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Aaron Hernandez’s potential marijuana defense is ridiculous 02.23.17 at 7:35 pm ET
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Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in 2015. (The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo/USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in 2015. (The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo/USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers are thinking about using a pot defense, saying their client’s habit of smoking marijuana may have turned him into a murderous monster. That’s insane.

According to the Boston Herald’s Bob McGovern, Hernandez’s attorneys have included two unknown marijuana experts in a list of potential witnesses for his upcoming double-murder trial. They could discuss the nature of marijuana use in the NFL and the psychological impact the drug has on its users.

“At that point, if you are using this tactic, you are probably trying to get it down to second-degree murder or manslaughter,” criminal defense attorney Phil Tracy told the Herald. “You would try to say that repeated and prolonged use of marijuana had an effect on his brain so he couldn’t form clear intent to commit first-degree murder.”

Hernandez’s marijuana use was a central theme during his first murder trial two years ago, in which he was convicted for slaying semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in June 2013. His attorneys argued Hernandez couldn’t have killed Lloyd, because the two were smoking buddies.

But this time around, they may argue years of excessive marijuana use diminished Hernandez’s mental capacity. The former Patriots tight end is accused of killing Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28 in a drive-by shooting on a South End street in July 2012. The two victims reportedly encountered Hernandez at a club in the theatre district the night they were killed.

There’s little evidence that suggests smoking or ingesting marijuana can have a damaging long-term neurological impact. A 2003 study from the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society shows chronic marijuana users don’t experience a significant reduction in their cognitive abilities, except perhaps in their ability to remember. A 2014 study says marijuana can even be used to treat some forms of mental illness, such as PTSD and depression.

While alcohol makes its users more aggressive and violent, weed has the opposite effect. Last year, researchers in the Netherlands examined a group of 20 heavy drinkers and 21 habitual marijuana smokers, monitoring them while they got drunk or high. Through a series of tests, they found the drinkers got more aggressive as their blood alcohol content rose, whereas the smokers got less aggressive when they became impaired. Those findings coincide with a 2014 study that says couples that smoke marijuana are less likely to engage in domestic violence.

It’s possible that drug use may have ravaged Hernandez’s mind at the time of the double-murder. In a 2013 feature story, the Rolling Stone reported Hernandez was a PCP addict, with one friend saying he was “out of his mind.” During the Lloyd murder trial, Hernandez’s lawyers called a professor from Tufts University School of Medicine to testify about how PCP can cause people to become violent. Hernandez’s cousin said the tight end’s two co-defendents in that case, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, were smoking PCP the weekend Lloyd was killed.

It seems as if drug abuse played a role in Hernandez’s downfall. But placing the blame on marijuana is disingenuous and insulting.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Rick Pitino goes insane on UNC fan; Aaron Hernandez lawyers reportedly look to use pot defense at 8:40 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: 
NHL: Washington at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Boston at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Michigan at Rutgers, 6:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: DePaul at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Duke at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: TCU at Kansas, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UCF at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Xavier at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Minnesota at Maryland, 8:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Butler at Villanova, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Louisville at North Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Kansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oregon at California, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UConn at Houston, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Fresno State at San Diego State, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Oregon State at Stanford, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Louisville coach Rick Pitino had a heated exchange with a UNC fan during halftime of North Carolina’s 74-63 win over his team Wednesday night.

As Pitino walked to the locker room tunnel, a fan reportedly yelled “Pitino, you suck!” at him.

He “got in my face and said something I didn’t like,” Pitino said afterward.

Pitino had to be restrained by his coaching staff and the fan was ejected.

“I take it from the students all the time; you expect it from the students. But from an adult? And then to turn his back on me like he’s a coward?” Pitino said. “And he is a coward, but North Carolina is a classy place and he doesn’t speak for the rest of the people.”

“I’ve always said this is the classiest place in college basketball, until I met a fan on the way out,” Pitino then said. “It always reminded me of a class place, but they’re getting just like some of the other places now.”

North Carolina coach Roy Williams apologized to Pitino after the game.

“I don’t like that. We’re North Carolina. We don’t have to be like everybody else,” Williams said. “You can raise Cain, you can boo, but you don’t have to say stuff that we as coaches have to put up with on the road. I hope that never happens again at North Carolina.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Potential Aaron Hernandez trial juror dismissed for wearing Patriots hat; Fenway Park bids for 2018 Army-Navy game 02.16.17 at 9:07 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: 
NBA: Indiana at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Philadelphia at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: New York at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: St. Louis at Detroit, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Florida at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: LIU Brooklyn at St. Francis Brooklyn, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Xavier at Providence, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Cincinnati at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Iowa State at Kansas State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Maryland at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Temple at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Creighton at Seton Hall, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: St. John’s at Butler, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Duke at Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Indiana at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: San Diego State at Utah State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A potential juror in Aaron Hernandez’ second murder trial showed up to Suffolk Superior Court wearing a Patriots hat on Tuesday.

