Hernandez charged with murder, NBA Draft tonight, MLB News and Notes, Roger Federer out at Wimbledon, Bird returns to the Pacers, USC/Notre Dame through 2023 + Wednesday Recap: Thursday, June 27, 2013

Aaron Hernandez held without bail after murder and gun charges

In a story that we’ve followed since it’s inception, former New England Patriot TE Aaron Hernandez has been formally charged with first degree murder and is being held without bail. Hernandez is charged in the killing of associate Odin Lloyd plus five additional gun charges. You can read the formal charges and their exact explanations and ramifications under Massachusetts law by clicking here.

Cleveland is the key to how the NBA draft will fall tonight

The NBA draft is tonight and the Cleveland Cavaliers control the action with the first pick. The Cavs are expected to take a big, either shot-blocker par excellence Nerls Noel or Maryland center Alex Lin. A rumored trade with Chicago for Luol Deng is also reportedly on the table. Multiple trades are expected bt as of this writing, the first round looks like this …..

1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Orlando Magic
3. Washington Wizards
4. Charlotte Bobcats
5. Phoenix Suns
6. New Orleans Pelicans
7. Sacramento Kings
8. Detroit Pistons
9. Minnesota Timberwolves
10. Portland Trail Blazers
11. Philadelphia 76ers
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Toronto)
13. Dallas Mavericks
14. Utah Jazz
15. Milwaukee Bucks
16. Boston Celtics
17. Atlanta Hawks
18. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston via Brooklyn)
19. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Los Angeles)
20. Chicago Bulls
21. Utah Jazz (from Golden State via Brooklyn)
22. Brooklyn Nets
23. Indiana Pacers
24. New York Knicks
25. Los Angeles Clippers
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis via Houston)
27. Denver Nuggets
28. San Antonio Spurs
29. Oklahoma City Thunder
30. Phoenix Suns (from Miami via L.A. and Cleveland)

Sportbetting3 will be back with a complete draft report on Friday.

Mark Teixeira out for the season after just 15 games

Yankee first baseman Mark Teixeira will undergo season ending surgery on his damaged right wrist. Teixeira’s timetable for recovery is six months which will have him ready to go for the beginning of 2014 spring training. The 33-year-old switch hitting power hitter is hitting just .151 in 15 games this season.

Federer out in the second round

Wednesday at the All-England Tennis Club, defending champion Roger Federer was knocked out by Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round by 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5). It was Federer’s earliest exit in a Grand Slam event since getting knocked out in the first round of the French Open in 2003. Federer had never previously lost in this round and was a perfect 50-0 in this round of the Grand Slam events. Father Time just might be catching up with the Swiss great.

Larry Bird will return to the Pacers as team president

After taking a year off to recharge his batteries, Larry Bird is back and will be introduced today as the Indiana Pacers President of Basketball operations. Bird held the same position with the Pacers from 2003-2012 and was named Executive of the Year last year before taking a blow.

USC and Notre Dame extend series through 2023

USC was busy working on its schedule yesterday extending their series with Notre Dame through 2023. The Trojans also added three games with BYU down the road, traveling to Provo in 2019 and then hosting the Cougars in L.A. over the Thanksgiving holidays is 2021 and 2023.

Free Play

(MLB) Colorado (Chatwood) -158 over the Mets (Hefner) (Thursday, June 27, 6:10 PM EST)