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  • Judge again rules Joe Paterno can't sue for contract breach

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:52:45 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge has ruled again that the family of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno can't sue the NCAA and the university for breach of contract for their actions in response to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

  • NY in settlement with college group on sports eligibility

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:32:12 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general announced a settlement Monday with the National Junior College Athletic Association to eliminate a rule nationally that limited sports eligibility mostly to students who attended at least three years of high school in the United States.

  • Prosecution rests its case against Boston Marathon bomber

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:16:08 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an 8-year-old boy killed in the 2013 terror attack.

  • Aaron Hernandez's fiancee: I removed box at his request

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:40:54 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified in his murder trial Monday that she removed a box from their basement at his request the day after the slaying.

  • StubHub files lawsuit against Ticketmaster

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:02:20 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — StubHub is suing Ticketmaster and the Golden State Warriors, alleging it unfairly required fans looking to resell tickets to use Ticketmaster's resale exchange.

  • Feds to wrap up case in 1st phase of marathon bombing trial

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:18:18 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors are expected to wrap up their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with testimony from medical examiners who will describe the injuries to two people who died in the attack, including an 8-year-old boy.

  • Saban dismisses Taylor from team after arrest

    Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:07:05 GMT

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban has dismissed Jonathan Taylor from the team following the second domestic violence arrest of the defensive lineman's college career.

  • Alabama DL Taylor charged with domestic violence a 2nd time

    Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:06:39 GMT

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor, signed about six months after Georgia dismissed him following his arrest in a girlfriend's assault, faces a new domestic violence charge, police said.

  • Malaysia poised to sign new F1 hosting deal

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:55:11 GMT

    SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Grand Prix organizers are poised to sign a new three-year contract to host Formula One at the Sepang International Circuit, with a final agreement expected next month.

  • Gift returns: Sterling wife wants house, $1 million

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:38:30 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The wife of Donald Sterling sought revenge Friday against a woman whose recording cost her husband ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers by playing audio that showed the billionaire showered her with millions of dollars in gifts.

  • David Ortiz defends his reputation in column

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:05:13 GMT

    Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is certain on this point: "I never knowingly took any steroids." And this, too: "I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame."

  • Medical experts look beyond law to make youth sports safer

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:37:49 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — To toughen safety standards in youth sports, medical experts are turning away from lawmakers and toward high school sports associations to implement policies and procedures to prevent deaths and serious injuries.

  • A-Rod cousin pleads guilty in Florida steroids case

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:41:16 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A cousin of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez who was the star's longtime personal assistant pleaded guilty Friday to a federal drug charge, the last remaining defendant in the probe into steroids illegally provided to athletes through a South Florida clinic.

  • Sterling's friend says she wasn't only gift recipient

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:46:59 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The woman who recorded Donald Sterling's racially offensive remarks says she wasn't the only recipient of gifts from the billionaire.

  • Aaron Hernandez's fiancee: He was intoxicated before killing

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:54:51 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has testified in his murder trial that he was intoxicated in the hours before the killing of her sister's boyfriend.

  • Arrowhead, Kauffman stadiums' food service fires manager

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:12:56 GMT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A food safety manager at Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums in Kansas City says he was fired after complaining about dirty conditions.

  • Juror dismissed in murder trial of ex-NFLer Aaron Hernandez

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:24:30 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The judge overseeing the trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has dismissed a juror for personal reasons.

  • Aaron Hernandez trial resumes after 9 jurors questioned

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:36:10 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez resumed Friday after a brief delay while the judge questioned nine jurors.

  • 9 jurors questioned in murder trial of Aaron Hernandez

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:14:19 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been briefly delayed as the judge questioned nine jurors.

  • Several jurors questioned in murder trial of Aaron Hernandez

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:26:25 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been delayed as the judge questions several jurors.

  • Recording: Sterling wanted to give woman 'everything'

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:18:27 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Days after Donald Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and in jeopardy of losing his Los Angeles Clippers, he was trying to ensure that the woman who led to his downfall had a house of her own.

