Aaron Hernandez now subject of civil suit

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Embroiled in the investigation of the shooting death of a man near his Massachusetts home this week, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez also is the subject of a civil lawsuit alleging he shot a Connecticut man in February, according to court records.

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The body of a man, identified Wednesday as 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, was found Monday evening about a mile from Hernandez’s sprawling house in an upscale subdivision. Lloyd was shot in the head, sources told ABC News. His body was discovered in a clearing near John Dietsch Boulevard not far from a vehicle that had been rented by Hernandez, the sources said.

Police said Wednesday that Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend, and that authorities are trying to reach that woman because they are concerned about her safety.

Meanwhile, New York attorney David Jaroslawicz told ESPN that he represents Alexander S. Bradley, the man who claims he was shot by Hernandez after the two argued upon leaving a Miami nightclub in February.

Jaroslawicz said Wednesday that he filed a personal-injury lawsuit on behalf of his client but that the suit was withdrawn because of an inaccuracy. A corrected version will be refiled in Florida federal court this week, Jaroslawicz said.

COWBOYS: Georgia Southern safety J.J. Wilcox. one of the team’s third-round draft picks, has signed.

Wilcox moved to safety full-time from receiver for his senior season at Georgia Southern, and finished second on the team with 88 tackles. He also had two interceptions.

GIANTS: Former punter and radio analyst Dave Jennings has died. He was 61.

The Giants announced that Jennings died at his home in Upper Saddle River on Wednesday morning.

The most prolific punter in Giants history, Jennings had battled Parkinson’s disease, a chronic degenerative neurological disorder, since 1996.

49ERS: Signed defensive end Justin Smith to a two-year contract extension to keep one of their most important defensive players off the free-agent market next offseason.

Smith, 33, has been the anchor to one of the NFL’s top defenses the past two seasons, helping the 49ers make it to the NFC Championship game following the 2011 season and to the Super Bowl last season.

He was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 season.

However, Smith had no interest in testing the market and negotiated the extension himself with general manager Trent Baalke to remain under contract through 2015.

JAGUARS: Team owner Shad Khan says the team is only focused on the one game a year the NFL wants his team to play in London the next four years.

However, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently said the league could ask the Jaguars to play two games a year in London.

Khan said Wednesday that he is “going to cross that bridge when we get to it.”

BUCCANEERS: Have signed veteran free agent cornerback Michael Adams.

The team announced the move Wednesday, adding the seventh-year pro to the roster and waiving guard Jeremy Lewis. Adams started seven of 74 games he’s appeared in with the Arizona over the past six seasons.


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