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  • Feds want boat panels brought to court to show Tsarnaev note

    Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:20:23 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors want panels of the boat in which Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found hiding to be brought to court to show jurors what they say is his written confession, but his lawyers want them to see the entire bullet-ridden boat.

  • Hernandez prosecutors want jury told about Florida shooting

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:45:46 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez asked the judge Monday to let them tell jurors about his involvement in a friend's shooting in Florida, saying it contradicts the argument his defense team has presented: He would not shoot a friend.

  • Cubs expect 'dusty' year amid Wrigley Field renovations

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:09:41 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — When the Chicago Cubs open their season at Wrigley Field next month, players and fans alike may feel a bit like a homeowner who lives in a house where workers are tearing apart the kitchen.

  • No jail time for Nelson in assault on ex-football player

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:02:21 GMT

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Former University of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson apologized in court Monday to a former Minnesota State football player who suffered a serious brain injury in a beating outside a nightclub last year.

  • Rio Ruckus: IOC, Olympics targeted by environmental protest

    Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:51:26 GMT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach came to Rio de Janeiro to laud the city's progress in getting ready for the 2016 Olympics. On Saturday, he came up against another side of the games — activists bursting into his hotel lobby to protest what they call environmental destruction brought on by the games.

  • Woman convicted in ex-Penn hoops star's death gets treatment

    Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:41:57 GMT

    MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — The wife of a former University of Pennsylvania basketball standout found guilty but mentally ill in his stabbing death may soon be paroled to the state mental hospital for treatment.

  • Environmental activists disrupt meeting by Olympic officials

    Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:42:12 GMT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Environmental activists burst into the lobby of a luxury hotel on Rio's Copacabana Beach where IOC officials were meeting Saturday, protesting against ecological destruction related to the 2016 Olympics.

  • Finding Ohio State band director replacement taking time

    Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:44:51 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hiring a replacement for fired Ohio State University marching band director Jonathan Waters is taking longer than the school anticipated.

  • Ex-school worker pleads guilty to obstruction in rape case

    Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:38:05 GMT

    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors in Ohio say the remaining charges related to the rape of a 16-year-old girl by two high school football players have been resolved with a guilty plea by a former school employee.

  • Testimony: Several Hernandez texts are missing from phone

    Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:25:45 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Texts and phone records shown to jurors Friday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez showed that several messages he exchanged with a co-defendant before the killing were deleted from his phone.

  • Judge rules for Peterson, opening door for reinstatement

    Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:46:48 GMT

    In NFL limbo for the last five-plus months, Adrian Peterson's future with the Minnesota Vikings is still in question.

  • Ex-Louisville guard Jones pleads not guilty to rape, sodomy

    Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:09:45 GMT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville coach Rick Pitino had reached his limit with Chris Jones, even before he knew the senior guard was facing felony rape and sodomy charges.

  • Judge: Keeping Sandusky lawsuit in Philadelphia not a burden

    Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:23:42 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge presiding over a civil lawsuit against Penn State and ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky by one of the accusers who testified in Sandusky's criminal child sex abuse trial says keeping the case in Philadelphia doesn't present a burden to potential witnesses or to the university.

  • Teen swimming in sweatpants drowns in apartment complex pool

    Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:48:25 GMT

    ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy who had been swimming in an apartment complex's Olympic-size indoor pool while wearing sweatpants drowned on Wednesday, prosecutors said.

  • Everth Cabrera, Orioles finalize $2.4M, 1-year contract

    Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:37:07 GMT

    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Former All-Star infielder Everth Cabrera and the Baltimore Orioles finalized their $2.4 million, one-year contract on Wednesday.

  • Cop: Shell casings in Hernandez car, at scene from same gun

    Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:12:55 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A shell casing found in a car rented by ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and at the scene of a killing near his home were fired from the same weapon, a state police sergeant testified Wednesday.

  • Valcke: No FIFA compensation to clubs for 2022 date switch

    Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:18:15 GMT

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The fallout from FIFA's desire to play the World Cup in Qatar at the end of 2022 was felt in Europe and Africa on Wednesday.

  • Appeals court won't toss ex-Dodgers owner's divorce deal

    Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:23:51 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court has refused to overturn a financial settlement between former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his ex-wife, who argued that McCourt misled her about the value of the team and television broadcast rights.

  • 18 months in prison for chemist in baseball steroids case

    Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:57:04 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A chemist working out of his suburban South Florida garage was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for supplying banned performance-enhancing substances to a clinic whose customers included professional baseball players such as New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.

