- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015


BOSTON (AP) - Now that a jury has convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on all charges, even more is at stake in the next phase of the federal trial: The same 12 people must decide whether the 21-year-old lives or dies.

Tsarnaev was found guilty Wednesday of 30 counts against him, including conspiracy and deadly use of a weapon of mass destruction. Seventeen of those charges are punishable by death.

The verdict was considered practically a foregone conclusion since Tsarnaev’s lawyer admitted he participated in the bombings.

The former college student was found responsible for the deaths of three people who died in the bombings as well as the killing of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer who was gunned down days later as Tsarnaev and his now-dead brother, Tamerlan, attempted to flee.


FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - Twelve jurors working to decide whether to convict former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in the death of another man are set to resume deliberations.

The jurors spent nine hours deliberating on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Hernandez is charged with the June 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancée’s sister. Lloyd was shot six times in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez’s home.


NEW YORK (AP) - Sarah Thomas saw the New York City area code pop up on her phone and started praying it was the NFL calling to say she’d been hired as a full-time game official.

Not because that would make her the first woman to hold the job. Her hopes were those of any longtime official on the cusp of working at the sport’s pinnacle.

Thomas will be a line judge for the 2015 season, the league announced. She’s proud to serve as an example that anyone can succeed in any endeavor. But breaking down barriers was just a byproduct of her goals, not the goal itself.


NEW YORK (AP) - Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland, his girlfriend and another woman were stabbed early Wednesday following an argument on the street near a Manhattan nightclub that also led to the arrest of two Atlanta Hawks players, authorities said.

The violence erupted just before 4 a.m. outside 1Oak Club, a trendy Chelsea spot where celebs such as Justin Bieber and Snoop Dogg mingle with partygoers, police said.

The couple was arguing on the street as the attacker eavesdropped and started to interfere, according to police. The dispute escalated until the 22-year-old suspect pulled out a knife and started slashing, police said. Copeland’s driver grabbed the suspect and held him until officers arrived.

The suspect, Shezoy Bleary, was in custody, authorities said. Police said charges were pending, and it wasn’t clear whether Bleary had an attorney who could comment on them.


AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Jack Nicklaus thrilled the crowd at the annual Masters par-3 contest, making a hole-in-one on the fourth hole.

The six-time Masters champion, playing in the exhibition at age 75, spun an iron shot back into the hole for the ace.

His ball bounced twice, then took a third hop before retreating into the hole. Nicklaus was congratulated by playing partners Ben Crenshaw and Gary Player.

Nicklaus acknowledged the ovation from the crowd, raising his arms in the air with a double fist-pump.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak has received a contract extension through the 2022-23 season.

The extension announced calls for the fourth-year coach to make $2.4 million per year.


NEW YORK (AP) - Jewell Loyd is heading to the WNBA.

Notre Dame’s junior guard declared herself eligible for the WNBA draft on Wednesday, a night after the Irish lost in the national championship game to UConn 63-53.

Loyd could be the top pick by Seattle in the April 16 draft and had until Wednesday night to declare. She has up until five days before the draft to return to Notre Dame if she changes her mind.


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Eugenie Bouchard knew she was pointed to bigger things at the Family Circle Cup last spring. After the top-seeded Bouchard fell to unseeded American Lauren Davis in her opening match this time around, the Canadian star isn’t sure where she’s heading.

Bouchard, ranked seventh in the world, lost 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday, a thorough beating that left her bothered and dissecting every aspect of her game.

Irina-Camelia Begu, of Romania, advanced by defeating Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova, 6-0, 6-7 (4), 6-4.

In other matches, No. 4 seed Sara Errani of Italy topped last year’s finalist, Jana Cepelova of Slovakia, 6-3, 7-6 (5).

Seventh-seeded Madison Keys became the third player from the United States in the round of 16 when she beat Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine, 6-2, 6-1.

Past Family Circle champion and former U.S. Open winner Sam Stosur of Australia, the ninth seed, fell in three sets to Lara Arruabarrena of Spain, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. No. 15 seed Mona Barthel beat American Sloane Stephens 6-3, 7-6 (2). No. 12 seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland lost to Danka Kovinic of Montenegro, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

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