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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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  • Arrest warrant sought for UFC champ in hit-and-run crash

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:58:42 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones ran from a crash that hospitalized a pregnant woman but quickly came back to grab "a large handful of cash" from the car, witnesses told police.

  • Column: Busch's victory shows attempt to change as a person

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:45:17 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kurt Busch's win at Richmond International Raceway would only be considered redemption if anyone had ever questioned his driving ability.

  • ESPN suing Verizon over unbundling of its sports channel

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:21:13 GMT

    ESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package.

  • Witnesses: UFC champ ran from crash, returned to grab cash

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:33:58 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones ran from a Sunday crash that hospitalized a pregnant woman but quickly came back to grab "a large handful of cash" from the car, witnesses told police.

  • France probes migrant abuse claims linked to 2022 World Cup

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:38:43 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — A French prosecutor has opened a preliminary investigation into allegations that construction company Vinci gravely mistreated migrant workers in Qatar as it prepares to host the 2022 World Cup.

  • Australia wants claims against Indonesian judges probed

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:25:55 GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia wants corruption allegations against Indonesian judges investigated before their death sentences against two Australian drug traffickers are carried out, the foreign minister said Monday.

  • Boston Marathon bomber's lawyer urges jury to spare his life

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:34:37 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev urged a jury Monday to spare his client's life, saying there is no punishment that he can get that would be equal to the suffering of the victims.

  • Tsarnaev's life on line as defense argues against execution

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:16:54 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's life is on the line as his lawyers return to federal court to make their case that he should be spared the death penalty.

  • A-Rod hits No. 659, Yanks beat Mets 6-4 to win Subway Series

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:47:57 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is one big swing from matching Willie Mays. Whether the New York Yankees would celebrate that achievement — or pay for it, for that matter — remains to be seen.

  • Las Vegas bullish on Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight

    Sat, 25 Apr 2015 04:35:55 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Interested in coming to Vegas to be part of the matchup to end all matchups that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are selling? It's gonna cost you.

  • Bruce Jenner: My brain is more female than male

    Sat, 25 Apr 2015 04:02:48 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner told the world that "for all intents and purposes, I am a woman" in an extraordinary television interview aired Friday about gender confusion he first felt as a youngster trying on his mother's and sister's dresses.

  • Judge: Fired Ohio State band director's lawsuit may proceed

    Sat, 25 Apr 2015 02:59:16 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A band director fired by Ohio State University for allowing a "sexualized culture" within its celebrated marching band may move forward with his civil rights lawsuit against the school, a federal judge ruled Friday.

  • Court: Iowa casino doesn't have to pay $41M jackpot error

    Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:48:34 GMT

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — When an 87-year-old Illinois grandmother bet a quarter in an Iowa slot machine in 2011, she thought she'd hit it big. The screen said: "The reels have rolled your way! Bonus Award - $41797550.16."

  • Judge: Fired Ohio State band director's lawsuit can proceed

    Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:45:20 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the fired Ohio State University's band director's lawsuit against the school can proceed.

  • Goodell: LA projects viable for bringing back team

    Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:21:57 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Goodell says the two stadium projects in the Los Angeles area look promising enough to lead to the return of the NFL to the nation's second-largest city.

  • Ex-nanny for Penguins' Kunitz charged with stealing jewelry

    Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:22:01 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The former nanny of Pittsburgh Penguins player Chris Kunitz has been charged with stealing $12,000 diamond earrings from his home, then selling them to jewelry stores, police said.

  • Ex-Seahawk Jerramy Stevens pleads no contest to DUI charge

    Fri, 24 Apr 2015 01:54:07 GMT

    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens has pleaded no contest to driving drunk in a Southern California beach town.

  • WNBA's Griner, fiancee Glory Johnson arrested after fight

    Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:14:16 GMT

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner and her fiancee, fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson, were arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct after an argument in the home they recently purchased together became physical.

  • Ex-Bears star's family to appeal NFL concussion settlement

    Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:27:51 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The family of late Pro Bowl safety Dave Duerson will appeal this week's NFL concussion settlement amid concerns it doesn't include future awards for the brain decay diagnosed after his 2011 suicide.

  • Woman seeks dismissal of suit against daughter of Bama coach

    Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:48:54 GMT

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A woman asked a judge Thursday to dismiss her lawsuit against the daughter of University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban, bringing an apparent end to a legal fight between sorority sisters that began after a night of partying in Tuscaloosa.

  • Jury sees photos of 17 amputees from Boston Marathon bombing

    Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:17:46 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A woman whose left leg was amputated after the Boston Marathon bombing described her own painful loss, then identified photos of 16 others who lost limbs as prosecutors tried to drive home the brutality of the attack to jurors who will decide the bomber's fate.

