Trial that could reshape college athletics begins

TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Writer Published:

Some believe it could upend the way college sports operate. Others say Ed O'Bannon's legal crusade against the NCAA already has.

Five years after the Former UCLA star filed his antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA, it goes to trial Monday in a California courtroom. The stakes are high in the biggest challenge yet to the NCAA's authority to operate college sports at a time when big money makes so-called "amateur" sports look an awful lot like the pros.

The NCAA is being sued by O'Bannon and others over the use of their images in broadcasts and video games without compensation. They will argue at trial that the NCAA has acted as a cartel in violation of federal antitrust laws by conspiring to keep players from making money while at the same time pocketing billions of dollars in big television contracts.

The NCAA contends that rules on "amateurism" are necessary to retain competitive balance and that a successful lawsuit could create a free-for-all that will seriously damage college athletics.

• Boxing

Cotto wins title: Miguel Cotto became the first Puerto Rican fighter to win world championships in four weight divisions, stopping Sergio Martinez in their WBC world middleweight title fight Saturday night.

Martinez didn't get off the stool when the bell rang for the 10th round.

Cotto improved to 39-4 and Martinez fell to 51-3-2.

Hall of fame: Oscar De La Hoya, who won Olympic gold and became a champion in six weight divisions in winning 10 world titles, was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame's 25th class inducted Sunday also included two of De La Hoya's contemporaries in the modern era -- Puerto Rican star Felix "Tito" Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe of Wales.

• Golf

Wire to wire: Ben Crane won the St. Jude Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title since 2011, closing with a 3-over 73 for a one-stroke victory.

Crane went wire to wire for his fifth career victory. He played 30 holes on the last day because of rain delays at TPC Southwind, finishing the final 12 holes of his third-round 69 in the morning to take a three-shots lead into the final round.

Park ends drought: Inbee Park won the Manulife Financial Classic for her first LPGA Tour title in more than 11 months, matching the course record with a 10-under 61 for a three-stroke victory.

A week after losing the top spot in the world ranking to Stacy Lewis, Park finished at 23-under 261 at Grey Silo for her 10th LPGA Tour title and first since the U.S. Women's Open.

Legends of golf: Jeff Sluman and Fred Funk teamed to win the Champions Tour's Legends of Golf, and Jim Colbert and Jim Thorpe topped the Legends Division for players 65 and older.

Sluman and Funk finished with a 6-under 48 at Top of the Rock, the first par-3 course used in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, to beat Jay Haas and Peter Jacobsen by a stroke.

• Elsewhere

Rangers return home: The New York Rangers know they will have the raucous Madison Square Garden crowd on their side in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals tonight.

The whistle and the bounces? That is a whole other story.

When the Rangers analyze their two overtime losses to the Kings in Los Angeles, they likely will be happy about much of them -- other than the result, of course.

New York hasn't trailed for one second in the nine regulation periods played in the championship round, yet the Rangers return home in an 0-2 hole.

U.S. ready for Brazil: The U.S. headed to Brazil with boosted faith Sunday after going undefeated in its sendoff series for the first time.

Playing only its third match in nine months against a World Cup team, the U.S. defense appeared firmer in a 2-1 win over Nigeria. Jozy Altidore broke a six-month scoreless streak for club and country with a pair of goals, including a flashy effort when he cut inside Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo and slotted in a right-footed shot from 12 yards.

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