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Intense and conspicuous scrutiny of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez continued Saturday in conjunction with the shooting death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, whose body was found last Monday about a quarter mile from the North Attleborough, Mass., home of Hernandez.

Approximately one dozen law enforcement officers with crime scene analysis equipment and two police dogs entered the home of Hernandez on Saturday about 1:45 p.m. Eastern time. Police searched the backyard and photographed Hernandez's SUV. A locksmith also spent time in the house. Hernandez's attorney, Michael Fee, arrived at the home at about 3:40 p.m.

A spokesman for the Bristol County District Attorney's office declined to comment on the status of the investigation but said if there is any major development in the case there would be a public announcement.

Earlier Saturday, two women left the house, one moving a silver Nissan Sentra with a vanity license plate reading "HERNDZ" so the other could back out with another car. After retrieving papers from an Audi, both women drove away, then returned with a large bag from a fast food chain.

NHL

Injured Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will play in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals Saturday night, according to ESPN Chicago.

Hossa missed Friday's practice and Saturday's morning skate because of an upper body injury.

Hossa missed Game 3 of the series but played Game 4 on Wednesday. He had an assist and took four shots in just over 19 minutes of the Blackhawks' 6-5 win over the host Boston Bruins in overtime.

CFB

An arrest was made Saturday in the burglary of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops' home.

Corey McCarty, 21, was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary at 6:26 a.m. in Norman and sent to Cleveland County Detention Center, according to ESPN's Sooner Nation. McCarty faces other charges, including possession of stolen property, larceny of a motor vehicle and use of a stolen credit card. A second suspect is still being sought by police.

Stoops' home was burglarized early Wednesday morning while the family was asleep. No one was injured, but a vehicle and several other items were stolen from the home.

---Three Navy football players accused of sexually assaulting a female mid while she was blacked out were identified.

The (Annapolis, Md.) Capital reported Friday that the three midshipmen are Josh Tate, Tra'ves Bush and Eric Graham. They were charged with rape, sexual assault, other sexual misconduct and making false official statements, according to a Naval Academy press release.

Bush started at safety last season as a senior and was second on the team in tackles. The Capital reported that his graduation is put on hold. Graham, a senior safety, has not appeared in a game and was not on this season's roster, according to the Navy athletics website. Tate, a junior linebacker, played in every game in 2012.

CBK

University of North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham told the Raleigh News & Observer on Friday that school officials spoke to the NCAA about Rodney Blackstock, a man with connections to NBA agents and to Tar Heels shooting guard P.J. Hairston.

It was reported by USA Today in May that Blackstock paid thousands of dollars to the AAU coach of Kansas guard Ben McLemore, who is expected to be a high pick in next week's NBA draft. The payments were reported made on behalf of agents and financial advisers looking to lure McLemore as a client.

Blackstock, a former UNC Greensboro player, has known Hairston for several years. The BigLead.com reported that the NCAA wishes to contact Hairston's mother, Wendy Mailey, regarding Blackstock. Hairston is due in court in August for a recent misdemeanor marijuana charge. Police also found a gun outside of the rented 2013 GMC Yukon that Hairston was driving at the time.

TENNIS

Maria Sharapova made critical comments about Serena Williams during her pre-Wimbledon press conference in London on Saturday.

Sharapova was asked about a recent Rolling Stone magazine article in which Williams criticized an unnamed player presumed to be Sharapova.

"If she wants to talk about something personal, maybe she should talk about her relationship and her boyfriend that was married and is getting a divorce and has kids," Sharapova said of Williams.

AUTO RACING

Driver Allan Simonsen died in an accident during the third lap of the 90th running of the 24 hours of Le Mans race Saturday. He was 34.

Simonsen, the pole-sitter, lost control of his GTE-Am No. 95 Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8 before making heavy contact with barriers at Tetre Rouge.

Doctors from the Automobile Club de l'Ouest medical service quickly attended to Simonsen on the scene. He was transported to the circuit medical center where he died from serious injuries.
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