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Sports briefs for Aug. 26, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Patriots release UMaine’s Johnson

Derrick Johnson’s bid to earn a spot with the New England Patriots ended on Tuesday when he was released by the National Football League team.

The former University of Maine wide receiver, 22, was among six players cut as the Patriots reduced their roster to 75 players. Johnson originally signed with New England as a rookie free agent on May 19.

He was released on June 9 to deal with a knee injury, then re-signed on July 18. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Johnson made two catches in preseason play with the Patriots.

At UMaine, he led the team with 60 receptions for 608 yards and two touchdowns in 2013. Johnson finished his college career with 116 catches for 1,165 yards and four TDs.

Judge scraps some electronic evidence Hernandez case

BOSTON — A judge has thrown out some electronic evidence in a murder case against former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez because of a paperwork problem, according to local media reports on Tuesday.

Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh said evidence from two smartphones and three tablets seized last year from Hernandez’s home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, could not be used in his trial for the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd because they were not listed in a police search warrant, according to the reports.

Hernandez’s defense team had asked that the evidence be thrown out. Evidence from other devices, including another smart phone and the home’s surveillance system will be allowed because they were listed in the warrant.

Prosecutors say Hernandez and two associates shot Lloyd to death in an industrial park near Hernandez’s house in June 2013. Hernandez is also facing murder charges in an unrelated Boston double-murder in 2012. He has pleaded not guilty in both cases.

U.S. routs Slovenia in final World Cup tune-up

The United States completed its preparations for the upcoming World Cup with a 101-71 mauling of Slovenia on Tuesday that gave them a perfect record in warm-up games ahead of the 24-nation event in Spain.

Missing some top NBA talent who declined invitations to play in the Aug.30-Sept.14 tournament, the Americans were still too strong for the Slovenians after emphatic wins over Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Fans in the Canary Islands resort of Gran Canaria were treated to a barrage of fast breaks and dunks by a physically superior U.S. team which conjured a 15-0 run in the first half and a 23-4 streak in the second.

Sims to start at QB for Crimson Tide

It appears that Alabama coach Nick Saban has settled on Blake Sims getting the starting nod over Jake Coker in the Crimson Tide’s season opener against West Virginia. reported Tuesday afternoon that Sims, a fifth-year senior, would get the call over the highly touted Florida State transfer.

While playing for the Seminoles, Coker threw for 295 yards and one touchdown and an interception. For his career, Sims has completed 23 of 39 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns.

Despite not getting the start, Coker is expected to see action.


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