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Boston police ask for help in investigating Aaron Hernandez

Boston police have asked authorities in the Connecticut hometown of Aaron Hernandez for their help with a double-homicide investigation linked to the former New England Patriots tight end.

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Boston police ask for help in investigating Hernandez

Boston police have asked authorities in the Connecticut hometown of Aaron Hernandez for their help with a double-homicide investigation linked to the former New England Patriots tight end, police said Tuesday.

Hernandez is already charged with murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, 27, a semipro player whose body was found June 17 near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Mass.

The request from Boston police in the July 2012 double homicide was based on evidence developed through the investigation of Lloyd’s slaying, Bristol (Conn.) Police Lt. Kevin Morrell said.

Two people were killed in the shooting in Boston on July 15. Witnesses reported seeing people inside a gray SUV with Rhode Island plates open fire on a vehicle carrying the victims, 29-year-old Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and 28-year-old Safiro Teixeira Furtado.

Boston police have declined to comment on whether Hernandez is being looked at as a possible suspect in that case.

Prosecutors say Hernandez, 23, orchestrated Lloyd’s execution-style slaying. They say it happened after the two went to a nightclub a few days earlier and Lloyd spoke to people Hernandez didn’t like. Two other men are also facing charges in connection with the death of Lloyd.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder and gun charges and is being held without bail at the county jail in Dartmouth, Mass.

Tim Tebow, who is a Patriots quarterback, tried to stop Hernandez from getting into a bar fight in April 2007 while both were college players at Florida, according to Gainesville, Fla., police records.

Hernandez, then a 17-year-old freshman, punched a bouncer in the head, causing a broken eardrum, according to the police report. Tebow, who would go on to win the 2007 Heisman Trophy, told an officer he tried to resolve the conflict and had urged Hernandez to leave peacefully, according to police records.

Colts’ Lefeged leaves jail

Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged, 25, was released from jail after his weekend arrest in Washington, D.C., on a felony gun-possession charge.

Lefeged was arrested during a traffic stop after police said they found a semi-automatic pistol in the car in which he was riding. Police say they also smelled what appeared to be marijuana and found an open bottle containing vodka and orange juice in the car. Lefeged and another passenger were taken into custody after they tried to run from officers, and the driver got away, authorities have said.

Lefeged was released on personal recognizance after a hearing. The decision came against the request of prosecutors.

NHL

Lecavalier signs with Flyers

Center Vincent Lecavalier, 33, signed a five-year contract reportedly worth $22.5 million with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Tampa Bay Lightning saved about $7.7 million in salary-cap space when it cut ties with its captain last week.

Meanwhile, 26-year-old defenseman Kris Letang got an eight-year, $58 million contract extension from Pittsburgh.

ELSEWHERE

• Creighton basketball guard Grant Gibbs, who played for Gonzaga as a redshirt freshman in the 2009-10 season before transferring, has been awarded a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA.

Gibbs led the Missouri Valley Conference in assists each of the last two seasons; the Bluejays will compete in the Big East this year.

Bernie Fine, former Syracuse assistant basketball coach, is dropping his defamation lawsuit against ESPN, his lawyers said.

Fine, 67, sued over ESPN broadcasts with claims by two former ball boys that Fine molested them more than two decades ago. Fine was fired in November 2011, days after the broadcasts.

Fine was investigated by federal prosecutors; he was not charged and has maintained his innocence.

• Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey was suspended from her team’s next NCAA tournament game for criticizing the officiating after an 82-81 loss to Louisville in March.

• In the WNBA, Candace Parker scored 27 points as the host Los Angeles Sparks routed Western Conference-leading Minnesota 96-66.

• Boxer Wladimir Klitschko will defend his multiple heavyweight titles against challenger Alexander Povetkin on Oct. 5 in Moscow.

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