Pats interested in lineman questioned in killing

Offensive lineman La’el Collins, who met with Baton Rouge, Louisiana, homicide detectives Monday as part of an investigation into the killing of a 29-year-old woman and her baby, is drawing interest from the New England Patriots, as well as other NFL teams, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate.

Collins, who played for Lousiana State, was projected as a first-round pick but instead went undrafted and is a free agent. The Baltimore Sun reported that Collins’ agent has begun calling teams to tell them who’s in and who’s out. Collins met Monday with Buffalo and Tuesday with Miami.

Police said Collins is not considered a suspect in the death of Brittney Mills and her son, Brenton, who was successfully delivered after the April 24 shooting but died a week later. The nature of the relationship between Collins and Mills hasn’t been made clear.

CARDINALS: Tight end John Carlson announced his retirement, a week shy of his 31st birthday. In a statement, Carlson said that after “much thought and consideration,” he and his wife Danielle feel this was the best decision.


SOFTBALL: Julia Geaumont, who played at Thornton Academy and is now a Bowdoin College junior, was named the softball co-player of the year in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Geaumont, who set Bowdoin single-season records with eight home runs and 16 pitching victories, also was named to the all-conference first team.

Bowdoin players on the second team included Emily Griffin of Tucson, Arizona, Adriane Krul of Ashburnham, Massachusetts and Marisa O’Toole of Scarborough,

BASEBALL: John Dinucci led off the 13th inning with a single and later scored on a groundout by Chris Ward as Bates (16-18) earned a split with a 5-4 win over St. Joseph’s (26-16) in the second game of a nonconference doubleheader at Standish.

Andrew Freeman and Chris Ward combined to throw six shutout innings of relief for the Bobcats, and Nate Pajka hit a two run homer.

In the opener, St. Joseph’s scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for an 8-7 victory. Dennis Meehan scored the winning run on an error after an RBI single by Max McCoomb.

FOOTBALL: After meeting with coaches and athletic directors, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he doesn’t sense the Big 12 is headed toward a title game.


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Alvaro Morata scored against his old team in the ninth minute, helping Juventus beat defending champion Real Madrid 2-1 at Turin, Italy, in the first leg of their semifinal.

The second leg of the total-goals series will be played May 13 in Madrid. Barcelona will host Bayern Munich in the other semifinal opener Wednesday.

– From staff and news services