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  • California bill would classify pro sports cheerleaders employees (Reuters)

    A bill currently before California Governor Jerry Brown would make clear that cheerleaders for state-based professional sports teams are employees, following high-profile lawsuits alleging labor violations in the state and elsewhere around the country. The bill, which would add a section to the state's labor code specifying that cheerleaders are team employees, passed the state Senate by a margin of 26 to 6 on Monday after easily clearing the Assembly. "Everyone who works hard to provide a great game day experience deserves the same basic level of dignity and respect on the job, starting with simply being paid for their work," Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who authored the bill, said in a statement after it passed.

  • Pom-pom pay: California bill gives cheerleaders minimum wage (The Associated Press)

    They boost their teams from the sidelines and promote them by appearing in calendars and at fan events, but some sports cheerleaders say they are still not considered team employees and are paid what amounts to less than minimum wage. California legislation believed to be the first of its kind in the nation is set to change that. The bill sent to the governor this week would require cheerleaders to be paid at least minimum wage and overtime and sick leave if they work for professional sports teams based in California.

  • Watch Steelers LB James Harrison bench press 500 pounds (Video) (Shutdown Corner)

    As evidenced by the two-year, $2.75 million extension James Harrison signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in March, the 37-year-old linebacker is still a valuable contributor to a defense. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football is back: Sign up for a league today! ] A video Harrison posted on his Instagram account Tuesday gives you a glimpse into how he can still play at a high level after 11 seasons as a pro. That’s two reps of 505 pounds that Harrison is bench pressing. That’s some impressive strength. Harrison spent the first 10 years of his career in Pittsburgh, earning two Super Bowl rings, a Defensive Player of the Year award, five Pro Bowl nods and two first-team All-Pro selections, before a one-year stint with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013.  He announced his retirement in August following that year in Cincinnati, but returned to the Steelers less than a month later and registered 45 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 11 games.  - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

  • Fantasy Preview: Schedule (Rotoworld)

    Evan Silva breaks down every NFL team from a fantasy perspective heading into the 2015 season. Check out the weekly schedule.

  • AFC Team-by-Team OTA Notes (Rotoworld)

    Adam Levitan uncovers notable nuggets coming out of offseason practices for each AFC club. Allen Robinson's stock is sizzling.

  • NFL-National Football League roundup (Reuters)

    Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is seeking an upgraded contract and says he might hold out of training camp in an effort to get it. - - The Philadelphia Eagles announced the signing of unretired guard John Moffitt to a one-year contract. Moffitt, who abruptly retired from the NFL in 2013 at age 27, recently said he is planning to make a comeback after battling drug issues.

  • Running Back Target Rankings (Rotoworld)

    Evan Silva takes a look at which teams targeted their running backs most last season, and how we might apply that to 2015.

  • Tom Pleads His Case (Rotoworld)

    In this week's Bump and Run, Jesse Pantuosco looks at Tom Brady's appeal hearing and Terrelle Pryor's switch to wide receiver.