Former Patriot convicted

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Even after he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole, former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez is nowhere near done with his legal troubles. He still faces double murder charges in Boston, as well as civil lawsuits over the killings and a lawsuit in Florida from a former friend who said he was shot in the face and left for dead after arguing with Hernandez.

A jury on Wednesday found Hernandez guilty of the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. Lloyd was killed — shot six times in a deserted industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez’s home — for reasons that still remain unclear. Hernandez’s lawyer acknowledged his client witnessed the crime but insisted he did not do it.

A first-degree murder conviction in Massachusetts automatically triggers an appeal to the Supreme Judicial Court.


Hawkeyes sign prep guard

IOWA CITY (AP) — Illinois prep guard Christian Williams has committed to play basketball for Iowa.

Coach Fran McCaffery announced Tuesday that Williams has signed a letter of intent with the Hawkeyes.

Williams, who is 6-foot-6, was a two-time all-state selection for St. Teresa High, posting 20 career double-doubles.

Williams fills the roster spot that opened when point guard Trey Dickerson decided to transfer.


Moline made pitch to host Illini

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Documents say six venues in Illinois put in offers to host home games that will be played in Springfield next season for the displaced University of Illinois men’s basketball team.

Venues in Bloomington, Hoffman Estates, Moline, Peoria and Rockford also sent in proposals to host the team for five November home games while the State Farm Center in Champaign is being renovated. Four of the games are regular-season contests.

University athletics spokesman Kent Brown said the school talked to the United Center in Chicago about playing games there, but that it would be hosting a circus at that time.

Brown said proposals other than Springfield and Bloomington weren’t seriously considered.

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