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Every sport has a set of rules, but there are also rules that govern sports in general. From antitrust law to labor issues to criminal justice, the law is a major behind-the-scenes player in the world of sport. For some, the legal aspects of the sporting world hold more fascination that what actually happens on the field of play. For those dedicated legal gamers, FindLaw’s Sports News is the leading source of timely information about developments in sports law, with breaking legal news, expert attorney analysis and interesting stories from a number of excellent sources.

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  • Woman gives birth to conjoined twins in Colorado

    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:33:52 GMT

    AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A woman who gave birth to conjoined twins in Colorado told a TV station Thursday that one of her daughters has survived.

  • Looking to future, more NCAA athletes seek own trademarks

    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:20:35 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Like their counterparts in the pros, more college football stars are starting to snatch up trademark rights to their names, nicknames and fan slogans.

  • Dibaba on track for double at worlds, seeking world record

    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 04:54:09 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Genzebe Dibaba has some high standards to meet.

  • Indiana administration expects athletes to behave better

    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 01:26:19 GMT

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University President Michael McRobbie sent a tough message to the athletic department this week: It's time for Hoosiers athletes to shape up or they may be on their way out.

  • Grand jury indicts former 49er Ray McDonald on rape charge

    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 01:24:04 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Santa Clara County grand jury indicted former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald on one count of rape of an intoxicated person.

  • Gymnastics academy head makes initial court appearance

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 22:34:45 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The head of an Indianapolis gymnastics academy charged with four counts of child molestation and three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor has made an initial court appearance.

  • Bowfishing tournament in Mississippi River draws complaints

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:43:35 GMT

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The teams of fishermen arrived with a seemingly unusual array of equipment — loud airboats, powerful searchlights and scores of bows and arrows.

  • Nike fights subpoena in federal lawsuit against Armstrong

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:37:12 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Athletic apparel giant Nike Inc. is fighting subpoenas for financial documents and witness depositions in the federal government's lawsuit against former cyclist Lance Armstrong, arguing they are irrelevant to the case and could compromise trade secrets.

  • Big 12 supports prohibiting transfers for violence issues

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:20:55 GMT

    Big 12 Conference athletic directors are unanimously backing a proposal that would prohibit schools from accepting transfers who were disciplined for violent acts at their previous schools.

  • Gymnastics academy head charged with child porn, molestation

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 01:13:18 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The head of an Indianapolis gymnastics academy has been charged with child molestation and child pornography after authorities said thousands of explicit images of children were found in his possession.

  • Former Vandy football player in rape case to play at Lane

    Tue, 25 Aug 2015 22:25:55 GMT

    JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A former Vanderbilt football player accused of raping an unconscious student has been admitted to Lane College, and the coach there said he will play football.

  • Talks go on as lawyers try to win over 'Deflategate' judge

    Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:18:17 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Even as negotiations aimed at settling the NFL's "Deflategate" scandal drag on, lawyers are seeking every legal advantage in a quest to win over a federal judge.

  • Federal ban on sports betting upheld by appeals panel

    Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:05:39 GMT

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The federal ban on sports betting in all but four states was upheld Tuesday, dealing a blow to New Jersey's latest effort to expand gambling options to help its struggling casinos and racetracks.

  • Stewart's lawyer moves wrongful death case to federal court

    Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:54:28 GMT

    WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a driver killed by NASCAR star Tony Stewart's car on a western New York dirt track has been moved from state to federal court.

  • Steelers meeting with QB Michael Vick

    Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:41:42 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are meeting with free agent quarterback Michael Vick on Tuesday with an eye toward giving the former Pro Bowler a look as a backup behind Ben Roethlisberger.

  • Filing: Ex-Aaron Hernandez friend has immunity in 2 killings

    Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:52:22 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for a man investigators believe was with former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez when two men were killed in Boston say he has been granted immunity by prosecutors in the 2012 double shooting.

  • A look at recent politically tainted trials in Russia

    Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:01:44 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — The guilty verdict Tuesday for Crimean filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in a Russian maximum-security prison for an alleged terror conspiracy, follows a plethora of recent Russian trials that are widely seen as warnings to society not to question its Kremlin rulers.

  • FSU running back returning to field after not guilty verdict

    Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:29:42 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State running back Dalvin Cook plans to head back to the field after a jury found him not guilty of punching a woman in the face outside a bar in June following a shouting match. The college immediately lifted his suspension after the verdict.

  • Wilson understood, accepted risks of racing in IndyCar

    Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:52:54 GMT

    Justin Wilson was seriously injured in IndyCar crashes twice in a two-year span. Both times, the veteran driver returned to competition unwavering in his love for the sport and his acceptance of the risks.

  • FSU running back not guilty of punching woman outside of bar

    Tue, 25 Aug 2015 03:19:05 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State running back Dalvin Cook was found not guilty on Monday of punching a woman in the face outside a bar in June after she engaged in a shouting match with him and his teammates. The college immediately lifted his suspension following the verdict.

