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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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  • 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.

  • A-Rod cousin pleads guilty in Florida steroids case

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:41:16 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A cousin of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez who was the star's longtime personal assistant pleaded guilty Friday to a federal drug charge, the last remaining defendant in the probe into steroids illegally provided to athletes through a South Florida clinic.

  • Sterling's friend says she wasn't only gift recipient

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:46:59 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The woman who recorded Donald Sterling's racially offensive remarks says she wasn't the only recipient of gifts from the billionaire.

  • Aaron Hernandez's fiancee: He was intoxicated before killing

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:54:51 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has testified in his murder trial that he was intoxicated in the hours before the killing of her sister's boyfriend.

  • Arrowhead, Kauffman stadiums' food service fires manager

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:12:56 GMT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A food safety manager at Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums in Kansas City says he was fired after complaining about dirty conditions.

  • David Ortiz defends his reputation in column

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:40:31 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."

  • Juror dismissed in murder trial of ex-NFLer Aaron Hernandez

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:24:30 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The judge overseeing the trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has dismissed a juror for personal reasons.

  • Aaron Hernandez trial resumes after 9 jurors questioned

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:36:10 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez resumed Friday after a brief delay while the judge questioned nine jurors.

  • 9 jurors questioned in murder trial of Aaron Hernandez

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:14:19 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been briefly delayed as the judge questioned nine jurors.

  • Several jurors questioned in murder trial of Aaron Hernandez

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:26:25 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been delayed as the judge questions several jurors.

  • Recording: Sterling wanted to give woman 'everything'

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:18:27 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Days after Donald Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and in jeopardy of losing his Los Angeles Clippers, he was trying to ensure that the woman who led to his downfall had a house of her own.

  • Fiancee of ex-NFL player Hernandez due to be called in trial

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:27:06 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is due to be called to testify by prosecutors in his murder trial, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.

  • Labor, developers reach deal on proposed NFL stadium

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:30:10 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Labor leaders announced Thursday that they have resolved a dispute with developers that threatened to delay construction of a proposed 80,000-seat stadium near Los Angeles that could become home for an NFL team.

  • Recording: Woman, ex-Clippers owner discussed hiding gifts

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:07:11 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The woman whose recording of Donald Sterling cost him the Los Angeles Clippers was forced Thursday to answer questions about recordings in which she and the billionaire discussed how to hide a house he bought her.

  • San Diego city, county join forces on bid to keep NFL

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:48:25 GMT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The county and city of San Diego are joining forces in a bid to keep its NFL franchise.

  • Fiancee of Aaron Hernandez to be called to testify Friday

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:43:57 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be called to testify in his murder trial Friday, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.

  • Woman testifies about gifts from ex-owner of Clippers

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:31:01 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The woman who recorded Donald Sterling's racially offensive remarks says she loved him and called him her hubby, but they never had a romance.

  • NCAA says it will monitor impacts of Indiana religious law

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:19:41 GMT

    With the Final Four a week away from shining a spotlight on Indianapolis, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday that the governing body for college sports is concerned about an Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate against gay people.

  • Jury shown graphic autopsy photos of Boston bombing victim

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:19:02 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A medical examiner testifying Thursday in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnev described in graphic detail the devastating injuries that ravaged the body of a 29-year-old woman and caused her to bleed to death on the pavement.

  • Man accused of punching ex-Cardinal after racial slurs

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:40:22 GMT

    FENTON, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors say a white St. Louis-area man was driven by racism when he allegedly punched former Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford.

  • Expert doubts source of $1M for house of Sterling 'friend'

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:00:28 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before a woman's recordings of Donald Sterling ousted him as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, she boasted she would be the next Mrs. Sterling.

  • NHL concussion lawsuit plaintiffs want Bettman to testify

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:54:42 GMT

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The former players suing the NHL over concussion-related problems have accused the league of blocking access to Commissioner Gary Bettman for testimony in the case.

