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Daniel Murphy's Paternity Leave: What New Dads Need to Know

When New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy took paternity leave this week, some sports fans criticized him on talk radio, because it meant that he would miss out on the first two games of the season.

While some weren't supportive about Murphy's decision, the Mets player ultimately felt that being there for his wife and new son was the best decision for his family, reports ESPN.

So if you're a new dad like Murphy, what do you need to know about paternity leave?

It's Opening Day! As baseball season begins anew, some fans who wouldn't normally give two hoots about fantasy games will start betting on fantasy baseball.

And strangely, the MLB seems to be OK with that (though the league's support is "purportedly limited" to free games on a particular site, as Forbes points out).

But before you put money on your fantasy picks, consider this: Is it legal to bet on fantasy baseball?

Two men accused of brutally beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow in 2011 pleaded guilty Thursday and were sentenced to prison.

Stow, 45, of Santa Cruz, California, suffered brain damage after Louie Sanchez, 31, attacked him from behind and continued to punch and kick Stow while he was on the ground, Reuters reports. The other defendant, Marvin Norwood, 33, assisted Sanchez by keeping Stow's friends from helping the man as he was pummeled on the ground.

Both men were sentenced to state prison for their parts in the severe attack, and the sentencing judge was less than lenient.

Minor League Players Sue MLB Over Wages

Three minor league baseball players filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball, alleging the League violated state and federal labor laws.

The suit also names Commissioner Bud Selig and three teams: the Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals, and San Francisco Giants.

Aaron Senne, Michael Liberto and Oliver Odle are alleging a spate of labor law violations and are seeking class-action status, which could raise the stakes to a whole new playing field.

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?

World Series Bomb Threats Get Twitter User Arrested

A St. Louis man has been arrested, after allegedly making a World Series-related bomb threat on Twitter. Robert Metzinger was charged on Saturday for making a terrorist threat, after taking to the social media site and implying that he would use an explosive device around Busch Stadium during the World Series, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

His Twitter account has been deleted since then, but one tweet stated: "Putting my loft up for a ridiculous 'Boston-only' rate for the #WorldSeries. Pressure cooker sold separately."

What does Metzinger's terrorist threat charge mean?

Twitter Threats Against N.Y. Mets Lead to Man's Arrest

A Connecticut man was cuffed this week for allegedly making Twitter threats against the New York Mets.

Police say horror film enthusiast Aryn Leroux, 42, of West Haven, allegedly threatened Mets players and even tweeted plans to slash team managers in an attack reminiscent of "Friday the 13th."

Leroux was charged with second-degree threatening and breach of peace, which are both misdemeanors.

A-Rod Sues MLB; Albert Pujols Sues Jack Clark

The world of baseball has taken a turn for the litigious with A-Rod suing Major League Baseball and Albert Pujols suing Jack Clark.

Both lawsuits are about the wonderful world of doping, of course.

Dodgers Fan Stabbing Suspect Released Without Charges

The suspect in connection with the stabbing death of a Dodgers fan last Wednesday has been released without charges. The death of Jonathan Denver, 24, was linked to two suspects -- Michael Montgomery, 21, of Lodi, California, being one of them. Montgomery was released from jail on Friday, Reuters reports.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement that there wasn't enough evidence to bring a charge against Montgomery, according to Reuters. Gascon also stated that there was an obligation to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Montgomery did not act in self-defense.

What does this mean for the criminal investigation into the Dodger fan's fatal stabbing?

A Los Angeles Dodgers fan died Wednesday after a stabbing near the ballpark in San Francisco. Jonathan Denver, 24, of Fort Bragg, California, had just attended a baseball game against the Giants with his father, who works as a Dodgers security guard.

Denver was allegedly stabbed to death by Michael Montgomery, 21, of Lodi, the Los Angeles Times reports. Montgomery's father, however, claims that his son was only acting in self-defense.

There was an alleged altercation between victim and accused killer before the stabbing, but was this really an act of self-defense?