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3 Ex-Penn State Officials to Stand Trial Over Sandusky Cover-Up

Penn State's former president and two other ex-administrators will stand trial on charges that they conspired to cover up the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

A judge in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, ordered the ex-Penn State officials -- former president Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curly, and former senior vice president Gary Schultz -- to face charges of perjury, conspiracy, and failure to report suspected child abuse, among others, USA Today reports.

Sandusky, the ex-assistant football coach at Penn State, was convicted last year of sexually abusing 10 boys and will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. The ex-Penn State officials, if convicted, could also face potential prison time.

Here's an overview of what prosecutors will have to prove:

Is J.J. Redick's Alleged Abortion Contract Legal?

Los Angeles Clippers player J.J. Redick allegedly signed an "abortion contract" with his former girlfriend, although it is doubtful that such a contract would be legally enforceable.

In a document leaked by website MediaTakeOut, there appears to be an agreement between Redick and Vanessa Lopez, in which Redick would agree to remain with his then-pregnant girlfriend for a year in exchange for her providing proof that she'd terminated her pregnancy, reports The Huffington Post.

Can an abortion contract like this even legally exist?

Florida's Antonio Morrison Arrested for Barking at Police Dog

Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison barked up the wrong tree Saturday, when he was arrested for allegedly barking at a police dog.

The University of Florida football player was already on suspension for a June arrest for assaulting a bouncer. Now Morrison, 19, faces misdemeanor charges for resisting arrest and "harassing an on-duty animal," reports USA Today.

Playful or not, Morrison could face jail for making dog noises at a dog.

Jerry Sandusky's Son Matt Seeks Name Change in Court

Following the tide of scandal that's plagued convicted child abuser and ex-Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, his son Matt is applying to have his and his family's names changed.

One of Jerry Sandusky's six adopted children, Matt Sandusky revealed in a 2012 police interview that Jerry had abused him as a child, reports CNN.

Although the details of the name change petition are not currently public, Matt Sandusky is not the first to want to change his name to avoid the past.

MLB Touts New Sexual Orientation Policy, but Impact Unclear

The MLB is joining its major sports league peers by preparing to unveil a new sexual orientation discrimination and harassment policy during the league's All-Star Game on Tuesday.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman helped Major League Baseball (MLB) draft the new sexual orientation policy, calling it a "clear stand against discrimination," reports The Associated Press.

Although MLB already has a non-discrimination policy, this new policy will specifically include sexual orientation in a bid to include gay athletes.

Ex-MLB Player Danny Tartabull Is L.A.'s 'Most Wanted' Deadbeat Dad

Former Major League Baseball player Danny Tartabull is the "most wanted" deadbeat dad in Los Angeles County.

The distinction doesn't come with a trophy, but rather a staggering price tag and potential penalties.

SF Giants Pitcher Chad Gaudin Groped Hospital Patient, Cops Say

Some bad news for Giants fans, pitcher Chad Gaudin has been charged with lewdness after allegedly groping a woman on a gurney in a Las Vegas hospital.

Vegas police say Gaudin appeared intoxicated in late January 2013 when he approached a woman lying on a gurney, told her she was "gorgeous," and touched her face and breast, reports Reuters.

What could this misdemeanor charge mean for Gaudin's criminal and baseball future?

Ex-'Baseball Wives' Star Arrested Over Gun Threat

Former "Baseball Wives" star Anna Benson found herself under arrest Monday after allegedly busting into her estranged husband's home with a gun.

Police say Anna Benson arrived at former Mets pitcher Kris Benson's home on Sunday, threatened Kris with an "expandable metal baton," held Kris up with a handgun, and demanded he pay her, all while wearing a bulletproof vest, reports TMZ.

Kris Benson filed for divorce last year, but these new criminal charges might mean a bit more trouble for Anna than divorce court.

Lawyer for Cowboys' Josh Brent Seeks Gag Order for DA

A lawyer for Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent plans to file a gag order against the Dallas County district attorney following accusations that the D.A. made inappropriate comments on the radio regarding Brent's charges for involuntary manslaughter.

Brent's defense attorney alleged that during a radio interview in June, Dallas D.A. Craig Watkins told listeners that Brent "need[ed] to go to prison" and that Brent's drug use led to the deadly crash that killed his teammate, reports The Dallas Morning News.

Prosecutors are held to certain ethical obligations, and Brent's gag order request may seek to have a court enforce those on the Dallas D.A.