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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Richard Sherman cancels weekly press conference, calls it a ‘privilege'; Buccaneers RB Doug Martin suspended for violating NFL drug policy 12.29.16 at 8:09 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Boston at Cleveland, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Dallas at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: New Jersey at Washington, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: South Florida vs. South Carolina, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Oklahoma State vs. Colorado, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Women’s college basketball: Connecticut at Maryland, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Butler at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Georgia at Auburn, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kentucky at Mississippi, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at LSU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Saint Mary’s at Loyola Marymount, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman used his weekly press conference to take aim at the media for the second week in a row, but this time he did so by canceling the presser altogether.

On Wednesday Sherman called off his weekly media event, telling reporters at his locker they take him and his media availability for granted.

“I’m just going to make sure people — it’s a privilege to have me up there,” Sherman said. “You’re going to miss me when I’m gone.”

This comes just one week after Sherman threatened to ruin Seattle radio host Jim Moore’s career after Moore asked Sherman about his criticism of the coaching staff’s play-calling decisions.

This was the first time this season Sherman canceled his weekly press conference.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez identified as shooter in 2012 drive-by shooting; Richard Sherman threatens to ruin career of Seattle radio host 12.21.16 at 8:27 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Milwaukee at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Dallas at Portland, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Washington at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: BYU at Wyoming, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Fairfield at Boston College, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Duke at Elon, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: American University at Villanova, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kentucky at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Missouri at Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oakland at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Northern Iowa at North Carolina, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UAB at Texas, 8 p.m. (Longhorn Network)
College basketball: Auburn at Oklahoma, 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: SIUE at Marquette, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Clemson at South Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Virginia at California, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Kent State at Oregon State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Aaron Hernandez returned to Suffolk County Superior Court on Tuesday for a pretrial hearing before his second murder trial and was identified by the survivor of a deadly 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston as the shooter in that incident.

Raychides Sanches, who was in a car he claims Hernandez targeted in the South End, said he was the passenger in a car that was stopped at a light when an SUV pulled up next to the car. He said someone in the SUV rolled down his window and said, “What’s up, negroes?” and started shooting.

According to Sanches, the bullets hit 29-year-old Daniel de Abreu and 28-year-old Safiro Furtado.

When asked in court who the shooter was, Sanches nodded at Hernandez and said, “Looked like him. Hernandez.”

Hernandez is facing two counts of murder in the deaths of Furtado and de Abreu. He already is serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

Jury selection for this trial is set to begin on Feb. 13.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez associate Ernest Wallace acquitted of murder but found guilty of being accessory 05.13.16 at 8:13 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Astros at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Pirates at Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Raptors at Heat, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Hockey: IIHF World Championships, United States vs. Hungary, 9:30 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Ernest Wallace, one of Aaron Hernandez’s associates who was with the former Patriots tight end the night Hernandez shot and killed Odin Lloyd, was acquitted of first-degree murder but found guilty of being an accessory after the fact.

Wallace was sentenced to serve 4 1/2 to seven years in state prison. He has been in custody since turning himself into authorities in June 2013, shortly after Lloyd’s death, and will receive credit for the nearly three years he already has been in custody.

The Bristol Superior Court jury’s decision Thursday came after a 10-week trial and about eight hours of deliberations over two days.

“I very much respect the jury’s verdict,” District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn said in a statement. “They apparently felt there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prove Mr. Wallace and Mr. Hernandez were acting in concert to kill Odin Lloyd. I am happy the jury found the defendant guilty of accessory after the fact to murder, and was involved in the attempt to cover up the crime. I am pleased he will serve a state prison sentence.”

Wallace’s attorney, David E. Meier, also sounded pleased with the result.

“The jury’s verdict on the first-degree murder charge speaks for itself, as does the speed with which the jury returned that verdict,” Meier told The Boston Globe. “In the end, the truth won out. Mr. Wallace looks forward to rejoining his family in Florida as soon as possible and moving on with his life.”

Another man, Carlos Ortiz, faces similar charges and is due to be tried in October. Prosecutors say all three men played meaningful roles in Lloyd’s death after picking him up from his Dorchester apartment.

Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder last year and is serving a life sentence, which he is appealing. He also faces a double-murder charge for the shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado outside a Boston nightclub in July 2012.

— Russia’s chances of competing in track and field in the upcoming Rio Olympics took a blow Thursday when the World Anti-Doping Agency criticized the country’s oversight of its program.

WADA released statistics indicating that testing by independent authorities in Russia decreased by more than two-thirds in the past year, despite reports of widespread violations by athletes.

On the same day, The New York Times published a story detailing how at the Sochi Games in 2014 Russia switched out urine samples and committed other acts to hide doping in its athletes, including 15 who won medals.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez tipster revealed as woman who sent him sexually explicit letters 08.04.15 at 7:58 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (FS1)
MLB: Athletics at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Aaron Hernandez is accused of orchestrating the murder of Odin Lloyd. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez is accused of orchestrating the murder of Odin Lloyd. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

— The anonymous tipster who reached out to Aaron Hernandez‘s lawyers and claimed a member of the jury hid information is a woman who wrote sexually explicit letters to the imprisoned former Patriot, the prosecution said in a filing released Monday.

Prosecutor William McCauley called the bid by Hernandez’s lawyer to pursue the woman’s tip an “unwarranted fishing expedition.”

According to Hernandez’s defense team, the woman called multiple times after Hernandez was convicted of first degree murder in April and claimed that one of the jurors was a co-worker who hid the fact that they had information about Hernandez’s 2012 double-murder case.

The prosecution says the woman, whose father served time in jail with Hernandez, does not in fact work with the juror — and made other comments that are not truthful. The prosecution admitted the woman has had extensive contact with Hernandez, but still suggests the information she has is worth pursing.

Hernandez is engaged to Shayanna Jenkins, with whom he has a young daughter. According to the Providence Journal, Jenkins was wearing a wedding band and an engagement ring Monday. Now living in Rhode Island, Jenkins has petitioned a probate court in that state to add the surname Hernandez to her name to match the surname of her daughter, Avielle Jenkins-Hernandez.

Hernandez, who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, is awaiting trial in the double-murder case, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

— The father of the 9-year-old bat boy from Kansas who died Sunday after being hit in the head by a bat a day earlier spoke Monday of Kaiser Carlile’s happiness being a part of the team and expressed no hard feelings for the accident.

“There is no kind of remorse or anger towards what happened,” Chad Carlile said at a press conference with the team. “This is something that obviously was a tragedy. I want … no bad comments. Nothing bad. I mean, this is all for the good. If anyone can gain anything out of this it’s the fact that he was happy. He loved it, and the team we are obviously for loved him as well.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Judge sets date for second Aaron Hernandez murder trial 06.05.15 at 8:08 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Athletics at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Angels at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. Netherlands, 2:20 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: French Open, 11 a.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

Aaron Hernandez is accused of orchestrating the murder of Odin Lloyd. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez is accused of killing two men in Boston in 2012. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez‘s second murder trial was scheduled to start with jury selection Dec. 1, a judge ruled Thursday. The actual trial is expected to begin the following month.

Hernandez, who was not in court for Thursday’s proceedings, is charged with shooting two men to death after an incident at a Boston nightclub in 2012. He also is charged with witness intimidation for allegedly shooting a friend, Alexander Bradley, in Florida after Bradley brought up the murder. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to both shootings.

Hernandez already is serving a life sentence for the shooting death of Odin Lloyd in 2013, after being convicted of first-degree murder in April. His lawyers have appealed that conviction and implied that a juror was tainted by outside information.

— Ireland’s soccer association received a $5 million payment from FIFA so that it would not sue after an uncalled handball from French star Thierry Henry in a 2009 World Cup qualifier led to the winning goal in a loss that cost Ireland a spot in the 2010 World Cup.

Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney claimed the deal was a good one for his organization.

