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Washington’s NFL Team Asks Supreme Court to Consider ‘Redskins’ Trademark Name

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Washington Redskins officials have asked the Supreme Court to potentially weigh in on the controversy surrounding the team’s name and whether it can be denied trademark protections on the grounds that it disparages Native Americans.

The NFL franchise is looking to challenge a July 2015 U.S District Court order to the U.S Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the team’s trademark because the agency determined it is offensive.

That legal battle has been making its way through the court system, but the franchise is looking to get the high court’s attention now by possibly marrying its trademark battle to a similar legal fight over whether an Oregon-based Asian-American rock band can trademark its name: “The Slants.”

In a petition filed Monday, the team said if the Supreme Court takes up the Oregon band’s case, Lee v. Tam, it should hear its challenge at the same time.

The team’s lawyers argued in their brief that hearing both trademark cases at the same time would allow for the full range of issues to be considered at once rather than in a piecemeal fashion.

“The Team is better situated than Tam to address not only the vagueness and due process questions, but also the First Amendment question in Tam,” the team’s lawyers wrote in their petition.

Last week, the Obama administration and the U.S Patent and Trademark Office asked the Supreme Court to review a December ruling from a federal circuit court that found that the patent office could not prevent “The Slants” from trademarking its name under the Lanham Act, which bars trademarking of “scandalous, immoral, or disparaging” names. The federal circuit court had ruled that preventing the band from trademarking its name violated the band’s First Amendment rights.

The Redskins case is still before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but the team’s lawyers argue that if the Supreme Court agrees to hear Lee v. Tam, it should also hear the Redskins case; they argue that considering the cases together would allow the court to address the full range of legal issues involved.

Although the Supreme Court does not frequently agree to hear cases before lower courts have decided them, it does have that authority — and the Redskins argue that the Supreme Court has frequently exercised that authority “when the consideration of complementary companion cases offers the best way to decide important questions of constitutional law.”

The fight to retire the Redskins name is at least 40 years old and there is a lot of money at stake in the trademark case. While the team can still use the name, without trademark protections, anyone else would have the ability to sell merchandise using the name without compensating the franchise.

The team’s name has been a continuing source of controversy in recent years, but team owner Daniel Snyder has repeatedly said it is not offensive and that he has no plans to change it.

The debate has been picked up by politicians, and President Obama has publicly urged the Redskins to consider an alternative name.

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Warriors’ Steve Kerr Named NBA Coach of the Year

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has been named NBA Coach of the Year.

Despite missing 43 games because of complications from back surgeries, Kerr received 64 first-place votes and 381 points in balloting.

Kerr returned to coaching earlier this year, and with the help of interim coach Luke Walton’s 39-4 record in his absence, led the team to a record-setting 73 wins.

According to ESPN, Kerr will receive his trophy before Game 5 on Wednesday night when the Warriors will face the Houston Rockets.

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Clippers’ Blake Griffin Out for Playoffs, Chris Paul Out ‘Indefinitely’

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Could it be the end of the Los Angeles Clippers’ season?

On Tuesday, the team announced that Blake Griffin would be out for the reason of the season with a left quadriceps injury and Chris Paul would be out after undergoing surgery for a right hand fracture.

Both sustained injuries during Game 4 in the team’s first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

According to a statement, Griffin would be ready for the start of next season’s training camp, but Paul would be out “indefinitely.”

“It’s tough,” Griffin said Monday night after the game, according to ESPN. “It’s not easy dealing with injuries, especially this time of year.”

The series is now tied 2-2 and Game 5 is Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

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Tiger Woods Feeling ‘Pretty Good’ After Playing First Holes of 2016

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(MONTGOMERY, Texas) — After playing what he said were his first holes for 2016, Tiger Woods is showing some positive signs of recovery.

On Monday, the 14-time major champion hit the ceremonial tee shot at Bluejack National Golf Club in Montgomery, Texas, and played five holes with British Open champion Mark O’Meara. Woods said they were the first holes he had played since the Wyndham Championship last August when he finished for a tie in 10th.

In an interview afterward, Woods said he felt “pretty good.”
“I’m definitely a little tired but I feel pretty good,” Woods said Monday according to ESPN. “I haven’t been out here playing like this. I hadn’t played any holes until today. I know people have said I’ve played holes back at Medalist, but I haven’t. This is actually the first time I’ve played holes since Wyndham. It’s been awhile.

