MLB sues Florida clinic, accuses it of supplying banned drugs to players
Slugger Manny Ramirez is among players who supposedly received banned substances from Biogenesis.
March 22nd, 2013
05:33 PM ET

MLB sues Florida clinic, accuses it of supplying banned drugs to players

Major League Baseball filed a lawsuit Friday seeking damages against the South Florida clinic Biogenesis of America and its operator, Anthony Bosch, for allegedly providing performance-enhancing drugs to players, the pro sports league said.

According to reports and the MLB suit, filed in state court in Florida's Miami-Dade County, the clinic reportedly supplied banned performance-enhancing substances to a number of current and former pro baseball players such as ex-Boston Red Sox Manny Ramirez.

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Report: Flawed device, errors contributed to Super Bowl blackout
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome stands in semi-darkness shortly after halftime of the Super Bowl on February 3.
March 21st, 2013
09:29 PM ET

Report: Flawed device, errors contributed to Super Bowl blackout

A combination of technical and communication failures contributed to the partial power outage that disrupted this year's Super Bowl, an independent analysis has determined, utility Entergy New Orleans said Thursday.

The power was cut off to half the Mercedes-Benz Superdome early in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, causing a 34-minute delay in the February game.

Dr. John Palmer of Palmer Engineering & Forensics said a recently installed relay had a "design defect" that caused it to trip in an unpredictable way.

He said the device's trip level had been left at the factory default setting, which was inappropriate for its application in the dome.

Palmer's report also cited "inadequate communication between the manufacturer and the utility" as a contributing factor.

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March 18th, 2013
09:21 AM ET

Monday's live events

The murder trial of Jodi Arias has captivated many.  Watch CNN.com Live for gavel-to-gavel coverage of the trial.

Today's programming highlights...

11:00 am ET - 'March Madness' briefing - It's that time of the year where some workers slack off, take sick days and schedule vasectomies.  It's the NCAA Men's Division I college basketball tournament, and this year's "Final Four" takes place in Atlanta.  Officials from the city and Turner Broadcasting discuss festivities surrounding the games.

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NFL checking 'do you like girls' allegation
Nick Kasa plays for Colorado against Stanford last November. Kasa says an NFL team asked him an inappropriate question.
February 27th, 2013
08:38 PM ET

NFL checking 'do you like girls' allegation

The National Football League is investigating whether draft prospect Nick Kasa was questioned about his sexual orientation during a recent skills audition for NFL scouts and coaches, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Kasa, who played tight end at the University of Colorado, told CNN earlier Wednesday that during the audition, he was asked: "Do you have a girlfriend? Are you married? Do you like girls?"

"Any team or employee that inquires about impermissible subjects or makes an employment decision based on such factors is subject to league discipline," said Greg Aiello of the NFL.

League policy states that teams "neither consider nor inquire about sexual orientation in the hiring process," Aiello said. "In addition, there are specific protections in our collective bargaining agreement with the players that prohibit discrimination against any player, including on the basis of sexual orientation."

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February 25th, 2013
12:24 AM ET

Curt Schilling's bloody sock sells for $92,613

How much would you pay for a bloody sock?

A man named Pete Siegal paid $92,613.

Admittedly, it wasn't just any old sock.

It was the sock worn by Curt Schilling during Game 2 of the 2004 World Series. He pitched for the Boston Red Sox against the St. Louis Cardinals on an injured ankle.

"It's a one-of-a-kind item," said Chris Ivy, director of Sports Auctions for Heritage Auctions.

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Jimmie Johnson squeaks out Daytona 500 win
Jimmie Johnson pushed past a crowded field to capture the Daytona 500'
February 24th, 2013
07:22 PM ET

Jimmie Johnson squeaks out Daytona 500 win

Jimmie Johnson put his experience to good use as the laps wound down in today's Daytona 500,pulling ahead of a packed field to win NASCAR's season-opening and most prestigious race of the season.

Johnson, who won the same race in 2006, edged out Dale Earnhardt Jr., who finished second for the third time in four years. Danica Patrick finished eighth.

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February 24th, 2013
07:04 AM ET

Oscar Pistorius' brother Carl faces culpable homicide charge

As Olympic icon Oscar Pistorius faces a murder trial for shooting his girlfriend, his older brother is also charged in the death of a woman.

