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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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  • Hispanic leaders want GOP field to condemn Trump's 'idiocy'

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:14:09 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanic leaders are bristling at the largely tepid response by Republican presidential candidates to Donald Trump's characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers.

  • Judge approves subpoena of phone records in Hernandez case

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:27:12 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez can take steps to identify an anonymous tipster who claimed that one of the jurors who convicted him of murder may have lied during jury selection, a judge ruled Friday.

  • Experts: Hacking probe will stretch if Cards execs involved

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:57:55 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — The federal hacking investigation of the St. Louis Cardinals could take longer if high-level executives are implicated in the breach of the Houston Astros' database, according to legal experts.

  • Cardinals fire scouting director Correa amid hacking scandal

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:26:22 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals said Thursday they have fired scouting director Chris Correa, the first known fallout from the hacking scandal that has resulted in a federal investigation into whether the team illegally got inside the player personnel database of the Houston Astros.

  • Armstrong girlfriend must testify, Landis to produce records

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:21:54 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong's girlfriend can be questioned under oath about what she knows of his doping past, and his former teammate-turned-antagonist Floyd Landis will have to turn over records of investigations into his own previous doping case, a federal judge has decided.

  • LA Kings' Voynov pleads no contest in domestic abuse case

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:16:21 GMT

    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was sentenced to three months in jail Thursday after pleading no contest to beating his wife after an argument at a Halloween party last year.

  • WWE seeking to block concussion-related lawsuits

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 02:38:12 GMT

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. is asking a federal judge to block lawsuits by former wrestlers who claim they have suffered long-term health problems from concussions they received in the ring.

  • Arum sues Haymon, Premier Boxing Champions over fights

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:34:36 GMT

    Boxing promoter Bob Arum filed suit Wednesday against Al Haymon and his financial backers, claiming they are violating federal law by acting as illegal promoters and monopolizing fighters and venues for fights.

  • Ex-Illinois women's basketball players sue school, coach

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:24:41 GMT

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Seven former University of Illinois women's basketball players sued the university Wednesday, accusing coach Matt Bollant and a former assistant of violating their civil rights by using race to divide the team and try to force some players out.

  • Ex-NFL player pleads guilty in hit-and-run, gets probation

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:03:02 GMT

    WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Former Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes has pleaded guilty in a hit-and-run crash that injured three people and will serve a year of probation.

  • Pom-pom pay: California bill gives cheerleaders minimum wage

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:06:08 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — They boost their teams from the sidelines and promote them by appearing in calendars and at fan events, but some sports cheerleaders say they are still not considered team employees and are paid what amounts to less than minimum wage.

  • Blatter not traveling to Women's World Cup final in Canada

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:45:19 GMT

    MONTREAL (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter will skip the Women's World Cup final in Canada, avoiding a visit to North America at a time when U.S. officials are pursuing a criminal investigation into the soccer's ruling body.

  • California legislation responds to cheerleader lawsuits

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:48:06 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — They boost their teams from the sidelines and promote them by appearing in calendars and at fan events, but some sports cheerleaders say they are still not considered team employees and are paid what amounts to less than minimum wage.

  • Trump files $500 million lawsuit as pageant woes mount

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:19:14 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — As fallout built over Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from Mexico, the Republican presidential candidate answered back with legal action to match his trademark brashness, filing a $500 million lawsuit.

  • Man pleads guilty to using Allenby's credit cards in Hawaii

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:44:39 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii man pleaded guilty Tuesday to using Robert Allenby's credit cards after the professional golfer said he was robbed and beaten in Honolulu.

  • Trump's pageant woes mount with TV and contestant drop-outs

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:50:52 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fallout from outspoken Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from Mexico continued to dog him Tuesday as a TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said it was scrapping a project in development with him and Mexico announced it won't be sending a contestant to the Miss Universe contest, which he partly owns.

  • Hit-and-run case against UFC ex-champ Jon Jones stalls

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:19:17 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque hit-and-run case against former UFC champion fighter Jon "Bones" Jones has stalled due to a delay in obtaining records, prosecutors said.

  • California bill seeks to make cheerleaders team employees

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 23:30:22 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill making it clear that professional cheerleaders are sports team employees.

  • University of California sued over sex assault claims

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:56:46 GMT

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Three current and former University of California, Berkeley students sued the school on Monday, accusing administrators of not doing enough to investigate their sexual assault claims and hand out punishment.

  • Man convicted of rape wants to play football in college

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:26:00 GMT

    NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A former high school football player found delinquent in the rape of a 16-year-old girl wants to play at the community college level.

  • Michael Sam, 1st openly gay NFL draftee, rejoins CFL team

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:21:20 GMT

    MONTREAL (AP) — In the city where Jackie Robinson made the jump to the big leagues — and a country where gay marriage has been legal for a decade — Michael Sam has come to restart his football career.

