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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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  • No. 1 Florida State edges Boston College 20-17

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:11:45 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Quarterback Jameis Winston trotted onto the water-logged field at Doak Campbell Stadium with aspirations of a second consecutive national championship on the line. The top-ranked Seminoles were in a tight game, once again, and needed their Heisman winner to make a play.

  • No. 1 Florida State beats Boston College 20-17

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:26:01 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Quarterback Jameis Winston led top-ranked Florida State 66 yards to put Roberto Aguayo in position for a 26-yard field goal with three seconds remaining and the Seminoles remained perfect with a 20-17 victory over Boston College on Saturday.

  • New Jersey racetrack plans fantasy sports betting

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:56:24 GMT

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey racetrack says it will soon offer fantasy sports betting.

  • Federal judge denies sports betting in New Jersey

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:47:59 GMT

    A federal judge ruled Friday night that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to boost its struggling horse racing and casino industries, a finding Gov. Chris Christie's administration intends to appeal.

  • Judge denies sports betting in New Jersey

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:27:47 GMT

    A federal judge ruled Friday night that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to boost the state's struggling horse racing and casino industries.

  • NFL will hear Adrian Peterson's appeal Dec. 2

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:16:54 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson's hearing for the appeal of his suspension will be held on Dec. 2. And it will not be in front of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

  • Timeline of events after death of Michael Brown

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:10:10 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

  • Ex-coach's lawyer seeks MLB records in drug case

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:30:21 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A lawyer for a former University of Miami pitching coach is seeking a wide range of Major League Baseball records for the coach's upcoming trial on illegal performance-enhancing drug distribution charges, including details of an immunity deal given to the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.

  • Virginia high court rejects lacrosse-case appeal

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:19:50 GMT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend.

  • Sex assault case reinstated against pitcher Reed

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:39:15 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — A judge reinstated a sexual assault case against pitcher Evan Reed on Friday, overturning a decision by another judge who found inconsistencies in the alleged victim's story.

  • Sexual assault case reinstated against pitcher

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:18:24 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — A judge has reinstated a sexual assault case against pitcher Evan Reed, overturning a decision by another judge who found inconsistencies in the woman's story.

  • LA Kings hold off Carolina 3-2 for 10th home win

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:06:58 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Tanner Pearson claims he never played baseball growing up in Canada, he fooled his fellow Los Angeles Kings with a home run swing on the decisive goal against Carolina.

  • 10 Things to Know for Friday

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:05:01 GMT

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

  • Fighter War Machine pleads not guilty in Vegas

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:27:17 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A mixed martial arts fighter who legally changed his name to War Machine pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges that could get him life in a Nevada prison without parole for allegedly trying to kill his porn actress ex-girlfriend and her friend in Las Vegas.

  • Nike nixes tribute shoe plan after Iverson protest

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:31:54 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nike is pulling back on plans for a shoe that sneakily honors Allen Iverson after the former NBA superstar questioned whether the company could use his old number and team colors while he's endorsed by rival Reebok.

  • FIFA to review World Cup corruption report

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:38:56 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — FIFA will further review the 2018 and 2022 World Cup corruption investigation, putting the status of hosts Russia and Qatar back in question.

  • State asks work be halted on Olympic golf course

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:16:25 GMT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Construction work on the golf course for the 2016 Olympics could be halted under a filing made by state prosecutors suing the city of Rio de Janeiro and the developer over environmental rules.

  • Boxer Jermain Taylor charged in Arkansas shooting

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:40:19 GMT

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas prosecutors have charged champion middleweight boxer Jermain Taylor in a shooting at his home.

  • Judge taking arguments on New Jersey sports books

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:33:28 GMT

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A lawyer for the NCAA and four sports leagues says New Jersey's move to drop a prohibition on sports betting violates federal law and the state's own constitution.

  • Judge limits suspect in death of Peterson's son

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:55:33 GMT

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A judge has ordered that a man charged in the killing of the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in South Dakota last fall must have no unsupervised contact with children and no contact with the victim's family.

  • Lawyer asks judge to approve NFL concussion deal

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:18:58 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL on Wednesday urged a judge to approve an estimated $1 billion settlement of concussion lawsuits despite concerns raised by former players or survivors who feel left out.

