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Haden skips Indiana meeting because of religious-freedom law

- Associated Press

Southern California athletic director Pat Haden will not attend the College Football Playoff selection committee meeting in Indianapolis this week because of a new Indiana religious-freedom law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2014, file photo, Alabama head coach Nick Saban speaks to the media during a press conference for the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Saban is expected to address the media Monday, March 30, 2015,  after two Crimson Tide players were arrested in separate cases over the weekend. Defensive back Geno Smith and defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor are facing legal trouble again. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Saban unapologetic about signing Taylor despite his past

- Associated Press

Alabama coach Nick Saban steadfastly defended his signing of defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor, who has now been kicked off his second Southeastern Conference team for domestic violence arrests.

Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker, right, celebrates with teammates after beating Arizona 85-78 in a college basketball regional final in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. Wisconsin will play in the Final Four in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Big Ten shines bright with Final Four in its backyard

- Associated Press

After Michigan State clinched a spot in the Final Four last weekend, Wisconsin's Sam Dekker wrote something on Twitter that packed as much of a punch as one of his dunks.

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2014, file photo, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey runs during the second half of the Foster Farms Bowl NCAA college football game in Santa Clara, Calif. McCaffrey burst onto the scene at Stanford as a freshman last season, and now he's creating a stir in spring practices by taking snaps at running back, wide receiver and wildcat quarterback. The Cardinal are counting on McCaffrey, the son of former NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, to be their do-it-all playmaker come fall. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Stanford's Christian McCaffrey showing off versatility

- Associated Press

Any Stanford fan who wondered why the Cardinal couldn't get the ball in Christian McCaffrey's hands more as a freshman should be encouraged by what's developing this spring.

FILE - In this May 14, 2009 file photo provided by U.S. Marshals is former University of Toledo football player Adam Cuomo of Hagersville, Ontario, Canada.  Cuomo, who admitted taking money from Detroit-area gambler Ghazi Manni to provide information about the Rockets or their opponents, will be sentenced in a sports bribery scheme that occurred years ago at the Ohio school. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshalls Service)

3 more probation sentences in Toledo sports bribery probe

- Associated Press

Three former football players at the University of Toledo were sentenced to probation Tuesday for their roles in a sports bribery scheme at the Ohio school, including a running back who made the first contact with a Detroit-area gambler.

Ohio jury acquits UC football player on assault charge

Associated Press

A jury has acquitted a University of Cincinnati backup quarterback of an assault charge, after he testified in court that a group of young men taunted him with racist remarks shortly before he punched one.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft testifies during the murder trial of former Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of killing Odin Lloyd in June 2013.  (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Aram Boghosian, Pool)

Patriots owner: Aaron Hernandez told me he was innocent

- Associated Press

New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft testified Tuesday that his former star tight end Aaron Hernandez told him he was innocent when asked if he was involved in a 2013 killing.

Haslam-owned truck-stop company settles 4 rebate fraud cases

- Associated Press

Four trucking companies have settled lawsuits against the truck-stop chain owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam claiming Knoxville-based Pilot Flying J fraudulently withheld fuel rebates and discounts from customers.