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Former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez (L) talks with his lawyer Charles Rankin during his murder trial at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts February 26, 2015. (REUTERS/Charles Krupa/Pool)

Hernandez sent urgent text before murder

Former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez texted a friend to "hurry" in the hours before prosecutors say the pair and another man murdered an associate in an industrial park in 2013, according to testimony on Friday.

David Clarkson of the Toronto Maple Leafs battles Shane O'Brien of Florida Panthers during NHL action at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday February 17, 2015. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

Nonis 'should get medal'

If not for the magic act pulled off by Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis — author of “How to make David Clarkson and his seemingly non-movable contract disappear — then Dale Tallon certainly would have been the architect of the most surprising transaction of the day.

New Jersey Devils winger Jaromir Jagr (68) skates with the puck as St. Louis Blues centre David Backes chases during NHL play at the Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Panthers acquire Jagr from Devils

Jaromir Jagr was supposed to be a Chicago Blackhawk. Or a Boston Bruin (again). Or maybe even enjoy a return stint as a Washington Capital. But a Florida Panther?

Suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (L) exits following his hearing against the NFL over his punishment for child abuse, in New York in this December 2, 2014 file photo. (REUTERS)

Adrian Peterson wins appeal

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was reinstated to the NFL on Thursday when Judge David S. Doty granted a petition to vacate the indefinite league-imposed suspension handed down by commissioner Roger Goodell.

Anaheim Ducks goalie Ilya Bryzgalov makes a save on Washington Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer in the second period at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Bryzgalov returns home rather than AHL

The Anaheim Ducks announced goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has been placed on unconditional waivers and will return home for the remainder of the regular season. Bryzgalov was assigned to Norfolk on Tuesday, and made the decision to return home to Philadelphia after discussing the situation with his family and agent.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) tries to make a catch against Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) during the 2014 NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

Bryant linked to incident at parking lot

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was questioned by police at the scene of a 2011 incident in which a witness reported that Bryant's girlfriend was dragged by an unidentified man across a Texas Walmart parking lot, according to police documents.