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A former University of Texas football player who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease has filed a proposed class action lawsuit against the NCAA.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in a Texas federal court, former UT player Julius Whittier, now 64, claims the NCAA failed to protect student athletes from suffering long-term damage related to head injuries. Whittier is seeking at least $5 million in damages in the lawsuit, which was filed on his behalf by his sister Mildred Whittier. CBSSports.com reports the suit "could max out at $50 million in damages."

Jim Thorpe was probably one of the best American athletes of the 20th century: He won Olympic gold medals in 1912 for both pentathlon and decathlon, and he played football, basketball, and baseball (did Bo know all that?). His sports career ended about when the Great Depression started, and he had trouble finding work. He became an alcoholic and died intestate (without a will) in 1953.

So why is it that, 61 years later, Thorpe's children and a Pennsylvania town that Thorpe had never been to are fighting over his remains in federal court?

A lawsuit accusing Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones of sexually assaulting a former stripper has been dismissed.

The lawsuit stemmed from an alleged 2009 incident in which 27-year-old Oklahoma woman Jana Weckerly had accused Jones of grabbing her genitals and kissing her in at a Dallas hotel, reports ESPN. Weckerly had been seeking $1 million in damages in the lawsuit.

Why was the lawsuit dismissed?

The latest NFL running back to find himself in legal trouble this season is Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle.

Randle was arrested on Monday and charged with misdemeanor theft after being accused of shoplifting underwear and cologne from a Frisco, Texas mall, reports ESPN. Randle's arrest came just a day after he rushed for a season-high 52 yards in the Cowboys' win over the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

What are the details behind Randle's arrest and what other NFL ball carriers have found themselves on the wrong side of the law in 2014?

Seven members of New Jersey's Sayreville War Memorial High School football team are facing criminal charges after allegations of locker room hazing surfaced in recent weeks.

The players, all juveniles, may be tried as adults on the charges, reports The New York Times. In addition, school district Superintendent Dr. Richard Labbe has cancelled the remainder of this year's schedule for the perennial powerhouse team.

What are the details behind the hazing allegations, and what are the rules for juveniles accused of crimes being tried as adults?

Texas prosecutors have filed paperwork requesting that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's bond be revoked after he allegedly told a drug tester that he had smoked marijuana.

Prosecutors in Montgomery County, Texas -- where Peterson was arrested on charges of felony child abuse last month -- want the running back re-arrested for violating the terms of his release, reports ESPN.

How might Peterson's alleged slip of the tongue result in his bond being revoked?

A bathroom brawl between San Francisco 49ers fans at the team's new stadium this past Sunday sent two fans to the hospital and two others to the county jail.

The melee involving four men wearing 49ers apparel was captured on camera by a bystander whose relative later uploaded the video to YouTube, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

What was the spark that ignited the Levi's Stadium brawl? According to the man who uploaded the video, the fight began when one man cut in front of another in line for a bathroom stall.

In a first for the NFL, the league has agreed to allow a neutral arbitrator to rule on Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension.

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said in an email that both the league and the players association had submitted candidates for a neutral arbitrator, ESPN reports. Rice was suspended from the league indefinitely after video footage surfaced of the former Baltimore Ravens running back punching his wife in an Atlantic City casino.

What does the arbitration process typically involve? Here are five things to know about arbitration:

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston's lawyer says that the Heisman Trophy winner will cooperate will a Title IX investigation being conducted by the school regarding rape allegations against Winston.

Winston's lawyer confirmed his participation in the school's investigator in a letter, reports ESPN. Winston was accused of raping a Florida State student in 2012, but after an investigation Florida's State Attorney's Office declined to file charges against Winston citing a lack of evidence. But after the U.S. Department of Education launched an investigation into the school's handling of the allegations, Florida State began their own investigation into the incident.

What is Title IX and what does it do?

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer became the latest NFL player to face criminal charges after he was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated assault.

The arrest stems from a pair of incidents in July when Dwyer allegedly assaulted a woman and an 18-month-old child at his Phoenix home, reports ESPN. The arrest also comes less than a week after another NFL running back, Adrian Peterson, was indicted for child abuse after allegedly injuring his 4-year-old son and amid the continuing controversy surrounding the recently released video footage of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his wife in an elevator earlier this year.

What are the details behind the NFL's latest off-field troubles?