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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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  • Woman convicted in ex-quarterback fraud scheme rebuilds life

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:18:06 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Wealthy widow Anita Barney lost nearly her entire fortune to an ex-Ohio State quarterback who defrauded her of hundreds of thousands of dollars to feed a gambling addiction that left him banished from the NFL.

  • Manziel's troubles mount, police open criminal investigation

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:53:21 GMT

    Johnny Manziel's troubles — both legal and personal — are worsening.

  • Citigroup blocks fantasy sports transactions in New York

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 06:43:32 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — As daily fantasy sports websites face increased legal scrutiny, the world's biggest credit-card lender is blocking transactions by New York residents on the country's two biggest sites.

  • Johnny Manziel's father worried quarterback self-destructing

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:11:39 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — With Johnny Manziel's professional career in doubt and his personal life crumbling, his father fears for the troubled quarterback's safety.

  • The Latest: Browns owner reached out Manziel, no response

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 04:59:07 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel (all times local):

  • Jury finds former Viking Voigt guilty of bank fraud

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 03:05:23 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Vikings tight end Stu Voigt has been found guilty of one count of bank fraud.

  • The Latest: Dallas police reopen Manziel assault probe

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 02:42:14 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel (all times local):

  • The Latest: Manziel's ex-girlfriend gets protective order

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:46:22 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel (all times local):

  • Panthers S Coleman, ex-teammate overcome tragedy, form bond

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:28:54 GMT

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — There was a time when Carolina Panthers safety Kurt Coleman wasn't sure if he should — or even could — play football again.

  • Sexting charges against coach puts school under scrutiny

    Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:45:07 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An exclusive private school in Indianapolis is under scrutiny over how it handled the allegations that a coach who led the high school boys basketball team to back-to-back state titles sent sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old female student. Court documents say Park Tudor School officials notified the state child welfare agency the same day the coach quit, but also allowed him to temporarily keep a school computer.

  • USC athletic director Pat Haden to step down in June

    Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:43:58 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California hired Pat Haden to guide its storied athletic department through the toughest time in its history.

  • Man banned from using Bible verse drops suit against school

    Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:46:27 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — A graduate of a Colorado university banned from putting Bible citations on a fundraising plaque in the school's football locker room is dropping a federal lawsuit now that the school has removed the original plaques.

  • AG wants dismissal of Penn State officials' charges reversed

    Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:43:36 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors want a Pennsylvania appeals court to reconsider its dismissal of some criminal charges against three former Penn State administrators accused of covering up sex abuse complaints against Jerry Sandusky.

  • Plaintiffs in NHL concussion case now count 105 ex-players

    Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:54:51 GMT

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Long after the end of his NHL career, Steve Payne is living an empty-nest life with his wife and three dogs in western Wisconsin.

  • Louisville announces postseason ban for men's basketball

    Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:22:06 GMT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has announced a one-year postseason ban for its men's basketball team amid ongoing investigations into a sex scandal in which an escort alleged that a former staffer paid her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

  • DraftKings makes long delayed push into UK

    Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:10:02 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — As its industry continues to tangle with U.S. policymakers, daily fantasy sports giant DraftKings is making its long-anticipated international push with a launch Friday in the United Kingdom.

  • Referee call barring Native American hair buns causes uproar

    Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:54:11 GMT

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The board that governs Arizona high school sports says members of a girls' basketball team can wear their hair in traditional Navajo buns after a referee's decision to ban the hairstyle at a game this week caused an outcry.

  • Call over Native American hair bun at game prompts outcry

    Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:27:52 GMT

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The girls on the Flagstaff High School basketball team plan to show up to their crosstown rivalry game Friday with traditional Navajo buns in their hair.

  • Klingberg's goal early in OT lifts Stars to 4-3 win over Avs

    Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:12:23 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — John Klingberg scored 35 seconds into overtime, Antti Niemi stopped a pivotal penalty shot in the third period and the Dallas Stars snapped an eight-game skid against Colorado, beating the Avalanche 4-3 on Thursday night.

  • NFL critic crashes news conference about concussions

    Fri, 05 Feb 2016 02:39:40 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An uninvited guest at the NFL's annual pre-Super Bowl news conference about health and safety, Chris Nowinski stood nearby and listened Thursday as one of the league's chief advisers about concussions declined to acknowledge a link between football and the brain disease called CTE.

  • Ex-coach at Indianapolis school faces sex-related charges

    Fri, 05 Feb 2016 02:06:57 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The former boys basketball coach at an exclusive private school in Indianapolis was charged Thursday with trying to entice a 15-year-old female student into a sexual relationship, and court documents allege that school officials hampered the investigation.

  • After disclosing player information, USSF moves to seal suit

    Fri, 05 Feb 2016 02:01:13 GMT

    The U.S. Soccer Federation's original lawsuit against the union for its champion women's national team has been sealed after the governing body realized it had disclosed the home addresses and email accounts of many players.

