Civil lawsuit vs. Hernandez proceeds
A wrongful-death lawsuit filed in 2013 against Aaron Hernandez will proceed now that the former New England Patriots tight end’s criminal case has been resolved, and Hernandez is expected to be called to testify.
Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison last week for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013, and Ursula Ward, Lloyd’s mother, and her attorney talked about the civil lawsuit Wednesday.
Attorney Douglas Sheff said Ward is entitled “to recover for the unthinkable loss of her son.” Sheff wants Hernandez’s assets unfrozen now that the criminal trial is finished.
The Patriots had been listed as a defendant in the lawsuit, but they have been removed, Sheff said.
Bergeron among Selke finalists
Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar and Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews were announced Wednesday as the finalists for the NHL’s Selke Trophy.
The three players also were finalists last season when Bergeron won the award, which goes annually to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.
Bergeron, 29, led the NHL during the regular season in total faceoffs (1,951), wins (1,175) and winning percentage (60.2 percent) and had a league season-best 31 faceoff wins during a Feb. 22 game against Vancouver. He is a two-time Selke winner (2012, 2014) and a finalist for the fourth straight season.
Winston says seafood given to him, not stolen
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, projected to be the first overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, has possibly cleared up what happened when he received a shoplifting citation last year for taking crab legs from a Tallahassee, Florida, grocery store.
During an appearance on ESPN’s “Draft Academy,” Winston said the crab legs were given to him by a Publix grocery store on April 29, 2014. Winston was issued a civil citation for shoplifting after he walked out of the supermarket without paying for $32.72 worth of crab legs and crawfish.
He told deputies he had forgotten to pay. Winston eventually paid the $32.72 and did 20 hours of community service. FSU officials said they had never heard the new explanation.
NBA plans exhibition game in Africa
The National Basketball Association will stage its first ever exhibition game in Africa later this year as part on an ongoing effort to grow the game on a global scale, the league said on Wednesday.
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul will captain Team World while Miami Heat forward Luol Deng, who was born in South Sudan, will take charge of Team Africa in the Aug. 1 game to be played at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Team Africa will comprise players from Africa and second generation African players while Team World will be selected from players from the rest of the world.
The game, to be broadcast live in South Africa and other African countries, will be played in support of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, SOS Children’s Villages Association of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
OSU’s Russell enters NBA draft
Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell became the latest freshman to join the one-and-dones since the season ended when he declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday.
The versatile 6-foot-5 guard averaged 19.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game for the Buckeyes this past season while landing first-team All-American and Big Ten freshman of the year honors.
NBA draft projections put him in the top five overall picks.
Dolphins reportedly sign Jennings
The Miami Dolphins, who gutted their receiving corps earlier this offseason, reportedly signed veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings on Wednesday.
The deal is worth $8 million over two years, according to Pro Football Talk.
The Dolphins also signed guards Jeff Linkenbach and Jacques McClendon to one-year deals on Wednesday.
In effect, the Dolphins traded Mike Wallace for Jennings, who was released by the Minnesota Vikings in March after the Dolphins dealt Wallace to Minnesota.