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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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  • Baylor football player Oakman arrested on sex assault charge

    Thu, 14 Apr 2016 01:59:21 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — NFL prospect and former Baylor football player Shawn Oakman was arrested Wednesday on a charge of sexually assaulting a woman at his Texas apartment earlier this month, Waco police said.

  • Lawyers disagree on whether Smith handled gun at shooting

    Thu, 14 Apr 2016 01:36:50 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An enraged Hummer driver chased down former Saints defensive end Will Smith's Mercedes, deliberately rammed the SUV from behind, angrily confronted him in the street and then shot him eight times, yelling over his dying body as his wounded wife tried to crawl away, the Smith family's lawyer said Wednesday.

  • Arrest warrant issued for Rams' Tre Mason, missed court date

    Thu, 14 Apr 2016 01:21:05 GMT

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida judge has issued an arrest warrant for Los Angeles Rams player Tre Mason, who was arrested last month on reckless driving and marijuana possession charges.

  • Judge suggests he'll factor in Hastert lies for sentencing

    Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:30:14 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Dennis Hastert's lawyers have suggested that what occurred with a 14-year-old in a motel decades ago may not qualify as sexual abuse, while the judge in the former U.S. House speaker's hush-money case signaled Wednesday that he'll factor in Hastert's lies to investigators when he determines a sentence.

  • The Latest: Hayes' lawyer says witness saw Smith with gun

    Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:26:40 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the shooting death of football star Will Smith (all times local):

  • The Latest: Defense says FBI wore wire to record Hastert

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:36:42 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a hearing concerning former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's sentencing for hush-money payments and a newly unsealed filing from his defense (all times local):

  • Lawyer: Smith held no gun as he was shot in the back

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 18:13:05 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot multiple times in the back after his killer deliberately rammed his Hummer into the NFL veteran's Mercedes SUV, but Smith never pulled out his own handgun as he tried to protect his wife, the Smith family's lawyer said Wednesday.

  • Former Vanderbilt football player found guilty of rape

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 07:26:31 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Vanderbilt football player has been found guilty of raping an unconscious student in a dorm.

  • Timeline of events in Dennis Hastert's life and career

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 03:09:31 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Before he was indicted last May, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was known primarily for rising from political obscurity in rural Illinois to the nation's third-highest office, which he occupied for eight years. Some key events in Hastert's life and career and the criminal case against him:

  • Mutko: No criminal charges over Russia's doping scandal

    Fri, 08 Apr 2016 22:02:51 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — No one will face criminal charges over the worst doping scandal in Russia's history, the country's sports minister said Friday.

  • Former So. Miss coach Tyndall hit with 10-year show cause

    Fri, 08 Apr 2016 20:05:06 GMT

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Donnie Tyndall's career slammed into a brick wall Friday after the NCAA hit the former Southern Mississippi coach with a 10-year show-cause order for orchestrating a breathtaking case of academic fraud designed to land recruits and other misconduct that included trying to cover up payments to athletes and potential evidence in the case.

  • Ohio State wants 'sexualized culture' band lawsuit tossed

    Fri, 08 Apr 2016 19:56:50 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers for Ohio State University have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by a former marching band director fired for allowing a "sexualized culture" within the band.

  • Police investigate rape allegation against ex-Baylor player

    Fri, 08 Apr 2016 19:48:27 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities are investigating allegations by a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by former Baylor defensive end and NFL draft prospect Shawn Oakman.

  • Jury: Woman did not prove she was punched by Jets' Marshall

    Fri, 08 Apr 2016 19:19:45 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A jury in a civil trial Friday found that a California woman failed to prove she was punched by New York Jets receiver Brandon Marshall outside a Manhattan nightclub four years ago.

  • Jury: Woman did not prove she was punched by NFL player

    Fri, 08 Apr 2016 17:44:24 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The jury at a civil trial has decided that a California woman did not prove she was punched by New York Jets receiver Brandon Marshall outside a Manhattan nightclub four years ago.

  • Ohio State wants fired band director's lawsuit thrown out

    Fri, 08 Apr 2016 16:00:43 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers for Ohio State University have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by a former marching band director fired for allowing a "sexualized culture" within the band.

  • Bruins' playoffs hopes live on with 5-2 win over Red Wings

    Fri, 08 Apr 2016 02:15:45 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Torey Krug had a goal and two assists, Brad Marchand and Loui Eriksson each added a goal and assist, and the Boston Bruins kept their playoff hopes alive with a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

  • Bruins' playoffs hopes live on with 5-1 win over Red Wings

    Fri, 08 Apr 2016 02:03:25 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Torey Krug had a goal and two assists, Brad Marchand and Loui Eriksson each added a goal and assist, and the Boston Bruins kept their playoff hopes alive with a 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

  • UC Berkeley assistant coach resigns after allegations

    Fri, 08 Apr 2016 00:55:02 GMT

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A University of California, Berkeley assistant basketball coach resigned Thursday after sexual harassment allegations from a reporter, dropping his appeal of the school's attempt to fire him.

  • Cops: Ex-boxing champ Spadafora threw woman, 63, to ground

    Fri, 08 Apr 2016 00:30:09 GMT

    CRAFTON, Pa. (AP) — Former International Boxing Federation lightweight champ Paul Spadafora has been charged with assault after authorities say he put a 63-year-old woman in a semi-headlock at a bar, drank some of her beer and then threw her to the ground when she went outside to call police.

  • Jets receiver on trial: I feared for my life outside NY club

    Thu, 07 Apr 2016 20:04:31 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York Jets receiver Brandon Marshall told a jury Thursday that he feared for his life while fleeing a Manhattan nightclub after fights broke out four years ago.