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Baylor Football Coach Fired Over Handling of Player Assault Allegations

A Baptist university in Waco, Texas this week demoted the school president and fired the Baylor Bears football coach after an external review of the handling of sexual abuse allegations, including against football players, proved highly problematic. Independent investigators found that Baylor authorities ignored abuse reports in violation of federal law, according to ESPN.

The now-demoted Baylor president, Kenneth Starr (best known for his investigation of Bill Clinton), apologized to sexual assault victims for his previous indifference, saying he was sorry they were not treated with the care, concern, and support they deserve. Baylor's board of regents too expressed dismay. Let's see what independent investigators found and what the school had to say.

At this point, it can be hard to keep track of which states allow daily fantasy sites like DraftKings and FanDuel, which states have declared it illegal gambling and banned it, and which states have some new regulatory law in place. (Lucky for you, an upstart, independent sports media entity with no vested interest in the success of one of those sites has a handy guide to help.)

The latest developments are coming from the Gem State and Volunteer State, where one state booted DraftKings and FanDuel, while the other declared fantasy sports "illegal gambling" weeks before passing sweeping legislation regulating and taxing daily fantasy sites.

The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held hearings yesterday to examine the legality of daily fantasy sports and whether further federal oversight is needed to regulate the industry. But some major players were missing from that hearing, most notably representatives from DraftKings and FanDuel, the two largest daily fantasy ventures, or anyone from any of the major sports leagues or media companies partnering with daily fantasy sites or pushing their products.

So were the hearings a tree falling in the forest, or a breakthrough for daily fantasy sports?

Major League Baseball was all set to have the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins play in Puerto Rico on May 30 and 31, but enough players were concerned about contracting and transmitting the Zika virus that the league will move the series to Miami instead. The Centers for Disease Control had listed Puerto Rico as an area with active mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus.

So what does this mean for the league, legal liability, and future games in the Caribbean?

After being indicted on misdemeanor domestic assault charges last week, Johnny Manziel turned himself in to Highland Park police in Texas yesterday, posing for a mug shot and posting $1,500 bond before being released. The former Texas A&M Aggies and Cleveland Browns QB is scheduled to appear back in court this morning.

The charge stems from a January incident during which Manziel’s then girlfriend Colleen Crowley claims he restrained, beat, and threatened to kill her.