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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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  • IOC expects decisions on Russian doping cases next month

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:56:06 GMT

    Investigators at the International Olympic Committee expect to have "a number" of doping cases involving Russians at the Sochi Olympics resolved by the end of November, but they have no plans to dictate the eligibility of these athletes for next year's Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

  • Gymnast McKayla Maroney alleges sexual abuse by team doctor

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:05:22 GMT

    Two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney says she was molested for years by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor, abuse she said started in her early teens and continued for the rest of her competitive career.

  • Dogs test positive for drugs in Iditarod race for 1st time

    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:41:21 GMT

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — For the first time in the history of the world's most famous sled dog race, several of the high-performance animals have tested positive for a prohibited drug. But race officials have refused to name the musher involved.

  • Louisville trustees fire athletic director Tom Jurich

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:44:25 GMT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Tom Jurich was loyal to the coaches he hired at Louisville almost to a fault, supporting them through good and bad times during 20 years as the Cardinals athletic director.

  • The Latest: Name of musher in doping case being withheld

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:40:40 GMT

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on several Iditarod dogs testing positive for prohibited drug (all times local):

  • Texts: Sheriff, lawmaker pushed to stop cheerleader protest

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:20:20 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A powerful lawmaker texted a Georgia sheriff and recounted with pride how the two pressured a university president to take action after black cheerleaders knelt during the national anthem at a football game.

  • Receptionist's family sues over fatal Minnesota school blast

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:41:23 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of a school receptionist is suing over an explosion that killed her at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis this summer.

  • FANTASY PLAYS: Week 7 players to start or sit

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:49:51 GMT

    With two teams on bye this week, you figured setting your fantasy football lineup would be easy.

  • Jerry Sandusky denied new trial on child sex abuse charges

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:29:32 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky lost a bid Wednesday for a new trial and a second chance to convince a jury he is innocent of the child sexual abuse charges that landed him in state prison to serve a lengthy sentence.

  • The Latest: Sandusky to appeal ruling he won't get new trial

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:21:20 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Jerry Sandusky losing an appeal in which he sought a new trial (all times local):

  • The Latest: AG lauds decision to uphold Sandusky convictions

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:33:01 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Jerry Sandusky losing an appeal in which he sought a new trial (all times local):

  • Israel finds a welcome audience with Christian journalists

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:38:27 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's nationalist government may be unpopular with Western liberals and much of its domestic press corps, but it has found a close friend among the world's evangelical Christians and their media outlets.

  • Cowboys' Elliott gets another reprieve, will play vs 49ers

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:53:15 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott was granted another legal reprieve Tuesday night in the running back's fight to avoid a six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations.

  • Judge grants Cowboys' Elliott reprieve, cleared for 49ers

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:51:44 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott has been granted another legal reprieve in the running back's fight to avoid a six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations.

  • Furyk to invite Americans to see Ryder Cup course in France

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:47:56 GMT

    Le Golf National outside Paris, the host course of the Ryder Cup next year, has been part of the European Tour schedule since 1991 and last year was the 25th time it has held the French Open.

  • Judge set to rule on another bid to stop Elliott suspension

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:26:09 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge said he will rule Tuesday on an emergency request from attorneys for Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott to stop the running back's six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations.

  • Chinese nationals indicted on illegal drug manufacturing

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:48:22 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Chinese nationals have been indicted on charges they manufactured tons of fentanyl and other powerful narcotics that were then peddled in the United States, killing at least four people and seriously injuring five others, Justice Department officials announced Tuesday.

  • Court rules school board, coach not liable for fatal hijinks

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:22:16 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former football player in North Carolina who watched his high school buddy crushed to death can't sue the coach and school district for negligence that he says caused him severe emotional pain, a state appeals court decided Tuesday.

  • Suspended Elliott's attorneys cite tight NFL roster deadline

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:54:39 GMT

    Attorneys for Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott requested an emergency hearing in federal court in New York on Tuesday on the belief that the running back's six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations would be in place for at least a week without further legal intervention.

  • AP source: Suspended Elliott getting emergency hearing in NY

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:14:20 GMT

    Attorneys for Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott are set for an emergency hearing in federal court in New York as they try again to stop the running back's six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Monday night.

  • Activist burns Nazi-Confederate flag near NASCAR speedway

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:20:06 GMT

    LINCOLN, Ala. (AP) — A Pennsylvania attorney burned a combination Confederate-Nazi flag near a major NASCAR race in Alabama.