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The 10 Most-Viewed Legal Sports Stories of 2013

FindLaw's Tarnished Twenty isn't exactly a beauty contest, and being in the top echelons of sports-related legal action isn't exactly something to write home about.

This year, we covered a wide range of legal sports issues, including criminal allegations against Heisman winner Jameis Winston, along with lawsuits against the NFL and even the NCAA over concussions.

But a few legal sports stories -- some serious, and a few not-so-serious -- seemed to grab our readers' attention more than others. Here are the 10 most-viewed posts from our Tarnished Twenty blog in 2013:

Will NCAA Concussion Lawsuits Be Consolidated?

Ten ex-football players' concussion-related lawsuits are pending against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). But the cases may soon be consolidated to streamline the settlement process. A two-year-old concussion lawsuit against the NCAA is in settlement talks -- now nine other lawsuits may enter the mix.

But what does it mean to consolidate cases?

Aaron Hernandez's Mansion Seized Pending Wrongful Death Suit

Former Patriot and accused murderer Aaron Hernandez had his mansion seized by the courts on Thursday as part of an pending wrongful death lawsuit.

The ex-athlete's home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, now has a judicial hold on it, preventing Hernandez from selling the $1.26 million property, reports The Boston Globe. The court order stems from a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Odin Lloyd, the 27-year-old man Hernandez is charged with killing.

Does this leave Hernandez homeless?

NFL's Plaxico Burress Sued Over Alleged Dog Attack

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress is being sued for an alleged dog attack. The suit seeks money not for the dog's bite, but for injuries that allegedly befell the other dog's owner.

Gina Boulougouris Stasinos claims she was seriously hurt when Buress' pit bull knocked her over while it allegedly attacked her dog. Buress wasn't present during the scuffle, but NJ.com reports it occurred outside his Totowa, New Jersey, home. Stasinos' pup sustained minor injuries.

But Stasinos isn't suing over her dog's injuries at all. Rather, she's seeking compensation for her own medical expenses -- and her husband's alleged "loss of consortium" with her after the canine run-in.

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.

Jameis Winston Won't Be Charged, but Can He Be Sued?

FSU quarterback Jameis Winston will not be charged for the alleged sexual assault of a woman in 2012, leaving many to wonder if he will end up in civil court.

State Attorney Willie Meggs said in a press conference on Thursday that the case did not have "sufficient evidence to go forward and bring [it] to trial," reports Sports Illustrated.

Though the criminal investigation is currently over, Winston's accuser still has the option to potentially sue him for battery.

Texas A&M Stadium Worker Killed in Fall From 4th Level

A 25-year-old construction worker partaking in the massive renovation of Texas A&M's stadium fell to his death from the fourth level of the building. Angel Garcia fell while working on the north end of Kyle Field.

Sadly, in the world of construction -- a potentially high hazard industry for those who work in it -- falls top the list of construction safety hazards.

Cowboys Fan Beaten by Raiders Fans After Thanksgiving Game

Oakland Raiders fans have been tied to the beating of a Cowboys fan, following a Thanksgiving Day game in Texas. After the Cowboys' win, the victim was found on the sidewalk at Cowboy Way and AT&T Way unconscious, ESPN reports.

The name of the victim has not yet been released, though his injuries are reportedly not life-threatening. Police are currently still looking for witnesses to the incident.

Once more details unravel, what charges do the Raiders' fans look to face?