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  • 'Death-qualified' juror search slows marathon, theater cases

    Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:37:02 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon.

  • Ex-arena official sues NJ Devils GM over lost wages

    Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:39:16 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former Prudential Center executive has sued New Jersey Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello, claiming he jeopardized his livelihood by falsely accusing him of running the arena poorly.

  • Ex-Major League Baseball player Ted Lilly accused of fraud

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:11:33 GMT

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — Former Major League Baseball player Ted Lilly has been charged in California with three felonies related to insurance fraud, according to a newspaper report.

  • Vanderbilt gang-rape defense points to campus culture

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:17:10 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Defense attorneys for the former Vanderbilt University football players whose own cellphones show they participated in a dorm-room sex assault have placed blame on the elite Southern university, saying their clients' judgment was warped by a campus culture where drunken sex was common.

  • Officials file to end lawsuit against Penn State, NCAA

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:24:17 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania officials are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit against Penn State and the NCAA over the penalties related to the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case.

  • Like a safety in the Super Bowl? Stand in line in Vegas

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:59:23 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — For some bettors, there's just not much value picking either the New England Patriots or Seattle Seahawks in a Super Bowl that is a tossup almost everywhere in this gambling city.

  • Montana man fined for offense on Alaska hunt with Wade Boggs

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:27:35 GMT

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Montana man has been ordered to pay a $3,000 fine after pleading guilty to federal wildlife violations while leading former Boston Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs on a 2009 sheep hunt in Alaska.

  • Jury expected to be seated soon in Aaron Hernandez trial

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:00:14 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The judge overseeing the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez on Friday settled on a pool of 53 prospective jurors from which the court will try to seat 18 jurors.

  • Photographer sues Nike over Michael Jordan photo copyright

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:41:15 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A photographer is accusing Nike of violating the copyright of his 1984 image of Michael Jordan soaring toward a basketball hoop by continuing to use the image to market shoes and clothes.

  • Doc: Player was so drunk, he'd struggle to join a gang-rape

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:01:06 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A defense witness in the case of four former Vanderbilt University football players charged with gang-raping a fellow student testified Friday that one of them was so drunk, he would have struggled to form the intent to commit such a crime.

  • A summary of the wild 2014 NFL season

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:55:53 GMT

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The NFL has reached the pinnacle of its season with the Super Bowl just around the corner. Although it's the most popular sport in the U.S., for many Americans and millions around the world, the Super Bowl is the only football game they will watch all year.

  • Jury resumes deliberations in Bosnian war crimes case

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:06:06 GMT

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A federal jury is considering the case of a Vermont man accused of committing war crimes in Bosnia 21 years ago and then lying to U.S. immigration authorities about it.

  • Jury to resume negotiations in Bosnian war crimes case

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:05:04 GMT

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A federal court jury is set to resume negotiations in the trial of a Bosnian native charged with lying about his role in war crimes when he applied for U.S. citizenship after immigrating to Vermont more than a decade ago.

  • Benson relatives sue for control of Saints, Pelicans

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:16:49 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Relatives of New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson have filed a lawsuit opposing their ouster from ownership positions on the teams.

  • 2 ex-UNC athletes sue school, NCAA over academic failures

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:16:22 GMT

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Two former University of North Carolina athletes have filed a lawsuit against the school and the NCAA, saying neither has done enough to ensure athletes receive a quality education.

  • New indictment against coach in ex-girlfriend's son's death

    Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:42:48 GMT

    CANTON, N.Y. (AP) — A new murder indictment has been issued against a former college soccer coach accused of strangling and smothering his ex-girlfriend's 12-year-old son in New York.

  • Woman doesn't remember alleged rape; prosecution rests

    Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:20:54 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The alleged victim of rape by Vanderbilt University football players testified during their trial Thursday that she has no recollection of being sexually assaulted.

  • What trick will Belichick pull from his hoodie sleeve next?

    Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:19:00 GMT

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has long been a fan of trick plays.

  • Bouncer who sued ex-Pittsburgh Steeler Okobi gets no damages

    Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:02:36 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A bouncer who says he was punched by former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Chukky Okobi has been awarded no damages by a jury.

  • ESPN sues Notre Dame over police records involving athletes

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:27:03 GMT

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — ESPN has filed a lawsuit against University of Notre Dame, alleging the school is violating Indiana's public record laws by withholding police incident reports about possible campus crimes involving certain student-athletes.