“I’m just progressing. You saw how I was going at it today, nice and smooth. That’s harder than I have been going at it the last month. Just gradually progressing. We’re just trying to progress and I’m doing that.”

According to ESPN, the United States Golf Association confirmed that Woods was registered for the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in June, but his agent Mark Steinberg said the move was “simply procedural.”

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Johnny Manziel Indicted on Assault, Family Violence Charges

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(DALLAS) — Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was indicted Tuesday in Texas following allegations that he assaulted an ex-girlfriend.

A grand jury charged Manziel, 23, with assault causing bodily injury and family violence, according to court documents. His attorney said earlier that Manziel will plead not guilty.

Manziel’s ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, claims her eardrum burst when the former Browns quarterback hit her during an argument that began at a Dallas hotel in January. After the alleged assault, Crowley “met with domestic violence specialists at the Dallas Police Department,” she said in a statement at the time.

Manziel is prevented from seeing Crowley for two years under a protective order, ABC News affiliate WFAA-TV reports.

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Defending Champion Blackhawks Eliminated from Playoffs

iStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — The Chicago Blackhawks will not get a chance to defend their Stanley Cup title this year.

The defending champions were eliminated from the first round of the playoffs Monday night by the St. Louis Blues. The Blues took the series in seven games, winning 3-2 on Monday.

After the game, Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane was at a loss for words.

“You know, I think right now it just doesn’t really feel right,” he told reporters.

St. Louis will now move on to play the Dallas Stars.

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Broken Hand ‘Doesn’t Look Good’ for Chris Paul, Says Clippers’ Coach Rivers

iStock/Thinkstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) — Clippers point guard Chris Paul will likely need surgery for his fractured hand, which could keep him from returning for the remainder of the season.

With 6:07 remaining in the third quarter, Paul broke his right shooting hand during the Clippers’ 98-84 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers Monday, ESPN reported. The fracture occurred in Paul’s third metacarpal at the center of his right palm.

Paul will undergo evaluation Tuesday in Los Angeles, but team indications point to surgery and anywhere from three to six weeks of recovery time — which would prohibit him from returning this season.

“It doesn’t look good for him,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers.

The Game 4 win for Portland tied the series 2-2. The Clippers and Trail Blazers play Game 5 on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

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NASCAR Updates Rules on Lug Nuts

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — NASCAR sent a memo to teams on Monday, stating that organizations must have all five lug nuts safely and securely installed in all national series races.

NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller released a statement regarding the update to the rule book that was published by NASCAR.com.

“NASCAR has been closely monitoring the aggressive strategies on pit road. Safety is an area we do not take lightly, as our record has clearly indicated,” he said. “It’s important for us to have a system in place immediately for addressing lug nut installation, while we also work alongside the industry to develop the best long-term solution.”

There are various penalties for a missing lug nut, including a fine and crew chief suspension if discovered after a race.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 4/25/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

Boston 1, Atlanta 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Chi White Sox 7, Toronto 5
Tampa Bay 2, Baltimore 0
Detroit 7, Oakland 3
N-Y Yankees 3, Texas 1
Minnesota 4, Cleveland 3
L.A. Angels 6, Kansas City 1
Seattle 3, Houston 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

N-Y Mets 5, Cincinnati 3
Pittsburgh 6, Colorado 1
Arizona 12, St. Louis 7
Miami 3, L.A. Dodgers 2
San Francisco 5, San Diego 4

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Charlotte 89, Miami 85
Oklahoma City 118, Dallas 104
Portland 98, L-A Clippers 84

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Nashville 3, Anaheim 1
St. Louis 3, Chicago 2

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Tiger Woods Registers for US Open, Plays First Holes of 2016

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(PLUM, Pa.) — Tiger Woods has registered for the U.S. Open, but will he tee it up at Oakmont Country Club in June?

The deadline to register for the U.S. Open was Wednesday, and according to ESPN, the United States Golf Association said he registered at 4:33 p.m. on April 4.

Woods, who has been out of commission for more than seven months since he underwent back surgeries in the fall, has yet to announce his return to competitive golf.

On Monday, however, the 14-time major champion hit the ceremonial tee shot at Bluejack National Golf Club in Montgomery, Texas, and played five holes with British Open champion Mark O’Meara. According to Woods, they were the first holes he’s played since the Wyndham Championship last August when he finished for a tie in 10th.

RG: Taking a crack at the par-3 12th hole. pic.twitter.com/hqArUey34r

— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 25, 2016

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