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Hernandez family plans private funeral

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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez's body was taken to a funeral home in his Connecticut hometown Saturday, two days before his family holds a private funeral.

The body arrived in the afternoon at O'Brien Funeral Home in Bristol, said Laura Soll, a spokeswoman for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association.

A private service is scheduled at the funeral home Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. Soll said the burial will be private at an undisclosed location.

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Draft stage worker injured after fall

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Authorities say a man working on the stage for next week's NFL draft in Philadelphia was injured when he fell 30 feet from the roof.

Philadelphia police say the 27-year-old man fell around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. He was taken to a local hospital where he is in stable condition. His injuries were not disclosed.

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Raiders waiting on decision from Lynch

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie would like some resolution before the draft next week on whether running back Marshawn Lynch wants to come out of retirement and be traded to the Raiders.

Lynch retired following the 2015 season and still has a contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Lynch met with the Raiders earlier this month to talk about a possible return but nothing has been finalized.

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Redskins bring back RB Thompson

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Running back Chris Thompson has re-signed with the Washington Redskins.

He was a restricted free agent.

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Jags' Marrone: No contact with OT Albert

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says he has had no contact with Branden Albert since the veteran left tackle decided to skip voluntary workouts.

Albert, tight end Marcedes Lewis and running back Corey Grant were the only players not in attendance for the first week of Jacksonville's offseason conditioning program, which began Monday.

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Romo to call 1st Dallas game in November

DALLAS (AP) Tony Romo should call his first Cowboys game in November in the former Dallas quarterback's first season as lead NFL analyst on CBS. It's just a question of which game.

The first CBS game for the Cowboys will be at home against Kansas City on Nov. 5, followed 2 1/2 weeks later by their Thanksgiving game against the Los Angeles Chargers. If Romo doesn't call the game against the Chiefs, he will be in the booth at his old home stadium when the Cowboys face the Chargers on Nov. 23.

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Some trying to cash in on Raiders' name

LAS VEGAS (AP) A handful of people paid up to $275 for the "Las Vegas Raiders" trademark when news of the team's potential move from Oakland surfaced in January 2016. The filings have shed light on a trademark system that gives priority to the first people to submit applications, regardless of the validity of their claims.

The applications for the various uses of the Las Vegas Raiders name put in by the team in August are still in limbo as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office evaluates earlier applications for the name, The Las Vegas Sun reported (http://bit.ly/2pk6ajy).

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Ex-Cowboy Randle found guilty of battery

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been found guilty of aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, criminal threat and marijuana possession after striking three people with his car as he left a house party in Kansas.

KAKE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2oukZMr ) that the jury couldn't reach a verdict Friday on two charges of aggravated battery and a count of criminal damage to property. A mistrial was declared on those counts. Judge Kevin O'Conner put those back on the May 1 docket.

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Will Smith's killer sentenced to 25 yrs.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Calling it a "profoundly sad and tragic" case, a judge sentenced a 29-year-old New Orleans man to 25 years in prison for killing former Saints star Will Smith and wounding Smith's wife after an April 2016 traffic crash.

Thursday's sentencing by Louisiana Judge Camille Buras was the culmination of a case that riveted the city for more than a year. It capped two days of shattering, sad and sometimes bitter pre-sentence testimony: from Smith's widow, sister and Saints coach Sean Payton among others on Wednesday; from shooter Cardell Hayes, his mother, friends and loved ones on Thursday.

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Patriots host Chiefs to open NFL season

One of the spoils of being champion: The New England Patriots will kick off the NFL season on Sept. 7 by hosting the Kansas City Chiefs.

New England earned that honor with its record comeback to beat Atlanta in the Super Bowl. Its opening opponent in a Thursday night game won the AFC West last season.

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