  • Phillies' Howard reaches settlement with family

    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:27:39 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Phillies slugger Ryan Howard has settled a legal battle with his family over its management of his finances and business affairs.

  • Ortiz doll, marathon medal in Boston time capsule

    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:16:34 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Whoever opens Boston's time capsule in 2114 will find a David Ortiz bobblehead doll and a medal from last year's Boston Marathon.

  • Eckert, Garcia to meet amid FIFA probe crisis

    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:49:02 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — The judge and prosecutor behind FIFA's World Cup bid corruption investigation will meet Thursday in an effort to repair their relations and restore the reputation of a case seemingly in disarray.

  • NASCAR's Kurt Busch meets with investigators

    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:39:29 GMT

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Police in Delaware have interviewed NASCAR driver Kurt Busch and are continuing to investigate allegations by his ex-girlfriend that he assaulted her during the September race at Dover International Speedway.

  • Peterson's future with Vikings dims further

    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:24:03 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings were already going to face a difficult decision this winter about Adrian Peterson, with the star running back turning 30 next year.

  • Judge to weigh fairness of NFL concussion deal

    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:12:35 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL's potential $1 billion plan to compensate retired players for brain trauma could soon close the chapter on a troubled era of league concussion management.

  • NFL suspends Peterson for at least rest of season

    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:19:28 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson's dispute with the NFL reached another level when the league suspended Minnesota's star running back without pay for at least the rest of the season.

  • Police report names Vols players in investigation

    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 01:36:02 GMT

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson and cornerback Michael Williams have been identified as subjects of a rape investigation, according to a Knoxville Police report released Tuesday.

  • Fatal stabbing of college student may stay mystery

    Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:32:45 GMT

    MCMINVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Investigators may never know why a 33-year-old man rushed into a McMinnville convenience store last weekend and fatally stabbed a Linfield College athlete, the top prosecutor in Yamhill County said.

  • High school coach loses job after hazing scandal

    Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:19:34 GMT

    DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A high school football coach suspended amid a hazing scandal that resulted in the cancellation of the team's final two games won't be back next season.

  • FIFA files criminal complaint over World Cup bids

    Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:31:44 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — The latest twist in FIFA's World Cup bid corruption case has landed on the desk of Switzerland's attorney general.

  • Mavericks cruise past Hornets 107-80

    Tue, 18 Nov 2014 03:15:53 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki takes a lot of pride in his most recent milestone.

  • USC's Josh Shaw won't face criminal charges

    Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:42:21 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — University of Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw won't be charged with domestic violence after he sprained both ankles jumping from a balcony after arguing with his girlfriend, authorities said.

  • Police ID man who stabbed Linfield College student

    Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:31:44 GMT

    McMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Authorities have tentatively identified a man who fatally stabbed a Linfield College football player in the chest at a convenience store near the Oregon college campus over the weekend.

  • Trial ordered for 6 football players in beating

    Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:17:08 GMT

    BROWNSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Six suspended football players from a state-owned university in western Pennsylvania were ordered Monday to stand trial on allegations that they beat and stomped on a man outside an off-campus restaurant, then yelled "Football strong!" as they drove away.

  • Painkillers probe in NFL 'long way from complete'

    Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:13:14 GMT

    The five NFL road teams whose medical staffs were interviewed and subjected to spot checks of their bags by federal agents may turn out to be just the first five in line.

  • Only tough options now for FIFA prosecutor Garcia

    Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:04:12 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — Michael Garcia faces a difficult decision after FIFA, soccer's notoriously unaccountable world governing body, released a summary of his investigation into World Cup bidding that the former U.S. federal prosecutor calls "incomplete and erroneous."

  • ICYMI: NFL teams checked by DEA, clock malfunction

    Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:41:53 GMT

    When it comes to the NFL, the off-field developments are as intriguing as what happens on the field lately, and the latest example was the unannounced check-in on teams' medical staffs by Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

  • DEA agents raid NFL medical staffs after games

    Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:51:49 GMT

    Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least three visiting NFL teams' medical staffs as part of an investigation into former players' claims that teams mishandled prescription drugs.

  • DEA agents check at least 2 NFL medical staffs

    Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:00:28 GMT

    Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least two visiting NFL teams' medical staffs as part of an investigation into former players' claims that teams mishandled prescription drugs.