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Sports briefs: Utah's Mergaert places seventh, Weber State's Henry takes sixth at U.S. Championships
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Track and field • Utah senior Amanda Mergaert placed seventh in the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, finishing just over a second out of third place.

The top three advanced to the World Championships in Moscow in August.

Treniere Moser won in 4 minutes, 28.62 seconds, Mary Cain was second in 4:28.76 and Florida's Cory McGee placed third in 4:29.70. Mergaert ran 4:30.99.

"I just never stop being surprised at what she can do," Utah coach Kyle Kepler said about Mergaert. "I could see in her face this morning that she was going to try and do something special. From the beginning of the race her body language was phenomenal. I'm so proud of her and everything she has accomplished."

Weber State's Amber Henry finished sixth in the 3,000 steeplechase, running 10:00.80. Nicole Bush won in 9:44.53, Ashley Higginson was second in 9:46.25 and Shalaya Kipp, a Salt Lake City native who went to Skyline High School, took third in 9:46.83.

In other action Saturday, Brianna Rollins set an American record in the 100-meter hurdles, one of several big performances by less-than-familiar names.

Rollins, a standout at Clemson before turning pro this month, finished in 12.26 seconds to break the mark of Gail Devers in 2000.

Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross was slowed by a surgically repaired right big toe and didn't qualify for worlds.

There were plenty of big names that shined as LaShawn Merritt captured the 400 crown, and Olympic champion Ashton Eaton took the decathlon title.

Police spend hours at Hernandez's house

NFL • Aaron Hernandez remained a free man Saturday, even as reports mounted that an arrest warrant has been prepared to charge him with interfering with the investigation into the shooting death of a man who was dating his girlfriend's sister.

Police spent nearly four hours at Hernandez's house Saturday, from 1:45 p.m. to about 5:30 p.m. Some officers carried paper bags of unidentified items out of the home of the New England Patriots' star tight end and Bristol native. Two K-9 units also searched the house Saturday. Police searched the backyard and searched and photographed Hernandez's SUV. A locksmith also spent time in the house.

Hernandez's attorney, Michael Fee, arrived at the home at about 3:40 p.m. and remained in the house after police left. There's been no sighting of Hernandez. Two women emerged from the home during the afternoon.

ABC News reported that Hernandez and the victim, Odin Lloyd, 27, a semi-pro football player, had been together at several nightclubs last weekend, including the night before Lloyd's body was found less than a mile from Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass.

Multiple reports indicate Hernandez destroyed his cellphone and the security system at his home, which might have provided video showing the victim at his house. Investigators were also probing reports that Hernandez hired a crew to clean the home. A spokesman for the Attleborough District Court, which covers Hernandez's town, told ABC that a warrant has been drawn up charging Hernandez with obstruction of justice. Legal experts have said that while the courts are closed on the weekend, it is possible the warrant can be signed by a judge and served either Saturday or Sunday.

The Associated Press

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