Marino joins concussion lawsuit against NFL

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Join the crowd: Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino is one of the latest players to file a lawsuit against the NFL over concussion risks. | AP NFL, lawsuit, concussion, Dan Marino NEW YORK – Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino is among 15 former players suing the NFL over claims it hid the risk of concussions sustained during the game.Claims by more than 5,000 ex-NFL players that the league hid the link between traumatic head impacts and long-term brain injuries have been consolidated in federal court in Philadelphia. A judge in January refused to approve a $914 million settlement in those cases, saying not all players would be paid.center_img Marino and the other former players allege the NFL, knowing about the increased risk of head injuries, allowed players to use their helmeted heads to block, tackle and ram their opponents. Until 2011, the league denied any connection between concussions and long-term chronic brain injury, according to the complaint, also filed in Philadelphia.“The NFL has actively concealed and/or aggressively disputed any causal connection between concussions in NFL football and brain injury or illness,” Marino and the other former players said in their May 28 complaint.The former players seek unspecified damages and medical monitoring.Brian McCarthy, a spokesman for the NFL, declined to comment on the complaint.Marino, a Hall of Fame player was an analyst on CBS’s “NFL Today” until this year.Friends support KellyAPBatavia, New York — Dan Marino left his Dolphins’ colors behind in exchange for a Buffalo Bills’ blue T-shirt with the words “Kelly Tough” printed on the front.Anything for a dear friend.“Everybody loves Jim. I love him too, man,” Marino said Monday, before the start of Jim Kelly’s annual charitable golf tournament. “I just can’t wait for him to get better and get back out here with us.”Marino was on hand in what was one of the largest turnouts of the tournament’s 28-year history. The only one missing was Kelly, himself.Too weak to attend, the Bills’ Hall of Fame quarterback is recovering in a hospital in Buffalo less than a week after completing radiation and chemotherapy sessions to treat sinus cancer, which spread from his jaw.Though absent, Kelly’s presence resonated on the golf course about a half-hour outside of Buffalo.“He’s here in spirit,” said former Bills general manager Bill Polian, who joined Marino in visiting Kelly on Sunday. “And everybody is here to not only aid his charity endeavors, but to show their support for him and our affection for him.”Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas had to stop in mid-sentence to choke back his emotions. Thomas was nearly overwhelmed while attempting to assess the impact Kelly has made beyond football, through his Kelly for Kids Foundation. RELATED PHOTOS KEYWORDSlast_img read more

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Steel beat Mystics

first_imgNETBALL THE Southern Steel have remained in touch with the Central Pulse at the top of the national netball premiership, beating the Northern Mystics 56-52 at ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill last night. The win came despite an impressive performance from Mystics shooter Bailey Mes, who stepped up with Maria Folau absent and shot 100 per cent on 31 attempts, after efforts of 75, 71 and 52 per cent in her first three outings. Jennifer O’Connell led the way for the Steel, making 37 of her 42 shots, while Te Paea Selby-Rickit made 19 of 24. The lead changed hands on several occasions in the first two quarters, but neither team was able to grow their advantage beyond a two-goal margin. Mystics coach Helene Wilson has three Silver Ferns, past and present, to call on at the defensive end of the court who have all popped up in different positions at times so far this season, and it was no different here, with Anna Harrison starting at wing defence, Michaela Sokolich-Beatson at goal defence, and Phoenix Karaka at goal keep. Yet the Steel midcourt of Gina Crampton, Shannon Francois, and Wendy Frew showed patience in the face of solid defence, and at the end of the first spell, the home team were up by one, 15-14. The two teams remained engaged in a tight tussle in the second quarter, as neither of them could pull away when they opened up a lead. As the Mystics rushed to put up a final shot at the end of the second quarter, with the scores level, they tossed the ball away, and it was the Steel who got the final say, taking a one-goal lead into the halftime break. The Steel opened up the largest lead of the game as the third spell began, with the Mystics swapping Jamie Hume (15/24) for Tera-Maria Amani in the shooting circle, a change that pushed Mes from goal shoot to goal attack. They led by four very quickly, but the Mystics responded with a five-goal run – three of them by Amani – to take the lead themselves.last_img read more

