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  • Drug supplier pleads guilty in MLB doping case

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:45:58 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A man who admitted working as a black market chemist at a garage lab in his suburban home pleaded guilty Thursday to being the main supplier of banned performance-enhancing substances in Major League Baseball's most recent steroid scandal.

  • FIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignation

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:23:24 GMT

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Amid another crisis at FIFA, President Sepp Blatter and his executive committee opened a two-day meeting Thursday to discuss the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia and whether to publish his confidential World Cup report.

  • Testimony: No warrant for FBI ruse in Vegas case

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:06:22 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada casino regulator told a federal judge Wednesday that he and FBI agents briefed an assistant U.S. attorney but not a judge before posing as Internet repairmen to enter high-roller suites at Caesars Palace and collect evidence for a warrant in what they believed was an illegal online sports gambling operation.

  • APNewsBreak: Judge rejects NCAA concussions deal

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:54:42 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago rejected a proposed $75 million class-action head injury settlement with the NCAA on Wednesday, portraying the deal as too unwieldy and potentially underfunded and urging both sides to go back to the drawing board.

  • Track coach Drummond gets 8-year doping suspension

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:11:05 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Over an angst-filled summer of 2012, track coach Jon Drummond and his ailing star sprinter, Tyson Gay, wrestled with whether Gay should use a mysterious medicine that might help him run pain-free at the London Olympics.

  • Kurt Busch testifies at no-contact order hearing

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:05:20 GMT

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch had his turn on the witness stand Wednesday and testified that he repeatedly told his ex-girlfriend to leave his motorhome the night she claims he assaulted her.

  • Correction: Brain Injury Program-NFL story

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:29:08 GMT

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — In a story Dec. 16 about the Eisenhower Center, The Associated Press, based on information from the center, reported erroneously that it will be the primary facility used by the NFL Players Association for treating brain injuries and other neurological issues through the After the Impact program. According to the NFLPA, the center is one of the facilities the group uses to treat a number of health-related issues.

  • Painkillers lawsuit against NFL dismissed; may be appealed

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:46:06 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by 1,300 former players against the NFL, writing that the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the union was the appropriate forum to resolve claims that teams damaged the players' by routinely dispensing painkillers.

  • 49ers release McDonald amid further legal trouble

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:39:46 GMT

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke informed defensive lineman Ray McDonald that he was released Wednesday amid a sexual assault investigation by San Jose police.

  • Painkillers lawsuit against NFL dismissed

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:01:16 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge dismissed a lawsuit against the NFL Wednesday, writing that the agreement between the league and the union should address the dangers involved when teams give painkillers to players.

  • APNewsBreak: Garcia resigns as FIFA prosecutor

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:36:01 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — The American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process resigned from the FIFA ethics committee on Wednesday in protest over the handling of his findings.

  • Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:25:12 GMT

    They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of his two children during a Korean War massacre.

  • Kurt Busch says he told ex-girlfriend to leave

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:35:27 GMT

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Kurt Busch testified Wednesday that he repeatedly told his ex-girlfriend to leave his motorhome the night she claims the NASCAR driver assaulted her.

  • 49ers' McDonald investigated for sexual assault

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:47:57 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California authorities said Wednesday that they are investigating San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald on suspicion of sexual assault.

  • Kurt Busch called to testify at hearing on alleged assault

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:42:50 GMT

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — The attorney for Kurt Busch's ex-girlfriend has called the NASCAR driver to the stand to testify in a hearing in which the woman is seeking a court order directing him to stay away from her.

  • Kenyan marathoner Kipsang misses doping test

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:28:18 GMT

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Former marathon world-record holder Wilson Kipsang accused Kenya's athletics federation on Wednesday of smearing his name by disclosing that he missed an out-of-competition doping test last month.

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  • Man seeks Ronaldo to sue him over underwear line

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:48:05 GMT

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man is trying to sue international soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo in a dispute over an underwear line, but he can't get to him.

  • Kurt Busch's ex seeks no-contact order at hearing

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:36:35 GMT

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch's breakup with his ex-girlfriend turned into an ugly court battle Tuesday when she described Busch in testimony as unstable and struggling with alcoholism and depression. His attorneys countered, describing her as untrustworthy and "extremely mercenary."

  • Brain-injury program working with NFL players

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:30:48 GMT

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A brain-injury treatment program originally designed for military veterans injured on the battlefield has been updated to include professional athletes.

  • Michigan close to banning student-athlete unions

    Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:30:36 GMT

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Athletes would be blocked from unionizing at public universities under a bill that won final passage in Michigan on Tuesday, making it at least the second state to respond after Northwestern University football players were allowed to vote this year on union representation.

