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Prosecutors appeal Hernandez's voided murder conviction
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts prosecutors on Friday appealed a court ruling that erased former NFL star Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction in the 2013 killing of a semi-professional football player....

Blackhawks deal Panarin and Hjalmarsson, get Saad back
CHICAGO (AP) -- General manager Stan Bowman promised changes were coming after the Chicago Blackhawks were swept in the first round of the playoffs....

NASCAR crew chief Knaus missing race notes after theft
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) -- Seven-time championship-winning crew chief Chad Knaus was oddly calm Friday even though his race notes for star driver Jimmie Johnson this weekend had been stolen from his rental car in San Francisco....

Sochi club withdraws from league in blow to World Cup plans
SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- The Russian city of Sochi's only professional soccer club says it is withdrawing from the league, in a move which calls World Cup legacy plans into question....

Spieth leads by 1 midway through 2nd round at Travelers
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) -- Jordan Spieth shot a 1-under 69 on Friday to maintain a one-stroke lead midway through the second round of the Travelers Championship in Connecticut....

Outspoken US swimmer Lilly King refuses to stay in her lane
Lilly King has always been one to speak her mind....

USA Gymnastics doctor to stand trial on sex assault charges
MASON, Mich. (AP) -- A judge on Friday ordered a longtime doctor at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics to stand trial on charges of sexually assaulting six young gymnasts who said he molested them while they were seeking treatment for various injuries....

Coyotes get D Niklas Hjalmarsson in trade with Blackhawks
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Arizona Coyotes acquired Niklas Hjalmarsson in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, adding a dependable defenseman during a time of turmoil for the franchise....

Texas ex-track coach's discrimination lawsuit can go ahead
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Supreme Court on Friday refused to block a sex and race discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Texas by former women's track coach Bev Kearney, who was forced out after the school learned of a romantic relationship with one of her athletes a decade earlier....

76ers take Fultz, Lakers grab Ball to start NBA draft
NEW YORK (AP) -- Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and the future of the NBA arrived Thursday night....

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