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.

Update on the latest sports

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.

In final hours, Hernandez thought of family, not football

BOSTON (AP) -- Family, not football, dominated Aaron Hernandez's final hours as a lifer in prison. As the hour of his death approached, the former NFL star chatted on the phone with his longtime fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez. Authorities say the pair stayed on the phone until the 8 p.m. lockdown at the maximum-security prison where he was serving a life sentence for murder.

Ex-NFL star Hernandez, serving life, acquitted in 2 slayings

BOSTON (AP) -- Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, already serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, was acquitted Friday in a 2012 double slaying prosecutors said was fueled by his anger over a drink spilled at a nightclub. The former New England Patriots tight end choked back tears as the verdicts were read in court.

Jury in ex-NFL player's trial ends 5th day without verdict

BOSTON (AP) -- The jury in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez has completed its fifth day of deliberations without reaching a verdict. The former New England Patriots tight end is accused of shooting two men in Boston in 2012. Hernandez's lawyers say a former friend shot the men over drugs. The jury has deliberated for 32 hours. Deliberations are set to resume Friday.

The Latest: Jury in Aaron Hernandez trial sent home for day

BOSTON (AP) -- The Latest on closing arguments in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez (all times local): 4:40 p.m. The jury in the double-murder trial of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has been sent home for the day after hearing instructions from the judge on the law. Jurors are expected to begin deliberations Friday after getting final instructions from Judge Jeffrey Locke.

Prosecutor to Hernandez jury: 'You know who the killer is'

BOSTON (AP) -- Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez "took pleasure" in gunning down two men in 2012 because he felt disrespected after one of them accidentally spilled his drink at a nightclub, a prosecutor said Thursday during closing arguments at Hernandez's double-murder trial. But Hernandez's lawyer, Jose Baez, told the jury that the real killer is Hernandez's former friend and the prosecution's star witness, Alexander Bradley.