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Associated Press

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 3:01 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 24 at 5:00 AM

NFL

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Authorities continue to investigate, but not talk about, the killing of a semi-pro football player whose body was found a mile away from the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

A spokeswoman for the Bristol County district attorney's office said Sunday that officials are not releasing details. Officials also are not talking about the cause of death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, whose body was found on Monday. His death was ruled a homicide.

Hernandez was questioned and his home searched as part of the police investigation into the Dorchester man's death. Police searched Hernandez's North Attleboro home for three hours Saturday.

MARATHON BOMBING

BOSTON (AP) — The champion of the men's 2013 Boston Marathon returned his winner's medal to Mayor Thomas Menino on Sunday to honor the city and those killed and injured in the bombings near the finish line of one of the world's top running events.

More than 6,400 athletes gathered on Boston Common for a 10K organized by the Boston Athletic Association, the same nonprofit that handles the annual marathon. Spots for Sunday's race sold out in 13 hours online.

A moment of silence paid tribute to the three victims killed in the April 15 bombings and to Sean Collier, the MIT police officer who was shot and killed April 18 in a search for the suspects.

NBA

MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade's knee problems were more troublesome during the playoffs than the Miami Heat star ever acknowledged.

Wade revealed Saturday that his right knee pained him so much that he contemplated asking to play limited minutes in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, and that his left knee was drained and required about eight hours of game-day therapy just so he could play in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

The three-time NBA champion also received platelet-rich plasma therapy late in the regular season to combat three bone bruises around his right knee, which was his biggest source of frustration and pain during the playoffs. Wade said two of the bruises healed, but a third remained a big problem.

BOSTON (AP) — Doc Rivers will be the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers if the NBA approves the rare but not unprecedented trade of an active coach, a Boston Celtics official told The Associated Press on Sunday night.

The deal would bring Boston a first-round draft pick in 2015, according to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it is pending a trade call with the NBA office. Rivers, who had three years and $21 million left on his contract with the Celtics, must also reach an agreement on a new deal with the Clippers.

Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss said the team had no announcement.

BASEBALL

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Costner took time out from filming his football movie in Cleveland for a little batting practice before the Indians played the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

Wearing an Indians' jersey and cap, Costner hit several line drives from pitches thrown by bullpen coach Kevin Cash as Cleveland's players looked on. He also played catch in the outfield, fielded grounders at shortstop and took time to chat with several players and coaches.

While many of Costner's films have had a baseball theme, "Draft Day" has him as a Browns' executive attempting to acquire the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. The movie began shooting in Cleveland last month and is scheduled to be released next year.

OLYMPICS

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With one of his young daughters in his arms and the other clinging to his back, American shot putter Adam Nelson finally took his long-awaited victory lap.

Nine years after the Athens Games, Nelson was honored as the 2004 Olympic champion during a ceremony Sunday at the U.S. track and field championships.

Nelson was officially elevated to Olympic champion last month, taking the gold that was stripped from a Ukrainian rival for doping. Nelson finished second in Athens behind Yuriy Bilonog, whose gold medal was removed by the International Olympic Committee in December after his reanalyzed sample tested positive for steroids.

AUTO RACING

Danish driver Allan Simonsen died following a crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Saturday in the first driver fatality at the high-speed endurance event since 1997.

Race organizers said the 34-year-old Simonsen was taken to a hospital after his Aston Martin No. 95 crashed about 10 minutes after the start of the race. The car spun at high speed and skidded into the barrier at the Tertre Rouge corner where speeds reach up to 105 mph.

The violence of the impact showed as a tire from Simonsen's car rolled on the track while a door hung open. Simonsen died at the hospital soon after arrival "due to his injuries," organizers said.

The last driver fatality in the 24-hour race was Jo Gartner in 1986.

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