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The Federal Aviation Administration is cracking down on the use of drones near major sporting events.

Regulating the airspace around sporting events isn't new. Following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the FAA designated stadiums as national defense airspace, prohibiting aircraft from coming within 3 miles or under 3,000 feet of stadiums during games, reports The Verge. But the agency recently clarified how this rule affects the use of remote controlled and unmanned drones.

What does the FAA's recent rule update mean for drone enthusiasts considering bringing their RC aircraft to a sporting event?

A former University of Texas football player who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease has filed a proposed class action lawsuit against the NCAA.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in a Texas federal court, former UT player Julius Whittier, now 64, claims the NCAA failed to protect student athletes from suffering long-term damage related to head injuries. Whittier is seeking at least $5 million in damages in the lawsuit, which was filed on his behalf by his sister Mildred Whittier. CBSSports.com reports the suit "could max out at $50 million in damages."

The Federal Communications Commission has repealed its sports blackout rules, calling the regulations "outdated."

In a press release, the FCC announced that it was doing away with rules that prohibited cable and satellite operators from airing sports events that had been blacked out on a local broadcast station. That rule may be most commonly associated with NFL games; the NFL's current policy requires local stations to black out games that does not sell a certain percentage of tickets 72 hours before the game.

How will this rule change affect blackouts in your area?

Jim Thorpe was probably one of the best American athletes of the 20th century: He won Olympic gold medals in 1912 for both pentathlon and decathlon, and he played football, basketball, and baseball (did Bo know all that?). His sports career ended about when the Great Depression started, and he had trouble finding work. He became an alcoholic and died intestate (without a will) in 1953.

So why is it that, 61 years later, Thorpe's children and a Pennsylvania town that Thorpe had never been to are fighting over his remains in federal court?

South African Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The double-amputee athlete, known as the "Blade Runner" for his distinctive prosthetic legs, was the first athlete to compete in both the Olympic and Paralympic games. After being charged with murder in the 2013 shooting death of Steenkamp, Pistorius was found guilty last month on the lesser charge of culpable homicide. Today, Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison, though he may end up serving the majority of that sentence under house arrest, reports The New York Times.

Here are five things to know about Pistorius' five-year sentence:

A lawsuit accusing Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones of sexually assaulting a former stripper has been dismissed.

The lawsuit stemmed from an alleged 2009 incident in which 27-year-old Oklahoma woman Jana Weckerly had accused Jones of grabbing her genitals and kissing her in at a Dallas hotel, reports ESPN. Weckerly had been seeking $1 million in damages in the lawsuit.

Why was the lawsuit dismissed?

The latest NFL running back to find himself in legal trouble this season is Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle.

Randle was arrested on Monday and charged with misdemeanor theft after being accused of shoplifting underwear and cologne from a Frisco, Texas mall, reports ESPN. Randle's arrest came just a day after he rushed for a season-high 52 yards in the Cowboys' win over the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

What are the details behind Randle's arrest and what other NFL ball carriers have found themselves on the wrong side of the law in 2014?

Seven members of New Jersey's Sayreville War Memorial High School football team are facing criminal charges after allegations of locker room hazing surfaced in recent weeks.

The players, all juveniles, may be tried as adults on the charges, reports The New York Times. In addition, school district Superintendent Dr. Richard Labbe has cancelled the remainder of this year's schedule for the perennial powerhouse team.

What are the details behind the hazing allegations, and what are the rules for juveniles accused of crimes being tried as adults?

Texas prosecutors have filed paperwork requesting that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's bond be revoked after he allegedly told a drug tester that he had smoked marijuana.

Prosecutors in Montgomery County, Texas -- where Peterson was arrested on charges of felony child abuse last month -- want the running back re-arrested for violating the terms of his release, reports ESPN.

How might Peterson's alleged slip of the tongue result in his bond being revoked?

A bathroom brawl between San Francisco 49ers fans at the team's new stadium this past Sunday sent two fans to the hospital and two others to the county jail.

The melee involving four men wearing 49ers apparel was captured on camera by a bystander whose relative later uploaded the video to YouTube, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

What was the spark that ignited the Levi's Stadium brawl? According to the man who uploaded the video, the fight began when one man cut in front of another in line for a bathroom stall.