• NBA fines Clippers $250,000 because of DeAndre Jordan pitch

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers were fined $250,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for violating the league’s rules while trying to re-sign DeAndre Jordan last month.

  • In this file photo taken Jan. 14, 2014 attorney Jeffrey L. Kessler walks out of federal court after presenting oral arguments before a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in St. Louis. Kessler is representing Clemson football player Martin Jenkins and two others in a lawsuit against the NCAA. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    Legal showdown looms over the NCAA’s ban on paying athletes

    ATLANTA (AP) — Fresh off a ruling that Northwestern University football players can’t form a union, the NCAA is about to face a more direct challenge to its longstanding policy of not letting schools pay athletes like they’re professionals.