“We felt we had a legal case against FIFA because of how the World Cup playoff hadn’t worked out for us with the Henry handball,” Delaney said Thursday in an interview on an Irish radio station (via The Guardian). “We came to an agreement. That was a Thursday, and on Monday the agreement was all signed and done. It’s a very good agreement for the FAI and a very legitimate agreement for the FAI.”

FIFA responded to Delaney’s claim by saying the payment actually was intended to be a loan meant to help in the construction of a stadium, although it confirmed there was a confidential agreement for the FAI not to sue over the controversy.

— The Broncos‘ offseason, already beset with injuries and legal issues, just keeps getting worse. John Bowlen Jr., son of owner Pat Bowlen and a team marketing assistant, was placed on indefinite leave Thursday, hours after being arrested on charges of domestic violence.

Accused of pushing his girlfriend against a bathroom wall during a confrontation Wednesday night, John Bowlen was arrested and held overnight at the Arapahoe County Jail, next to the Broncos‘ suburban headquarters, before being released Thursday on $1,000 bond. He is due back in court July 6.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers reportedly will argue that juror was tainted 06.02.15 at 8:04 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Twins at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Marlins, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Mets at Padres, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
College softball: World Series, Michigan vs. Florida, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, New York Cosmos at Cuba, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: French Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Aaron Hernandez is accused of orchestrating the murder of Odin Lloyd. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

— Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers plan to argue that a juror was improperly influenced by outside information before the ex-Patriot was convicted of first-degree murder in April, according to a report from Fox 25.

The station reports that Hernandez’s lawyers recently filed four motions in his appeal, although the defense team requested the documents not be made public. One of the motions is said to be titled, “Defense Motion for post verdict inquiry respecting a juror’s exposure to extraneous matters.”

Hernandez’s defense said in its appeal last month that “no rational jury” would have convicted Hernandez based on the evidence presented, accusing the jurors of using “improper speculation, conjecture and guesswork” in reaching their verdict.

Hernandez, who last month pleaded not guilty to a witness intimidation charge related to an incident in Florida when he allegedly shot his friend in the face, is due to go on trial later this year for a 2012 double murder in Boston.

— The football program at the University of Alabama-Birmingham is back, only month after the school controversially decided to eliminate the team due to funding concerns.

UAB president Ray Watts made the announcement Monday, explaining that donors have pledged $17.2 million to cover the projected deficit over the next five years. The school won’t be able to field a team this fall — many of last year’s players already have transferred — but perhaps as soon as 2016.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee reportedly set to testify 03.27.15 at 7:55 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, UCLA vs. Gonzaga, 7 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, N.C. State vs. Louisville, 7:15 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Utah vs. Duke, 9:30 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Michigan State vs. Oklahoma, 9:55 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA Tournament, North Carolina vs. South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA Tournament, Iowa vs. Baylor, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA Tournament, Arizona State vs. Florida State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA Tournament, Stanford vs. Notre Dame, 9:55 p.m. (ESPN2)
College hockey: NCAA Tournament, Yale vs. Boston University, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: NCAA Tournament, Minnesota vs. Minnesota-Duluth, 5:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: NCAA Tournament, Quinnipiac vs. North Dakota, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
MLB exhibition: Red Sox at Braves, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB exhibition: Diamondbacks at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Mariners at Royals, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: European Championship qualifying, Ukraine at Spain, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Prosecutors will call Aaron Hernandez‘s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, to testify in the former Patriots tight end’s murder trial Friday, according to an Associated Press report.

It had been unclear if Jenkins would be called to the stand. The 25-year-old, who has been in a relationship with Hernandez since high school and is the mother of his 2-year-old daughter, was granted immunity by the court in February, so she could face jail time if she does not testify.

Hernandez is accused of the June 1013 murder of Odin Lloyd, who was dating Jenkins’ sister. Prosecutors showed the jury surveillance video of Jenkins removing a box from the North Attleboro home she shared with Hernandez, and they have said they believe the box contained the murder weapon, which has never been found. Jenkins was accused of lying to a grand jury that was investigating the murder, but she pleaded not guilty to perjury.

