New England..Former Patriots TE-Aaron Hernandez found dead in max security prison cell at 3am on Wednesday…hung himself with 2-sheets in suicide…had barred door from inside…Body found without a note..but red magic marker on forehead read John 3:16…with red marks on hand and feet as if he had been crucicified..report he may have been smoking synthetic marijuana night before….
Boston Globe reported Hernandez had become sullen after having double murder charge overturned by jury….had secluded himself with gang members in prison workyard..Sources said he was become insecure in prison environment eventhough he was locked up in single person max cell for 19-hours a day.
Boston Herald reported his agent and lawyer want full investigation…say they never heard nor saw signs of depression..Herald reported none of his family members, mother, brother nor friends attended the second murder trial.
Patriots…White House salutes Super Bowl team..only 34-of-68 players went to White House…Tom Brady bypassed trip to be with mother fighting cancer…Rob Gronkowski highlite of trip…walked into Sean Spicer press briefing and said ‘need some help’?
Pittsburgh…Dan Rooney funeral..Eulogy called him ‘affectionate man of the people’…’visionary leader of NFL’…”life about kindness and achievement’…’loyalty was his specialty’….’greatest Steeler of all’….’He was best of us’….Ex President Obama..John Kerry..Paul Tagliabue..Roger Goodell..Marvin Lewis..Mike McCarthy…Bob Kraft…Jerry Jones..Mike Brown big names in attendance…Irish flutist played “Danny Boy” as casket was wheeled from church to cemetary.
New York…Phil Simms moves from #`1-game analyst to on set as member of NFL-Today-replacing Tony Gonzalez…Tony Romo replacing Simms in broadcast booth.
LA Times…Ranks favorite sports teams of fans in the market…Dodgers (36%)..Lakers (35%)…Clippers (7%)..Kings (6%)…Angels (6%)…Galaxy (5%)..Rams (5%)…Sparks (0.2%)…Chargers (0.0%)
CBS..Ranks coaches in NFL…1-Bill Belicheck-5 Super Bowl rings…2-Mike McCarthy (.651 win percentage)..3-Andy Reid-15 winning seasons in row..4-Pete Carroll (.629) in Seattle…Mike Tomlin-10 winning seasons in row….Jason Garrett ranked 17th despite success with Cowboys…Chargers-Anthony Lynn..Rams-49ers-Bills coaches all ranked tied 28th.
Washington..Longtime Redskins 1950s WR-Bill Anderson passes away (80)..longtime voice of Tennessee Vols football..was (80)
Padres-W-Arizona (1-0)..Eric Aybar solo HR off Zach Greinke breaks up gem of a pitchers duel..Jhoulys Chacin throws 3-hitter in 8-innings…Padres snap 5-game losing streak with surprise win..
San Diego-Diamondbacks..Wednesday..Clayton Richard-vs-Pat Corbin.
Padres..Report ex-President Mike Dee applied for Boston College AD job
Padres..P-Carter Capps-rehab-El Paso (1inn-0H-1K) in 3rd outing
Padres..P-Luis Perdomo throws extended bullpen session-50 pitches
Padres..Recall P-Kevin Quackenbush from AAA
Dodgers-W-Rockies (4-2)..Scott Van Slyke HR..Clayton Kershaw (7inn-2H-10K)…is now (10-0) in last 12 starts at Chavez Ravine.
LA…Idle on Wednesday
Dodgers..DL-2B-Logan Forsythe-fractured toe
Dodgers..DL-OF-Rob Segedin-sprained toe
Dodgers..Callup OF-Brett Eibner-hitting (.344) Oklahoma City
Dodgers..Callup OF-Chris Taylor from AAA
Angels-L-Houston (5-1)..Josh Reddick double-triple-2R-HR..Dallas Kuechel (7-inn-1R)
Halos-Astros..Thursday..Matt Shoemaker-vs-Lance McCullers
Cardinals-W-Pirates..Dexter Fowler 2-solo HRs
Cubs-W-Brewers..Addison Russell 3R-HR in 9th..RBI-single
A’s-W-Texas..Yonder Alonso RBI double-HR..Khris Davis 2R-HR
Mariners-W-Miami..Kyle Seager 4RBIs..Mitch Haniger 2R-single..2R-double
Yankees-W-White Sox..Aaron Judge 448’ HR..Chase Headley 2R-HR..Starlin Castro 3R-HR..NY won 9-of-10
Toronto-W-Boston..Dexter Barney 2R-single
Orioles-W-Reds..Ubaldo Jiminez throws 2-hitter
Mets-W-Phillies..Jay Bruce 2R-HR..3R-HR
Tampa Bay-W-Detroit..Rays score 2R-9th on error.
