NEW TRIAL DATE FOR HERNANDEZ LIKELY TO BE SET THIS WEEK
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