  • Rhode Island attorney general: Daily fantasy sports legal

    Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:39:08 GMT

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Daily fantasy sports mix chance and skill and are legal under state law, the state's attorney general said Thursday.

  • Prosecutor: Va. Tech students plotted girl's stabbing death

    Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:48:41 GMT

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia Tech students carefully planned the kidnapping and killing of a 13-year-old girl, buying cleaning supplies and a shovel at separate Wal-Mart stores, and then hiding her body in the trunk of a Lexus, a prosecutor alleged on Thursday.

  • Prosecutor details how Va. Tech students plotted stabbing

    Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:50:53 GMT

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two engineering majors at Virginia Tech university carefully planned the kidnapping and killing of a 13-year-old girl, buying cleaning supplies and a shovel at separate Wal-Mart stores, and then hiding her body in the trunk of a Lexus, a prosecutor alleged on Thursday.

  • Document: Ex-NFL star Sharper, US renew plea negotiations

    Thu, 04 Feb 2016 01:01:24 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal court papers state that former NFL star Darren Sharper has renewed plea negotiations with federal prosecutors and is preparing a trial defense — which could indicate that his plea agreement in a drug and sexual assault case is off.

  • Crawford helps Blackhawks to 2-1 win over Avalanche

    Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:41:36 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Richard Panik did his best Jonathan Toews imitation, scoring a goal and even playing on the top line at times.

  • Hawaii prosecutor to fantasy sports sites: Stop taking bets

    Wed, 03 Feb 2016 01:34:12 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro is demanding that the heads of two major fantasy sports sites stop taking bets from Honolulu residents.

  • Ex-FIFA vice president released on bond in corruption case

    Tue, 02 Feb 2016 22:46:09 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former vice president for world soccer's governing body has been released from U.S. custody in New York and will be subject to house arrest as he awaits trial on bribery and other charges related to a sprawling corruption case.

  • Oklahoma high school wrestlers plead not guilty to rape

    Tue, 02 Feb 2016 22:10:19 GMT

    PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (AP) — Four Oklahoma high school wrestlers have pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting two other wrestlers.

  • OJ Simpson not happy with portrayal of lawyer on TV show ads

    Tue, 02 Feb 2016 20:46:45 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson isn't happy with ads and interviews he's seen about a cable TV series focusing on his 1995 murder acquittal, his attorney said, but he's not upset about the way he's depicted.

  • Former German soccer president wins preliminary court ruling

    Tue, 02 Feb 2016 19:59:34 GMT

    DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The former president of the German soccer federation can continue to refer to Qatar as a "cancerous growth of world football" — at least until a final ruling by a German court.

  • Report: Baylor didn't act on sex assault complaints

    Mon, 01 Feb 2016 23:52:54 GMT

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Three students at Baylor University say the school failed to act on their allegations that they were sexually assaulted by a former football player later convicted in one of those cases, ESPN reports.

  • Martial arts hold used on teen before detention center death

    Mon, 01 Feb 2016 22:04:14 GMT

    ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A martial arts hold was used on a teenager hours before she was found dead at a Kentucky detention center, according to the state Department of Juvenile Justice.

  • 4 Oklahoma high school wrestlers accused of raping 2 on bus

    Mon, 01 Feb 2016 21:59:42 GMT

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Four high school wrestlers in Oklahoma have been charged with sexually assaulting two other wrestlers on a bus.

  • NCAA board votes to extend President Emmert through 2020

    Mon, 01 Feb 2016 20:51:46 GMT

    NCAA President Mark Emmert has received a three-year contract extension that runs through October 2020.

  • Police: Slain 13-year-old not shot; Va Tech students held

    Mon, 01 Feb 2016 18:37:30 GMT

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia Tech students appeared in court Monday in the death of a 13-year-old girl who apparently climbed out her bedroom window, but the events that led to her killing remained a mystery.

  • AP survey: Concussions not most NFL players' chief concern

    Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:21:21 GMT

    During a 15-year NFL career that sent him pinballing over the middle of the field too many times to count, absorbing hits as wicked as they come, former Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley endured injuries that literally ran from head to toe.

  • 2 Virginia Tech students charged in death of teen girl

    Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:22:00 GMT

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia Tech engineering students have been arrested in connection with the death of a 13-year-old girl whose disappearance last week from her Virginia home set off a frantic, four-day search.

  • Virginia Tech student charged in death of 13-year-old girl

    Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:41:17 GMT

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia Tech engineering students have been arrested in connection with the death of a 13-year-old girl whose disappearance last week from her Virginia home set off a frantic, four-day search.

  • The Latest: Family friend: Murdered girl was an 'angel'

    Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:13:48 GMT

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The latest in the death of missing Blacksburg teen Nicole Madison Lovell (all times local):