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Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders Sue, Alleging Mistreatment

Five former Buffalo Bills' cheerleaders, better known as Buffalo Jills, are suing the organization and the Jills' management companies for allegedly failing to fully compensate them for their work.

While the lawsuit's claims are based on wage and labor law violations, the Jills also allege that they were subjected to harassment and degrading sexual comments at team events, The Buffalo News reports.

According to the lawsuit, as a condition of their employment on the squad, the Jills had to sign a contract classifying them as independent contractors rather than employees.

Oscar Pistorius' Alleged Acting Lessons Are Nothing New

Olympian Oscar Pistorius' testimony at his murder trial led some people to believe he's taken acting lessons in preparation for court.

Pistorius' "Oscar-worthy" testimony was filled with tears and even vomiting. In fact, Jani Allan, a former columnist for the South African Sunday Times, claims that her friend, a famous South African actor, coached Pistorius for his court appearance, according to New York Daily News.

However, using acting methods to prepare a witness for trial isn't anything new.

Nothing says racism like a photo of white males lynching an effigy while wearing mock Ku Klux Klan hoods. But a New Jersey high school wrestling team's "ignorance" has helped them to avoid charges for snapping the inflammatory pic.

How did these wrestlers avoid hate crime charges?

49ers' Aldon Smith Arrested After LAX Bomb Threat

More trouble ahead for San Francisco 49ers' players: Aldon Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for allegedly making a bomb threat.

The linebacker reportedly yelled "bomb" at LAX and made a comment to a TSA agent that he was in possession of an explosive, according to TMZ.

Although Smith was released after posting bail, he was arrested for making a false report of a bomb threat.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being investigated by Miami police over an alleged incident involving a woman in a hotel room last month.

Responding to rumors and some news reports about possible sexual assault "charges," Kaepernick tweeted that TMZ and others "are completely wrong. They make things up about me that never happened."

In unpacking this Kaepernick police probe, let's look at five important points:

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham was arrested on a felony domestic assault charge last week, and he was arrested again Sunday for allegedly making "terroristic" threats.

Cunningham allegedly tried to strangle a woman at his home in Medina, west of Minneapolis, and was arrested Friday on domestic violence charges. He bailed himself out, played in a T-Wolves game against Orlando on Saturday, and then was back in jail on a separate charge on Sunday afternoon, reports the Star Tribune.

How did Cunningham manage to get himself arrested twice in one week?

Daniel Murphy's Paternity Leave: What New Dads Need to Know

When New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy took paternity leave this week, some sports fans criticized him on talk radio, because it meant that he would miss out on the first two games of the season.

While some weren't supportive about Murphy's decision, the Mets player ultimately felt that being there for his wife and new son was the best decision for his family, reports ESPN.

So if you're a new dad like Murphy, what do you need to know about paternity leave?

It's Opening Day! As baseball season begins anew, some fans who wouldn't normally give two hoots about fantasy games will start betting on fantasy baseball.

And strangely, the MLB seems to be OK with that (though the league's support is "purportedly limited" to free games on a particular site, as Forbes points out).

But before you put money on your fantasy picks, consider this: Is it legal to bet on fantasy baseball?

Northwestern University's football players may be able to unionize after a NLRB ruling Wednesday determined that scholarship-receiving players are employees of their private university.

The National Labor Review Board found that many of the school's football players were being "paid" in the form of scholarships and working 20 to 50 hours a week to maintain the school's multimillion-dollar football program, reports CNN.

What legal ripples could this decision have for college athletes everywhere?

A battle over the "Johnny Football" trademark was lost by a Texas-based investment firm, which hoped to poach the mark from Texas A&M's star quarterback Johnny Manziel.

The Kenneth R. Reynolds Family Investments' trademark registration was rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, with the reviewing attorney writing that "Johnny Football" referred to a "particular living individual," reports ESPN. That individual is apparently Johnny Manziel, and the firm may not be able to obtain a trademark without Manziel's permission.

Manziel has his own trademark for "Johnny Football" pending, but who will win out?