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  • Man charged with posing as football player to extort woman

    Wed, 25 May 2016 23:14:36 GMT

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been arrested on charges that he attempted to extort a woman by posing as a University of Tennessee football player on Snapchat.

  • Kermit Washington accused of stealing from his charity

    Wed, 25 May 2016 22:42:46 GMT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed charges against former NBA forward Kermit Washington, accusing him of embezzling about a half-million dollars in charitable donations meant to help the needy in Africa and spending it on jewelry, vacations and other things.

  • 11 states could regulate daily fantasy sports by year's end

    Wed, 25 May 2016 22:08:17 GMT

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — As many as 11 states may adopt regulations permitting and regulating daily fantasy sports by the end of the year, according to an analyst who closely tracks the issue.

  • A wrestler, a website and maybe a billionaire go to the mat

    Wed, 25 May 2016 21:34:33 GMT

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Is Hulk Hogan's courtroom cage match with Gawker being bankrolled by a high-tech billionaire with a grudge against the news-and-gossip site?

  • Teen sues in locker room rape, alleges lengthy racist abuse

    Wed, 25 May 2016 20:00:54 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A black teenager who prosecutors say was sexually assaulted by three white football players in the locker room of a Idaho high school has sued the school district, alleging the rape was the culmination of months of racist taunts and physical abuse.

  • Charges dropped against Tennessee assistant basketball coach

    Wed, 25 May 2016 19:57:27 GMT

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities have dropped charges against a Tennessee assistant high school basketball coach accused of failing to report alleged child sexual abuse of players by teammates.

  • Spanish hurdler tests positive in retest of 2008 samples

    Wed, 25 May 2016 19:11:57 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish hurdler Josephine Onyia is one of the athletes who tested positive in a reanalysis of doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Games, an official with knowledge of the case said Wednesday.

  • Correction: Baylor-Sex Assault Investigations story

    Wed, 25 May 2016 18:41:01 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In a story May 24 about sexual assault cases involving Baylor University, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a Baylor spokeswoman on second reference. Her name is Lori Fogleman, not Fogelman.

  • Charges dropped against Tennessee high school assistant

    Wed, 25 May 2016 18:24:03 GMT

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities have dropped charges against a Tennessee assistant high school basketball coach accused of failing to report alleged child sexual abuse of players by teammates.

  • Charges dropped against Tenness assistant basketball coach

    Wed, 25 May 2016 17:27:39 GMT

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities have dropped charges against a Tennessee assistant high school basketball coach accused of failing to report alleged child sexual abuse of players by teammates.

  • Former NBA player accused of using charity for personal gain

    Wed, 25 May 2016 17:12:20 GMT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former NBA player Kermit Washington is accused of using donations intended to help needy people in Africa for his own gain, including paying for vacations, jewelry and entertainment.

  • Spanish athlete tests positive in retest of 2008 samples

    Wed, 25 May 2016 16:36:05 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish athlete tested positive in a reanalysis of doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Games, the Spanish Olympic Committee said Wednesday.

  • Baylor says 'Ken Starr is president' amid speculation

    Wed, 25 May 2016 11:26:31 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Baylor University and its president are facing mounting pressure over how the school has handled reports of rape and assault by football players, and the Texas university says its governing board is still considering the results of an internal investigation into the matter.

  • Saints owner Tom Benson discusses why he disinherits kin

    Fri, 20 May 2016 21:56:55 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a court deposition, Tom Benson said he ousted his daughter and grandchildren from executive positions in the Saints and Pelicans after a confrontation turned physical between his daughter, Renee, and his wife, Gayle.

  • Tennessee detective indicted on aggravated perjury charges

    Fri, 20 May 2016 20:51:29 GMT

    A police detective from a Tennessee resort town has been indicted on aggravated perjury charges stemming from his testimony about the alleged sexual assault of high school basketball players by their teammates in a hazing case that outraged authorities in the boys' hometown.

  • Hearing set for suspect in killing of former Saints star

    Fri, 20 May 2016 15:52:21 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With work still being done on the autopsy report on retired Saints defensive end Will Smith, attorneys in the criminal case against the man charged in his death agreed Friday to reschedule an evidence hearing.

  • The Latest: Brief hearing reveals little in Will Smith case

    Fri, 20 May 2016 15:08:00 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a court hearing for the suspect in the shooting death of retired New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith (all times local):

  • Boxer to take anger classes to resolve bar fracas with woman

    Fri, 20 May 2016 13:23:13 GMT

    CRAFTON, Pa. (AP) — Former lightweight boxing champ Paul Spadafora has agreed to take anger management classes to resolve charges that he put a woman in a headlock at a Pittsburgh-area bar, drank her beer and then threw her down when she went outside to call police.

  • On Golf: Mickelson's latest high risk is off the golf course

    Fri, 20 May 2016 06:43:36 GMT

    Phil Mickelson never saw a shot he didn't think he could hit.

