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Prosecutor: Tipster wrote sexual letters to Aaron Hernandez

An anonymous tipster who raised questions about a juror in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez had a sexually explicit relationship with him, a prosecutor said in a filing released Monday, the day Hernandez’s girlfriend was seen wearing a wedding band.

Tennessee entering practice without full freshman class

Tennessee will start preseason practice today without some members of its highly touted freshman class.

Ex-broadcaster James suing Fox Sports over hiring

Former college football television analyst Craig James filed a religious discrimination lawsuit Monday against Fox Sports that contends he was fired because he had expressed opposition to gay marriage during a failed run for the U.S. Senate.

Judge: St. Louis residents don’t need vote on stadium funds

The effort to build a new riverfront football stadium in St. Louis got a big boost Monday when a judge ruled that approval from city voters is not necessary to use city tax money for the project.

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Blue Jays, Royals continue feud by trading barbs on Twitter

The Royals and Blue Jays have moved on: After an exchange of hit batters, they’re now trading barbs on Twitter.

SEC spares no expense in hiring 14 new coordinators

Alabama coach Nick Saban and his staff always devote some offseason time to studying new offensive and defensive coordinators, just perhaps not quite this much.

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Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles finally feeling healthy again

Jamaal Charles had holes in his shoes on the first day of training camp.

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Rams putting rookies Havenstein, Brown right to work

The St. Louis Rams plan to open the season with a pair of rookie offensive linemen playing side by side. Tackle Rob Havenstein and guard Jamon Brown must be quick learners and make the gamble pay off.

Panthers Oher doesn’t like ‘The Blind Side’

When people first meet Michael Oher naturally they want to ask him about the 2009 hit movie “The Blind Side,” which is based on his life as an underprivileged youth growing up in Memphis, Tenn.

Volleyball: Helias earns award

For the 12th year in a row, the Helias volleyball team has been honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association for academic excellence.

Jungmeyer honored by LOJGA

Mikala Jungmeyer was honored twice last Thursday by the Lake Ozark Junior Golf Association.

Lady Jays golf practice begins

All girls interested in participating on the Jefferson City Lady Jays golf team need to be at practice today.

Johnson, Gaines competing for starting spot with Rams

The St. Louis Rams’ defense is so deep there are two starters, Trumaine Johnson and E.J. Gaines, competing for one of the cornerback spots.

Bradford goes through full workout with Eagles

Sam Bradford was full-go on the first day of training camp.

Ryan lists Incognito among Bills’ starters

From being labeled an NFL bully to Buffalo Bills starter: guard Richie Incognito took a big step in his return to football following a 15-month hiatus that placed his career in jeopardy.

Kenseth stretches his fuel, steals a win at Pocono

Joey Logano was the first leader to fade, his tank empty with three laps left.

Rahal wins in Ohio, pulls within 9 points of Montoya in IndyCar standings

Racing in his home state — and only a few laps from tightening the IndyCar standings with a big victory — Graham Rahal still had one more big restart to sweat out.

Park captures Women’s British for career Slam

As Inbee Park hunted down Jin-Young Ko in the final stretch of the Women’s British Open, it quickly became clear which South Korean was the rookie and which was the one about to add another chapter in golf’s record book.

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American Pharoah returns to racing, easily wins Haskell

American Pharoah flashed his speed in the stretch and easily won the $1.75-million Haskell Invitational on Sunday in his first race since sweeping the Triple Crown.

$101-million man Houston gets to work for Chiefs

The massive linebacker with the sweat-drenched biceps insists he never took a day off this offseason, even if he never showed up for one of the Kansas City Chiefs’ workouts.