Washington-W-Atlanta..Bryce Harper Grand Slam HR-solo HR-(4-for-4)..Ryan Zimmerman Grand Slam HR.
Royals-W-Giants..Jason Vargas 7-shutout innings-9Ks
Mets..1B-Luca Duda-elbow injury-collision at 1st base
Mets..C-Travis D’Arnaud-bruised wrist
Red Sox..Send OF-Jackie Bradley..SS-Josh Rutledge on rehab assignments
Orioles..P-Chris Tillman sent on rehab to Class A
Rockies..Activate OF-Gerrardo Parra
Boston..option P-Brian Johnson to AAA
Toronto..recall P-Mat Latos
Washington..calllup P-Joe Ross
Texas..sign FA-2B-Josh Wilson
Cubs..Hand out 1900-World Series rings…tell players and staff members not to resell them on EBay..said club would buy them back..Rings valued from 250-to-40,000/
Giants..Veteran OF-Angel Pagan says he will sit out 2017 season-not made major league contract offer.
Cubs..1B-Anthony Rizzo says MLB needs to upgrade drug testing further-comments after 80G-suspension to Pirates OF-Starling Marte for stero;ids.
Miami..Derek Jeter joins Jeb Bush group in attempts to buy Marlins.
Washington..Demote closer Blake Treinen-promote Shawn Kelly.
Oklahoma City-L-Houston..Thunder waste Russell Westbrook (51P-10R-13A) night..James Harden (35P) for Rockets..Eric Gordon-Lou Williams combined (42P) off bench..Rockets lead (2-0)
Golden State-W-Portland…Warriors built 31P lead..Lead series (2-0).
Atlanta-L-Washington…John Wall (32P)..Wizards lead (2-0)..
San Antonio-Memphis..Spurs lead (2-0)
Cleveland-Indians..Cavs up (2-0)
Memphis..Coach David Fizdale fined 30,000 for tirade against NBA refs in playoff losses.
Knicks..Published report players extreme dislike of assistant coach Kurt Rambis-no teaching-just yelling at young players.
Lakers..rejected overtures from Jerry West about returning as consultant.
Chicago..G-Rajon Rondo says Celtics players ‘gave up’ in 2-losses to Bulls in playoffs.
Maple Leafs-L-Caps..Tom Wilson scores 2-goals in (2:23)-triggers 4-goal first period in win on Toronto ice..Series now tied (2-2)
Ottawa-W-Boston..Bobby Ryan scores only goal of game..Ottawa leads (3-1).
Minnesota-W-St Louis…Wild stay alive…Blue lead (3-1)
Ducks-W-Flames (3-1)..Ducks score 2-goals in (:68) in lst period..G-John Gibson (36-saves)…Anaheim sweeps series (4-0)
Penguins-Columbus..Pittsburgh leads (3-1).
Rangers-Montreal…Habs-NY tied (2-2)
Nashville-Chicago..Predators lead (3-1)
Edmonton-San Jose..Series tied (2-2) back on Oilers ice.
Edmonton..F-Leon Draisaitl facing suspension for spearing incident vs San Jose-ordered to hearing on Wednesday.
Buffalo..Star young forward Jack Eichel refusing to sign extension as long as Dan Bylsma remains as head coach.
San Diego Gulls…final full practice before Game 1-playoffs vs Ontario on Friday night at Sports Arena.
PGA…1st round in Valero-Texas Open.
Tiger Woods….confirms he is still having good-days-bad days…in attempts to rehab back issues.
Serena Williams…tweets picture of herself…appears to be pregnant…WTA tweets congrats then removes tweet…Williams won Australian Open in January but has not played since…became secretly engaged in December.