Officers made the man take off the hat and he was, obviously, not selected as a juror. 64 other potential jurors, including a self-proclaimed Trump supporter and woman due to give birth in April, were also dismissed.

Hernandez was present in the courtroom and said “good morning” to the jury prospects.

The trial is set to begin on March 1.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Richard Sherman cancels weekly press conference, calls it a ‘privilege'; Buccaneers RB Doug Martin suspended for violating NFL drug policy 12.29.16 at 8:09 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Boston at Cleveland, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Dallas at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: New Jersey at Washington, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: South Florida vs. South Carolina, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Oklahoma State vs. Colorado, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Women’s college basketball: Connecticut at Maryland, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Butler at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Georgia at Auburn, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kentucky at Mississippi, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at LSU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Saint Mary’s at Loyola Marymount, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman used his weekly press conference to take aim at the media for the second week in a row, but this time he did so by canceling the presser altogether.

On Wednesday Sherman called off his weekly media event, telling reporters at his locker they take him and his media availability for granted.

“I’m just going to make sure people — it’s a privilege to have me up there,” Sherman said. “You’re going to miss me when I’m gone.”

This comes just one week after Sherman threatened to ruin Seattle radio host Jim Moore’s career after Moore asked Sherman about his criticism of the coaching staff’s play-calling decisions.

This was the first time this season Sherman canceled his weekly press conference.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez identified as shooter in 2012 drive-by shooting; Richard Sherman threatens to ruin career of Seattle radio host 12.21.16 at 8:27 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Milwaukee at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Dallas at Portland, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Washington at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: BYU at Wyoming, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Fairfield at Boston College, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Duke at Elon, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: American University at Villanova, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kentucky at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Missouri at Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oakland at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Northern Iowa at North Carolina, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UAB at Texas, 8 p.m. (Longhorn Network)
College basketball: Auburn at Oklahoma, 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: SIUE at Marquette, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Clemson at South Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Virginia at California, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Kent State at Oregon State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Aaron Hernandez returned to Suffolk County Superior Court on Tuesday for a pretrial hearing before his second murder trial and was identified by the survivor of a deadly 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston as the shooter in that incident.

Raychides Sanches, who was in a car he claims Hernandez targeted in the South End, said he was the passenger in a car that was stopped at a light when an SUV pulled up next to the car. He said someone in the SUV rolled down his window and said, “What’s up, negroes?” and started shooting.

According to Sanches, the bullets hit 29-year-old Daniel de Abreu and 28-year-old Safiro Furtado.

When asked in court who the shooter was, Sanches nodded at Hernandez and said, “Looked like him. Hernandez.”

Hernandez is facing two counts of murder in the deaths of Furtado and de Abreu. He already is serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

Jury selection for this trial is set to begin on Feb. 13.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez associate Ernest Wallace acquitted of murder but found guilty of being accessory 05.13.16 at 8:13 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Astros at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Pirates at Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Raptors at Heat, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Hockey: IIHF World Championships, United States vs. Hungary, 9:30 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Ernest Wallace, one of Aaron Hernandez’s associates who was with the former Patriots tight end the night Hernandez shot and killed Odin Lloyd, was acquitted of first-degree murder but found guilty of being an accessory after the fact.

Wallace was sentenced to serve 4 1/2 to seven years in state prison. He has been in custody since turning himself into authorities in June 2013, shortly after Lloyd’s death, and will receive credit for the nearly three years he already has been in custody.

The Bristol Superior Court jury’s decision Thursday came after a 10-week trial and about eight hours of deliberations over two days.

“I very much respect the jury’s verdict,” District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn said in a statement. “They apparently felt there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prove Mr. Wallace and Mr. Hernandez were acting in concert to kill Odin Lloyd. I am happy the jury found the defendant guilty of accessory after the fact to murder, and was involved in the attempt to cover up the crime. I am pleased he will serve a state prison sentence.”

Wallace’s attorney, David E. Meier, also sounded pleased with the result.