  • Social media posts may affect sentence in fatal NY drag race

    Fri, 20 May 2016 04:21:46 GMT

    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York teenager who participated in a 2014 drag race that killed five other teens may have hurt his chances for leniency with a series of insensitive social media posts including one that disparaged police.

  • Mickelson to lose $1M in SEC case involving Vegas gambler

    Fri, 20 May 2016 00:27:36 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Mickelson paid off a debt to a professional gambler with nearly $1 million that was unfairly reaped from an insider trading scheme, according to a federal investigation that led to two arrests but spared the golf great from criminal charges.

  • Phil Mickelson to forfeit nearly $1 million in SEC case

    Thu, 19 May 2016 23:33:21 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Mickelson paid off a debt to a professional gambler with nearly $1 million that was unfairly reaped from an insider trading scheme, according to a federal investigation that led to two arrests but spared the golf great from criminal charges.

  • Ex-boxing champ faces hearing for altercation with woman

    Thu, 19 May 2016 14:50:31 GMT

    CRAFTON, Pa. (AP) — Former lightweight boxing champ Paul Spadafora faces a preliminary hearing on charges he put a woman in a semi-headlock at a Pittsburgh-area bar, drank some of her beer and then threw her to the ground when she went outside to call police.

  • Swiss send last of FIFA suspects to US in bribery case

    Wed, 18 May 2016 23:11:29 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The longtime former head of the Nicaraguan soccer federation who most recently was employed by FIFA pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges Wednesday after he became the last of seven men extradited after their arrests in Zurich last year.

  • The Latest: FIFA suspect extradited to US pleads not guilty

    Wed, 18 May 2016 23:08:29 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on former FIFA staffer Julio Rocha, who was extradited to the United States to face racketeering charges in a sprawling bribery case (all times local):

  • Report: Police records show more violent incidents at Baylor

    Wed, 18 May 2016 21:39:18 GMT

    WACO, Texas (AP) — An examination of Waco police records over a five-year period found more allegations of violent incidents involving Baylor football players who were not charged, appeared to face little or no discipline from the team even though coaches and administrators knew about the allegations and that some documents were shielded from public view by officers, ESPN reported Wednesday.

  • Tide of college football concussion lawsuits begins

    Wed, 18 May 2016 21:25:16 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — As many as 50 class-action lawsuits contesting how the NCAA, major college football conferences or individual schools handled concussions will be filed in the coming months by former players seeking damages for lingering brain injuries and ailments.

  • Doctor: Little evidence ex-wrestler Snuka has brain trauma

    Wed, 18 May 2016 21:15:38 GMT

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka was plenty theatrical inside the ring. A psychiatrist says the professional wrestler might be faking it in real life, too.

  • Court denies NHL motion to dismiss concussion suit over CBA

    Wed, 18 May 2016 20:58:30 GMT

    A federal judge in Minnesota has denied the NHL's latest attempt to throw out a class-action lawsuit by former players filed over head injuries.

  • Prep coach indicted on charges of failing to report abuse

    Wed, 18 May 2016 20:51:15 GMT

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee high school basketball coach has been indicted on four counts of failing to report child sexual abuse of high school basketball players by teammates, prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • News groups seek to unseal court records in Penn State case

    Wed, 18 May 2016 17:57:14 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two news organizations asked a Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday to unseal records in the pending criminal case against three former Penn State administrators over their handling of complaints about Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of child sexual abuse.

  • The Latest: Kenya has agreement on 'road map' to compliance

    Wed, 18 May 2016 15:56:48 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the developments in the Olympic world (all times local):

  • Bach: Russia faces range of sanctions if state doping proven

    Wed, 18 May 2016 15:35:13 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — The latest allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia could lead to suspension of entire national federations, heavy fines and lifetime Olympic bans, IOC President Thomas Bach said Wednesday.

  • The Latest: Bolt says new doping results are 'bad news'

    Wed, 18 May 2016 13:10:55 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the developments in the Olympic world (all times local):

  • Former college wrestler suing after series of concussions

    Wed, 18 May 2016 12:55:30 GMT

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A former Old Dominion University wrestler has filed a lawsuit against the school, saying that despite being knocked out three times over a six-week period and exhibiting symptoms of concussions, coaches failed to refer him for medical treatment.

  • The Latest: Final results on Beijing doping tests next month

    Wed, 18 May 2016 12:23:30 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the developments in the Olympic world (all times local):

  • The Latest: Brazil president gives Bach commitment on games

    Wed, 18 May 2016 12:03:06 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the developments in the Olympic world (all times local):

  • The Latest: Mutko says IOC shows doping problem is all over

    Wed, 18 May 2016 11:58:12 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the developments in the Olympic world (all times local):

  • The Latest: Bach says entire federations could be banned

    Wed, 18 May 2016 11:52:11 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the developments in the Olympic world (all times local):

  • The Latest: IOC has no plans to investigate Tokyo bid

    Wed, 18 May 2016 11:30:24 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the developments in the Olympic world (all times local):

  • The Latest: Bach has no knowledge about US doping probe

    Wed, 18 May 2016 11:16:03 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the developments in the Olympic world (all times local):