Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Stripling has allowed five runs in his last six games, a span of 11 ⅓ innings.The Padres would become only the third different team since the All-Star break — nearly a month ago — to beat the Dodgers. Attendance was announced at 52,898, the sixth sellout at Dodger Stadium this season. Other than a solo home run by Manuel Margot and an RBI single by Cory Spangenberg, both in the third inning, Hill did not allow a run over six innings. The left-hander pitched around five hits and three walks, striking out nine batters — five with his trademark sweeping, overhand curveball. Hill lowered his earned-run average to 3.44.Give Yasiel Puig partial credit. The Dodgers’ right fielder made a cartoonish throw to home plate — 96.2 mph on the fly from 270 feet away, according to MLB’s Statcast technology — in time to retire Hunter Renfroe for the final out of the third inning. Renfroe acrobatically avoided Austin Barnes’ initial tag attempt, but the Padres did not challenge the call by home plate umpire Carlos Torres.The Dodgers maintained a 3-2 lead when Hill was removed after six innings, having thrown 101 pitches.Justin Turner doubled and scored on a Cody Bellinger single in the first inning. Chris Taylor doubled and scored on a Cody Bellinger single in the third. Bellinger doubled and scored on an Austin Barnes single in the fifth.But San Diego took the lead with Ross Stripling on the mound. A solo home run by Margot, his second of the game, cleared the left-field fence in the seventh inning. Jose Pirela followed in the eighth inning with a solo home run of his own. LOS ANGELES >> Standing in the batter’s box in the fourth inning, Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill had about four-tenths of a second to decide whether a baseball was headed straight for his head, or if he had a chance to lay down a bunt. He did not make the correct choice in time.One moment, Hill stood holding his bat parallel to the ground. The next moment he was crumbled in a heap, with coaches and trainers and even a security guard on the field rushing to monitor the scene. The 92-mph fastball from San Diego Padres pitcher Clayton Richard struck Hill in the neck. If Hill hadn’t flinched out of the way just before impact, a game of baseball would be a distant thought at Dodger Stadium Friday night.Surprisingly, the moment passed quickly. No one had time to warm up in the Dodgers’ bullpen before Hill was on his feet, jogging to first base. He threw two more innings against the Padres, looking no worse for the wear. San Diego won 4-3.The gruesome visual of Hill’s injury, combined with his long history of injuries, figured to knock him out of the game — maybe longer. If not his best game, it could be argued that Hill’s 17th start of the season was at least his most impressive.
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, left, stands with his attorney Michael Fee, right, during arraignment in Attleboro District Court Wednesday, June 26, in Attleboro, Mass. (AP Photo/The Sun Chronicle, Mike George, Pool) Less than two hours after the arrest, the Patriots announced they had cut Hernandez, a 2011 Pro Bowl selection who signed a five-year contract worth $40 million last summer.Lloyd was a 27-year-old athlete with the Boston Bandits who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. He was shot repeatedly in the back and chest, authorities said.Hernandez could get life without parole if convicted.“It is at bottom a circumstantial case. It is not a strong case,” his attorney, Michael Fee, said at a court hearing during which Hernandez was ordered held without bail on murder charges and five weapons counts.Lloyd’s family members cried and hugged in the courtroom as prosecutor Bill McCauley outlined the killing. Two relatives were so overcome with emotion that they had to leave the courtroom.McCauley said the crime stemmed from a night out at a Boston club called Rumor on June 14. He said Hernandez was upset about certain things, including that Lloyd had talked to some people Hernandez “had troubles with.”Two days later, McCauley said, on the night of June 16, Hernandez texted two friends from out of state and asked them to hurry back to Massachusetts.Surveillance footage from outside Hernandez’s home showed him leaving with a gun, and he told someone in the house that he was upset and couldn’t trust anyone anymore, the prosecutor said.The three men picked up Lloyd at his home around 2:30 a.m., according to authorities. As they drove around, they discussed what happened at the nightclub, and Lloyd started getting nervous, McCauley said.Lloyd texted his sister, “Did you see who I am with?” When she asked who, he answered, at 3:22 a.m., “NFL,” then, a minute later, “Just so you know.”Within a few minutes after that, people working the overnight shift at the industrial park reported hearing gunshots, McCauley said.Investigators did not specify who fired the shots and did not identify the two other people who were with Hernandez.In arguing unsuccessfully for bail, Hernandez’s attorney said the athlete is unlikely to flee, is a homeowner, and lives with his fiancee and an 8-month-old baby. He also said Hernandez had never been accused of a violent crime.As he was led from his home in the morning, Hernandez was wearing a white V-neck T-shirt, with his arms inside the shirt and behind his back. He spit into some bushes on his way to a police cruiser.Later, as he was taken from the North Attleborough police station to court, two dozen supporters cheered, some yelling, “We love you Aaron!”“Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation,” the Patriots said in a statement announcing he had been cut.The team added: “We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.”The Patriots drafted Hernandez, who is originally from Bristol, Conn., in 2010 out of the University of Florida, where he was an All-American.During the draft, one team said it wouldn’t take him under any circumstances, and he was passed over by one club after another before New England took him in the fourth round.Afterward, Hernandez said he had failed a drug test in college — reportedly for marijuana — and was up front with teams about it.In other off-the-field troubles, a Florida man filed a lawsuit last week claiming Hernandez shot him in the face after they argued at a strip club in February.And The Boston Globe reported that Hernandez lost his temper and threatened a teammate during an argument in the team’s weight room shortly after he was drafted.Hernandez became a father on Nov. 6, and said he intended to change his ways: “Now, another one is looking up to me. I can’t just be young and reckless Aaron no more. I’m going to try to do the right things.”Associated Press writers Bridget Murphy in Boston and Howard Ulman in North Attleborough contributed to this story. Family of Odin Lloyd react during the arraignment of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in Attleboro District Court Wednesday, June 26, in Attleboro, Mass. (AP Photo/The Sun Chronicle, Mike George, Pool)by Michelle R. SmithATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in the shooting death of a friend prosecutors say had angered the football player at a nightclub a few days earlier by talking to the wrong people.Hernandez, 23, was taken from his North Attleborough home in handcuffs just over a week after Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd’s bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park about a mile away.