“The jury’s verdict on the first-degree murder charge speaks for itself, as does the speed with which the jury returned that verdict,” Meier told The Boston Globe. “In the end, the truth won out. Mr. Wallace looks forward to rejoining his family in Florida as soon as possible and moving on with his life.”

Another man, Carlos Ortiz, faces similar charges and is due to be tried in October. Prosecutors say all three men played meaningful roles in Lloyd’s death after picking him up from his Dorchester apartment.

Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder last year and is serving a life sentence, which he is appealing. He also faces a double-murder charge for the shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado outside a Boston nightclub in July 2012.

— Russia’s chances of competing in track and field in the upcoming Rio Olympics took a blow Thursday when the World Anti-Doping Agency criticized the country’s oversight of its program.

WADA released statistics indicating that testing by independent authorities in Russia decreased by more than two-thirds in the past year, despite reports of widespread violations by athletes.

On the same day, The New York Times published a story detailing how at the Sochi Games in 2014 Russia switched out urine samples and committed other acts to hide doping in its athletes, including 15 who won medals.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez tipster revealed as woman who sent him sexually explicit letters 08.04.15 at 7:58 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (FS1)
MLB: Athletics at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Aaron Hernandez is accused of orchestrating the murder of Odin Lloyd. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez is accused of orchestrating the murder of Odin Lloyd. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

— The anonymous tipster who reached out to Aaron Hernandez‘s lawyers and claimed a member of the jury hid information is a woman who wrote sexually explicit letters to the imprisoned former Patriot, the prosecution said in a filing released Monday.

Prosecutor William McCauley called the bid by Hernandez’s lawyer to pursue the woman’s tip an “unwarranted fishing expedition.”

According to Hernandez’s defense team, the woman called multiple times after Hernandez was convicted of first degree murder in April and claimed that one of the jurors was a co-worker who hid the fact that they had information about Hernandez’s 2012 double-murder case.

The prosecution says the woman, whose father served time in jail with Hernandez, does not in fact work with the juror — and made other comments that are not truthful. The prosecution admitted the woman has had extensive contact with Hernandez, but still suggests the information she has is worth pursing.

Hernandez is engaged to Shayanna Jenkins, with whom he has a young daughter. According to the Providence Journal, Jenkins was wearing a wedding band and an engagement ring Monday. Now living in Rhode Island, Jenkins has petitioned a probate court in that state to add the surname Hernandez to her name to match the surname of her daughter, Avielle Jenkins-Hernandez.

Hernandez, who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, is awaiting trial in the double-murder case, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

— The father of the 9-year-old bat boy from Kansas who died Sunday after being hit in the head by a bat a day earlier spoke Monday of Kaiser Carlile’s happiness being a part of the team and expressed no hard feelings for the accident.

“There is no kind of remorse or anger towards what happened,” Chad Carlile said at a press conference with the team. “This is something that obviously was a tragedy. I want … no bad comments. Nothing bad. I mean, this is all for the good. If anyone can gain anything out of this it’s the fact that he was happy. He loved it, and the team we are obviously for loved him as well.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Judge sets date for second Aaron Hernandez murder trial 06.05.15 at 8:08 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Athletics at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Angels at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. Netherlands, 2:20 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: French Open, 11 a.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

Aaron Hernandez is accused of orchestrating the murder of Odin Lloyd. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez is accused of killing two men in Boston in 2012. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez‘s second murder trial was scheduled to start with jury selection Dec. 1, a judge ruled Thursday. The actual trial is expected to begin the following month.

Hernandez, who was not in court for Thursday’s proceedings, is charged with shooting two men to death after an incident at a Boston nightclub in 2012. He also is charged with witness intimidation for allegedly shooting a friend, Alexander Bradley, in Florida after Bradley brought up the murder. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to both shootings.

Hernandez already is serving a life sentence for the shooting death of Odin Lloyd in 2013, after being convicted of first-degree murder in April. His lawyers have appealed that conviction and implied that a juror was tainted by outside information.

— Ireland’s soccer association received a $5 million payment from FIFA so that it would not sue after an uncalled handball from French star Thierry Henry in a 2009 World Cup qualifier led to the winning goal in a loss that cost Ireland a spot in the 2010 World Cup.

Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney claimed the deal was a good one for his organization.

“We felt we had a legal case against FIFA because of how the World Cup playoff hadn’t worked out for us with the Henry handball,” Delaney said Thursday in an interview on an Irish radio station (via The Guardian). “We came to an agreement. That was a Thursday, and on Monday the agreement was all signed and done. It’s a very good agreement for the FAI and a very legitimate agreement for the FAI.”