  • Fiancee of ex-NFL player Hernandez due to be called in trial

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:27:06 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is due to be called to testify by prosecutors in his murder trial, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.

  • Labor, developers reach deal on proposed NFL stadium

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:30:10 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Labor leaders announced Thursday that they have resolved a dispute with developers that threatened to delay construction of a proposed 80,000-seat stadium near Los Angeles that could become home for an NFL team.

  • Recording: Woman, ex-Clippers owner discussed hiding gifts

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:07:11 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The woman whose recording of Donald Sterling cost him the Los Angeles Clippers was forced Thursday to answer questions about recordings in which she and the billionaire discussed how to hide a house he bought her.

  • San Diego city, county join forces on bid to keep NFL

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:48:25 GMT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The county and city of San Diego are joining forces in a bid to keep its NFL franchise.

  • Fiancee of Aaron Hernandez to be called to testify Friday

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:43:57 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be called to testify in his murder trial Friday, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.

  • Woman testifies about gifts from ex-owner of Clippers

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:31:01 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The woman who recorded Donald Sterling's racially offensive remarks says she loved him and called him her hubby, but they never had a romance.

  • NCAA says it will monitor impacts of Indiana religious law

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:19:41 GMT

    With the Final Four a week away from shining a spotlight on Indianapolis, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday that the governing body for college sports is concerned about an Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate against gay people.

  • Jury shown graphic autopsy photos of Boston bombing victim

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:19:02 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A medical examiner testifying Thursday in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnev described in graphic detail the devastating injuries that ravaged the body of a 29-year-old woman and caused her to bleed to death on the pavement.

  • Man accused of punching ex-Cardinal after racial slurs

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:40:22 GMT

    FENTON, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors say a white St. Louis-area man was driven by racism when he allegedly punched former Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford.

  • Expert doubts source of $1M for house of Sterling 'friend'

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:00:28 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before a woman's recordings of Donald Sterling ousted him as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, she boasted she would be the next Mrs. Sterling.

  • NHL concussion lawsuit plaintiffs want Bettman to testify

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:54:42 GMT

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The former players suing the NHL over concussion-related problems have accused the league of blocking access to Commissioner Gary Bettman for testimony in the case.

  • Fiancee of ex-NFLer Aaron Hernandez called to testify Friday

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:52:31 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be called to testify in his murder trial Friday, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.

  • Jury examines models of bombs used in Boston Marathon attack

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:54:36 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) have examined models of the pressure cooker bombs used in the 2013 deadly attacks.

  • Aaron Hernandez trial resumes after courthouse bomb threat

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:48:40 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was briefly delayed Thursday by a bomb threat called in to the courthouse.

  • Expert to jury: Marathon bombs 'not too difficult' to build

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:15:57 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — The pressure-cooker bombs used in the 2013 Boston Marathon attack were "not too difficult" to build, using readily available parts and instructions easily found on the Internet, an FBI bomb expert testified Thursday.

  • Bomb threat at courthouse halts Aaron Hernandez murder trial

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:01:25 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A bomb threat called in to the courthouse where the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is being held has temporarily halted proceedings.

  • Judge allows Aaron Hernandez jailhouse calls about money

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:05:07 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The judge in the murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez has ruled that jailhouse calls in which he discusses giving money to a cousin may be used as evidence.

  • Woman to testify about gifts from former Clippers owner

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:18:43 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before a woman's recordings of Donald Sterling ousted him as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, she boasted she would be the next Mrs. Sterling.

  • 'Ex-friend' whose recording led to Clippers sale to testify

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:52:34 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before V. Stiviano's recordings toppled Donald Sterling from ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, she boasted she would be the next Mrs. Sterling.

  • FBI: Bomb components found in Tsarnaev's family home

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:16:39 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — FBI agents told jurors in the Boston Marathon trial that nails, BBs, pressure cooker parts and other items similar to those used in two pressure-cooker bombs that exploded near the marathon's finish line were found in Dzokhar Tsarnaev's family apartment in Cambridge.