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Alleged Prostitution Ring Busted Ahead of Super Bowl Weekend

Ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Thursday announced a major prostitution and sex-trafficking bust.

The sting operation, called "Operation Out of Bounds," began 11 months ago, but the arrests were strategically timed to raise awareness of the issue of sex trafficking before the Super Bowl, reports The New York Times.

The sporting event is reportedly a notorious magnet for the sex trade. But is it true?

Super Bowl Ticket Sting: 2 Alleged Counterfeiters Busted

Every year people try to make a quick buck off counterfeit Super Bowl tickets, and every year someone gets busted.

This year it was Damon Daniels, 43, of New York City, and Eugene Fladger, 32, of Philadelphia, who were caught as part of a Super Bowl ticket sting operation targeting the pair's alleged counterfeiting operation, NYC's 1010 WINS radio reports.

What's in store for these accused Super Bowl charlatans?

Raiders Cheerleader Sues, Claiming She's Paid Less Than $5 an Hour

An Oakland Raiders cheerleader is suing the team for wage and hour violations related to minimum wage, overtime, expenses, and breaks.

In stark contrast to team mascots, who are allegedly full-time employees with benefits, Raiders cheerleader Lacy T. alleges Raiderettes are effectively being paid less than $5 an hour.

But is the law on her side(line)?

Josh Brent Sentenced to 10 Years Probation, 6 Months in Jail

A Texas jury has sentenced ex-NFL player Josh Brent to 10 years of probation, 180 days in jail, and a $10,000 fine for a drunken-driving crash that killed his teammate and friend Jerry Brown.

Brent, formerly with the Dallas Cowboys, was convicted this week of involuntary manslaughter for causing the fatal crash in December 2012. Brent was driving at least 110 mph and had a blood alcohol level of 0.18 percent -- more than twice the legal limit in Texas, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Brent could have faced up to 20 years in prison for his conviction. What factors may have played into Brent's sentence?

FSU Recruit Cinmeon Bowers Arrested for Eating Marijuana

A Florida State University junior recruit has been arrested for eating marijuana, allegedly in an attempt to hide it from police during a traffic stop.

Nope, the weed was not ingested in brownie or banana bread form. Cinmeon Bowers, 20, widely considered one of the top junior college prospects in the country, allegedly swallowed the weed whole in all its green bud glory.

Unfortunately for Bowers, his half-baked plan didn't pan out too well.

Who's Liable for Tailgating Accidents, Injuries?

Tailgating is a great American sporting tradition, but accidents at tailgates can leave various parties liable for resulting injuries -- and in some cases, even deaths.

Here are four of the most common people and entities shouldered with the blame in tailgating-related lawsuits:

Judge Rejects NFL Concussion Settlement; $760M May Not Be Enough

A $760 million settlement between the NFL and former players has been rejected by a judge, at least for now. So what happens next?

The proposed settlement, reached in August and filed in court last week, follows a lawsuit brought by some 4,500 ex-players. They allege that the NFL concealed the dangers of brain injuries sustained on the field and that the league was profiting from the occasional violent contact, reports Reuters.

According to the $760 million deal, ex-players would be eligible for up to $5 million each. So why did the judge reject it?

A-Rod's Suspension: Will His Appeal Strike Out in Court?

The long fight over A-Rod's suspension may not be over yet. His lawyers filed suit in federal court Monday to try to get an arbitrator's decision overturned.

Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz ruled Saturday that Yankees player Alex Rodriguez will be suspended for the 2014 season for his use of performance enhancing drugs. Horowitz actually reduced Rodriguez's suspension, from 211 games to 162 games.

Challenging an arbitrator's decision, however, can be difficult. What exactly is A-Rod alleging, and will his challenge succeed?

NFL Concussion Settlement: 5 Questions and Answers

As the NFL's concussion settlement with former players was filed in court earlier this week, the public and the ex-players may have a few questions about the deal.

Here are five illuminating questions and answers about the NFL's settlement agreement:

NFL Sued Over Super Bowl Ticket-Withholding Practices

A New Jersey football fan is suing the NFL for making Super Bowl tickets so hard to get that average fans are effectively "priced out" of attending the game.

Josh Finkelman, 28, of New Brunswick, purchased two tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII for $4,000. His lawsuit asserts that the NFL's withholding of tickets from the general public, which allegedly causes ticket prices on the secondary market to skyrocket, violates New Jersey's consumer protection laws, reports Reuters.

So are the NFL's practices regarding Super Bowl tickets actually illegal?

MMA Fighter Fends Off Home Invaders, Killing 1

MMA Fighter Joe Torrez was the clear victor when he allegedly defended himself and his family during a home invasion.

Torrez claims that four known gang members threatened him and broke into his home. In the melee, one intruder was killed, another sent to the hospital, while the others fled the scene, according to the New York Daily News.

Torrez's attorney claims that the MMA fighter was only defending his family.

Jovan Belcher's Mom Sues Chiefs for Wrongful Death

Jovan Belcher's mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Kansas City Chiefs, claiming that the team was directly responsible for her son's deteriorating mental health. As you may recall, the former linebacker killed his girlfriend and himself in December 2012.

Belcher's mother, Cheryl Shepherd, believes his repeated concussions were to blame for his violent actions and that the Chiefs could have prevented them.