The prosecution has tried to paint Hernandez as an unfaithful, dishonest fiancee, but Jenkins has appeared supportive of him when she has attended the trial, sitting behind him and whispering “I love you.” However, she has not appeared in court since March 6.

Jenkins’ sister, Shaneah, who testified early in the trial, has been sitting with Lloyd’s family in court.

— West Virginia freshman Daxter Miles Jr., who promised an upset of top-seeded Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, was quiet Thursday night after his team was routed by the Wildcats, 78-39.

Miles responded to every question after the game by saying, “Kentucky played good.”

That was an understatement. The Wildcats jumped out to an 18-2 lead and were up by as much as 26 in the first half.

“They did what they had to do,” West Virginia forward Devin Williams said. “You can’t stop something that’s destined.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Judge dismisses juror in Aaron Hernandez trial 02.04.15 at 8:10 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Nuggets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Bulls at Rockets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Mavericks at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Temple at South Florida, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: East Carolina at UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Marquette at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: VCU at George Mason, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: TCU at Baylor, 8:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Providence at Georgetown, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Washington at Oregon, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Kansas State at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Creighton at Xavier, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College football: National signing day, 8 a.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: FA Cup, Liverpool at Bolton, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Aaron Hernandez is accused of orchestrating the murder of Odin Lloyd. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez stands accused of orchestrating the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

— A juror in the Aaron Hernandez trial was dismissed Tuesday by the judge, who said there was evidence that the woman had previously expressed a concern about the lack of a murder weapon, discussed several items of evidence the court has ruled inadmissible, showed an early interest in participating on the jury, and attended more Patriots games than she claimed on her questionnaire.

Judge Susan Garsh stopped the trial and held a 90-minute closed-door hearing before removing the juror and trimming the jury pool to 17 (12 jurors will decide Hernandez’s fate).

“Discharge of the juror is indeed in the best interest of justice,” Garsh announced to the courtroom in Fall River.

Hernandez is being tried for orchestrating the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semipro football player who had been dating Hernandez’s fiancee’s sister. That woman, Shaneah Jenkins, testified later Tuesday that she went to the North Attleboro home where her sister and Hernandez lived hours after learning of Lloyd’s death. Crying on the witness stand, she recounted seeing Hernandez that day and hearing him tell her it would get better with time.

“[He] asked me if I was OK, put his hand on my shoulder, told me he’d been through this death thing before,” she said, noting that he then left.

Jenkins said her sister, Shayanna Jenkins, who has a 2-year-old daughter with Hernandez, acted secretive that day. She said Shayanna received text messages and phone calls, and at one point took a folded-up trash bag to the basement, returned and asked to borrow Shaneah’s car.

Shayanna Jenkins has appeared in court behind Hernandez, but she was absent Tuesday.

— Falcons owner Arthur Blank made no attempt to hide the fact that his team piped in fake crowd noise during games, and he said he’s not happy about it.

The NFL has been investigating to determine if the Falcons used artificial crowd noise. A report is expected in a couple of weeks, but Blank removed any doubt, and he made it clear that he considers it a black-and-white issue.

“It’s not really a fine line. I think what we’ve done in 2013 and 2014 was wrong,” Blank told The Associated Press. “Anything that affects the competitive balance and fairness on the field, we’re opposed to, as a league, as a club and as an owner. It’s obviously embarrassing but beyond embarrassing it doesn’t represent our culture and what we’re about.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez’s defense team resolves dispute with Patriots over records 07.23.14 at 7:49 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Indians at Twins, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Royals at White Sox, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Giants at Phillies, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Washington Mystics, 11:30 a.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: New York Liberty at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLS: Chicago Fire at San Jose Earthquakes, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Liverpool vs. AS Roma, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Tottenham at Toronto FC, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Manchester City at Sporting Kansas City, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Manchester United, 11 p.m. (FS1)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A lawyer for Aaron Hernandez said during a hearing Tuesday that a dispute with the Patriots over team records has been resolved, and Hernandez’s trial for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd was set for Jan. 9.

