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  • Tiger Woods flails at U.S. Open, will likely miss cut

    Tiger Woods is still not back, at least not according to his play at the 115th U.S. Open.

    Woods carded bogeys on four of his first six holes, and then this happened on the par-5 eighth:

    To understand how bad Tiger's round started, that was actually one of his better holes, as he scrambled to make par following that shot.

    Things got worse on the back 9, when he went bogey-bogey-bogey-triple to balloon to 10-over.

    A birdie on 16 – his first – moved him up one to 9-over. For a minute.

    On 18, he topped his second shot into a deep fairway bunker known as Chambers Basement, his round at that point disintegrating beyond frustration. With little to lose, he pitched it out without much thought en route to another bogey – the eighth of the round to go along with the triple.

    The damage: 10-over 80.

    That's how it is these days for the 14-time major winner, now the world's 195th-ranked player.

    Last we saw Woods he was carding a career-high 85 at the Memorial on June 6. He didn't go quite that

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  • Report: Aaron Hernandez lawyers claim jury corrupted

    Aaron Hernandez (AP)Aaron Hernandez (AP)Here's your weekly Aaron Hernandez legal update:

    Lawyers for the former New England Patriots star turned convicted murderer have filed four motions asking that their client's guilty verdict be overturned because of, essentially, "a juror's exposure to extraneous matters," according to a report from FOX25 News in Boston.

    In other words, they're alleging a juror found out about something he or she shouldn't have, which isn't too farfetched given the widespread media coverage of the trial.

    Jurors were not sequestered during the two-plus-month-long trial. And while Judge E. Susan Garsh asked them at the end of each day of testimony to avoid consuming coverage of the trial, 12 people adhering to that directive seems like a tall order considering one could have happened upon news simply by mistake.

    Exactly what a juror may have been exposed to is unclear, as the documents filed by Hernandez's lawyers are sealed from the public.

    What we do know is that at several points during the trial,

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  • FIFA indictment: Seedy inner workings and how one bribe led to the next

    On May 15, 2004, FIFA's executive committee held a vote to select the host nation for the 2010 World Cup. In the running were South Africa, Egypt and Morocco.

    Among those in the room that day were Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer, each of whom had a vote.

    Several months earlier, Warner, former president of CONCACAF, and Blazer, the former CONCACAF general secretary, travelled to Morocco and met with a member of the country's bid committee. During the meeting, the Moroccan official offered Warner $1 million in exchange for his vote.

    Chuck Blazer plead guilty to racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering and other charges. (AP)Chuck Blazer plead guilty to racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering and other charges. (AP)Little did the Moroccan official know his bribe wasn't even close; South African officials were prepared to do 10 times better, offering Warner $10 million.

    South Africa eventually won the bid, getting votes from Warner, Blazer and one other associate who were all allegedly in on the fix.

    This is just one in a laundry list of corruption schemes laid out in the U.S. Justice Department's indictment that on Wednesday led to the arrest of 14 current and former FIFA

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  • Aaron Hernandez lawyers say jury wasn't 'rational'

    Aaron Hernandez's attorneys have filed an appeal of the guilty verdicts against the former New England Patriots star, claiming that "no rational jury could have found [guilt in] every essential element … beyond a reason doubt."

    Aaron Hernandez, center, stands as the verdict is read in his murder trial. (AP)Aaron Hernandez, center, stands as the verdict is read in his murder trial. (AP)"Rather, improper speculation, conjecture, and guesswork was required to reach a guilty verdict," the memorandum reads.

    So begins the appeals process for Hernandez, who in April was found guilty of first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd.

    Hernandez was handed a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. His lawyers are seeking to have the guilty charge reversed and, barring that, imploring the court to reduce his sentence to one that could potentially have him out of jail in 15 years.

    All along, the case against Hernandez was built on circumstantial evidence. There was no murder weapon found, no eyewitnesses that would testify that he was the shooter, and no clear motive as to why Hernandez wanted to kill a man who was dating his

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  • Aaron Hernandez's lawyers heading back to court

    A court officer places handcuffs on the wrists of Aaron Hernandez. (AP)A court officer places handcuffs on the wrists of Aaron Hernandez. (AP)Aaron Hernandez is not heading back to court just yet, but his lawyers will be.

    A May 21 status hearing has been set at the Suffolk County Superior Court for the double-murder charge Hernandez faces for a 2012 shooting in Boston's South End.

    Prosecutors allege that in July 2012, the former New England Patriots star opened fire on an SUV, killing two people and wounding another.

    Hernandez, already serving a life sentence following his conviction last month in the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, has pled not guilty to the double homicide. He is not expected to be in court for the status hearing, according to The Patch, meaning he will likely remain in Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, located 40 miles west of Boston.

    A status hearing is just that: a hearing for lawyers on both sides to update one another on the status of the case. More precisely, it's a moment for the prosecution to determine if the defendant is willing to announce a plea negotiation.

    Hernandez pled not guilty to the

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  • Aaron Hernandez during his rookie season with the New England Patriots. (Getty Images)Aaron Hernandez during his rookie season with the New England Patriots. (Getty Images)When the New England Patriots drafted Aaron Hernandez in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft, they knew they were taking a gamble.

