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New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose and two friends were found not liable on all counts in a civil rape trial on Wednesday. The lawsuit was filed by a woman claiming Rose, Ryan Allen, and Randall Hampton drugged and raped her in 2013.

The case was notable not only for its famous defendant, but for some odd pre-trial rulings by the judge and how a civil trial is distinguishable from a criminal one.

New York recently passed a law allowing fantasy sports gaming to continue. This new law is now facing a legal challenge by an anti-gambling group.

Last November, NY Attorney General Schneiderman issued an opinion stating that sites like FanDuel and DraftKings were violating the state's gambling laws. Shortly after the sites stopped operating in NY, the state legislature passed a bill that removed fantasy sports gaming from the state's definition of gambling. The bill characterizes fantasy sports gaming as a game of skill rather than chance, and lays the framework for the state to regulate and tax the big money fantasy sports industry.

Confirming what had widely been speculated for months, the NBA is relocating the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina because of recent state legislation removing discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, and transgender citizens. Known as HB2, that law also barred transgender people from using bathrooms with gender designations different from those on their birth certificates, and has garnered nation-wide criticism and DOJ lawsuits.

So gone are the game and the attendant week's worth of festivities. As the league said in a statement, "we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2."

The NBA has dismissed and disqualified free agent guard O.J. Mayo under the league's anti-drug program. According to a press release, Mayo will be eligible to apply for reinstatement in two years.

The league said it was "prohibited from publicly disclosing information regarding the testing or treatment of any NBA player under the Anti-Drug Program," and announced only the suspension and reinstatement restriction. So what did Mayo test positive for, and what does it mean for him?

A year ago today, NYPD officers arrested Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha and teammate Pero Antic outside a club in the Chelsea neighborhood. Police threw Sefolosha to the ground and placed him in cuffs so forcefully he broke his tibia and suffered ligament damage in his right leg.

Now Sefolosha is suing the NYPD and the five officers who arrested him, claiming extensive injuries and damages based on false arrest, excessive force, and malicious prosecution.

Ousted Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been doing everything in his legal power to fight the sale of his team. And his most audacious lawsuit, a $1 billion claim against the NBA, Commissioner Adam Silver, former Commissioner David Stern, his wife Rochelle Sterling, and two neurologists who declared him mentally unfit, was emphatically dismissed by a federal court in California.

It's merely the latest in a long line of setbacks for the racist, sexually harassing, domestic abusing slumlord, but in true Donald Sterling fashion, he has vowed to keep suing.

March Madness tips off today -- do you know where your bracket is? Did you go all chalk? Pick the right 12/5 upset? And, more importantly, did you get your money in the right pool?

A press release from the American Gaming Association estimates Americans will wager some $9.2 billion on March Madness this year, most of that illegally. The AGA estimates only $262 of that will be wagered at Nevada sports books. So is Janice from accounting about to get busted for illegal gambling?

In the realm of sports video games, realism is king. Gone are the days of players catching fire or being run over by ambulances. Now gamers want the most true-to-life graphics and game play, all the way down to the players' tattoos. Which can be a problem, legally-speaking.

As a new lawsuit against the makers of NBA2K has demonstrated, figuring out who has the legal rights to a player's ink can be a little tricky.

How much is a lifetime (or more) of shoe sales worth? $500 million sound about right? That's the reported figure, on the low end, of LeBron James' lifetime contract with Nike. The world's largest sporting goods company had the chance to lock up the second-best player in the NBA for life and they jumped at it.

So does this really mean that King James and the Swoosh are stuck with each other forever?

Donald Sterling is an unrepentant slumlord and serial sexual harasser. But it was only when a racist rant (one of many) was leaked to the media that the NBA banned Sterling and forced him to sell his L.A. Clippers.

Sterling had been battling the sale, and appealed a probate ruling that allowed his wife to sell the time. Only he appealed it very badly, and a California court affirmed the ruling. Now the former owner is running out of options.