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  • Broncos DE Antonio Smith under investigation in Texas

    Fri, 22 May 2015 02:36:27 GMT

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is under investigation in Texas over a criminal allegation the local sheriff described Thursday as "sexual in nature."

  • Manfred says Yanks have grounds to not pay A-Rod bonus

    Fri, 22 May 2015 00:29:10 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he thinks the New York Yankees have grounds not to pay Alex Rodriguez a $6 million marketing bonus for tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the career home run list.

  • Sharper set to plead in federal rape case May 29

    Thu, 21 May 2015 23:39:52 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former NFL star Darren Sharper, who already has pleaded guilty or no-contest to sexual assault charges in three states, is set to enter a new plea in a federal case next week in New Orleans.

  • Aaron Hernandez sports neck tattoo at latest court hearing

    Thu, 21 May 2015 22:38:16 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, sporting a new neck tattoo while making his first court appearance since being sentenced to life in prison for murder, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a charge he tried to silence a witness in a separate double murder case by shooting him in the face.

  • Judge: Convicted killer Aaron Hernandez can't sell Hummer

    Thu, 21 May 2015 22:25:40 GMT

    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A judge has extended a restraining order barring former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who was recently convicted of murder, from selling his 2005 Hummer and keeping the money.

  • Former players: NFL teams 'conspired' to push painkillers

    Thu, 21 May 2015 21:52:24 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Hundreds of former players have filed a lawsuit claiming all 32 NFL teams, their doctors, trainers and medical staffs obtained and provided painkillers to players — often illegally — as part of a decades-long conspiracy to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health.

  • As NCAA fends off challenges, antitrust exemption debated

    Thu, 21 May 2015 21:46:16 GMT

    For years there have been discussions within NCAA membership about seeking an antitrust exemption to provide protection from the types of lawsuits that are threatening to forcefully overhaul college sports.

  • Isiah Thomas wants people to keep open mind about new job

    Thu, 21 May 2015 21:26:04 GMT

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Isiah Thomas knew there would be questions when it was announced two weeks ago that he would be the new president of the New York Liberty. Thomas hopes that people will just keep an open mind.

  • Aaron Hernandez pleads not guilty to witness intimidation

    Thu, 21 May 2015 19:35:55 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to a charge he tried to silence a witness in a double murder case by shooting the man in the face.

  • Judge dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice

    Thu, 21 May 2015 16:07:39 GMT

    MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — A judge on Thursday dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice, who was captured by a surveillance camera knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in a hotel elevator last year.

  • Owner of American Pharoah named in gambling debt lawsuit

    Thu, 21 May 2015 15:52:57 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Ahmed Zayat, owner of Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah, asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses him of owing $1.65 million to a man who says he fronted Zayat money for gambling bets placed at offshore casinos.

  • Steinbrenner on A-Rod: 'He's been a great asset'

    Thu, 21 May 2015 03:42:49 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Now that Alex Rodriguez has more home runs than lawsuits, the New York Yankees are happy with him.

  • Lawyer: Duerson heirs won't appeal NFL concussion deal

    Thu, 21 May 2015 00:08:58 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The family of the late Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson has decided not to appeal the potential $1 billion settlement of NFL concussion lawsuits.

  • Lawsuit alleges sexual hazing on university softball team

    Wed, 20 May 2015 22:47:10 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former softball player at St. Joseph's University claims in a lawsuit that she endured sexually charged hazing so bad that she contemplated suicide and was forced to quit the team.

  • Former Jets linebacker pleads guilty in 'revenge porn' case

    Wed, 20 May 2015 21:51:47 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former New York Jets linebacker pleaded guilty Wednesday to three charges in connection with a domestic dispute that invoked New Jersey's landmark "revenge porn" law.

  • ESPN to appeal Indiana judge's ruling on Notre Dame police

    Wed, 20 May 2015 21:37:41 GMT

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — ESPN will appeal a northern Indiana judge's ruling that the University of Notre Dame police department is not subject to the state's open records law.

  • Goodell wants to hear directly from Brady in appeal

    Wed, 20 May 2015 19:58:54 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday it's his responsibility to hear directly from New England quarterback Tom Brady in his appeal of his four-game suspension in the deflated footballs case.

  • Players' union asks Goodell to recuse self from Brady appeal

    Tue, 19 May 2015 23:50:28 GMT

    The players' union has asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to recuse himself from the appeal hearing for Tom Brady in the deflated footballs case.

  • Gov. Brownback signs bill to end dispute over fantasy sports

    Tue, 19 May 2015 23:49:00 GMT

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill clarifying the legality of fantasy sports leagues.

  • Land deal closes for planned NFL stadium near Los Angeles

    Tue, 19 May 2015 21:20:32 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders moved a step closer Tuesday to building a new stadium near Los Angeles after a complex land deal was finalized on a site that could become the home of a shared $1.7 billion venue.