Attorney Michael Fee said during a hearing in Fall River Superior Court that the issue with the Patriots was settled, although it was not clear if the team had turned over the requested files, which consist of a nine-page scouting report and a summary of a psychological assessment produced by an outside company. The team already had agreed to provide 317 pages of personnel records, including medical and training information.

MASHUP POLL: Should the Patriots cooperate with Aaron Hernandez's legal team?

  • Yes, they should turn over any requested information so that Hernandez can get a fair trial (61%, 146 Votes)
  • No, the Patriots' information is not relevant to Hernandez's off-field behavior (39%, 92 Votes)

Total Voters: 238

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Hernandez’s defense team had said the full team records were necessary for its preparation for trial, saying they may have critical information about the former tight end’s mindset.

Patriots attorney Andrew Phelan said the scouting reports contain trade secrets and have no relevance to Hernandez’s case, and he noted that the team had offered the defense the opportunity to review the psychological assessment summary but not reproduce the forms. He suggested the defense contact the company that wrote the original report for the full assessment.

Judge Susan Garsh set Jan. 6 as the date for the start of jury selection, indicating that jurors will be selected from a pool of 1,000 candidates.

Hernandez also has been charged with a double-homicide in Boston in 2012.

— The Giants on Tuesday announced the hiring of former receiver David Tyree as director of player development, and the move was met with criticism by the Human Rights Campaign due to Tyree’s past ant-gay comments.

Tyree, best known for his “helmet catch” against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, said in 2011 that he would trade in the catch if it would stop gay marriage. He also denied scientific evidence existed to support claims that people are born gay.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Lawyer for victims’ families heads to court to ask that Patriots withhold payment to Aaron Hernandez 07.02.14 at 7:49 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Cubs at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Indiana Fever at Washington Mystics, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Chicago Sky at Phoenix Mercury, 10 pm. (ESPN2)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN, ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A lawyer for the families of the two men allegedly killed by Aaron Hernandez in 2012 will appear in court Wednesday and ask a judge to prevent the Patriots from paying Hernandez a $3.2 million signing bonus.

The murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado outside a Boston nightclub took place a few weeks before Hernandez signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Patriots. One year later, Hernandez was charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd and subsequently released by the team.

MASHUP POLL: Should the Patriots have to pay Aaron Hernandez his contract bonus?

  • No, Hernandez is a criminal who should never get paid again (56%, 184 Votes)
  • They should have to pay, but the money should go directly to the victims' families (23%, 76 Votes)
  • Yes, it's a contractual obligation that should be fulfilled despite Hernandez's legal issues (21%, 69 Votes)

Total Voters: 329

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The Patriots have challenged Hernandez’s right to receive the bonus, but should they be forced to pay after an arbitration hearing, attorney William Kennedy wants a court order protecting the money — as well as the rest of Hernandez’s assets. The two families Kennedy represents are suing Hernandez for $6 million each.

“It’s really a motion to prevent any further payments to be made by the New England Patriots to Mr. Hernandez pending any further action of the court,” Kennedy said. “What we’re looking to do is preserve as much as we possibly can — any assets — for the satisfaction of the families of the two decedents.”

Meanwhile, a University of Florida 2014 calendar that features former Gators start has Hernandez pictured with July, and a Patriots calendar produced by the same company includes a picture of Hernandez as well.

Florida’s athletic department responded to criticism by noting that the calendars are produced by an independent company, Turner Licensing, and approval for the photos took place last spring, before Hernandez was first charged with murder in June.

“There are thousands of Gator products in the pipeline for approval at any given time and it’s not common practice to re-review them once they have already been approved,” Florida spokesman Daniel Apple said. “We have since notified the licensee that it is no longer approved.”

— Troubled 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith will not face charges for his behavior during an incident at Los Angeles International Airport in April, authorities announced Tuesday.

Smith, who was taken into custody April 13 after acting belligerent during a security screening and threatening that he had a bomb, still will have a hearing on July 30 to address the situation and explain himself. A spokesman for the city attorney’s office said Smith will then be admonished about the law and given suggestions how to avoid a similar situation.

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