  • Man trying to find Ronaldo to sue over underwear

    Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:32:31 GMT

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man is trying to sue Cristiano Ronaldo in a dispute over an underwear line, but he can't get to the international soccer star.

  • Guilty plea in smuggling of Dodgers' Yasiel Puig

    Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:17:33 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking part in a conspiracy to smuggle Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig out of Cuba in return for a sizable cut of the outfielder's multimillion-dollar salary.

  • What's next in World Cup bid corruption case

    Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:19:33 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — Russia and Qatar appear to be the big winners on the day American prosecutor Michael Garcia lost his appeal against FIFA.

  • Guilty plea set in smuggling of Dodgers' Puig

    Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:27:27 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A guilty plea is scheduled for a South Florida businessman accused of helping to finance the smuggling of Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig out of Cuba.

  • FIFA dismisses Garcia's appeal of World Cup probe

    Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:25:06 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — The status of Russia and Qatar as World Cup hosts seemed even more secure Tuesday after FIFA dismissed ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia's appeal against the handling of his investigation into the bidding process.

  • Vincent: No regrets about Peterson conversations

    Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:57:24 GMT

    Troy Vincent said he visited Adrian Peterson at his Texas home, held one of his sons on his lap and offered guidance to open the door toward getting the former NFL MVP back on track and on the field after resolving child abuse charges.

  • NCAA head, state officials may take stand at trial

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:58:00 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The head of the NCAA, Penn State's former president and former FBI director Louis Freeh are among those who could take the stand in three weeks when a lawsuit brought by two Pennsylvania officials goes to trial.

  • Union takes NFL to court over Adrian Peterson

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:02:15 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL Players Association filed a federal lawsuit Monday for Adrian Peterson, asking the court to dismiss an arbitration ruling that upheld the NFL's suspension of the star running back.

  • Man charged in Auburn killing was on probation

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:24:56 GMT

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — An east Alabama man was already on probation for separate crimes when he was charged with killing an Auburn University football player in a shooting eerily similar to a triple killing two years ago.

  • Judge: Kings' Voynov can be tried on felony charge

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:45:05 GMT

    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Slava Voynov's wife told police the Los Angeles Kings defenseman hit, choked and pushed her into a television in their bedroom during a fight in October, an officer testified Monday.

  • NCAA, Pa. officials outline issues as trial nears

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:17:32 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The head of the NCAA, Penn State's former president and former FBI director Louis Freeh are among those who could take the stand in three weeks when a lawsuit brought by two Pennsylvania officials is scheduled to begin.

  • Police: Arrest in shooting death of Auburn player

    Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:10:47 GMT

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A 22-year-old man has been arrested on a felony warrant charging him with murder in Sunday's fatal shooting of Auburn football player Jakell Lenard Mitchell, police said. The shooting took place at the same off-campus apartment complex where two former football players and a third man were slain in 2012.

  • Auburn redshirt freshman Jakell Mitchell shot and killed

    Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:19:05 GMT

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn football player Jakell Lenard Mitchell was fatally shot early Sunday at an off-campus apartment complex where two former football players and another person man were shot and killed in 2012.

  • Still suspended: Adrian Peterson's appeal denied

    Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:57:07 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson's appeal was stopped for no gain, when the NFL's unpaid suspension of the star running back was stayed until next spring.

  • Adrian Peterson's appeal denied, suspension upheld

    Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:22:27 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL's hard line on Adrian Peterson held up.

  • Judge: Rape lawsuit against Harvard can proceed

    Sat, 13 Dec 2014 03:24:21 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts judge has reinstated a lawsuit against Harvard University over child rape allegations against a now-dead swim coach that date back four decades.

  • Court reinstates suit against Saban's daughter

    Sat, 13 Dec 2014 01:14:16 GMT

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge in Tuscaloosa was wrong to throw out a lawsuit claiming the daughter of University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban beat up a sorority sister during a fight after a night of drinking, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday.

  • Sharper, others indicted in New Orleans rape cases

    Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:13:02 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal and state grand juries in New Orleans added new sexual assault and drug charges Friday to the multi-state criminal counts faced by former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper.

  • Judge: 2012 killings not allowed in Hernandez case

    Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:01:29 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors in a murder case against Aaron Hernandez won't be allowed to tell a jury about two other killings with which the ex-New England Patriot is charged or the final text messages the victim sent to his sister, a judge ruled Friday.

  • Judge: Victim texts in Hernandez case not allowed

    Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:13:15 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors in a murder case against ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez won't be allowed to tell a jury about the final text messages sent by the victim to his sister, a judge ruled Friday.