  • Man who scammed NHL pleads guilty to forgery charges in Ohio

    Tue, 19 May 2015 21:08:51 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A man who once conned the National Hockey League into thinking he was a wealthy entrepreneur well-qualified to buy one of the league's most storied franchises has been convicted of another scam.

  • Land deal closes for proposed LA-area NFL stadium in Carson

    Tue, 19 May 2015 16:27:51 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A complex land transaction has closed that marks another step toward development of a shared NFL stadium near Los Angeles for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.

  • Judge: Boston bomber's sentencing hearing will be in June

    Tue, 19 May 2015 16:06:24 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be formally sentenced to death next month after at least 20 victims describe the impact the terror attack had on their lives.

  • Fight of century is now battle in court as fans sue Pacquiao

    Tue, 19 May 2015 15:43:03 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Boxing fans across the country and their lawyers are calling the hyped-up fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. a fraud and want their money back, and then some.

  • Hewitt still on bail after South African sentence for rape

    Tue, 19 May 2015 11:14:44 GMT

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A South African judge on Tuesday extended the bail of retired doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt, who intends to appeal his conviction for raping and sexually assaulting minors in the 1980s and 1990s.

  • Harlem Globetrotters legend sued over child support payments

    Tue, 19 May 2015 10:55:35 GMT

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The ex-wife of Harlem Globetrotters legend Meadowlark Lemon is suing the basketball star for allegedly skimping on child support payments.

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    Tue, 19 May 2015 09:42:27 GMT

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  • Fight of century becomes fight in court as fans sue Pacquiao

    Tue, 19 May 2015 07:24:54 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Boxing fans across the country and their lawyers are calling the hyped-up fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. a fraud and want their money back, and then some.

  • Solicitation charge against Warren Sapp dismissed in Phoenix

    Tue, 19 May 2015 02:53:29 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — A solicitation charge against Hall of Famer Warren Sapp, who was arrested during Super Bowl week on suspicion of assault and soliciting a prostitute, was dismissed by a Phoenix judge on Monday.

  • Blasts, manhunt, trial, healing: Boston's longest marathon

    Tue, 19 May 2015 01:04:39 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — The champions were already across the finish line — the elite marathoners, the ones whose names would go in the books. And Associated Press photographer Charlie Krupa had set himself up amid the celebrative crowd and snapped their triumphant pictures from a makeshift overhead bridge.

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    Mon, 18 May 2015 21:56:54 GMT

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  • Kraft-Goodell relationship frayed by NFL investigation

    Mon, 18 May 2015 21:25:11 GMT

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Robert Kraft has repeatedly stood up for Roger Goodell, supporting the NFL commissioner's high salary, playing a key role in ending the 2011 lockout, even vouching for his friend amid missteps in the Ray Rice domestic violence case.

  • Marathon bomber likely to appeal over Boston trial site

    Mon, 18 May 2015 20:54:30 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's appeal of his death sentence is likely to focus on the judge's refusal to move the trial out of Boston and the prosecution's barrage of heartbreaking testimony from more than a dozen victims of the attack.

  • Stem cell 'Wild West' takes root amid lack of US regulation

    Mon, 18 May 2015 07:10:49 GMT

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — More than 170 clinics across the country are selling experimental stem cell procedures for dozens of diseases and conditions — a mushrooming industry that has flourished despite little evidence of its safety or effectiveness.

  • Man who scammed NHL in 1990s faces another Ohio fraud case

    Sun, 17 May 2015 15:30:17 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The man who once tried buy an NHL franchise with loads of chutzpah and not much else could face a return to the judicial penalty box if convicted of what authorities say is yet another scam.

  • Will death make Tsarnaev a martyr? Experts say it depends

    Sun, 17 May 2015 14:22:07 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — The cash is flowing in Pennsylvania's hotly contested campaigns for an unprecedented three open seats on the state Supreme Court, as contributions to the dozen candidates surpassed the $5 million mark and TV advertising intensified heading into Tuesday's primary election.

  • Vikings co-owner sued in New Jersey over real estate company

    Sat, 16 May 2015 04:06:46 GMT

    FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A co-owner of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings has been sued in New Jersey by the children of a former partner who say their father was cut out of a real estate deal by Zygi Wilf and his father.

  • 'Justice': Jury orders death for the Boston Marathon bomber

    Sat, 16 May 2015 02:16:15 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — After slouching through his trial for months with a bored look on his face, the defendant was ordered to rise.

  • Reaction to Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence

    Sat, 16 May 2015 01:16:28 GMT

    Reaction to the death sentence a federal jury imposed Friday on Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:

  • Jury orders death for the Boston Marathon bomber

    Sat, 16 May 2015 00:20:17 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — After slouching through his trial for months with a bored look on his face, the defendant was ordered to rise.

  • Vikings owner sued in New Jersey over real estate company

    Fri, 15 May 2015 23:46:02 GMT

    FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — The owner of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings has been sued in New Jersey by the children of a former partner who say their father was cut out of a real estate deal by Wilf and his father.