hernandez, 23, hasn’t commented on the homicide investigation and he has not been arrested.

2 receivers are suspended

Wide receivers LaVon Brazill of the Indianapolis Colts and Brandon Collins, a New York Giants free agent who performed well in a recent minicamp, have been suspended for four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Leach: Giants have interest

Fullback Vonta Leach, 31, released by Baltimore after the parties couldn’t agree on a restructured contract, said the New York Giants have expressed interest in him.

Lions sign safety Hope

The Detroit Lions signed ex-Atlanta Falcons safety Chris Hope, 32, and released wide receiver Brian Robiskie, 25.

Bishop, Vikings agree

Desmond Bishop, 28, agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings, giving them a possible starter at middle linebacker. He was released by the Green Bay Packers last week.

Kelly gives health report

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, 53, said he has been told by doctors he won’t need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatment. The ex-Buffalo Bills standout had surgery June 7 to remove cancerous cells in his jaw.

College basketball

NCAA to expand replay use

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel voted to expand the use of replay review.

Officials will be able to use video review to confirm a shot-clock violation or determine who caused the ball to go out of bounds on a deflection involving two or more players in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime.

In the last four minutes of the game and the entire overtime, officials can go to the monitor immediately to determine whether a field goal was a three-point basket.

Wiltjer to leave Kentucky

Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer said he is transferring to find a “significant” role elsewhere. The 6-foot-10 Wiltjer played two seasons for the Wildcats and averaged 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

Pollard exits from Alabama

Alabama forward Devonta Pollard, who has three seasons of eligibility left, has decided to withdraw from school after his arrest in connection to a child’s kidnapping, coach Anthony Grant said.


Relay to be out of this world

Russia is taking the Olympic torch to new heights — space.

As part of a four-month torch relay ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the torch will make its first trip into space using a Soyuz TMA-11M manned spaceship. Cosmonauts Sergei Ryazansky and Oleg Kotov plan to take the Olympic torch on a spacewalk.


• Cycling got a pre-Tour de France boost with a new team sponsor that vowed “zero tolerance” for doping.

Los Angeles-based consumer technology firm Belkin stepped into the void left by Rabobank, a Dutch lender that ended 17 years of cycling sponsorship in October, saying it was no longer convinced the doping-tainted sport can become “clean and honest.”

The newly renamed Belkin Pro Cycling Team will make its racing debut at the Tour that starts Saturday.

• Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1) stared each other down for nearly a minute in Times Square in New York at the start of their 11-city tour to promote their Sept. 14 title bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

• U.S. Open champion Justin Rose withdrew from the AT&T National, a PGA Tour event that starts Thursday at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., because of fatigue.

Masters champion Adam Scott is expected to compete.

• A former Missouri Southern State University football player has pleaded guilty to charges in a December 2011 car crash near Joplin, Mo., that killed two teammates.

Driver Jeremy Johnson, 21, of Harrison, Ark., pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter. Jasper County Circuit Judge Gayle Crane scheduled sentencing for Aug. 19.

The crash killed Diondre Johnson and Michael McCrimmons, both 19 and from Springfield, Mo.

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