Sports Minute: Here is the latest New England sports news from The Associated Press - New York News

Sports Minute: Here is the latest New England sports news from The Associated Press

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WISCASSET, Maine (AP) - Officials in a Maine town are renaming a road after the local high school's former mascot, which was changed because some people found it offensive. Wiscasset's board of selectmen voted this week to grant a resident's request to rename her street "Redskin's Drive," a decision that is drawing criticism from Native Americans. The move comes four years after the town's high school abandoned the nickname.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots have released defensive lineman Marcus Forston and tight end D.J. Williams. Forston had three tackles in three games for the Patriots last season. Williams had no catches in two games.

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has asked a judge to throw out allegations she lied to a grand jury. Shayanna Jenkins appeared before a Fall River Superior Court judge today to seek dismissal of perjury charges. Prosecutors say she lied to a grand jury nearly 30 times during the investigation into the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating her sister.

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) - The Connecticut Sun has earned the Number 3 and Number 4 selections in the WNBA draft lottery. The Seattle Storm was awarded the Number 1 pick, while the Tulsa shock earned the Number 2 pick. As a result of finishing the season at 13-21, Connecticut entered the lottery with the third-best odds to win.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova moved into the semifinals of the Connecticut Open with a 6-4, 6-1 win yesterday over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Both are from the Czech Republic. Kvitova will face either Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium or Samantha Stosur of Australia in the semifinals.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Cumberland Little League team is being welcomed home. WLNE-TV reports that the team is scheduled to return around 5 p.m. today from South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The team was eliminated from the Little League World Series after an 8-7 loss to Chicago on Monday night. State Police will escort the bus. Local police will bring the returning players to Diamond Hill Park for a celebration.

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - The New Britain Rock Cats have avoided potential eviction from their baseball stadium in Connecticut by paying more than $164,500 in property taxes. Team owner Josh Solomon gave a check for the taxes to New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart this week. The stadium straddles the New Britain-Berlin line, and Solomon's check reimbursed New Britain for taxes it paid to Berlin on the Rock Cats' behalf.

TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND SPORTS SCHEDULE:

MLB:

Seattle (F.Hernandez 13-4) at Boston (J.Kelly 0-1), 7:10 p.m.

NFL EXHIBITION:

Carolina at New England, 7:30 p.m.

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