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While the thought of an injury occurring to a person practicing yoga may seem improbable, it is more common than one might expect. Among the most common injuries include joint and muscle injuries, and injuries related to falls.

Often, yoga injuries, unlike CrossFit injuries, do not immediately manifest, but occur over time. However, sometimes, the injury can be the result of a yogi pushing their student too far or too hard. Like any other injury that occurs at a gym, or under the supervision of a personal trainer or class instructor, whether or not a legal claim can be made will depend on the particular facts involved, and potentially a liability waiver.

In a shocking civil suit stemming from the sexual assault of a 15-year-old football player at a high school in Texas, allegations surfaced that the school administration and coaches were aware of repeated sexual assaults related to student on student hazing incidents, and did nothing to stop them from continuing. As of now, over two dozen students, six of which that are now adults, have been arrested and charged with criminal sexual assault. More are still expected to come forward.

In essence, in the town of La Vernia's high school, varsity athletes seemingly had a regular practice of sodomizing underclassmen with foreign objects as part of a hazing ritual when the younger students made it to the varsity teams. There are numerous stories that are being uncovered of younger classmen being forcibly held down, while older students laughed and sodomized them with items like bottles, flashlights, and cardboard. The student that has filed suit has alleged nearly half a dozen separate assault incidents.

A jury acquitted-New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on murder charges involving the slaying of two men outside a Boston nightclub 2012. Hernandez, currently serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of his fiancée's sister's boyfriend, was also acquitted of related assault charges and one charge witness intimidation, stemming from an allegation that Hernandez shot a former friend (and man who eventually testified against him) in the face.

Prosecutors alleged the car-to-car shooting was sparked by a spilled drink, but the jury apparently remained unconvinced.

Professional sports teams, much to the chagrin of less geographically-mobile fans, have a tendency to up and move. Franchise mobility, and the new-stadium-deal-or-bust extortion racket that precedes most moves, makes it all too apparent that leagues and teams are out for money first and fan appreciation third, fourth, or elsewhere down the list.

But at least one city isn't taking the taking of their team lying down. The city and county of St. Louis have filed a lawsuit against the NFL and its teams, accusing them of breach of contract by moving the Rams to Los Angeles.

Professional surfer Alex Gray flew into Los Angeles from Hawaii, over the weekend, and like most professional surfers, he brought a few boards along with him. Unfortunately, of the five surfboards he brought, only one made it through the American Airlines flight without being completely destroyed.

One of the five boards was broken in half, right down the middle, while the others had tips broken and severe fin damage. To make matters worse, Gray has not been compensated by American Airlines for the damage to the boards. However, Gray is surely making waves as his social media posts about the broken boards has garnered the attention of surfers worldwide, as well as the traditional media.

Minor league ball player Ian Kahaloa got in a whole heap of trouble after posting a few short videos on the popular social media site Snapchat. The videos depict Kahaloa snorting a line of white powder while wearing a Reds t-shirt, as well as marijuana and paraphernalia.

The 19 year old player's alleged lack of judgment in his use of Snapchat has sparked some discussion on how players should be engaging on social media responsibly.

The NHL concussion class action that is currently being fought out in the federal courts recently exposed more documents that make NHL officials look really bad. In the last round of the court battle, federal court judge Susan Richard Nelson declassified another set of documents that include some controversial facts.

One of the attorneys for the players recently explained to a reporter that the NHL has challenged nearly every single allegation, or potential point of contention. Among the most unbelievable is that there is no link between fighting, concussions, and CTE (the condition that has been credibly linked to repeated concussions and the subject of several other lawsuits).

Two major league ball players filed suit against the news conglomerate Al Jazeera after a documentary style film aired on their network which authoritatively claimed the two ball players took the performance enhancing drug (PED) Delta 2. The source that claimed knowledge on the documentary later recanted before the film was released. But, nevertheless, the film was aired by Al Jazeera.

The players bringing the suit, Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard, were cleared by an MLB investigation, and have now survived a motion to dismiss their civil lawsuit, at least as to the Al Jazeera network and its producer. The investigative journalist that used a hidden camera to film the source's claim of PED use was dismissed from the defamation lawsuit, as the court found there were no legal grounds to hold him liable for defamation.

A few weeks ago, the Arkansas governor signed a new gun law, backed by the National Rifle Association, allowing individuals with concealed carry permits to carry their concealed handguns into all sorts of new places previously prohibited. However, one of those places, college athletics stadiums, has attracted the criticism of the all powerful Southeastern Conference (affectionately known to college sports fans as the SEC), which brings millions of dollars to the state.

The SEC, along with two other collegiate sports conferences, made requests to the Arkansas legislature to carve out exemptions to the new concealed carry law allowing universities to prohibit concealed carry permit holders from carrying at sports venues and other locations or events.

If you thought that the only way the Oakland Raiders could shake up March Madness would require not just inter-league, but also inter-sports, play, then you've had your head buried too deep in your bracket. The big news out of the NFL could have massive ripple effects throughout the entire professional and collegiate sports industry, or maybe just the sports gambling industry (which for many is synonymous with March Madness).

That big news involves the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas being approved. While the Raider nation in Oakland will undoubtedly be upset by the move, putting a professional sports franchise in Las Vegas is a much bigger deal than most people might realize.