  • 2 to stand trial for manslaughter in football player's OD

    Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:35:24 GMT

    MONACA, Pa. (AP) — Two 18-year-old Pennsylvania men have been ordered to stand trial on involuntary manslaughter and other charges for moving a dying 17-year-old friend out of one car to leave him in another after he overdosed on heroin and the prescription anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

  • Los Angeles-area city celebrates stadium deal, awaits NFL

    Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:48:02 GMT

    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The city of Inglewood has unanimously and emphatically approved a $2 billion stadium plan backed by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke that clears a path for a return to the Los Angeles area of the NFL for the first time in two decades.

  • Council OKs Los Angeles-area stadium backed by Rams owner

    Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:20:25 GMT

    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The Inglewood City Council late Tuesday night approved plans to build a football stadium that includes St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke as a partner, clearing a path for a return to the Los Angeles area of the NFL for the first time in two decades.

  • Former Wisconsin player, twin to plead guilty to charges

    Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:22:19 GMT

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former University of Wisconsin football player and his twin brother are scheduled to plead guilty next month in a string of robberies.

  • California bill would ban chewing tobacco at baseball parks

    Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:59:18 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Anti-smoking advocates are hoping to strike out chewing tobacco at California baseball games.

  • FIFA closes on dates for taboo-breaking World Cup in Qatar

    Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:34:27 GMT

    The World Cup in Qatar keeps provoking outrage and breaking taboos.

  • ESPN's Olbermann out for week after Penn State comments

    Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:23:24 GMT

    BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Keith Olbermann was taken off his ESPN show for the rest of the week after making insulting comments about Penn State students on Twitter.

  • Lawyer says Ernie Banks assets worth $16,000

    Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:58:50 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs great Ernie Banks had assets worth just $16,000 when he died, an attorney for the woman who cared for him during his final years said Tuesday in a contentious court appearance over his will that prompted a judge to demand details.

  • Lawyer says Ernie Banks worth $16,000, judge demands details

    Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:37:15 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — A probate judge requested details about Ernie Banks' assets after an attorney for his former caregiver said the Hall of Famer had just $16,000 in assets when he died last month.

  • Redskins: Canceling trademark violates free-speech rights

    Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:06:04 GMT

    McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A federal government decision to cancel the Washington Redskins' trademark because it may be disparaging infringes on free-speech rights and unfairly singles the team out, lawyers argued in court papers filed Monday.

  • FIFA recommends November-December for World Cup in Qatar

    Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:09:47 GMT

    Long seen as inevitable, a 2022 World Cup in November and December is now practically a done deal.

  • Kansas State rallies late to topple No. 8 Kansas, 70-63

    Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:12:14 GMT

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — As the final seconds ticked away on the massive new video board hanging from the rafters, an ocean of purple-clad Kansas State students began to spill onto the floor.

  • Housecleaners say they saw guns in Aaron Hernandez's home

    Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:20:35 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Two women who cleaned the home of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified Monday at his murder trial that they saw guns stashed in three places in his house before the killing.

  • House cleaners say they saw guns in Aaron Hernandez's home

    Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:30:57 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Two women who cleaned the home of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez have testified at his murder trial that they each saw guns there before the killing.

  • House cleaner says she saw 2 guns in Aaron Hernandez's home

    Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:49:15 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A woman who cleaned the home of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified Monday at his murder trial that she saw two guns there before the killing.

  • Stakes high as teams try to judge character at NFL combine

    Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:47:45 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The questions were similar, and Dorial Green-Beckham had virtually the same response for each one.

  • Witnesses in Aaron Hernandez trial say they heard loud bangs

    Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:30:28 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Two witnesses in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez have testified about hearing several loud bangs around the time of the killing.

  • Prosecutor can now ask sister about texts in Hernandez trial

    Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:44:14 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The judge in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez now says the prosecutor can ask the victim's sister about text messages sent in the final minutes of his life.

  • After tense exchange, Aaron Hernandez murder trial resumes

    Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:50:30 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez resumes after a tense exchange last week between the judge and a prosecutor.

  • Appeals court: Couple can sue Jack Nicklaus in Utah case

    Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:23:03 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled a Colorado couple can sue Jack Nicklaus over an alleged misrepresentation of the golf legend's membership role in a $3.5 billion southern Utah luxury golf resort that went bankrupt in 2009 before it could open.

  • Appeals court: CO couple can sue Jack Nicklaus in Utah case

    Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:41:34 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled a Colorado couple can sue Jack Nicklaus over an alleged misrepresentation of the golf legend's membership role in a failed $3.5 billion southern Utah luxury golf resort.

  • Solicitor: Fan in Paris incident apologizes, denies racism

    Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:13:49 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — A former policeman is one of the Chelsea fans being sought by officers investigating an alleged racist incident in Paris, his solicitor said Sunday in a statement that apologized to the victim.