Murder charge for Ex-NFL star
Former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting in July 2012 of two men in Boston, Massachusetts, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said on Thursday. The former tight end for the New England Patriots is already in jail awaiting trial on charges he and two accomplices shot a man to death in June last year. The Patriots released Hernandez from the team hours after his arrest in that case. Conley said of the new charges that Hernandez used a handgun to “ambush and execute” Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, two Cape Verdean nationals, after they had left a Boston nightclub and were driving home on July 16, 2012. “Unbeknownst to them, Hernandez followed them traveling in an SUV. When the victims’ car stopped at a red light ... the SUV pulled up beside the victims’ car on the right. Aaron Hernandez then fired a .38 caliber revolver multiple times from the driver’s side of his vehicle into the passenger side of the victims’ vehicle,” Conley said. Both Abreu and Furtado died.
Sergio Garcia in second place
Sergio Garcia shot a solid three-under-par 69 in the Spanish Open first round on Thursday to move into a share of second place in his home tournament. After finishing third in the Players Championship in Florida on Sunday last week, the world No. 7 made two early birdies and an eagle before hanging on over the closing holes to take an early share of the clubhouse lead. “I’m happy with my round,” Garcia told the European Tour Web site. “I didn’t have the greatest night last night and only slept for about four hours with the jetlag. “I didn’t feel extremely well with my swing, but I managed to put it in play and give myself some good chances at birdies. England’s Eddie Pepperell made five birdies in a round of 68 to take a one-shot lead from a group of players.
Sabres’ Konopka suspended
Buffalo Sabres forward Zenon Konopka has been suspended for 20 games for violating the NHL’s antidoping program, the league said on Thursday. In a brief statement, the league did not reveal the substance in question, saying only that the Canadian player had violated the terms of the NHL-NHL Players Association joint performance enhancing substances program. Konopka issued a statement through the players association accepting responsibility and saying that the substance was in an over-the-counter product he used. “I deeply regret that I have tested positive for a prohibited substance in violation of the NHL-NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program,” he said. “I accept full responsibility for this error. As a professional athlete I am responsible for what I put in my body, and I am to blame for this mistake. I want to make it clear that this violation occurred because I ingested a product that can be purchased over the counter and which, unknown to me, contained a substance that violated the program.”
David Warner sits out ODIs
Australia opener David Warner will sit out a triangular one-day international (ODI) tournament in Zimbabwe in August and September to remain with his partner as she prepares to have their first child. The 27-year-old has received the backing of coach Darren Lehmann to miss the two ODIs against South Africa and Zimbabwe as well as a potential tournament final. “That’s what happens in life — you settle down, you get married and you have children,” he said.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi,” sent tremors through the booming sport, whose revenues are predicted to reach US$1.1 billion this year, according to industry analyst Newzoo. The 23-year-old, hailed as an “icon” of the League of Legends game, stepped away from e-sports in June, saying that “chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons” had given
WEEKEND MATCHES: While Tatung FC made good on their chances early on, Taiwan Steel rallied to win the game 2-3 and move to the top with Taichung Futuro Sunday’s action saw Taichung Futuro, Taipower FC and Taiwan Steel tied for first place on 30 points in the Taiwan Football Premier League, while Hang Yuan FC picked up a point to take the No. 4 spot on 25 points after holding Taipower to a scoreless draw. In Taoyuan, Tatung FC hosted Taiwan Steel. It was an exciting matchup, as the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to take the game with three goals. Tatung made good on their chances early on. Honduran midfielder Elias Argueta opened the account 15 minutes into the game with a low shot from the right. Three minutes
Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen