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NCAA Settles Concussion Lawsuit

NCAA Settles Concussion Lawsuit

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CHICAGO) –  The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma while playing sports.
One thing about the fund is that it covers men and women who played multiple contact sports, including football, soccer, and hockey. 
College sports’ governing body also agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who received head blows, according to a Tuesday filing in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
“I wouldn’t say these changes solve the safety problems, but they do reduce the risks,” Chicago attorney Joseph Siprut said Tuesday. “It’s changed college sports forever.”
He also said that stricter rules should help ensure the viability of football by calming the fears of parents who are currently inclined to not let their kids play.
“Changes were necessary to preserve the talent well of kids that feeds the game of football,” he said. “Absent these kinds of changes, the sport will die.”
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Lions Table Ndamukong Suh Contract Talks

Lions Table Ndamukong Suh Contract Talks

NFL via Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) –  The Detroit Lions have announced that they will table contract discussions with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season.
“I think it’s the right thing for us to do,” Lions president Tom Lewand said Monday. “It’s the right thing for the team. It’s the right thing for everybody involved and it allows us to keep the focus where it belongs.”
“We have a high degree of confidence that we can work out something that will be mutually satisfactory at the right time and the goal hasn’t changed in the least,” he added.
This year marks the last year of Suh’s five-year rookie contract. Suh will have a cap number of $22.5 million this season.  The goal remains to ink the 27-year-old to a long-term deal after the season.
The Lions drafted Suh with the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NFL draft.
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Red Wings Agree to 3-Year Deal with Tatar

Red Wings Agree to 3-Year Deal with Tatar

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(DETROIT) — The Detroit Red Wings agreed to a three-year deal with center Tomas Tatar on Monday.
ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reports the deal is worth an average of 2.75 million per season.
The 23-year-old Tatar played his first full season in 2013-14, scoring 19 goals and racking up 39 points in 73 games. He also represented Slovakia in at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Tatar was taken by the Red Wings with the 60th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, he has played 100 games for the Wings, recording 24 goals and dishing out 23 assists.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/28/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/28/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) –  MLB:  Atlanta Braves 2 (58-48) – San Diego Padres 0 (46-59)
New York Mets 7 (51-55) – Philadelphia Phillies 1 (46-60) 
Tampa Bay Rays 2 (52-54) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (59-48)
Miami Marlins 7 (52-53) – Washington Nationals 6 (57-46)
Toronto Blue Jays 14 (57-50) – Boston Red Sox 1 (48-58)
Chicago Cubs 4 (43-61) – Colorado Rockies 1 (43-62)
Houston Astros 7 (43-63) – Oakland Athletics 3 (65-40)
Texas Rangers 4 (42-64) – New York Yankees 2 (54-51)
Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (46-60) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (52-53) – 15 Innings
Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (56-49) – San Francisco Giants 0 (57-49)
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Colts Release RB Chris Rainey

Colts Release RB Chris Rainey

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ANDERSON, Ind.) — The Indianapolis Colts released running back Chris Rainey on Monday for a violation of an undisclosed team rule.
Head coach Chuck Pagano made the announcement at training camp and would not provide any details for the reason Rainey was released.
“It’s unfortunate and [a] violation of team rules,” Pagano said.  “It was an in-house deal, that’s all I’m going to say about that.”
Rainey has a history of off-field issues and was arrested back in January 2013 after being charged with one count of simple battery with a woman.
The Colts signed Rainey last season and he played in two games before going on the injured reserve list.
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Vikings Extend TE Kyle Rudolph’s Contract

Vikings Extend TE Kyle Rudolph’s Contract

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  The Minnesota Vikings have rewarded tight end Kyle Rudolph with a contract extension, the team confirmed on Monday.
The deal is reportedly for five years and worth a minimum of $36.5 million, with $19.4 million guaranteed.  It could wind up being worth as much as $40 million.
“I’m extremely excited to get this extension completed and continue my career with the Minnesota Vikings,” Rudolph said in a statement. “I’ve said all along I wanted to stay in Minnesota. I love the fans, the community and, most importantly, I’m excited about where this team is going. I’m looking forward to the 2014 season and helping this organization reach our ultimate goal.”
The 24-year-old Rudolph has 109 receptions for 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns in 39 games over three seasons with Minnesota.  The team selected Rudolph in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
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Maddux, Glavine Headline Baseball HOF Inductees

Maddux, Glavine Headline Baseball HOF Inductees

(COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.) — Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, slugger Frank Thomas, and skippers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa were all inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday.
Maddux captured four Cy Young Awards and won 15 or more games for 17 straight seasons. He finishes his 23 season career with 355 wins, a 3.16 ERA, 3,371 strikeouts and a 1.14 WHIP
“I spent 12 years in Chicago, 11 in Atlanta, and both places are very special,” Maddux said. “Without the experiences in both cities, I would not be standing here today.”
Maddux wasn’t the only inductee to serve time in Atlanta. Glavine also pitched with Maddux, winning two CY Young Awards, while Cox coached the team to the 1995 World Series Championship.
“I’m truly humbled to stand here before you,” Cox said. “To Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and I have to mention the third member of the big three — John Smoltz — I can honestly say I would not be standing here if it weren’t for you guys.”
Thomas finishes his 19 major league seasons with two MVP Awards, a .301 batting average, 521 home runs and 1,704 RBIs.
Torre managed the New York Yankees to six World Series, winning four of them.
La Russa finishes his career third all-time in coaching victories (2,728) and won three World Series titles — one with the Athletics and two with the Cardinals.
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Wainwright Earns League-Leading 13th Win

Wainwright Earns League-Leading 13th Win

Eliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings allowing no runs, five hits, and three walks while striking out five to earn his major league-leading 13th win in the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
Wainwright (13-5) bounces back from his last start when he allowed four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays.
“The results usually follow my delivery,” said Wainwright, who lowered his ERA to 1.92. “When I control my delivery — I told you I was gonna get things under wraps — and get my arm in the right spot, success was following that.
“They hit some balls hard, but we played some great defense and made some pitches when we needed to.”
Cubs rookie pitcher Kyle Hendricks was the tough luck loser allowing only one run, a solo homer to outfielder Matt Holliday.
The win puts the Cardinals (56-48) two games behind Milwaukee for first place in the NL Central.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/27/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/27/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 4 (46-59) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (45-60)
Toronto Blue Jays 5 (56-50) – New York Yankees 4 (54-50)
Washington Nationals 4 (57-45) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (52-52)
Boston Red Sox 3 (48-57) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (51-54)
St. Louis Cardinals 1 (56-48) – Chicago Cubs 0 (42-61)
Miami Marlins 4 (51-53) – Houston Astros 2 (42-63)
Minnesota Twins 4 (47-57) – Chicago White Sox 3 (51-55)
Cleveland Indians 10 (52-53) – Kanas City Royals 3 (53-51)
New York Mets 2 (50-55) – Milwaukee Brewers 0 (59-47)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 (63-41) – Detroit Tigers 1 (57-45)
Baltimore Orioles 3 (58-46) – Seattle Mariners 2 (54-51) – 10 Innings
Atlanta Braves 8 (57-48) – San Diego Padres 3 (46-58)
Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (55-49) – Colorado Rockies 5 (43-61)
Oakland Athletics 9 (65-39) – Texas Rangers 3 (41-64) 
Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (59-47) – San Francisco Giants 3 (57-48)
NASCAR: Sprint Cup Series: Jeff Gordon won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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LeBron James to Wear No. 23 for Cavaliers

LeBron James to Wear No. 23 for Cavaliers

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — LeBron James tweeted on Sunday that he’ll go back to wearing No. 23 this season as he makes his return to Cleveland.
When James left Cleveland in 2010, fans burned his No. 23 jersey, but now they’ll have to go out and buy another one.
“23 it is! It’s only right I go back. 2·3=6 We still family 6. #HomeTeam #StriveForGreatness,” James tweeted.
James switched to his Olympic No. 6 with the Miami Heat, but decided to switch back after the league did not retire the number for Michael Jordan.
James has led the league jersey sales for six of the 11 seasons he’s played in the NBA.
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Jeff Gordon Wins the Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon Wins the Brickyard 400

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400 in his rookie year and took home his fifth on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The 43-year-old has competed in all 21 Brickyard 400s in his career and passed Kasey Kahne at lap 144 during a restart to grab the lead for good.
“Never know when your next win is going to come,” Gordon said.  
“We’ve been close a couple times, to getting number five,” Gordon continued. “Everytime I come here to Indianapolis, I feel like we have a shot at winning.
Kyle Busch finished second and was followed by Denny Hamlin.
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Jets’ Smith and Milliner Make a Pair of Bold Proclamations

