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Sports, like any other profession or pastime, has had its share of lawbreakers. From your petty shoplifters to your international conspirators, athletes are just as likely to wind up on the wrong side of the law as the rest of us. The only difference is there's normally a much bigger spotlight on Pacman Jones than your Average Joe.

Here are five of the most infamous criminals from the wide world of sports:

The ongoing saga of the State of New York and its attorney general Eric Schneiderman versus DraftKings and FanDuel has been an entertaining one. Schneiderman declared the daily fantasy sites "constitute illegal gambling under New York law," ordered them to stop taking bets in the state, and then asked for New Yorkers' money back. In December, a New York Supreme Court judge issued an injunction against the companies that was later suspended by another court.

And after all that, it looks like Schneiderman has won (for now). DraftKings and FanDuel announced today that they will be suspending operations in New York, subject to a future change in the legal climate.

Virginia will become the first state to legalize and regulate online fantasy sports this summer. This week, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed the Fantasy Contests Act, which requires daily fantasy sites like DraftKings and FanDuel to register and submit annual audits to the state.

While other states have been lining up to designate daily fantasy sites as illegal gambling operations, Virginia seems to be moving in the opposite direction, perhaps looking to cash in on daily fantasy rather than outlaw it.

Trial Highlights: Sportscaster Erin Andrews' Injury Suit

Fox News sportscaster Erin Andrews was filmed naked in 2008 in her hotel room in a Nashville, Tennessee Marriott, and that video went viral in 2009. The release caused her personal and professional distress and damages, Andrews says. She is demanding $75 million from the hotel in an injury suit happening in Nashville now.

This week Andrews testified about the impact the video had on her life, and she was in tears about the violation of privacy, as well as the fact that her former employer ESPN forced her to discuss the video in an on-air interview. But the defense is not buying it, and has proposed that Andrews' star actually rose because she's been seen in the nude.

Team doctors and sports trainers don't have it easy. From broken bones and torn ligaments to dehydration and concussions, there are myriad possible injuries athletes can suffer. And for almost every one, early diagnosis is essential for player safety and recovery.

So, of course, there's no an app for that. Sideline Guidelines is an app designed to help medical professionals quickly identify, diagnose, and treat sports injuries both on the field and off. Hopefully this means fewer injuries and better treatment for athletes, especially at the high school level.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs. As part of this protection, institutions of higher education are required "to take immediate and effective steps to end sexual harassment and sexual violence."

This places the burden of investigating campus sexual assaults on the colleges themselves. And as a slew of recent investigations have shown (if you can call 161 schools facing scrutiny in 199 cases of sexual violence a "slew"), those colleges are either unwilling, unable, or indifferent to investigating sexual assault on campus, especially those involving athletes.

This begs the question: Are colleges and universities in the best position to investigate allegations of sexual assault? Or is there another way for schools to meet their Title IX requirements?

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.

When video of snowboarder Christian Mares surviving a self-created avalanche came out last week, we thought, "Cool." When it turned out he could face criminal charges for snowboarding in a restricted area of Tahoe's Sugar Bowl Resort, we thought, "Less cool."

It also got us thinking about all the different legal liabilities snowboarders could face out on the mountain. Here are just a few of them:

Another day, another state outlawing daily fantasy gambling. This time it was Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, saying that DraftKings and FanDuel were taking bets in violation of state gambling laws.

As opposed to his counterpart in New York, Paxton hasn't threatened criminal action or demanded his constituents' money back. This was an advisory opinion on what the Texas courts might rule if they ever took up the issue. But Texas is the eighth state to come out against daily fantasy sites and one of the biggest daily fantasy markets, so how long will daily fantasy remain unregulated?

International Track & Field Agency Blamed for Known Doping

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) last week released the second half of a report on corruption among track and field athletes and agencies, and it did not limit its criticism to a single country. Instead, the report centers on the corruption of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which allegedly allowed athletes with dirty blood tests to continue competing.

Did the institutions fail intentionally? The new report indicates that they did, reports National Public Radio and that state and international agencies were involved in a corruption conspiracy.