Recusal of judge sought in Hernandez case
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors in the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez want the judge to recuse herself.
Hernandez was at a pretrial hearing Wednesday, his first time in court since being arraigned.
Assistant District Attorney William McCauley says he plans to file a motion to ask Judge Susan Garsh to give up the case. He hasn’t explained why but says the state does not take the request lightly.
Hernandez’s lawyers say they’ll object to a recusal. The judge didn’t hear arguments on the issue.
Hernandez was indicted in August in the killing of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend.
He has pleaded not guilty. The defense says the state won’t be able to prove its case.
Colts add running back, linebacker to roster
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts signed running back Dan Herron and linebacker Andy Studebaker to their active roster Wednesday.
Herron replaced Ahmad Bradshaw, who was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list Wednesday because of a neck injury.
The 5-foot-10, 212-pound Herron had been on the Bengals practice squad. Herron was Cincinnati’s sixth-round draft pick in 2012 draft. He had five carries for five yards and blocked a punt as a rookie.
Studebaker played in 70 games, starting eight with Kansas City, from 2008 to 2012. The 6-foot-3, 248-pound free agent had career totals of 51 tackles, 2½ sacks and two interceptions before he was released by the Chiefs in April.
Girardi signs 4-year extension with Yankees
NEW YORK (AP) — Manager Joe Girardi has signed a four-year contract extension to stay with the New York Yankees.
General manager Brian Cashman had said after the team missed the playoffs that the Yankees wanted to keep Girardi, whose name was mentioned for the Cubs opening in his native Illinois.
New York took care of that quickly, announcing Wednesday that he’s signed through the 2017 season.
The 48-year-old Girardi has led the team to the playoffs in four of his six seasons, winning the World Series in 2009. Under Girardi, the Yankees have gone a majors-best 564-408 (.580) since 2008.
Allmendinger to run finale for Penske
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — AJ Allmendinger will race in the IndyCar season finale for Penske Racing.
Allmendinger will drive the No. 2 Chevrolet with sponsorship from Izod in the Oct. 19 race at Fontana, Calif.
It was the site of Allmendinger’s comeback last year. Team owner Roger Penske had Allmendinger attend the IndyCar season finale as his guest during his NASCAR suspension for failing a random drug test.
Allmendinger was re-instated by NASCAR shortly after, and Penske has entered him in five other IndyCar races this season, including the Indianapolis 500.
Allmendinger led 23 laps at Indianapolis and was out front when he had to make an unplanned pit stop because his seat belt came undone. He still finished seventh.
Sites chosen for NCAA women’s hoops tourney
Notre Dame, Stanford, Louisville and Nebraska will host the NCAA tournament women’s basketball regionals this season.
The women’s basketball committee decided over the summer to allow schools to host the regionals for the first time in nearly a decade, with the thought it could increase attendance.
All four schools have had incredible success at home, with Stanford boasting a 92-2 mark at Maples Pavilion since the start of the 2007-08 season. Notre Dame is 85-11 at home during that same span. Louisville and Nebraska each have won 81 percent of their home games over the past six years.
— Associated Press