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  • Prosecution expected to rest in Aaron Hernandez murder trial

    Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:12:10 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The prosecution is expected to rest in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez after spending more than two months presenting a case against him.

  • Will Indiana law force 2016 women's Final Four to relocate?

    Thu, 02 Apr 2015 01:36:05 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As pressure builds for the repeal or revision of Indiana's new religious objection law, the NCAA faces a decision about whether to look for a new venue for next year's women's Final Four.

  • Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections bill

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:04:11 GMT

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics that included his own son and some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.

  • Judge to decide if Notre Dame police records are public

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:45:18 GMT

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame argued Wednesday that its police department isn't subject to Indiana's open records laws because it's acting under powers granted by the school's trustees, not the state, while ESPN said a department with the power to arrest should be subject to public scrutiny.

  • Will Indiana law force 2015 women's Final Four to relocate?

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:24:26 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As pressure builds for repeal or revision of Indiana's new religious objection law, the NCAA faces a decision about whether to call for next year's women's Final Four to find a new venue.

  • Brazil NGO declines contract to clean up dirty Olympic bay

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:07:34 GMT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's pledge to clean up the blighted waters where the 2016 Olympic sailing events are to be held has suffered another setback: A prominent Brazilian sailing and environmental organization declined a city contract to help clean up sewage- and trash-filled Guanabara Bay.

  • Woman recants allegation ex-Alabama player assaulted her

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:33:42 GMT

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The woman who said former Alabama football player Jonathan Taylor assaulted her has recanted the allegations and was arrested.

  • Club volleyball player serves up lawsuit over playing time

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:30:27 GMT

    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A 16-year-old club volleyball player and her family are suing after they say her coaches spiked her playing time, telling her she didn't have the skills to compete with her Virginia team, and her league blocked a transfer to another club.

  • Ex-friend: Aaron Hernandez thought helicopters followed him

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:04:23 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A man who sued Aaron Hernandez over being shot in the face in Florida testified Wednesday in the former New England Patriots player's murder trial that Hernandez thought he was being followed by helicopters and that he was paranoid about his conversations being recorded.

  • Man who sued Aaron Hernandez testifies in his murder trial

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:42:22 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A man who sued Aaron Hernandez over being shot in the face in Florida has taken the stand in the former New England Patriots player's murder trial.

  • Man who sued Aaron Hernandez due to testify in murder trial

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:39:06 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The judge in the murder trial of ex-football player Aaron Hernandez has briefly closed the courtroom to privately question a man who sued Hernandez over being shot in the face.

  • AP Newsbreak: AP study projects average MLB salary tops $4M

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:08:44 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Even before the first pitch of the 2015 season is thrown, an eye-popping baseball record will be set.

  • Defense rests in 1st phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:50:22 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack.

  • Judge: Ernie Banks' will giving estate to caretaker is valid

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:01:59 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — The will signed by Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks giving all of his assets to his caretaker is valid, a Cook County judge determined Tuesday.

  • Patriots owner: Aaron Hernandez told me he was innocent

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:07:06 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft testified Tuesday that his former star tight end Aaron Hernandez told him he was innocent when asked if he was involved in a 2013 killing.

  • 3 more probation sentences in Toledo sports bribery probe

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:01:35 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — Three former football players at the University of Toledo were sentenced to probation Tuesday for their roles in a sports bribery scheme at the Ohio school, including a running back who made the first contact with a Detroit-area gambler.

  • Defense gets ready to rest case in marathon bombing trial

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:04:04 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bomber prepared to rest their case Tuesday after an FBI fingerprint examiner testified that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's fingerprints weren't found on any of the marathon bomb components, but his older brother's were.

  • FBI examiner: Fingerprints of Boston bomber's brother found

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:59:42 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A latent fingerprint examiner for the FBI has testified at the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) that his older brother's fingerprints were found on two pieces of cardboard that came from one of the bombs at the marathon.

  • Lawyers: Aaron Hernandez murder trial could finish next week

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:51:09 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Lawyers involved in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez say they expect the case to wrap up next week.

  • Computer expert: Tsarnaev's brother searched for bomb parts

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:03:03 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A computer expert testifying in the Boston Marathon bombing trial says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehvz) older brother did Internet searches on bombing components in the weeks before the 2013 terror attack.

