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Sometimes the biggest stories in the world of sports happen off the field. Contractual disputes, criminal charges, and intellectual property deals all make athletics interesting from a legal perspective as well as a sporting one. Legal developments in sports can race ahead faster than an Olympic sprinter, so it's important to have a reliable source of information. FindLaw's Legal Professional News provides the best coverage of sports law issues, with breaking news and analysis, photos, videos, and social medial posts from attorneys.

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  • Authorites: 2 LA Dodgers security guards stole balls, shirts

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:52:03 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say two security guards at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium have been arrested and are accused of stealing equipment, baseballs and jerseys from the major league team to sell online.

  • Judge not inclined to delay Aaron Hernandez murder trial

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:45:09 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A judge presiding over the double murder case against former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez says he's not inclined to delay the trial, scheduled to begin next month.

  • UK court rejects bid for bridge to be recognized as sport

    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:10:45 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — London Bridge may cross The Thames, but it won't fly as a sport.

  • Jackpot! Vegas looks to score big win by landing Raiders

    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:14:48 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — First the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights. Soon, maybe, the Las Vegas Raiders.

  • White House denies clemency for Indian activist Peltier

    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:57:10 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Barack Obama has denied a clemency request by American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, who has spent most of his life in prison in the killing of two FBI agents in South Dakota in 1975, Peltier's attorney said Thursday.

  • Arizona's Trier tested positive for PED

    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:25:02 GMT

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona sophomore Allonzo Trier, who has yet to play this season, admitted Wednesday that he tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug.

  • Fund created in honor of officer killed by marathon bombers

    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:23:43 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — The family of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer killed by the Boston Marathon bombers is creating a new foundation in his name.

  • Indian activist Peltier's supporters hope for clemency

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:58:08 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Supporters of American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, who has spent most of his life in prison in the killing of two FBI agents in South Dakota in 1975, hope President Barack Obama will grant him clemency and shorten his sentence to the four decades he has already served before Obama leaves office Friday.

  • Justices raise doubts over law barring offensive trademarks

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:43:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a First Amendment clash over a law barring offensive trademarks, the Supreme Court on Wednesday raised doubts about a government program that favors some forms of speech but rejects others that might disparage certain groups.

  • Judge rejects bid by Aaron Hernandez to suppress cellphone

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:37:07 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A judge has denied a request from former NFL star Aaron Hernandez to suppress the contents of his cellphone at his upcoming double murder trial.

  • Prosecutors: Minnesota cop should go to trial for shooting

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:19:11 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors argued Wednesday that the case against the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a July traffic stop should proceed, saying several issues raised by the defense team — including the suggestion that Castile was negligent — must be left for a jury to resolve.

  • Oregon strength coach suspended after players hospitalized

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:32:44 GMT

    The University of Oregon suspended football strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde one month without pay after three players were hospitalized following a series of intense workouts last week.

  • Teen and mom under arrest in Missouri State player's death

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:13:31 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police say a teenager and his mother are under arrest in the death of a Missouri State University football player who tried to stop a fight involving his sister in Las Vegas.

  • Justices to hear free speech clash over offensive trademarks

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:11:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is considering a First Amendment challenge to a law barring the government from registering trademarks that are deemed offensive.

  • Court backs ruling that man give fingerprint to unlock phone

    Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:26:23 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a judge's order requiring a man to provide a fingerprint to unlock his cellphone was constitutional, a finding that is in line with similar rulings across the U.S.

  • Supreme Court delays New Jersey sports betting decision

    Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:46:06 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Supporters of legalized sports gambling in New Jersey and several other states were handed a small victory Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court delayed a ruling on whether it will take up the states' challenge to a federal ban.

  • Tax deadline looms for Prince estate; government to get half

    Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:08:27 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — "Money Don't Matter 2 Night," Prince once sang. But his money matters a lot to the IRS, and the case provides a cautionary tale not just for the wealthy, but not-so-rich Americans as well.

  • Ex-Penn State leader must trim lawsuit against FBI director

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:59:00 GMT

    BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge has ordered Penn State's former president to pare down his defamation lawsuit against former FBI director Louis Freeh.

  • Feds allege KleinBank used discriminatory lending practices

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:22:51 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has sued a Minnesota bank for allegedly engaging in mortgage lending practices that discriminate against minorities. The bank disputed the claim Monday, saying the lawsuit is not based on fact.

  • AP Interview: Lynch defends push for police accountability

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:38:52 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — As a younger lawyer, Loretta Lynch prosecuted New York police officers who sodomized a Haitian immigrant in a precinct bathroom. As attorney general, she's broadened her focus to go after entire police departments for unconstitutional practices.

  • Free speech clash: Justices considering offensive trademarks

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:31:37 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Slants aren't exactly a household name when it comes to music, but the Asian-American rock band has certainly made its mark in the legal world.