Jets’ Smith and Milliner Make a Pair of Bold Proclamations

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(CORTLAND, N.Y.) — The one thing the New York Jets are not short on during training camp is confidence. Second-year players Geno Smith and Dee Milliner both think they’re on the verge of stardom.
In a recent survery compiled by ESPN, Smith was ranked the worst starting quarterback in the NFL, something he plans on changing.
“The thing about it is, you have to climb up,” Smith told ESPN.com on Saturday after practice. “If I’m No. 32, by this time next year or the year after, I expect to be in the top 5.”
In his rookie year, Smith threw 12 touchdowns compared to 21 interceptions.
Meanwhile, sophomore cornerback Dee Milliner made an even bolder claim.
“The best corner in the league? Me,” Milliner told the New York Daily News in an interview Saturday. “I ain’t gonna say that somebody else is better than me.”
Milliner’s rookie season was categorized by many as inconsistent at best. He made 56 tackles in 2013 to go along with three interceptions.
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ESPN: Kings Set to Sign Omri Caspi to One-Year Deal

ESPN: Kings Set to Sign Omri Caspi to One-Year Deal

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Omri Caspi is going to where his NBA career began as ESPN is reporting that the veteran forward is nearing a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings.
In 2009, the Kings drafted Caspi 23rd overall, making him the first Israeli player to be drafted in the first round.
Caspi spent last season with the Houston Rockets, but was dealt recently to the New Orleans Hornets as part of the Omer Asik trade.
The Hornets wound up waiving Caspi, leaving him free to sign with anyone after clearing waivers.
During his five-year career, Caspi has proved to be a reliable option off the bench, even if it’s in limted minutes. In 71 games for the Rockets last season, he averaged 6.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 18.1 minutes per game.
Casspi’s cap hit for the upcoming season will be $915,243, which help the Kings stay under the tax threshold without being forced to release forward Quincy Acy
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Richard Hamilton Wants Another Shot in the NBA

Richard Hamilton Wants Another Shot in the NBA

NBA via Detoit Pistons(NEW YORK) — After taking this past year off, former NBA guard Richard Hamilton will pursue a chance to get back into the league.
Now 36-years-old, Hamilton recently spoke David Alacron of HoopsHype, he expressed his desire to play in the NBA again.
 “Yeah, yeah. I think for me, personally, I have to see how my body responds after the summer,” he said. “I want to play another year and hopefully get an opportunity to play on a team with a chance to win a title.”
Hamilton also added that multiple teams have contacted him about his services for next season.
A 14-year NBA veteran, Hamilton spent the 2012-2013 season as a member of the Chicago Bulls. His minutes and points per game were the lowest of his career since his rookie season back in 1999.
For his career though, Hamilton has always been a steady and reliable wing scorer. He averaged 17.1 points per game during his career with the Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons, and Bulls.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/26/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/26/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 6 (55-50) – New York Yankees 4 (54-49)
Cincinnati Reds 1 (52-51) – Washington Nationals 0 (56-45)
Seattle Mariners 4 (54-50) – Baltimore Orioles 3 (57-46)
St. Louis Cardinals 6 (55-48) – Chicago Cubs 3 (42-60)
Chicago White Sox 7 (51-54) – Minnesota Twins 0 (46-57)
Milwaukee Brewers 5 (59-46) – New York Mets 2 (49-55)
Tampa Bay Rays 3 (51-53) – Boston Red Sox 0 (47-57)
Miami Marlins 7 (50-53) – Houston Astros 3 (42-62)
Oakland Athletics 5 (64-39) – Texas Rangers 1 (41-63)
Colorado Rockies 8 (43-60) – Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (54-49)
Atlanta Braves 5 (56-48) – San Diego Padres 3 (46-57)
Kansas City Royals 7 (53-50) – Cleveland Indians 5 (51-53)
Arizona Diamondbacks 10 (45-59) – Philadelphia Phillies 6 (45-59) – 10 Innings
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4 (62-41) – Detroit Tigers 0 (57-44)
Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (58-47) – San Francisco Giants 0 (57-47)
NASCAR: Nationwide Series: Ty Dillon took home his first career victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Kevin Harvick Wins Pole for Brickyard 400

