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  • 48 extra days in rape case probation violation

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:46:28 GMT

    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A volunteer football coach whose Ohio house was the scene of a party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players received a two-month sentence Monday for violating his probation in that case.

  • Hernandez trial in January to take 6 to 10 weeks

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:43:33 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is expected to take six to 10 weeks, prosecutors said Monday.

  • Hernandez trial expected to take 6 to 10 weeks

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:24:54 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is expected to take six to 10 weeks, prosecutors said Monday at what is likely to be the former NFL star's final hearing before trial begins next month.

  • Hernandez back in court for final pretrial hearing

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:53:13 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez returned to court Monday for what will likely be his final hearing before his murder trial begins next month.

  • Hearing set for ex-Patriot facing murder trial

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:28:06 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A pre-trial hearing is scheduled Monday for former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez, whose murder trial is slated to start next month.

  • Sentencing slated in rape case probation violation

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:45:42 GMT

    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A volunteer football coach whose Ohio house was the scene of a party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players faces nearly six months in jail after pleading guilty to violating his probation.

  • QB Jameis Winston cleared in conduct hearing

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:52:21 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared Sunday of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago.

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

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:00:27 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.

  • New video shows Rice and fiancee in aftermath of punch

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:37:03 GMT

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A video released Friday shows Ray Rice's then-fiancee crying and kissing him while they are both handcuffed and being taken to jail by police officers after Rice punched her in a casino elevator.

  • 2 Armstrong associates settle lawsuit with Landis

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:24:35 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two of Lance Armstrong's longtime business partners have agreed to pay the federal government $500,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former teammate Floyd Landis.

  • St. Louis Rams 'Hands Up' players give back at holiday event

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:03:20 GMT

    JENNINGS, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis Rams players who did the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture treated residents of nearby Ferguson to some holiday cheer on Friday.

  • Soccer governing body sues over player images

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:23:29 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — A dispute over U.S. soccer players' images has landed in federal court.

  • Olympian faces mischief charge in car vandalism

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:19:12 GMT

    LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (AP) — An Olympic medalist from southeastern Indiana faces a charge of criminal mischief after police say he threw rocks at vehicles and caused more than $8,000 in damage.

  • Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:21:05 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps avoided jail time on Friday when a judge placed him on probation for pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge for the second time in 10 years. The punishment came with a warning.

  • 6th man pleads guilty in MLB steroid case

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:31:17 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — The sixth man to plead guilty in the Major League Baseball performance-enhancing drugs scandal was described in court Friday as a recruiter of mostly foreign-born players for the now-shuttered South Florida clinic at the center of the case.

  • Jerry Sandusky is denied $4,900-a-month pension

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:04:25 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.

  • Agency: Jerry Sandusky won't get pension back

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:09:50 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.

  • APNewsBreak: Sandusky won't get his pension back

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:11:47 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.

  • 6th man set to plead guilty in MLB steroid case

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:19:56 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A sixth man has pleaded guilty to playing a key role in illegally providing performance-enhancing drugs to Major League Baseball players and other athletes.

  • FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:56:47 GMT

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — FIFA will not reopen the vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, and will publish at least some of the confidential report into the bidding process, President Sepp Blatter said Friday.

  • Michael Phelps' DUI trial set Friday in Baltimore

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:05:54 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps is set for trial on drunken driving and other charges.

  • Oregon high court says injured snowboarder can sue

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:11:15 GMT

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday a ski resort's broad liability waiver cannot prevent a paralyzed snowboarder from suing.

  • Woman sues over elevator shaft fall at Fenway Park

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:33:30 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A 22-year-old woman who fell two stories down an elevator shaft at Fenway Park and was seriously injured is suing the owner of the Boston Red Sox and an elevator company.

  • Oregon high court says injured skier can sue

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:24:21 GMT

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that a ski resort's liability waiver cannot prevent a paralyzed snowboarder from suing.

  • NCAA executive backs athlete image compensation

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:03:43 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Oliver Luck is ready to embark on another rebuilding project.

  • 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.

  • 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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    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:04:05 GMT

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