  • Aaron Hernandez moved to new prison after murder conviction

    Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:07:38 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been moved to a new prison a week after he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life behind bars.

  • 'Concern' about appeals of NFL concussion case settlement

    Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:21:38 GMT

    It's been four years since lawsuits connected to concussions were first filed against the NFL, and even now that a settlement agreement finally has been approved by a federal judge, none of the hundreds of millions of dollars available to thousands of former players will be paid until any appeals are heard — and, after that, until claims are assessed.

  • Bonds' obstruction conviction thrown out by appeals court

    Thu, 23 Apr 2015 01:01:42 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Barry Bonds has been cleared legally after 11 1/2 years in court. His reputation remains tainted in the mind of many baseball fans.

  • Hawks, Ressler agree on $850 million sale for NBA team

    Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:39:11 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A group headed by billionaire Antony Ressler has agreed to purchase the NBA's Atlanta Hawks for $850 million.

  • Judge OKs 65-year deal over NFL concussions; could cost $1B

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:40:46 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge has approved a settlement agreement that is expected to cost the NFL $1 billion over 65 years to resolve thousands of concussion lawsuits.

  • NFL suspends DE Greg Hardy for 10 games

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:12:47 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL suspended defensive end Greg Hardy for 10 games without pay Wednesday for conduct detrimental to the league after concluding there was "credible evidence" he roughed up his former girlfriend nearly a year ago when he was a member of the Carolina Panthers.

  • Victim's mom to move ahead with suit against Aaron Hernandez

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:55:26 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — The mother of a man slain by former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is moving forward with a lawsuit against him, and her lawyer said Wednesday that his first step is to figure out how much money Hernandez has left and where he's keeping it.

  • Photo, video of Tsarnaev making obscene gesture released

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:12:19 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev peered into the security camera in the corner of his jail cell, fussed with his hair while looking in the reflective glass, flashed a two-digit salute like a teenager taking a selfie and then defiantly put up his middle finger.

  • Lance Armstrong: WADA head rebuffed proposed meeting in 2013

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:02:47 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong said Wednesday that the World Anti-Doping Agency and others are "owed an apology" from him for cheating during his cycling career, but noted that the agency's chief rebuffed efforts to meet back in 2013.

  • Ballroom dancer describes losing leg in marathon bombing

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:53:55 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — After the first bomb went off down the street at the Boston Marathon, Adrianne Haslet-Davis somehow knew there was another one coming.

  • Judge approves potential $1 billion plan to resolve thousands of NFL concussion lawsuits

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:00:57 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Judge approves potential $1 billion plan to resolve thousands of NFL concussion lawsuits.

  • 2 ex-Dixie State women's basketball players sue school

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:22:34 GMT

    ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Two former Dixie State University women's basketball players are accusing the college of racial, sexual and religious discrimination in a federal lawsuit.

  • Aaron Hernandez to be called to stand in wrongful death suit

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:16:54 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for the family of a man slain by Aaron Hernandez plans to call the former New England Patriots star to the stand in a wrongful death lawsuit.

  • Family of officer slain after marathon bombing explains loss

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:40:33 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — The brother and stepfather of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer killed by Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) say his death had a devastating impact on their family.

  • Jury in Boston Marathon trial sees photo of defiant Tsarnaev

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 02:26:40 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — First, the jury was shown large, vibrant pictures of the four people killed in the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. Then prosecutors pulled out the photo they saved for last: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev giving the finger to the security camera in his jail cell.

  • Officials in Los Angeles suburb to eye NFL stadium proposal

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 01:46:49 GMT

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles suburb of Carson will consider a proposed $1.7 billion NFL stadium Tuesday — even though many details haven't been worked out and funding is uncertain.

  • AP Interview: WADA exec disappointed by no Armstrong apology

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:59:16 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency is disappointed Lance Armstrong has not apologized for costly and time-consuming lawsuits before the former cycling champion admitted using performance-enhancing drugs.

  • WADA director general disappointed by no Armstrong apology

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:55:57 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency is disappointed Lance Armstrong has not apologized for costly and time-consuming lawsuits before the former cycling champion admitted using performance-enhancing drugs.

  • 2 guilty pleas in theft of limited-edition Nike sneakers

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:05:36 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two men pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to sell stolen, limited-edition Nike sneakers to collectors who spend thousands of dollars for a single pair of shoes.

  • Latest on Boston bombing trial: Jurors cry as dad testifies

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:56:44 GMT

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