  • Charleston suspect's life a troubled road to radicalization

    Sat, 27 Jun 2015 15:53:17 GMT

    CHAPIN, S.C. (AP) — The people who know Dylann Storm Roof — the people who watched his progression from a sweet child to a disturbed man — are struggling with guilt. How could they have missed the signs? Could they have done something to prevent the deaths of nine innocents at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church?

  • AP Sportlight

    Sat, 27 Jun 2015 04:00:59 GMT

    1903 — Willie Anderson captures the U.S. Open with a two-stroke victory over David Brown in a playoff.

  • Hernandez co-defendant's attorney says police were coercive

    Fri, 26 Jun 2015 23:11:16 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — An attorney for a man who was charged with murder along with ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez argued Friday that police coerced him to answer questions in the investigation and the information should not be allowed into evidence.

  • Charges in Oklahoma bus crash that killed softball players

    Fri, 26 Jun 2015 22:25:00 GMT

    A truck driver whose semitrailer crashed into a bus in Oklahoma and killed four members of the North Central Texas College softball team has been charged with four counts of first-degree manslaughter.

  • Teed off at Univision, Trump drives dispute off course

    Fri, 26 Jun 2015 21:28:55 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump to Univision: Get off my lawn.

  • Hernandez co-defendants appear in court on murder charges

    Fri, 26 Jun 2015 21:21:38 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Two men accused of joining with former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to kill a man in 2013 have appeared in court for the first time since Hernandez's murder conviction.

  • Sports world reacts to Supreme Court gay marriage ruling

    Fri, 26 Jun 2015 19:58:13 GMT

    Some reaction in sports on Twitter to the Supreme Court's decision that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States:

  • Baseball squad makes history with first openly gay pro

    Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:33:45 GMT

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Baseball history was made in Northern California when the sport's first active professional player to come out as gay pitched a shutout before an enthusiastic crowd that seemed more impressed with his performance than his role as a pioneer.

  • Tiny baseball league makes history with first openly gay pro

    Fri, 26 Jun 2015 03:19:56 GMT

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Baseball history was made in Northern California wine country Thursday night when the sport's first openly gay active professional started the game as a pitcher.

  • Appeals court says judge properly dismissed Braun lawsuit

    Fri, 26 Jun 2015 03:09:03 GMT

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge properly dismissed a lawsuit alleging Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun libeled a former friend who helped him fight allegations he used steroids, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

  • 'An old soul': Towns' family thinks he'll adjust to NBA

    Fri, 26 Jun 2015 01:01:45 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — With only hours to go before Thursday's NBA draft, the mother of Karl-Anthony Towns slid on a brand new pair of black stilettos, smoothed out her loose, fancy pantsuit in the lucky shade of Kentucky Blue and spoke confidently of her youngest child's ability to navigate what's to come in the big time.

  • Warren Sapp charged with domestic battery

    Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:28:12 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities in Las Vegas have charged Hall of Fame defensive lineman Warren Sapp with biting his girlfriend, throwing her to the ground and stepping on her head in an April incident that began at the M Resort in Henderson, Nevada.

  • NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp charged with domestic battery

    Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:43:18 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities in Las Vegas have charged NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp with biting his girlfriend, throwing her to the ground and stepping on her head in an April incident that began at the M Resort in Henderson, Nevada.

  • Paraguay revokes immunity for soccer headquarters

    Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:02:37 GMT

    ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay's president has signed a law repealing the immunity that the headquarters of South America's soccer confederation enjoyed for nearly two decades.

  • Hockey player pleads guilty to misdemeanors in cocaine case

    Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:24:25 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll pleaded guilty to two reduced misdemeanor charges to resolve a felony cocaine case stemming from his April arrest at a Las Vegas Strip swimming pool.

  • Penn State Altoona softball player charged for hit batter

    Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:35:19 GMT

    ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — A Penn State Altoona softball player is discussing a plea deal with prosecutors on assault charges for hitting a batter with a pitch during practice.

  • Marathon bomber 'sorry' for attack after 2-year silence

    Thu, 25 Jun 2015 05:32:05 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has broken his two-year silence.

  • NFL concussion awards on hold amid appeals through this fall

    Thu, 25 Jun 2015 02:04:35 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Retired NFL players seeking payouts from the potential $1 billion NFL concussion settlement could be waiting until next year based on appeals being weighed this fall.

  • The Latest: Man arrested at Tsarnaev court was protester

    Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:57:25 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — The latest on the formal sentencing of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (all times local):

  • Former Chicago Little League team suing over stripped title

    Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:09:41 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago Little League team announced a lawsuit Wednesday against the sport's governing body, accusing it of improperly stripping the young athletes of the national title that made them hometown heroes and nationally known and refusing to provide the information used to make the stunning decision.