  • Fiancee of ex-NFLer Aaron Hernandez called to testify Friday

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:52:31 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be called to testify in his murder trial Friday, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.

  • Jury examines models of bombs used in Boston Marathon attack

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:54:36 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) have examined models of the pressure cooker bombs used in the 2013 deadly attacks.

  • Aaron Hernandez trial resumes after courthouse bomb threat

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:48:40 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was briefly delayed Thursday by a bomb threat called in to the courthouse.

  • Expert to jury: Marathon bombs 'not too difficult' to build

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:15:57 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — The pressure-cooker bombs used in the 2013 Boston Marathon attack were "not too difficult" to build, using readily available parts and instructions easily found on the Internet, an FBI bomb expert testified Thursday.

  • Bomb threat at courthouse halts Aaron Hernandez murder trial

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:01:25 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A bomb threat called in to the courthouse where the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is being held has temporarily halted proceedings.

  • Judge allows Aaron Hernandez jailhouse calls about money

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:05:07 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The judge in the murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez has ruled that jailhouse calls in which he discusses giving money to a cousin may be used as evidence.

  • Woman to testify about gifts from former Clippers owner

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:18:43 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before a woman's recordings of Donald Sterling ousted him as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, she boasted she would be the next Mrs. Sterling.

  • 'Ex-friend' whose recording led to Clippers sale to testify

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:52:34 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before V. Stiviano's recordings toppled Donald Sterling from ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, she boasted she would be the next Mrs. Sterling.

  • FBI: Bomb components found in Tsarnaev's family home

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:16:39 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — FBI agents told jurors in the Boston Marathon trial that nails, BBs, pressure cooker parts and other items similar to those used in two pressure-cooker bombs that exploded near the marathon's finish line were found in Dzokhar Tsarnaev's family apartment in Cambridge.

  • Recording could come back to bite Donald Sterling girlfriend

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 02:31:10 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Recordings that cost Donald Sterling ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers could cost the woman he was dating the fortune in gifts he lavished on her.

  • Ex-Clippers owner: Friend illegally put name on duplex deed

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:39:28 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man who lost ownership of the LA Clippers because of racial remarks says the woman who recorded his offensive words got her name on a house he purchased because she's black and Hispanic.

  • Judge lets ex-NHL player lawsuit over concussions continue

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:33:23 GMT

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The NHL's motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought by former players over concussion-related injuries was largely rejected Wednesday by a federal judge, allowing the claims to move forward.

  • Rio mayor unveils controversial Olympic golf course

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:02:21 GMT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's mayor unveiled the city's controversial Olympic golf course on Wednesday and laid out an ardent defense of a project that has been criticized by environmental activists and is at the center of legal wranglings.

  • Coach Zimmer 'fully expects' Peterson to be with Vikings

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:16:44 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings don't plan to trade Adrian Peterson and fully expect him to be with the team for the 2015 season.

  • Judge: Prosecutors to rest case against Aaron Hernandez soon

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:47:00 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The judge overseeing the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez said Wednesday that prosecutors are about a week away from resting their case against the former New England Patriots star tight end.

  • Ex-sportscaster gets 2 to 4 years for selling bogus trips

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:37:43 GMT

    DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A former Philadelphia television sportscaster convicted of selling bogus sports-themed trips he said would help various charities has been sentenced to two to four years in prison.

  • Pressure cooker parts, BBs, found in marathon bombers' home

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:35:37 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Nails, BBs, pressure cooker parts and other potential bomb components were found inside Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's family apartment, an FBI agent testified Wednesday.

  • Pressure cooker parts, BBs, found in Tsarnaev family home

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:19:14 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Nails, BBs, pressure cooker parts and other potential bomb components were found inside Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's family apartment in Cambridge, an FBI agent testified Wednesday.

  • Donald Sterling's wife, girlfriend face off over money

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:52:42 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer for the estranged wife of billionaire Donald Sterling says his mistress manipulated and deceived him out of more than $3.5 million.