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Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys In Talks To End Ecclestone Trial

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Prosecutors and attorneys for  Bernie Ecclestone are "in talks about a possible deal to end" the F1 CEO's bribery trial in Germany. His defense team today called for "proceedings to be closed, citing a lack of evidence that Ecclestone was criminally responsible and asserting that the proc...

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The MLBPA is "conducting an investigation into the role some agents might have played in the Biogenesis doping scandal that rocked the sport last year," according to sources cited by T.J. Quinn of ESPN.com. Sources said that the MLBPA retained veteran attorney Robert Muse to "run the investigat ...

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Gretzky Agent Denies Seattle Report

Hockey HOFer Wayne Gretzky's agent, Darren Blake, is "denying a report" from the N.Y. Post that Gretzky is "trying to bring an NHL team to Seattle," according to the CP. Blake in an e-mail wrote that Gretzky "isn't involved in any bid." Blake wrote, "As you can imagine prospective team owners from v ...

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In Boston, Nick Cafardo wrote there "should have been a succession plan" for MLB Commissioner Bud Selig a year ago, when it was known he "would be ending his tenure." There is "no doubt that Selig would pick" MLB COO Rob Manfred to be the next commissioner. Owners "have fallen in line with Selig's r ...

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07/03/14
Seven Former NFLers Object To Concussion Deal

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07/03/14
Garber Confident MLS Will Benefit From World Cup

MLS believes that the "unprecedented enthusiasm" for the U.S. team during the '14 FIFA World Cup is evidence the league "has come of age," according to Jérôme Rasetti of REUTERS. The U.S. lost to Belgium on Tuesday, and on the "same day, league officials celebrated in Orlando," whe ...

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Tennis Seeing New Wave Of Players Succeed

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, ATP, WTA

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