Pleaded Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he orchestrated the June 17 execution of his friend, Odin Lloyd. Hernandez was arraigned in a packed Fall River (Mass.) courtroom. His mother and fiancé sat in the front row. A judge ordered Hernandez held without bail. He was indicted last month for murder and five illegal firearms charges, and is next scheduled to appear in Fall River Superior Court for a hearing Oct. 9. Filed The family of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and others suing the NCAA filed a new 92-page court document in Harrisburg, Pa., that expanded on how they say they were harmed, from making it harder to sell Paterno memorabilia to branding Penn State coaches with a “scarlet letter.” A courtroom proceeding is scheduled next month as the NCAA seeks dismissal of the breach-of-contract, defamation and civil conspiracy claims. Honored Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino will reach another milestone in his career when he’s inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., on Sunday. He’ll be joined by 11 others – former NBA All-Stars Gary Payton, Bernard King and Richie Guerin; former ABA All-Star Roger Brown; former college coaches Jerry Tarkanian and Guy Lewis; former WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley; North Carolina women’s coach Sylvia Hatchell; NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik;African-American basketball pioneer E.B. Henderson; and former Brazilian great Oscar Schmidt. Sentenced University of Colorado backup quarterback Jordan Webb was sentenced in Boulder, Colo., to two years of probation for a May fight that left an Air Force Academy cadet unconscious. He pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.
Suspended New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith was suspended without pay for five regular-season games by the NBA for violating the anti-drug program. Smith, coming off surgery on his left knee, will sit out the first five games he is physically able to play.
Hired The Minnesota Timberwolves hired former Washington Wizards executive Milt Newton as general manager for the NBA team.