Sports shorts: Authorities search stream near Patriot star's home

2013-06-25T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Authorities search stream near Patriot star's homeStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. - Investigators searched a stream behind the home of New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez on Monday, although they indicated that the search was a routine part of the investigation into the player's possible role in the slaying of a man last week.

A Massachusetts State Police dive team spent an hour and a half searching the stream that appears to run along the back of Hernandez's house. Four officers wearing full body black dive suits searched the stream with metal detectors.

There was no word of an impending arrest, despite reports that a warrant has been prepared to charge Hernandez with interfering with the investigation into the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the player's girlfriend's sister.

• Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly says he has been told by doctors he won't need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatment after having surgery to remove cancerous cells in his jaw.

The former Buffalo Bills star said he had the left side of his jaw and the teeth on that side removed in surgery on June 7. "It's very sore, but it takes time," Kelly said.

• Wide receivers LaVon Brazill of the Colts and Brandon Collins of the Giants have been suspended by the NFL for the first four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

• Fullback Vonta Leach, let go by the Baltimore Ravens, says the New York Giants have expressed an interest in him.

Swimming

UA, Ford Aquatics at USA meet

A group of 23 swimmers from the UA swim team or Tucson Ford Aquatics will compete today through Saturday at the U.S. national championships in Indianapolis.

Matt Grevers and Christine Magnuson of Ford Aquatics are set to swim in five and four events, respectively.

NBC broadcast stations will show seven hours of coverage, including Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. on Channel 4.

Boxing

Mayweather, Alvarez begin tour

NEW YORK - Floyd Mayweather and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez stared each other down for nearly a minute, and the cheers from the fans packed into Times Square grew louder by the second.

The boxers kicked off an 11-city tour to promote their Sept. 14 title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Cities include Washington, Chicago and Mexico City. The 12-round bout will be fought at 152 pounds, with both men's super welterweight/junior middleweight titles on the line.

Mayweather, 36, is unbeaten in 44 fights. Mexico's Alvarez, 22, is 42-0-1 and unified the 154-pound titles in April.

Miscellaneous

US ties France at Under-20 Cup

ISTANBUL - The United States improved its chances of reaching the knockout stage of the Under-20 World Cup, tying France 1-1 Monday on an 85th-minute goal by substitute Daniel Cuevas. The U.S. needs a win in its final soccer match against Ghana to advance outright but could qualify as one of the four best third-place teams.

• FIFA on Monday defended keeping the 2014 World Cup in Brazil despite civil unrest during the test event, and said no "official offers" have been received from countries to step in to host the tourney.

• The Ethiopian soccer federation's entire executive committee will step down in September, its president said, because of an error that led to the fielding of an ineligible player in a qualifier which could cost the country a place at the World Cup.

• In golf, U.S. Open champion Justin Rose pulled out of the AT&T National because of fatigue. Tiger Woods withdrew last week because of an elbow injury and won't play until the British Open.

• In college football, the Atlantic Coast Conference reached a deal to send a team to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium to face a Big Ten team, starting in 2014.

Includes material from a news release

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