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As Aaron Hernandez's fiancee takes the stand in his murder trial on Friday, let's take a look at where the case stands now, and where it might go.

Shayanna Jenkins testified this morning that she got rid of a box that the ex-Patriots star asked her to remove from his home following the murder of Odin Lloyd. Prosecutors already accused Jenkins of lying to a grand jury, so how does her testimony fit in with the evidence the prosecution has presented so far?

As more football players are trademarking their names and catch phrases, one team has been losing its battle to keep the trademark on its controversial mascot.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) cancelled the Washington Redskins' trademark last June, based on the mark being "disparaging to Native Americans." On Monday, the Department of Justice threw its support behind the decision, saying the perspective of Native Americans to the team name outweighed the NFL franchise's alleged intent to honor them.

Would you rather go to jail or give evidence that could put your fiance in jail?

This is the impossible questions Shayanna Jenkins, fiancee of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, must wrestle with. Hernandez is charged with murder for the shooting death of Odin Lloyd. The prosecution seems to think that Jenkins is a key witness for their case and want to compel her to testify. If she refuses, she could face jail time, the Hartford Courant reports.

Why is her testimony so important, and can she refuse?

A Texas jury has awarded seven fans about $76,000 for botched seating arrangements at the 2011 Super Bowl. The jury found the NFL breached its ticket contract with fans because of unavailable temporary seating at Dallas Cowboy Stadium.

The fans did not win on their fraud claims against the NFL, but will still receive awards ranging from $5,700 to $22,000 each.

Between patent trolls and pop stars protecting their lyrics, it should be no surprise that athletes are aggressively trademarking their nicknames and catchphrases.

Jameis Winston filed to trademark Famous Jameis last week. Marshawn Lynch trademarked BEASTMODE, "I'm all about that action boss," and "I'm just here so I don't get fined." "Johnny Football" and "RGIII" are protected marks.

From the NFL to college, football players are filing trademarks in an effort to protect their likenesses and keep others from cashing in. So what are trademarks, and why and how are athletes using them to protect and profit from their surnames, styles, and sound bites?

Marqise Lee is suing Lloyd's of London, alleging the insurance marketplace failed to pay on a disability injury policy regarding the 2014 NFL draft.

The Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver was injured during his junior season at USC and was drafted later than expected.

You mess with the bull, you get the horns. Some Twitter trolls messed with proud papa Curt Schilling after he tweeted congratulations to his daughter her acceptance to college.

Schilling responded by tracking down and exposing a few choice commenters, one of whom has already been fired, and may follow up by pursuing criminal charges or a civil lawsuit.