  • Mickelson, Lewis in campaign to highlight women executives

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:51:21 GMT

    Stacy Lewis hit one of the most significant drives of her career, and it really didn't matter where it landed.

  • Saban unapologetic about signing Taylor despite his past

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:59:10 GMT

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban steadfastly defended his signing of defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor, who has now been kicked off his second Southeastern Conference team for domestic violence arrests.

  • Tsarnaev's lawyers try to show brother in charge of bombing

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:04:42 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzkhokhar Tsarnaev started their case by trying to show that his older brother was the driving force behind the 2013 terror attack.

  • Marathon bombing jurors see autopsy photos, prosecutors rest

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:20:33 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an 8-year-old boy killed in the 2013 terror attack.

  • Saban unapologetic about signing player w

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:49:21 GMT

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban steadfastly defended his signing of defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor, who has now been kicked off his second Southeastern Conference team for domestic violence arrests.

  • Marathon bombing jurors see carnage photos, prosecutors rest

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:38:41 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an 8-year-old boy killed in the 2013 terror attack.

  • Paterno estate's contract breach lawsuit tossed again

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:20:40 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The family of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno can't sue the NCAA and the university for breach of contract for their actions in response to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, a Pennsylvania judge on Monday ruled for a second time.

  • Boston woman pleads not guilty to marathon injury fraud

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:18:04 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A Boston woman has pleaded not guilty to fraudulently receiving thousands of dollars by claiming she was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing.

  • Fiancee says she discarded box at Aaron Hernandez's request

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:03:16 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified in his murder trial Monday that she removed a box from their basement at his request the day after the slaying but never looked inside before she dumped it in a random trash bin.

  • Judge again rules Joe Paterno can't sue for contract breach

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:52:45 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge has ruled again that the family of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno can't sue the NCAA and the university for breach of contract for their actions in response to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

  • NY in settlement with college group on sports eligibility

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:32:12 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general announced a settlement Monday with the National Junior College Athletic Association to eliminate a rule nationally that limited sports eligibility mostly to students who attended at least three years of high school in the United States.

  • Prosecution rests its case against Boston Marathon bomber

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:16:08 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an 8-year-old boy killed in the 2013 terror attack.

  • Aaron Hernandez's fiancee: I removed box at his request

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:40:54 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified in his murder trial Monday that she removed a box from their basement at his request the day after the slaying.

  • StubHub files lawsuit against Ticketmaster

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:02:20 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — StubHub is suing Ticketmaster and the Golden State Warriors, alleging it unfairly required fans looking to resell tickets to use Ticketmaster's resale exchange.

  • Feds to wrap up case in 1st phase of marathon bombing trial

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:18:18 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors are expected to wrap up their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with testimony from medical examiners who will describe the injuries to two people who died in the attack, including an 8-year-old boy.

  • Saban dismisses Taylor from team after arrest

    Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:07:05 GMT

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban has dismissed Jonathan Taylor from the team following the second domestic violence arrest of the defensive lineman's college career.

  • Alabama DL Taylor charged with domestic violence a 2nd time

    Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:06:39 GMT

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor, signed about six months after Georgia dismissed him following his arrest in a girlfriend's assault, faces a new domestic violence charge, police said.

  • Malaysia poised to sign new F1 hosting deal

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:55:11 GMT

    SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Grand Prix organizers are poised to sign a new three-year contract to host Formula One at the Sepang International Circuit, with a final agreement expected next month.

  • Gift returns: Sterling wife wants house, $1 million

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:38:30 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The wife of Donald Sterling sought revenge Friday against a woman whose recording cost her husband ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers by playing audio that showed the billionaire showered her with millions of dollars in gifts.

  • David Ortiz defends his reputation in column

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:05:13 GMT

    Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is certain on this point: "I never knowingly took any steroids." And this, too: "I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame."

  • Medical experts look beyond law to make youth sports safer

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:37:49 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — To toughen safety standards in youth sports, medical experts are turning away from lawmakers and toward high school sports associations to implement policies and procedures to prevent deaths and serious injuries.