Kevin Harvick Wins Pole for Brickyard 400

Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR(INDIANAPOLIS) — Kevin Harvick won the pole for Sunday’s Brickyard 400 on Saturday.
Harvick was followed by Jeff Gordon, and Brad Keselowski for the top three spots.
“I think that we certainly look at all the Hendrick cars and the Stewart-Haas cars … and Penske, to me, is the team to beat outside of what we have,” Gordon said. “I’m pretty sure all those groups have their best stuff here.”
Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson have three wins this season.
“When you think you really understand what’s going on, you never know what somebody else has in their hand — much like if you were playing a game of poker,” Keselowski said. “We think that we have the two strongest hands with Penske and Hendrick, and certainly that’s been the case to this date in the season, but you just don’t know what’s out there.”
Gordon is the points leader and has one win this season.
“To be on the front row, 20 years after my first win, I get excited about that,” Gordon said.
Indiana native Ryan Newman won last year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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49ers Running Back Kendall Hunter Tears ACL

49ers Running Back Kendall Hunter Tears ACL

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — Just one day into training camp and the San Francisco 49ers are already dealing with a tough injury as running back Kendall Hunter will miss the entire upcoming season with a torn ACL.
Hunter hurt himself on Friday when he was catching a screen pass. He was able to walk off the field on his own, but the injury still proved to be serious.
This a tough blow not just to the 49ers, but to Hunter personally. Entering his fourth NFL season, Hunter was hopoing to stay near atop the depth chart at running back for the team, who are loaded at the position.
Aside from Hunter, the team has veteran Frank Gore, LaMichael James, Marcus Lattimore and rookie Carlos Hyde.
In 16 games for the team last season, Hunter had 358 rushing yards on 78 carries while scoring three touchdowns.
Hunter is a free agent after this season.
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Packers Reward Wide Reciever Jordy Nelson with New Contract

Packers Reward Wide Reciever Jordy Nelson with New Contract

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — One of Aaron Rodgers favorite targets will be staying in Green Bay as the Packers and wide receiver Jordy Nelson have agreed on a contract extension.
ESPN is reporting that Nelson’s new deal is for four years and worth $39 million, with an $11.5 million signing bonus.
“Jordy Nelson is an outstanding football player and a great ambassador for the Green Bay Packers,” said coach Mike McCarthy. “Obviously an excellent family man. It’s something that everybody’s excited about and [I'm] glad to see Jordy will be here for some time. I was just made aware of it on the field. Hey, Jordy’s so consistent and he shows up each and every day, performs at a very high level consistently and he’s the ultimate pro.”
The 29-year-old Nelson his spent his entire career with the Packers, and is entering his seventh season with the team.
Over the past three seasons, Nelson has caught 30 touchdowns. Last season he caught a career-high 85 passes for 1,314 yards.
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ESPN: Giants Acquire Starting Pitcher Jake Peavy from the Red Sox

ESPN: Giants Acquire Starting Pitcher Jake Peavy from the Red Sox

Tom Szczerbowksi/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — One of the best teams in the National League has gotten a little bit better as ESPN and other outlets are reporting that the Boston Red Sox have traded starting pitcher Jake Peavy to the San Francisco Giants.
In return, the Red Sox will receive prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree
This marks the second time in as many seasons that the former National League Cy Young winner has been traded. Last season, the Red Sox received Peavy from the Chicago White Sox to help bolster their rotation.
The 33-year-old Peavy is not the pitcher he once was, but going back to the National Leauge where he started his career could be just what he needs.
In 20 starts this season, Peavy is just 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA and a WHIP of 1.43.
Peavy will now go from a team in the Red Sox that will struggle to get back to the postseason this year, to a Giants team that is currently in first place in the NL West.
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ESPN: Colts RB Ballard Tears Achilles Tendon

ESPN: Colts RB Ballard Tears Achilles Tendon

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(ANDERSON, Ind.) — Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard tore his left Achilles tendon, according to ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.
Ballard was injured Friday at training camp when trying to catch a ball during a non-contact drill and had to leave the field on a golf cart.
“When you see someone like Vick Ballard go down who’s worked so hard to get back, it’s tough, but it happens,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said. “As soon as you get to camp, those things happen. He’s still young, and he’s got a full career ahead of him, so we have to do an MRI and see exactly what it is and then go from there. But you really hope to not hear any of that kind of news.”
Ballard only played in one game last season after tearing his right ACL in September.
With Ballard gone, Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw will compete for the starting running back position.
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