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The supervisor is Fred Lief, followed by John Nicholson at 5 p.m. and Jake Seiner at 1 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All times EDT.

Attorney: Hernandez hinted at suicide weeks before his death

BOSTON (AP) -- Aaron Hernandez hinted about suicide weeks before he was found hanging by a bedsheet in prison last week, according to a jailhouse friend who once sought to share a cell with the former NFL star. Lawrence Army Jr., an attorney for inmate Kyle Kennedy, said Wednesday that Hernandez wrote in a letter to his client: "I think I'm going to hang it up.

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NBA PLAYOFFS Celtics beat Bulls, take 3-2 lead in series; Wizards lead Hawks 3-2 in their series BOSTON (AP) -- Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley scored 24 points apiece to help the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 108-97 and take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Lawyers want Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction dismissed

BOSTON (AP) -- Lawyers for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez formally asked a court on Tuesday to dismiss his first-degree murder conviction now that he has died. Under a long-standing Massachusetts legal principle, courts customarily vacate the convictions of defendants who die before their appeals are heard.

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The supervisor is Dennis Waszak at 1 a.m, followed by Fred Lief at 9 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All times EDT. TOP STORIES BKN--WARRIORS ADVANCE PORTLAND, Ore.

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NBA PLAYOFFS Atlanta's Hawks look to tie up Washington in playoff series ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks will try to tie their playoff series with the Washington Wizards tonight. The Wizards have taken a 2-1 lead in the best of seven series in the quarterfinal competition. Also, the Golden State Warriors want to complete a sweep of their first-round series against the Trail Blazers tonight in Portland.

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The supervisor is Fred Lief, followed by Simmi Buttar at 5 p.m. and Dennis Waszak at 1 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All times EDT.

The Latest: Jailhouse friend seeks Hernandez's suicide note

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- The Latest on the funeral for Aaron Hernandez (all times local): 6:10 p.m. A jailhouse friend of Aaron Hernandez says one of three notes the former NFL star left in his cell before killing himself was addressed to him. Lawrence Army, a lawyer for inmate Kyle Kennedy, said late Monday he's requested the note be turned over to this client, who has not yet seen it. Prison officials didn't immediately comment.

Hernandez's body brought to Connecticut funeral home

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.

Friday's Sports in Brief

DORTMUND ATTACK BERLIN (AP) -- A 28-year-old German-Russian citizen took out a five-figure loan to bet that Borussia Dortmund shares would drop, then bombed the soccer team's bus in an attack he tried to disguise as Islamic terrorism in a scheme to net millions, German officials said. The suspect, identified only as Sergej W.

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NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Celtics thump Bulls to get back in series. UNDATED (AP) -- Homecourt advantage has meant absolutely nothing to the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The top-seeded Celtics have bounced back from consecutive home losses to whip the Bulls, 104-87 and get within two games to one in the series.

Bulls' Rondo out with broken thumb...NBA fines Westbrook, Oubre...New NC State coach signs 6-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely with a broken right thumb. The team announced the injury hours before the Bulls host the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Chicago won the first two games in Boston. Chicago says Rondo injured his right hand in Game 2 and x-rays confirmed a thumb fracture that won't require surgery.

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The supervisor is Fred Lief, followed by Simmi Buttar at 5 p.m. and Jake Seiner at 1 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All times EDT.

Researchers to look for CTE evidence in Hernandez's brain

BOSTON (AP) -- Boston University researchers will study Aaron Hernandez's brain to determine if the former NFL star suffered from the same degenerative brain disease as Hall of Famer Junior Seau and former Bears defensive back Dave Duerson, who also took their own lives. Hernandez hanged himself in prison early Wednesday, days after winning an acquittal in a 2012 double homicide case. He was already serving a life term in a 2013 killing.

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NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Cavs up 3-0 following huge comeback UNDATED (AP) -- A 25-point halftime lead wasn't enough for the Indiana Pacers against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight. The Cavaliers are up three games to none in their NBA first-round series by setting a league record for the largest halftime deficit in a playoff victory, a 119-111 win at Indiana.

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NBA PLAYOFFS 3 games tonight UNDATED (AP) -- Houston, Golden State and Washington have all taken 2-0 leads in their NBA first-round playoff series. The Rockets erased an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Oklahoma City 115-111, despite Russell Westbrook's record-setting triple-double for the Thunder. The Warriors hammered Portland 110-81 while the Wizards downed the Hawks, 109-101. Three more first-round games are on tap tonight.

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The supervisor is Fred Lief, followed by Simmi Buttar at 5 p.m. and Doug Feinberg at 1 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All times EDT.

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT: -- BOSTON -- Massachusetts prison officials, state police and prosecutors decline to release any records related to Aaron Hernandez's apparent suicide in prison. -- Three first-round NBA games: Cleveland (up 2-0) at Indiana, 7 p.m.; Toronto (tied 1-1) at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.; San Antonio (up 2-0) at Memphis, 9:30 p.m.