FIFA responded to Delaney’s claim by saying the payment actually was intended to be a loan meant to help in the construction of a stadium, although it confirmed there was a confidential agreement for the FAI not to sue over the controversy.

— The Broncos‘ offseason, already beset with injuries and legal issues, just keeps getting worse. John Bowlen Jr., son of owner Pat Bowlen and a team marketing assistant, was placed on indefinite leave Thursday, hours after being arrested on charges of domestic violence.

Accused of pushing his girlfriend against a bathroom wall during a confrontation Wednesday night, John Bowlen was arrested and held overnight at the Arapahoe County Jail, next to the Broncos‘ suburban headquarters, before being released Thursday on $1,000 bond. He is due back in court July 6.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers reportedly will argue that juror was tainted 06.02.15 at 8:04 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Twins at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Marlins, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Mets at Padres, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
College softball: World Series, Michigan vs. Florida, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, New York Cosmos at Cuba, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: French Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Aaron Hernandez is accused of orchestrating the murder of Odin Lloyd. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

— Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers plan to argue that a juror was improperly influenced by outside information before the ex-Patriot was convicted of first-degree murder in April, according to a report from Fox 25.

The station reports that Hernandez’s lawyers recently filed four motions in his appeal, although the defense team requested the documents not be made public. One of the motions is said to be titled, “Defense Motion for post verdict inquiry respecting a juror’s exposure to extraneous matters.”

Hernandez’s defense said in its appeal last month that “no rational jury” would have convicted Hernandez based on the evidence presented, accusing the jurors of using “improper speculation, conjecture and guesswork” in reaching their verdict.

Hernandez, who last month pleaded not guilty to a witness intimidation charge related to an incident in Florida when he allegedly shot his friend in the face, is due to go on trial later this year for a 2012 double murder in Boston.

— The football program at the University of Alabama-Birmingham is back, only month after the school controversially decided to eliminate the team due to funding concerns.

UAB president Ray Watts made the announcement Monday, explaining that donors have pledged $17.2 million to cover the projected deficit over the next five years. The school won’t be able to field a team this fall — many of last year’s players already have transferred — but perhaps as soon as 2016.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee reportedly set to testify 03.27.15 at 7:55 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, UCLA vs. Gonzaga, 7 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, N.C. State vs. Louisville, 7:15 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Utah vs. Duke, 9:30 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Michigan State vs. Oklahoma, 9:55 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA Tournament, North Carolina vs. South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA Tournament, Iowa vs. Baylor, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA Tournament, Arizona State vs. Florida State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA Tournament, Stanford vs. Notre Dame, 9:55 p.m. (ESPN2)
College hockey: NCAA Tournament, Yale vs. Boston University, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: NCAA Tournament, Minnesota vs. Minnesota-Duluth, 5:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: NCAA Tournament, Quinnipiac vs. North Dakota, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
MLB exhibition: Red Sox at Braves, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB exhibition: Diamondbacks at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Mariners at Royals, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: European Championship qualifying, Ukraine at Spain, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Prosecutors will call Aaron Hernandez‘s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, to testify in the former Patriots tight end’s murder trial Friday, according to an Associated Press report.

It had been unclear if Jenkins would be called to the stand. The 25-year-old, who has been in a relationship with Hernandez since high school and is the mother of his 2-year-old daughter, was granted immunity by the court in February, so she could face jail time if she does not testify.

Hernandez is accused of the June 1013 murder of Odin Lloyd, who was dating Jenkins’ sister. Prosecutors showed the jury surveillance video of Jenkins removing a box from the North Attleboro home she shared with Hernandez, and they have said they believe the box contained the murder weapon, which has never been found. Jenkins was accused of lying to a grand jury that was investigating the murder, but she pleaded not guilty to perjury.

The prosecution has tried to paint Hernandez as an unfaithful, dishonest fiancee, but Jenkins has appeared supportive of him when she has attended the trial, sitting behind him and whispering “I love you.” However, she has not appeared in court since March 6.

Jenkins’ sister, Shaneah, who testified early in the trial, has been sitting with Lloyd’s family in court.

— West Virginia freshman Daxter Miles Jr., who promised an upset of top-seeded Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, was quiet Thursday night after his team was routed by the Wildcats, 78-39.

Miles responded to every question after the game by saying, “Kentucky played good.”

That was an understatement. The Wildcats jumped out to an 18-2 lead and were up by as much as 26 in the first half.

“They did what they had to do,” West Virginia forward Devin Williams said. “You can’t stop something that’s destined.”

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