Carl Pistorius is accused of culpable homicide in the 2010 death of a female motorcyclist, CNN affiliate eNCA reported Sunday.

Prosecutors claim Carl Pistorius was driving recklessly in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa, when he crashed with the motorcyclist.

But attorney Kenny Oldwage disputes allegations that his client was driving recklessly and said the motorcyclist rode into Carl Pistorius' vehicle.

Carl Pistorius was initially scheduled to go on trial Thursday - during the middle of Oscar's four-day bail hearing.
But Carl asked the court to postpone his trial so he could support his brother, and the court agreed.

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February 23rd, 2013
05:05 PM ET

Injuries after debris flies into stands

Debris flew into the stands, injuring some spectators, during a crash Saturday during the final turn of a NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway.

The multi-car crash occurred near the end of the Nationwide Series race at the same Florida track where Sunday's Daytona 500 will be held.

The impact caused material to soar into various places, some of it reaching the second level of the stands about 20 feet up. An engine was among the parts that broke loose and plowed into the protective fence separating the track from spectators.

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Justice Department joins Armstrong suit
February 22nd, 2013
01:21 PM ET

Justice Department joins Armstrong suit

The U.S. Department of Justice has joined a whistle-blower lawsuit against cyclist Lance Armstrong that was originally filed by a former teammate, an attorney for Armstrong said Friday.

Former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after failing a drug test, filed a suit in 2010 against their former team, which was sponsored the U.S. Postal Service.

The lawsuit accused the team's former management of defrauding the government of millions of dollars because the team management knew about team members' drug use and didn't do anything.

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Tebow pulls out of church speech
February 21st, 2013
02:48 PM ET

Tebow pulls out of church speech

NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has canceled an appearance at a controversial Dallas-area church. The outspoken Christian quarterback was scheduled to speak at First Baptist Church on April 28.

The church is led by Robert Jeffress, who has been widely criticized for views against homosexuality, Islam and Mormonism. Tebow, announcing his decision Thursday on Twitter, said that he was canceling his appearance "due to new information that has been brought to my attention."

Tebow's statement appeared over a series of four tweets on the social media site.

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Armstrong won't cooperate with USADA probe
February 20th, 2013
03:02 PM ET

Armstrong won't cooperate with USADA probe

Former cyclist Lance Armstrong will not cooperate with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's investigation of performance enhancing drug use in the sport, an Armstrong attorney said Wednesday.

USADA had given Armstrong - who publicly admitted such drug use last month - until Wednesday to decide whether he would cooperate under oath with investigators as part of a possible path to altering his USADA-imposed lifetime competition ban.

"Lance will not participate in USADA's efforts to selectively conduct American prosecutions that only demonize selected individuals while failing to address the 95% of the sport over which USADA has no jurisdiction," Armstrong attorney Tim Herman said in a written statement Wednesday.

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February 20th, 2013
07:51 AM ET

Prosecutors lay out case against Pistorius

Olympian Oscar Pistorius returned to court on Wednesday to find out if he can be freed on bail after he was charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend. This is the second day of the bail hearing. Read full story.

[Updated at 7:51 a.m. ET] Final arguments will start Thursday at 11 a.m. local time.

[Updated at 7:49 a.m. ET] The hearing has adjourned until Thursday with no decision on bail for Oscar Pistorius.

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February 18th, 2013
12:09 PM ET

LA Lakers owner Jerry Buss dies

Long-time Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss has died, the team said in a statement Monday.

Buss, 80, had been suffering from an undisclosed form of cancer. He died at Cedars-Sinai hospital after being hospitalized for much of the past 18 months, the team said.

The team will remain under the ownership of the Buss family, the statement said.

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February 18th, 2013
04:02 AM ET

New details emerge in the Oscar Pistorius shooting case

A South African official familiar with the case offered new details Monday about the shooting death of model Reeva Steenkamp at the Pretoria home of her boyfriend, Olympic hero Oscar Pistorius.

Pistorius has been charged with murder in the killing.

