NEW TRIAL DATE FOR HER­NAN­DEZ LIKELY TO BE SET THIS WEEK

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bos­ton» A Mas­sachusetts judge is ex­pected this week to set a new trial date for for­mer New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots tight end Aaron Her­nan­dez in the 2012 killing of two Bos­ton men.

Her­nan­dez is ac­cused of gun­ning down the men af­ter a chance en­counter at a Bos­ton night­club. Her­nan­dez has pleaded not guilty.

Jury se­lec­tion was sched­uled to be­gin this month in Suf­folk Su­pe­rior Court, but the judge agreed to de­lay the trial, cit­ing a pend­ing ap­peal over ev­i­dence.

A new trial date is ex­pected to be set Tues­day dur­ing a pre­trial con­fer­ence.

Her­nan­dez is serv­ing a life sen­tence af­ter be­ing con­victed last year in the 2013 killing of a man who was dat­ing the sis­ter of his fi­ancée.

Bid­ding bribery be­ing probed

B lon­don» In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions pres­i­dent Se­bas­tian Coe said claims of bribery by Qatar in the bid­ding process for the 2017 world track and field cham­pi­onship are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

Ed Warner, chair­man of U.K. Ath­let­ics, said his bid team was told “brown en­velopes” were handed to mem­bers of the IAAF Coun­cil the night be­fore the vote in 2011 be­tween Lon­don and Qatari cap­i­tal Doha, which Lon­don won. Warner also said his team agreed to spend $7.2 mil­lion to cover prize money, hav­ing been warned they were un­likely to suc­ceed if they did not.

DeWitt, Kroenke are strangers

B st. louis» St. Louis Car­di­nals chair­man Bill DeWitt said he had zero in­sight on the Rams’ move to Los An­ge­les. In fact, he said he’s met Rams owner Stan Kroenke only “once or twice.”

Kroenke has been with the Rams since they re­lo­cated to St. Louis in 1995. That was the same year DeWitt’s group pur­chased the Car­di­nals from An­heuser-Busch, but there’s been vir­tu­ally no in­ter­min­gling.

The Car­di­nals are reg­u­larly one of the big­gest draws in the ma­jor leagues and had at­ten­dance of 3.5 mil­lion last sea­son.

DeWitt said at the team’s an­nual Win­ter Warmup fan fes­ti­val that he be­lieved St. Louis can sup­port an NFL team. But, he added: “I just don’t re­ally know Stan Kroenke.”

Gomez claims Sony

B honolulu» Fabian Gomez of Ar­gentina closed with two birdies for an 8-un­der-par 62, and then made his 11th birdie of the day on the se­cond play­off hole to beat Brandt Snedeker in the Sony Open.

Gomez won for the se­cond time on the PGA Tour.

He ran off seven straight birdies in the middle of his round, let Snedeker back in the game with a pair of bo­geys, and then holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole and a birdie just over 20 feet from off the green on the 18th to fin­ish at 20-un­der 260.

Snedeker made a 4-foot birdie on the 18th for a 66 to force the play­off. He missed a 10-foot birdie on the 18th to ex­tend the play­off.

• Haydn Por­te­ous kept his nerve, played bo­gey-free golf through the fi­nal round and won the Joburg Open by two shots for his first Euro­pean Tour tour­na­ment ti­tle.

The South African fin­ished with a 3-un­der-par 69 for an 18-un­der to­tal of 269 at the Royal Jo­han­nes­burg and Kens­ing­ton Golf Club.

• Europe dom­i­nated its sin­gles matches 9½ to 2½ and won the EurA­sia Cup com­pe­ti­tion with ease.

The se­cond edi­tion of the transcon­ti­nen­tal team event ended with a lop­sided 18½ to 5½ score­line, af­ter the in­au­gu­ral event in 2014 ended in a tie.

Ian Poul­ter and Lee West­wood, who were the two cap­tain’s picks by Dar­ren Clarke, won their sin­gles to com­plete a per­fect week­end from their three matches, as did an­other English­man, Andy Sul­li­van.

• Paul Chap­let closed with a 2-un­der 70 and won the Latin Amer­i­can Am­a­teur, send­ing the 16-year-old from Costa Rica to the Masters just over five years af­ter he started play­ing golf. Den­ver Post staff and wire ser­vices

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