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Unless your sport is competitive eating, there's no biting in sports. It's not just the rules, the law really frowns upon using your teeth against your fellow player.

Americans who were stunned by Uruguayan footballer Luis Suarez's shoulder-chomping action at the World Cup should remember that we've hosted our own notoriously "toothy" athletes (cough Mike Tyson cough). And these biters learned the legal implications of taking a bite out of an opponent.

So how can the law "bite back" against sports biters?

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.

Pacquiao Slammed With $18M in IRS Claims

Soon enough, you may see Manny Pacquiao don his finest legal boxing gloves in an ugly fight with the IRS over unpaid taxes -- a staggering $18 million in unpaid taxes.

If you're smart, you'll place your bets on Uncle Sam.

Manny Pacquiao has settled his defamation lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Who says the judicial system moves slowly? The resolution of this lawsuit has come much faster than the highly anticipated fight between the two fighters largely considered the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.

In fact, there's still no scheduled fight between the two despite hype that it may finally happen in 2013. But this could be one less hurdle to a fight actually happening.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. KO'd by Manny Pacquiao in Court

Manny Pacquiao scored a victory over Floyd Mayweather in his defamation lawsuit.

Pacquiao brought suit against Mayweather claiming that Mayweather defamed him. A court did not rule on the underlying defamation claims, but did order Mayweather to pay Pacquiao more than $113,000 to cover the legal fees of a missed deposition last year, reports Reuters.

Pacquiao accused Mayweather of falsely telling reporters and others that Pacquiao was using performance enhancing drugs. The two had been working on scheduling a fight, and as a prerequisite, Mayweather wanted Pacquiao to undergo blood testing.

Boxer's Winning Fight May Knock Him Out for Good

A journeyman boxer was arrested in a clever FBI ploy to collect DNA evidence worthy of a CSI episode.

Martin Tucker is a 32-year-old welterweight with a career 8-10 record. He hadn't won a fight in seven years. That is, until his victory over previously undefeated up-and-comer Michael Torres in April.

During the fight, Torres snuck a couple shots past Tucker's defense and was able to bloody the veteran fighter, reports the Boxing Scene. 

Little did Tucker know at the time, but these shots would lead to FBI evidence linking Tucker to a 2009 bank robbery.

A Las Vegas judge denied Floyd Mayweather's request to be let out of jail early. Mayweather had asked for an early release as he said his health was suffering from prison food and lack of bottled water.

The judge told Mayweather that he should eat and drink what's provided. The celebrity boxer will not receive any special treatment and will serve out the remainder of his 90-day prison sentence.

Seems fair, as the legal grounds of "I may never fight again" wasn't the strongest to begin with.

Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is wasting away in jail -- so much so, it could cause "irreversible damage" to his physique and his boxing career, his lawyers claim in an emergency motion to get him out.

Mayweather, 35, began a 90-day jail sentence June 1 after he pleaded guilty to beating his ex-girlfriend, a misdemeanor, in 2010. Jail officials are keeping Mayweather isolated from other prisoners for his own protection, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

But when Mayweather's personal physician examined him Friday, he found the boxer's isolation in jail "threatens to end or shorten Mr. Mayweather's boxing career," according to the emergency motion.

Is Floyd Mayweather's jail sentences too much for the boxer to bear?

Oscar De La Hoya Sex Lawsuit Tossed, Lawyer, Plaintiff Sanctioned

The Oscar De La Hoya sex lawsuit may finally be coming to its end. A New York judge has knocked out the civil tort suit against the retired fighter.

Angelica Marie Cecora, the plaintiff, sued De La Hoya for $5 million alleging false imprisonment, assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, New York Daily News reports.

Judge Paul Wooten called Cecora's suit frivolous. He followed with a one-two of his own by ordering Cecora to pay De La Hoya's legal fees and imposed a $500 sanction on both her and her attorney. 

That wasn't the end of it, either.

Floyd Mayweather's Jail Term Suspended So He Can Fight in May

A Las Vegas judge has agreed to postpone Floyd Mayweather's jail term so he can train for a fight on Cinco de Mayo. Though he has no opponent, his managers have reserved the MGM Grand Garden Arena and made arrangements for pay-per-view television.

Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in jail last month after he pleaded guilty to domestic violence. He was accused of violently attacking his ex-girlfriend while two of their children watched on.