  • Andre Ward eager for ring return after long break

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:27:36 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andre Ward wrote out his retirement speech a few times in the last two years. With his usual fastidious style, the super middleweight champion laid out every reason he felt he had to end his unblemished boxing career in his prime.

  • Former Philadelphia sportscaster convicted in charity scam

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:34:45 GMT

    DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A former Philadelphia sportscaster was convicted Wednesday of selling bogus sports-themed trips that he said would help various charities.

  • Boxing champ Taylor booked back into jail after bond revoked

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:13:47 GMT

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Boxing champion Jermain Taylor has been booked back into jail after a judge revoked his bond in an August firearms case.

  • High school coach charged with biting another coach in face

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:59:28 GMT

    MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A high school coach in suburban Atlanta is accused of biting another coach's face, though her attorney says the attack never happened.

  • Players withdraw complaint in Canada over World Cup turf

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:51:05 GMT

    U.S. forward Abby Wambach and a group of fellow players have withdrawn their complaint of gender discrimination over the artificial turf fields to be used for this year's World Cup in Canada.

  • Ex-Gophers quarterback pleads guilty in Mankato assault

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:43:13 GMT

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson has pleaded guilty to fifth-degree assault in a fight that left a former Mankato football player with a serious brain injury.

  • Boxing champ Taylor pleads not guilty to gun, drug charges

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:48:54 GMT

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Boxing champion Jermain Taylor is free after he pleaded not guilty to pointing a gun at a man's head and threatened to shoot three small children at an Arkansas parade.

  • Rooftop owners sue Cubs over Wrigley renovations

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 01:53:11 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — The owners of two rooftop businesses overlooking Wrigley Field are suing the Chicago Cubs and owner Tom Ricketts to try to block plans to erect outfield signs.

  • Former football players testify in Vanderbilt rape trial

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 01:33:09 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Testimony during a rape trial of two ex-Vanderbilt football players Tuesday revealed that at least four of their teammates knew an unconscious female student was in distress but did not call for help.

  • Ex-pro wrestlers sue WWE over concussions that caused injury

    Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:02:09 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two former professional wrestlers accuse the WWE of "selling violence" while ignoring concussions that they say left them with serious brain injuries.

  • 5 Florida high school football players accused of gang rape

    Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:20:37 GMT

    WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Five football players were charged Tuesday with gang raping a fellow student near their central Florida high school, and investigators say the student captured part of the attack on video.

  • Ex-Gophers quarterback reaches plea deal in assault case

    Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:19:53 GMT

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from a fight that left another former football player with a serious brain injury, his attorney said Tuesday.

  • Witness: Vanderbilt rape defendant passed out condoms

    Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:02:27 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An ex-Vanderbilt football player charged with rape testified against his former teammates Tuesday, telling jurors that one was "amped" when he got an unconscious coed in his dorm room.

  • Woman says boxing champ Taylor threatened to kill children

    Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:45:29 GMT

    A Little Rock woman said Tuesday that boxer Jermain Taylor threatened to shoot her three small children, and that she knocked the gun away after the cursing middleweight — once called a role model by the city's mayor — put the weapon to her husband's head.

  • Former pro wrestlers sue WWE over concussions

    Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:16:41 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two former professional wrestlers accuse the WWE of ignoring concussions they say left them with serious brain injuries.

  • Police: Boxer Jermain Taylor to face assault, drug charges

    Tue, 20 Jan 2015 03:23:40 GMT

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Champion middleweight boxer Jermain Taylor, who already faces charges in an August shooting, will be charged in a separate incident after a man told authorities Taylor fired a gun at him, police in Arkansas said Monday.

  • Things to know about trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez

    Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:49:10 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Jury selection continues this week in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. He has pleaded not guilty in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a semiprofessional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Here are some things to know about the trial:

  • Why wait? NBA teams making trades early this season

    Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:38:13 GMT

    Don't wait until the last minute.

  • Vegas Bookies: Patriots-Seahawks pick 'em for Super Bowl

    Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:15:41 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Super Bowl looks like a tossup in this gambling city, where more than $100 million will likely be riding on the game by kickoff.

  • Vegas Bookies: Seahawks a 1-point early favorite in SB

    Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:03:50 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Super Bowl looks like a tossup in this gambling city, where more than $100 million will likely be riding on the game by kickoff.

  • Colts vs. Patriots: Key matchups in AFC title game

    Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:34:13 GMT

    Matchups for the AFC championship game Sunday between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium: