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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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  • Jury considering ex-Vanderbilt football player's rape case

    Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:39:51 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A jury will continue deliberations Friday morning in the trial of a third former Vanderbilt University football player charged in the 2013 rape of an unconscious female student.

  • Hosting congressional picnic, Trump calls for unity

    Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:17:14 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A carousel spun joyfully within sight of the Truman Balcony. Members of Congress munched on fried chicken and their children watched toy boats float in a pool. Ivanka Trump lifted her daughter off her feet and spun her around in the Rose Garden.

  • Trump wants Jets owner, former Dodgers co-owner as US envoys

    Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:05:37 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll nominate New York Jets owner Woody Johnson to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom.

  • Michael Vick's father arrested on drug-ring charges

    Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:55:14 GMT

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The father of former pro-football star Michael Vick has been arrested on charges of being involved in a drug ring.

  • Correction: OJ Simpson-Parole story

    Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:32:37 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a story June 20 about a parole hearing date set for O.J. Simpson, The Associated Press erroneously reported Simpson's age. He is 69. He turns 70 years old on July 9.

  • Jury begins deliberating in ex-football player's rape trial

    Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:42:43 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jurors in the case of an ex-Vanderbilt University football player charged with rape will have to decide if he was bullied into the assault — and if so, whether that's enough to clear him of charges.

  • Investigation of leak could cost University of Minnesota

    Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:36:49 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The investigation into a leak of confidential information about allegations of sexual harassment by a University of Minnesota athletic department employee could become costly to the school.

  • No-contest plea in California baseball bat attack on coach

    Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:34:53 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man has pleaded no contest to attacking his son's Little League baseball coach with a bat during a game last year.

  • 5 years after Sandusky conviction, many unresolved issues

    Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:24:56 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It's been five years since ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. His appeal is just one of many issues related to the scandal that are still working their way through the courts.

  • Ex-Michigan State football player ordered to trial

    Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:35:21 GMT

    MASON, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan State football player Auston Robertson has been ordered to trial on sexual assault charges.

  • Sauber driver Ericsson dismisses talk of favoritism in team

    Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:05:15 GMT

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Formula One driver Marcus Ericsson has dismissed talk of favoritism within Sauber following the unexpected departure of team principal Monisha Kaltenborn.

  • Ex-football player charged in rape, victim testify in trial

    Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:41:20 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A female student who was raped while unconscious in a college dorm room and one of the former Vanderbilt University football players charged with assaulting her both broke down in tears as they testified Wednesday in the athlete's trial.

  • Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn leaves F1 team

    Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:41:08 GMT

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Monisha Kaltenborn left her position as team principal and chief executive officer of the Sauber Formula One team on Wednesday night, disrupting the team's preparations for this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

  • Ronaldo heads Portugal to 1-0 win over Russia at Confed Cup

    Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:34:40 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo set aside his legal troubles to score the winning goal for Portugal on Wednesday in a 1-0 victory over hosts Russia in the Confederations Cup.

  • James Blake agrees not to sue NYC in exchange for fellowship

    Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:40:39 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tennis star James Blake has agreed to drop his right to sue New York after he was mistakenly arrested and tackled by police. In exchange, a legal fellowship will be created in his name that will bolster the work of the city's police watchdog agency.

  • OJ Simpson gets July 20 parole hearing date in Nevada

    Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:04:04 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Imprisoned former football star O.J. Simpson has a July 20 parole hearing that could have him released from a Nevada prison on Oct. 1, a state parole official said Tuesday.

  • Player testifies against 3rd ex-teammate on trial in rape

    Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:00:06 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A teammate has testified against a third former Vanderbilt football player on trial in the 2013 dorm room rape of an unconscious female student.

  • Judge denies request to block funding tied to Detroit arena

    Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:46:35 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — A judge has denied a request to block some public funding for Little Caesars Arena and the Detroit Pistons' move from the suburbs.

  • Trial of 8 ex-Pilot employees likely moving to another city

    Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:29:23 GMT

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal trial will likely move to another Tennessee city in the case against eight ex-employees of the truck stop chain owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

  • Supreme Court pushes Redskins' name fight back to society

    Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:47:01 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Redskins aren't in the clear with their team name just yet, even after the Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government can't block trademarks on the basis that they're offensive.

  • APNewsBreak: MLB international spending soars above $200M

    Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:57:56 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A record $203 million was spent on international amateur free agents in the just-ended signing period, nearly $50 million more than the previous high and a figure that will plummet when a hard cap on spending starts July 2.

  • Attorney: Student was bullied into role in dormitory rape

    Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:16:14 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Vanderbilt University football player charged with raping an unconscious female student in a dorm room in June 2013 was pressured and bullied into participating, his lawyer contended in the opening of his trial Monday.

  • Reality vs fantasy: FTC to block FanDuel-DraftKings merger

    Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:47:11 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Federal regulators are challenging the planned merger of FanDuel and DraftKings, saying the combination of the two largest daily fantasy sports sites would create a company controlling more than 90 percent of the market.

  • The Latest: Ohio group vows to keep pressure on Indians logo

    Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:26:46 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court ruling on offensive trademarks (all times EDT):

  • Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis: NFL's been cagey on concussions

    Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:55:37 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis says the NFL has taken advantage of its players by not sharing with them all the information it had about the risk of concussions.

  • Reality vs fantasy: FTC wants to block merger of top 2 sites

    Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:52:06 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Federal regulators are challenging the planned merger of FanDuel and DraftKings, saying the combination of the two largest daily fantasy sports sites would create a company controlling more than 90 percent of the market.

  • FTC seeks to block merger of FanDuel and DraftKings

    Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:34:01 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Federal regulators are challenging the planned merger of FanDuel and DraftKings, saying the combination of the two largest daily fantasy sports sites would create a company controlling more than 90 percent of the market.

  • The Latest: Redskins owner says he's thrilled with ruling

    Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:35:31 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court ruling on offensive trademarks. (all times local):

  • Trade commission seeks to block daily fantasy sports merger

    Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:06:09 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission is seeking to block the merger of FanDuel and DraftKings, the two largest daily fantasy sports sites.

  • Justices say law on offensive trademarks is unconstitutional

    Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:28:33 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks, ruling in favor of an Asian-American rock band called the Slants and giving a major boost to the Washington Redskins in their separate legal fight over the team name.

  • Justices say government can't refuse disparaging trademarks

    Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:24:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says the government can't refuse to register trademarks that are considered offensive.

  • 10 Things to Know for Monday

    Mon, 19 Jun 2017 02:05:55 GMT

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Sunday:

  • Russian fans say dozens barred from Confederations Cup

    Sun, 18 Jun 2017 16:35:13 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian fans say dozens — including a notorious fan leader — have been barred from going to Confederations Cup games after their identity documents were unexpectedly canceled.

  • Rural Indian girls get discrimination-fighting tool: soccer

    Sun, 18 Jun 2017 05:32:44 GMT

    HUTUP, India (AP) — The aging bus meanders through the narrow streets of a tiny village in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, the smell of manure wafting through the air. A thick darkness blankets the neighborhood ahead of the early morning sunrise.

  • Andre Ward stops Sergey Kovalev to win light heavy rematch

    Sun, 18 Jun 2017 04:28:41 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Andre Ward vowed he would leave no doubt this time around. He didn't, turning the tables on a big puncher and stopping Sergey Kovalev in the eighth round Saturday night to win their light heavyweight title rematch.

  • Commission urges Title IX reforms at University of Tennessee

    Sat, 17 Jun 2017 22:26:10 GMT

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An independent commission says the University of Tennessee should improve its responses to allegations of sexual harassment and sexual violence on campus.

  • Michigan moves to terminate sports doctor's parental rights

    Sat, 17 Jun 2017 17:44:58 GMT

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan is seeking to terminate the parental rights of a sports doctor accused of sexual assaulting dozens of women and girls.

  • Ex-Bengals player pleads no contest to indecent exposure

    Sat, 17 Jun 2017 15:24:10 GMT

    OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — A former Cincinnati Bengals football player has pleaded no contest to assault and indecent exposure.

  • Billie Jean King praises Northwestern grads on inclusion

    Sat, 17 Jun 2017 15:19:54 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Tennis great Billie Jean King had some good things to say about millennials in a speech to Northwestern University graduates.

  • Would-be gunman launched into Trump tirade before shooting

    Sat, 17 Jun 2017 08:56:54 GMT

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — For three months, James T. Hodgkinson lived out of a white cargo van in a gentrified neighborhood just miles from where U.S. laws are made. Fellow YMCA patrons saw him there most mornings working on his laptop. One bartender said he spent many evenings quietly sipping cans of Budweiser by himself.

  • King compliments Northwestern grads for accepting diversity

    Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Baby boomer and tennis great Billie Jean King had some good things to say about millennials in a speech to Northwestern University graduates.