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Washington State's CJ Elleby, left, and Jeff Pollard speak during the Pac-12 NCAA college basketball media day Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
October 08, 2019 - 5:33 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Washington State big man Jeff Pollard is popular all over Pullman and easily recognized back home in Bountiful, Utah. You can't miss him: He's 6-foot-9 and 240 pounds. Pollard realizes he could probably earn some money from his image and likeness — a hot topic at Pac-12 media...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2013, file photo, an athlete jumps near the NCAA logo during practice for a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Austin, Texas. Defying the NCAA, California's governor signed a first-in-the-nation law Monday, Sept. 30, that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements — a move that could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
September 30, 2019 - 5:45 pm
The NCAA and the billion-dollar enterprise that is big-time college sports have been facing targeted attacks on amateurism rules for more than a decade. Each one threatened to bring down the governing body and fundamentally change college sports forever. The NCAA has lost court cases, made...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 18, 2016 file photo, Alexander Shprygin holds a Russian flag while speaking to the media as a group of soccer fans deported from France arrived in Moscow. Russian fans’ organizer Shprygin has been banned from soccer for two years by FIFA for posting far-right content online. FIFA says on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 its ethics committee judges found Shprygin, a former member of the Russian soccer federation’s executive committee, guilty of discrimination. Shprygin achieved notoriety at the 2016 European Championship in France, and was deported twice after Russia games. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
September 13, 2019 - 12:41 pm
ZURICH (AP) — Russian fans organizer Alexander Shprygin has been banned from soccer for two years by FIFA for posting far-right content online. FIFA said Friday its ethics committee judges found Shprygin, a former member of the Russian Football Union executive committee, guilty of discrimination...
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FILE - In this Sept. 31, 2019, file photo, Fresno State quarterback Jorge Reyna, left, looks to throw a pass as Southern California USC Trojans defensive lineman Christian Rector approaches during an NCAA college football game in Los Angeles. The NCAA’s Board of Governors is urging Gov. Gavin Newsom not to sign a California bill that would allow college athletes to receive money for their names, likenesses or images. In a six-paragraph letter to Newsom, the board said the bill would give California schools an unfair recruiting advantage. As a result, the letter says, the NCAA would declare those schools ineligible for its events. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong, File)
September 11, 2019 - 9:14 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Athletes at California colleges could hire agents and sign endorsement deals under a bill the state Legislature sent to the governor Wednesday, setting up a potential confrontation with the NCAA that could jeopardize the athletic futures of powerhouse programs like USC,...
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FILE - In this May 30, 2018, file photo, state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, speaks on the floor of the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. The state Assembly approved Skinner's bill to let college athletes hire agents and be paid for the use of their name, images or likeness. And it would stop the universities and the NCAA from banning athletes that took the money. The bill now goes to the Senate for a final vote. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
September 09, 2019 - 11:51 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly has passed legislation to let college athletes make money, setting up a confrontation with the NCAA that could jeopardize the athletic futures of programs at USC, UCLA and Stanford. The bill would let college athletes hire agents and be paid for the...
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In this Sept. 4, 2019 photo, Andy Lanni of Oceanview, N.J. checks the odds at the sports book in the Borgata casino in Atlantic City, N.J. As the second NFL season begins following a U.S. Supreme Court decision clearing the way for legal sports betting, the industry is growing larger and ever-more mobile in the U.S. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
September 04, 2019 - 6:09 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — As the second NFL season following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling clearing the way for legal sports betting begins, the industry is growing larger and ever-more mobile. Some unmistakable trends have emerged. The extra money that taxing sports bets generates has not exactly...
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This Aug. 18, 2019, photo provided by Ruidoso Downs shows horses racing during trials at Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. A horse owner and a trainer from Texas say officials in New Mexico are failing to follow their own policies and regulations in overseeing the state's multimillion-dollar racing industry. They're suing in U.S. District Court, alleging their rights to due process were violated when the executive director of the New Mexico Racing Commission allowed horses belonging to a trainer suspended for suspicion of illegal drugging to compete under other trainers. (Jake Rogers/Ruidoso Downs via AP)
August 29, 2019 - 3:39 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A horse owner and a trainer from Texas filed a lawsuit claiming officials in New Mexico are failing to follow their own policies and regulations in overseeing the state's multimillion-dollar racing industry. Debra Gotovac and Brad Bolen filed the case in U.S. District Court...
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August 29, 2019 - 11:51 am
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — There's more evidence of Michigan's woeful roads: A champion runner says he fractured a leg bone when he stepped into a pothole during a 10-mile (16-kilometer) race in Flint. Chris Derrick, a three-time U.S. Cross Country champion, posted a photo of his right leg on Instagram...
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The status of sports betting in each state.;
August 28, 2019 - 4:00 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sports betting is days away from becoming legal in Indiana and the state's casinos are lining up to start collecting wagers. Indiana will become the 12th state — and the first in the midst of major Midwest markets — with sports betting when a new state law takes effect Sunday...
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This Aug. 15, 2019 satellite image from Maxar Technologies shows closeup view of a fire southwest of Porto Velho Brazil. Brazil's National Institute for Space Research, a federal agency monitoring deforestation and wildfires, said the country has seen a record number of wildfires this year as of Tuesday, Aug. 20. (Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies via AP)
August 23, 2019 - 3:19 pm
BIARRITZ, France (AP) — In a sharp escalation of tensions over fires ravaging the Amazon, France on Friday accused Brazil's president of having lied to French leader Emmanuel Macron and threatened to block a European Union trade deal with South American states including Brazil. Ireland joined in...
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