    Hernandez's troubled past wasn't a complete mystery. He'd failed a drug test (or tests) at the University of Florida, and there were rumors about a thug life. So when the Patriots signed him to his rookie contract, the deal was structured so that "75 percent of the money in the contract set up so that he would only make it if he stayed out of trouble, didn’t miss meetings, was always there doing the right thing," according to an MMQB interview with Floyd Reese, a senior adviser with the team at the time Hernandez was drafted.

    "And for the period of the original contract, he lived up to every bit of it. So it turned out well," Reese told MMQB. "Of course, after that, after he signed [his $40 million contract extension], things kind of went awry."

    After he signed the $40 million contract extension?

    Hernandez is actually accused of killing two people in a

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  • Britt McHenry vs. Advanced Towing: Which side are you on?

    So by now you may have heard about/seen the Britt McHenry video where the ESPN reporter berates a tow truck company employee.

    On the video, which you can see below, McHenry says some brutal stuff, like insulting the woman's weight, lack of education, number of teeth … pretty low-brow and not all that clever stuff from someone bragging about her "brain."

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    Apparently this isn't the first time she's shared a high opinion of herself while beating someone else up verbally.

    Anyway, McHenry issued an apology and, as is its M.O., ESPN suspended her for a week, whatever that means.

    But here's the thing: Did the tow truck company sort of deserve a takedown, albeit one with a lot less entitlement and a little more, shall we say, creativity than the one McHenry offered up?

    A quick glance at Advanced Towing Arlington's Yelp page reveals a bit of a trend: apparently they lurk around area parking lots, waiting for the owners to leave, then swoop in to tow

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  • Tiger Woods says bone 'popped out' after injury at Masters

    Tiger Woods injured his right wrist on the ninth hole at Augusta National on Sunday of the Masters after his club clipped a root while hitting a shot out of the pine straw.

    Apparently, that injury required Woods to play doctor on course. Afterwards, Woods had a quite graphic explanation about what happened: "A bone kind of popped out and a joint kind of went out of place, but I put it back in."

    "Really?" asked CBS's Bill Macatee.

    "Yeah," Tiger said nonchalantly.

      

    Woods managed to make par on the hole, but grabbed the ball out of the cup and tipped his cap with his left hand. As he made his way toward the 10th tee, a fan reached out for a fist bump, which Woods reciprocated with his off hand.

    Woods winced again after hitting his tee shot on No. 10 – his first swing after the approach shot on No. 9. He wound up bogeying the 10th to move him back to 4-under in the Masters.

    Later he explained the injury this way: "I didn't know there was a tree root there. I drove my hand or drove the club

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  • No more perfect NCAA tournament brackets left

    Millions of brackets filled out, and not a single one in Yahoo Sports' Tourney Pick'em game made it out of the first round unscathed.

    Of those millions, CharlieM's Choice Bracket and My Impressive Bracket were the last two standing. Until Iowa – Game 27 of the tournament – took them out by beating Davidson 83-52.

    Last year, one bracket made it through Round 1 (yeah, we're calling it Round 1) perfect. In fact, Brad Binder went 36-for-36 before getting tripped up.Davidson falling to Iowa took out the last two remaining perfect brackets. (AP)Davidson falling to Iowa took out the last two remaining perfect brackets. (AP)

    The biggest bracket buster this year – UAB, the 14-seed in the South Region, which knocked off Iowa State early Thursday. A full 96 percent of Yahoo users picked Iowa St. to advance.

    Even after two more upsets, including another victory by a 14-seed (Georgia St.), a little over 2,600 perfect brackets remained. But by the end of Day 1 (and after another semi-upset, No. 10 Ohio St. over No. 7 VCU), the number of perfect brackets was down to 65.

    By mid-afternoon Friday, that number whittled down to three – impreza, My Impressive

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  • NCAA tournament: Millions of brackets busted in less than five hours

    SMU's Ryan Manuel sits on the court after being upset by UCLA. (USAT)SMU's Ryan Manuel sits on the court after being upset by UCLA. (USAT)The 2015 NCAA tournament kicked off at 12:15 p.m. ET, with millions of perfect brackets. By 5:20, just 2,643 remained in Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick'em game.

    It all started with UAB, the 14 seed in the South Region, stunning No. 3 seeded Iowa St. That wiped out 96 percent of Yahoo Sports brackets, 16 percent of which had ISU going all the way to the Final Four.

    About an hour later, 14th-seeded Georgia St. and their jumping-bean coach sent third-seeded Baylor packing with a 3-pointer R.J. Hunter will never forget. Ninety-three percent of Yahoo users had Baylor advancing to the second round, and with that just 10,637 perfect brackets remained.

    Then came UCLA, an 11 seed going up against sixth-seeded SMU. The Bruins eked out a 1-point win thanks to a controversial goaltending call – on a 3-pointer! – with only 11 seconds remaining. Sixty-eight percent had SMU winning that one.

    Another 8,000 bit the dust, whittling the number of perfect brackets down to 2,643. And the evening sessions hadn't

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