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Sports news briefs — April 11

Compiled from wire reports


Suspects indicted
in Hernandez case

• Two suspects charged as accessories in the Aaron Hernandez murder case were indicted on murder charges Friday.

The Bristol County (Mass.) District Attorney’s office announced Friday that a Massachusetts grand jury returned single-count indictments for Carlos Ortiz, 28, and Ernest Wallace, 42, two Bristol men who prosecutors named as Hernandez’s accomplices the night of Odin Lloyd’s death in 2013.

The former New England Patriot tight end, also a native of Bristol, was accused last summer of the execution-style shooting death of Lloyd, his friend from Dorchester. Hernandez was arrested for murder in June and twice refused bail. Ortiz and Wallace, who prosecutors said helped to conceal evidence after Lloyd’s shooting, were charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

• California officials have fined a steel company nearly $37,000 in connection with the death of a worker at the site of the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium. Edward Lake II, a truck driver with Gerdau Reinforcing Steel West, was crushed in October by a bundle of rebar that fell from his truck as it was being unloaded at the stadium site in Santa Clara. Lake was the second worker to die during construction of the roughly $1.2 billion stadium. The State Division of Occupational Safety and Health says Gerdau failed to implement procedures to verify that truck drivers and other employees were in a safe position while trucks were being unloaded. It issued three citations against the company totaling $36,750 on Thursday.

• The Bengals added to their defensive line depth on Friday by signing free agent Sam Montgomery, an end who was Houston’s third-round pick last year. Montgomery was listed as a linebacker by the Texans. He was inactive for the first seven games and was waived on Oct. 22. Oakland signed him to the practice squad in December. The 6-foot-3, 262-pound lineman played three seasons at LSU, getting 19 sacks during his career.


Oilers forward says he will retire tonight

• Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Smyth is retiring at the end of the season. The 38-year-old Smyth said Friday that the Oilers’ home game tonight against Vancouver will be his last. He has 386 goals and 456 assists in 1,269 regular-season games in 18 NHL seasons with Edmonton, the New York Islanders, Colorado and Los Angeles.

• Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Nathan Horton had surgery for an abdominal injury and is expected to be sidelined for six weeks. The team announced the news before Friday night’s game against Tampa Bay. Horton has five goals and 19 points in 36 games this season. A prized offseason free agent signing for the playoff-bound Blue Jackets, Horton underwent shoulder surgery last summer, which caused him to miss the first 40 games this season.

— From wire reports


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