The details are:
- Steenkamp was shot four times through the bathroom door
- Pistorius carried her downstairs while she was alive
- There are several indications that Steenkamp was at the house to spend the night. She had an overnight bag and her iPad

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Danica Patrick to start first at Daytona
Danica Patrick speaks to reporters after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.
February 17th, 2013
03:45 PM ET

Danica Patrick to start first at Daytona

Danica Patrick became the first woman to win pole position in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series history, posting the top qualifying time for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.

Her lap of 45.817 seconds - at a top speed of 196.434 mph - means she'll start in the front row in the February 24 race, alongside Jeff Gordon.

Two previous pole positions earned by women in NASCAR came in the Nationwide Series. Those were earned by Patrick last year at Daytona, and Shawna Robinson in 1994 in Atlanta, according to NASCAR.

Patrick, 30, is in her first full year as a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver. Last year she made 10 Sprint Cup starts.

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February 15th, 2013
08:31 AM ET

'Blade runner' Pistorius weeps as he's charged in girlfriend's death

[Updated at 8:31 a.m. ET] South African sports icon Oscar Pistorius broke into tears Friday when a judge officially charged him with his girlfriend's killing on Valentine's Day.

A grim-faced Pistorius, dressed in a dark suit, shook uncontrollably with his head buried in his hands during the hearing at a packed courtroom in Pretoria.

[Posted at 2:03 a.m. ET] He is a South African sports icon whose Olympic debut with artificial legs inspired the world and earned him the nickname "Blade Runner."

But on Friday, Oscar Pistorius arrived in court for a bail hearing in his model girlfriend's killing.

During the hearing, he will be officially named a suspect in the fatal shooting on Valentine's Day, which has shocked fans worldwide.

Police found Reeva Steenkamp in a pool of blood early Thursday in the runner's home at an exclusive gated community in the capital of Pretoria.

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February 14th, 2013
10:30 AM ET

Oscar Pistorius charged with murder in death of model girlfriend

[Updated 10:30 a.m. ET] Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at his South Africa home early Thursday.

Pistorius, nicknamed the "Blade Runner," made history when he became the first Paralympian to compete in the able-bodied Olympics last year. Check our full story for the latest.

[Updated 8:03 a.m. ET] The suspect will appear in court Friday rather than today because the public prosecutor needs time to prepare the case, police spokeswoman Katlego Mogale told CNN.

The state will oppose bail, police spokeswoman Denise Beukes told reporters.

[Posted 2:45 a.m.] A woman was found fatally shot in the upscale Pretoria home of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, police said Thursday.

The victim was model Reeva Steenkamp, according to Capacity Relations, the agency that represents her. Steenkamp was Pistorius' girlfriend.

Police said they have arrested a 26-year-old man - the same age as Pistorius - in connection with the shooting, and that he will appear in Pretoria magistrate court sometime Thursday.

Pistorius, nicknamed the "Blade Runner," made history when he became the first Paralympian to compete in the able-bodied Olympics last year.

Police said Pistorius was cooperating with them.

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February 13th, 2013
03:15 AM ET

From national championship to jail for 4 Alabama football players

Just a month after reveling in the glory of a national championship, four members of the University of Alabama football team have been arrested after a pair of campus robberies.

The accused are all freshmen members of the Crimson Tide team, which beat Notre Dame in a resounding 42-14 victory last month to clinch the BCS National Championship.

Three players are charged with robbery, and one is charged with fraudulent use of a credit or debit card.

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Wrestling may be cut from Olympic Games
February 12th, 2013
07:01 AM ET

Wrestling may be cut from Olympic Games

The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee has recommended dropping wrestling as a sport from the Summer Games, it announced Tuesday.

"Wrestling will now join the seven shortlisted sports - baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu - vying for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic program as an additional sport," the IOC said in a statement.

At a meeting in Russia in May, representatives from those eight sports will make presentations for inclusion in the 2020 Games. The Executive Board will recommend one for inclusion.

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February 10th, 2013
12:42 PM ET

Paterno family: Freeh report 'factually wrong'

The family of the late Joe Paterno released a report Sunday morning that absolved the coaching great of blame in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal and said a prior review commissioned by Penn State University was "factually wrong, speculative and fundamentally flawed. "

Former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh put together the new report, the Paterno family said in a written statement.

"The experts determined that the conclusions of the (university) report are based on raw speculation and unsupported opinion - not facts and evidence," Thornburgh said, according to the statement.

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