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Hernandez pleads not guilty

Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to a charge he tried to silence a witness in a double murder case by shooting the man in the face. Assistant District Attorney Patrick Haggan says Hernandez shot friend Alexander Bradley in 2013 in Florida a night after Bradley made a remark about the 2012 double slaying in Boston. Hernandez is accused of fatally shooting two men in a car on a Boston street over a spilled drink in a bar.

FOOTBALLBills' Dareus banned 1 game

Bills star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will not play in Buffalo's season opener against the Colts after being suspended without pay for one game by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The punishment stems from Dareus being arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia after being stopped by Alabama State Police on May 5.

GOLFSpieth shares Colonial lead

Masters champion Jordan Spieth made a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole with darkness falling for a 6-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead with three others in the rain-delayed Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas . . . Defending champion Rory McIlroy shot a 1-under 71, leaving him six shots behind leader Francesco Molinari at the BMW PGA Championship in Virginia Water, England, after a mixed performance he blamed on mental fatigue . . . Massy Kuramoto had the only subpar round with a 1-under 71 to take the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Championship at French Lick (Indiana) Resort. -- AP

COLLEGESStony Brook wins

Sophomore lefty Daniel Zamora put together his best outing of the season (eight innings, six hits, eight strikeouts) as the top-seeded Stony Brook baseball team (32-14-1) beat fourth-seeded Hartford, 2-0, in the first game of the America East Conference Tournament in Lowell, Massachusetts. Andruw Gazzola and Rob Chavarria had RBI singles.


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