  • The Latest: FSU player not guilty; suspension lifted

    Tue, 25 Aug 2015 02:13:58 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The latest in the trial of Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, accused of punching a woman in the face outside a bar (all times local):

  • Woman testifies FSU running back punched her outside bar

    Tue, 25 Aug 2015 00:09:12 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State running back Dalvin Cook was found not guilty on Monday of punching a woman who testified that he had also said he would be able to buy her in a couple of years once he went pro.

  • The Latest: Battery case against FSU player goes to jury

    Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:50:11 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The latest in the trial of Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, accused of punching a woman in the face outside a bar (all times local):

  • Bears DL Ratliff suspended 3 games for substance-abuse issue

    Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:42:33 GMT

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The NFL suspended Chicago defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff without pay for the first three games of the season Monday, saying he violated its substance-abuse policy.

  • IndyCar confronts safety as Justin Wilson fights for life

    Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:35:01 GMT

    With Justin Wilson fighting for his life in a Pennsylvania hospital, IndyCar faces yet another crisis as the series prepares to crown its champion.

  • Report: Jackie Robinson West took in over $300K in donations

    Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:24:25 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's Jackie Robinson West baseball team accepted more than $300,000 in donations before Little League International stripped the team of its 2014 U.S. title, according to documents submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

  • Fan hit by foul ball at Wrigley Field, taken to hospital

    Sun, 23 Aug 2015 20:10:11 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs says a female fan hit by a line drive foul ball during Sunday's game was conscious and taken to a hospital.

  • Former NBA star Kirilenko hopes to rescue Russian basketball

    Sun, 23 Aug 2015 09:38:16 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — After spending more than a decade in the NBA, former All-Star Andrei Kirilenko is taking on what may be his biggest challenge yet — rescuing basketball in his native Russia.

  • AP Sportlight

    Sun, 23 Aug 2015 04:00:14 GMT

    1898 — Malcolm Whitman wins the men's singles title in the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championship.

  • Tigers say injured fan released from hospital

    Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:38:22 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — A day after hitting a foul ball that injured a fan behind the Detroit dugout, Anthony Gose said there's nothing a spectator in that situation can do.

  • A history of challenges to NCAA's ban on paying athletes

    Sat, 22 Aug 2015 16:08:36 GMT

    The NCAA's amateur athleticism model, which has withstood various challenges over the years, is being directly challenged in lawsuits that have the potential to remake the college sports landscape.

  • Legal showdown looms over the NCAA's ban on paying athletes

    Sat, 22 Aug 2015 16:07:58 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — Fresh off a ruling that Northwestern University football players can't form a union, the NCAA is about to face a more direct challenge to its longstanding policy of not letting schools pay athletes like they're professionals.

  • Bolt, Gatlin through to 100-meter semifinals at worlds

    Sat, 22 Aug 2015 16:02:11 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Usain Bolt lowered his 6-foot-5 frame into a too-small seat in the warmup room and watched on TV as his main rival coasted across the line in a first-round heat at world championships.

  • Denied release for now, Pistorius remains controversial

    Sat, 22 Aug 2015 13:52:32 GMT

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Messages on the Twitter page of South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress, demand that "convicted murderer" Oscar Pistorius be denied early release from jail.

  • Jury awards Michael Jordan big win, $8.9M for name's use

    Sat, 22 Aug 2015 06:23:11 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Jurors at a civil trial focused on the market value of Michael Jordan's identity have handed him a major win, ordering a grocery-store chain to pay him $8.9 million for invoking his name in a steak ad without his permission.

  • The Latest: Family wants new trial after officer's mistrial

    Sat, 22 Aug 2015 02:34:29 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The latest on the trial of a white North Carolina police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man seeking help after a September 2013 car crash (all times local):

  • Baylor says it will investigate handling of Ukwuachu case

    Sat, 22 Aug 2015 01:17:28 GMT

    Baylor University will conduct an investigation into the school's handling of sexual assault allegations against a football player who was allowed to transfer into coach Art Briles' program despite a history of disciplinary problems at Boise State.

  • Michael Jordan awarded $8.9M for store's use of his name

    Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:32:08 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — A jury on Friday ordered a defunct grocery store chain to pay Michael Jordan $8.9 million for using his name without permission.

  • MLB, players' union announce domestic violence policy

    Fri, 21 Aug 2015 23:31:00 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball can suspend players with pay when legal charges are pending in "exceptional cases" under a new domestic violence policy signed Friday.

  • MLB players' union announces domestic violence policy

    Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:55:48 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has unveiled its first comprehensive domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.

  • Wild assistant Darryl Sydor charged with drunken driving

    Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:51:39 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor was jailed on drunken-driving charges Friday after authorities said he became lost trying to take his 12-year-old son to a hockey tournament and ended up apologizing repeatedly to the weeping boy.