Judge: Release Hernandez suicide notes

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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Aaron Hernandez's family and friends bid farewell to the former NFL star at a private funeral Monday, and a judge ordered that three suicide notes he left be turned over to his fiancee by the time he is buried.

Dozens of mourners turned out for the invitation-only service in Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, including his mother and fiancee, several of his defense attorneys, and friends from his playing days with the University of Florida and the New England Patriots.

Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, hanged himself in his cell in a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts on April 19. Only days earlier he had been acquitted of murder charges in the shooting deaths of two men in Boston in 2012.

Seahawks GM: Sherman trade unlikely

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Monday that a trade involving star cornerback Richard Sherman is unlikely and that any offer at this point would have to go beyond anything the team has heard so far.

Schneider is not closing the door on a deal involving Sherman but sounded pessimistic something will happen. Schneider said the team has mostly moved past the conversations regarding Sherman. (MORE)

Gillislee to Pats as Bills don't match

BOSTON (AP) The Buffalo Bills have not matched the contract offer tendered by the New England Patriots to restricted free agent running back Mike Gillislee.

The team announced the decision Monday, making official the offer sheet Gillislee signed. Terms were not disclosed, but a person with direct knowledge of the tender offer told The Associated Press last week that it is a two-year, $6.4 million deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms were not being made public. (MORE)

Barnes 4 game-ban for buzzing Machado

NEW YORK (AP) Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes has been suspended four games and fined for throwing a fastball past the head of Baltimore star Manny Machado.

The commissioner's office issued the penalty Monday. The Red Sox are off and Barnes is appealing, meaning the reliever can continue to pitch until the process is done. (MORE)

Gun accident kills dad of draft hopeful

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) The father of former Florida State football star Travis Rudolph was killed when authorities say a gun accidentally went off at a Florida strip club.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Monday that 55-year-old Darryl Rudolph was in a storage room fixing items at Sugar D's Adult Club in West Palm Beach when another worker moved a gun off a shelf in an adjacent room and it fired. The bullet struck Rudolph in the back of the neck on Friday. (MORE)

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