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Hernandez indicted

Former New England Patriots player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez is facing another criminal charge, witness intimidation, prosecutors said yesterday. Hernandez was convicted last month of killing Odin Lloyd. He also faces two counts of murder in Boston, where he is accused of gunning down two men in 2012. A grand jury indicted Hernandez on Friday on the latest charge, according to the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley. It said the victim of the intimidation was a witness to the Boston killings.

"Hernandez allegedly shot him in the face on the morning of Feb. 13, 2013, and left him to die on the side of the road in Riviera Beach, Florida, after the witness made a remark about the homicides," the office said in a news release. The district attorney's office did not identify the witness, but it is clear from several other court proceedings that it is former Hernandez friend Alexander Bradley.

Jets sign a 5th QB

The Jets now have five quarterbacks on their 90-man roster after signing Jake Heaps yesterday following his three-day rookie minicamp tryout. The Jets, who invited 24 players to try out over the weekend, also signed fullback J.C. Copeland. Heaps (6-1, 208) will now join Jets QBs Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Simms and fourth-round pick Bryce Petty. Heaps bounced around during his college career, first playing two seasons at BYU before transferring to Kansas, where he played for former Jets offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. After one season with the Jayhawks, he transferred to Miami in 2014, where he went 6-for-12 for 51 yards in three appearances (no starts).

Tye officially a Giant

The Giants officially announced yesterday the signing of four tryout players from this weekend's rookie minicamp, including former Stony Brook University tight end Will Tye. Newsday reported the signing of Tye on Saturday. The other players signed are running back Kenneth Harper of Temple, wide receiver Ben Edwards of Richmond and defensive tackle Carlif Taylor of Southern Connecticut State. Taylor, a New York City native, played at Cardinal Hayes High School.

Arrington released

Cornerback Kyle Arrington has been released by the New England Patriots. Arrington, 28, spent the last five seasons in New England, playing in two Super Bowls. An undrafted free agent out of Hofstra who didn't stick with two other teams, he moved up from the Patriots' practice squad in 2009 and started 56 games for them. In 2011, he tied Charles Woodson and Eric Weddle for the NFL lead with seven interceptions.

TENNISNadal out of top five

Rafael Nadal dropped out of the top five in the ATP rankings for the first time in 10 years after failing to defend his title at the Madrid Masters. Nadal lost to Andy Murray on clay for the first time in Sunday's final. It was Nadal's fourth loss on his favorite surface this year, only two weeks before starting his quest for a 10th French Open title. The 28-year-old Nadal dropped to seventh in the rankings.

COLLEGESDuke guard to Maryland

Former Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon will play his final season at Maryland. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski kicked Sulaimon off the team Jan. 29 for being "unable to consistently live up to the standards" of his program, criteria that was not revealed by officials. -- AP


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