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Wednesday’s QPR quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five QPR-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-102] AdChoices广告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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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The benefactor of CSKA 1948 got into a fight with CSKA-Sofia:…

first_imgThe financial benefactor of the newcomers in the elite of CSKA 1948 – Tsvetomir Naidenov, once again got into a fight with CSKA-Sofia of Grisha Ganchev.This time Naidenov spoke about the intention of the “Army” from “Borisova Gradina” not to sign the contract for TV rights. Here is what Naidenov wrote on Facebook:“Now I read that those from CSKA from Lovech (successor of FC Karpachev, FC Hissarya …. Litex) would not sign the contract with NOVA TV ….. well, no problem. Maybe they want to sign a contract with Zetra TV (ZTV), which is broadcast on the territory of Lovech. Great idea! It’s always better at home.It wasn’t scary to take them down to a lower group, yes, they are used to it … some time ago they left the field of Gerena against Levski and took them out of the group.To go straight to the Second League with Botev Lukovit … there is CSKA from Sofia and things will return to normal.Let me remind you of the “free media”, which are in 111th place …. For 4 (four) years now you have been writing these Lovech thugs to CSKA, and they are CSKA-Sofia, the former Litex Lovech. “last_img read more

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Grand Haven volleyball team overcomes sloppy third set, sweeps Caledonia in conference play

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Inappropriate / Offensive $0.00 By Steve GunnLocalSportsJournal.comGRAND HAVEN – It’s a very good sign when a team doesn’t play its best, but still comes from behind to win.That’s what the Grand Haven volleyball team did on Thursday, at least in the crucial third set.Lauren Jonker finds a point for Grand Haven. Photo/Jason GoormanThe Buccaneers, always one of the best volleyball squads in the area, played very well and cruised to victory in the first two sets against visiting Caledonia in an O-K Red Conference match.But the Bucs got sloppy in the third and fell way behind, and a fourth set in the muggy gymnasium was looking pretty likely.But Grand Haven roared back from a six-point deficit and won the third set in overtime, clinching a 3-0 victory over the Fighting Scots.Ironically, Grand Haven Coach Aaron Smaka said the third set was more typical of the way his team has played so far this season. He was happy to see his players remain mentally tough and overcome their mistakes.“That third set is what we’ve seeing a lot of this year, so it was really good to overcome some of those things,” said Smaka, whose team improved to 21-10 overall and 1-1 in conference play. “Those first two sets were some of the best volleyball we’ve played all year.”Grand Haven played extremely well in the first two sets, winning 25-19 and 25-16.Grand Haven’s Olivia Boeve looks to make the block at the net. Photo/Jason GoormanBut things fell apart for the Bucs in the third, when they made nine hitting errors and fell behind early.They trailed 20-14 at one point, then 23-19, and were precariously close to losing.But Grand Haven kept battling and won nine of the last 12 points to pull out an amazing 28-26 victory to seal up the match.Caledonia was at set-point four different times, but the Bucs resisted in every instance and prevented the Scots from prolonging the match.“We were just kind of moving level, not getting to our spots and being where we needed to be,” Smaka said about the third set. “It was about forgetting what had happened so far in that set, remembering what we did in the first two sets, and getting back to that.”Sophomore Ashley Slater was the biggest hero in the comeback, nailing seven kills in the final set, including big hits on the last three points that sealed up the match.Slater, a 6-1 outside hitter, led the Bucs with 15 kills on the night.“She hasn’t even turned 15 yet,” Smaka said about Slater. “We brought her up last year, and she began starting around districts. We’re hoping Ashley just keeps going.”Senior Olivia Boeve added five crucial kills in the third set and finished with 11 on the night.Ashlyn Hall had 27 assists for the Bucs, Baby Hang recorded 23 digs and Avery Strohmeyer had two blocks. Mail Report a problem This item is… Add Comments (Max 320 characters) × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Inappropriate / Offensive Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Displayed poorly $19.29 ENDS IN Not relevant Shares Displayed poorly Other Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant Displayed poorly Other Bestseller Inappropriate / Offensive Add Comments (Max 320 characters) ENDS IN $0.00 Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Other Displayed poorly Olivia Boeve on the Grand Haven spike at the net. Photo/Jason Goorman (5153) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Sharecenter_img $9.99 ENDS IN Inappropriate / Offensive (3879) × ENDS IN Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Share DEAL OF THE DAY (975) Other Bestseller Displayed poorly (832) Ads by Amazon $22.99 ENDS IN Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant Twelve Report a problem This item is… Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Special… Report a problem This item is… $20.00$233.61 Inappropriate / Offensive × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. 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FIFA U17 WC: Our focus is on youth development – Akinwunmi

first_imgAhead of the FIFA U17 World Cup taking place in Brazil 26th October – 17th November, Acting President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi has charged the Manu Garba-led technical crew of the Golden Eaglets to focus on the youth development policy and programme of the Federation.Akinwunmi, who is also the Chairman of the NFF Football Committee disclosed this on Monday when he visited the training camp of the Eaglets at the FIFA Goal Project, MKO Stadium, Abuja.According to him, the FIFA U17 World Cup tournament should not be seen as a platform to win at all costs, but an avenue to ensure that Nigeria, being a hub of football talents in Africa, continue to discover and nurture raw football talents that abound in the country through the developmental policy of the NFF.“The technical crew has nothing to prove to anybody. FIFA U17 World Cup is a developmental programme and Nigeria has shown that she has the ability to win the tournament at the world stage. We have won it five times previously. But what we want is a little extra and probably even more important is the development of the players,” Akinwunmi said.He continued: “It is to build a system whereby, getting into the national U17 team, you have to go through a pathway, you don’t go through a short cut. There are so many players in the country that don’t have the means to be in Abuja, yet they are very good, but they can play in their States and in their zones and if they are discovered to be very good, then they can come to Abuja. The fact that some players have the means to enter a bus or plane to come to Abuja and do screening should not give them an advantage.“I’ve explained this position to the technical crew and we are aligned because it is a policy of the board, that is the way we want to go as a Federation. I’m very happy and I can see the future Super Eagles, the U13s and the U15s that have improved in their game and grown in their ability to interact socially and these are the things we want.“Not all of them who are of age will get into the team because we have some players that featured in Tanzania, but we are glad that there are some that are already competing for shirts and this is what we want. We want the system of youth development to grow. We don’t want people to be sending players to the national team from all nooks and crannies. We want a system where the best will emerge at the top,” he said.Relatedlast_img read more

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Russian bobsledder who failed doping test, once wore ‘I Don’t Do Doping’ sweatshirt

first_img Related Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) — Russian bobsled pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva made quite a fashion statement last year when she appeared in a promotional video for clothing brand Zasport, wearing a sweatshirt with “I DON’T DO DOPING” emblazoned across it.The irony?The Russian Bobsled Federation on Friday confirmed that Sergeeva, a member of for the Russian women’s team in Pyeongchang, had tested positive for a banned heart medication.In the video, which resurfaced following confirmation that the substance was in her system, Sergeeva, 30, wears the “I DON’T DO DOPING” sweatshirt as she trains at the Sliding Center Sanki Olympic bobsledding track near Sochi.Zasport is the official clothing provider for Russian athletes.“If we are here, and we are clean — we should be able to walk under our flag,” Sergeeva told Yahoo Sports, when asked how she felt about the O.A.R. (Olympic Athletes from Russia) label on her suit.The Russian Bobsled Federation said that Sergeeva, 30, whose sled placed 12th in the women’s competition on Wednesday, had passed a doping test five days earlier.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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University of Utah president is quiet on athletic program expansion

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — Amid all the rampant speculation about conference expansions and realignments, the people who know more than anyone else are the college presidents. They’re the ones who make the decisions about the future of their universities and the alignments of their various conferences.One of those people in the know is University of Utah President Michael Young, who is in his sixth year as the top man at the U. However, if Young knows the answers in the current hubbub of college athletics — which seems to change almost on a daily basis — he’s doing a great job of acting like he doesn’t.In a wide-ranging interview with the Deseret News at his office late last week, Young talked at length about the university athletic program and its possibilities for the future. He’s very positive about the recent successes of the U. athletic programs and their future potential.But he doesn’t say a lot about any new conference realignment involving his school or an expansion of his school’s current league. At least he’s not talking about any details publicly.Over the past two months, rumors have run wild all over the country, among them that the Big Ten would add one to five teams, that the Pac-10 would add a couple of teams, most likely Utah and Colorado, that the SEC would expand and the most recent one, that the Big 12 would basically dissolve and six of its teams would be added to the Pac-10.Young has heard all of the rumors and keeps up on the day-to-day speculation about future leagues.When asked about the rumors that the Pac-10 might invite Utah, perhaps as soon as this month, Young said flat out, “Nobody’s made us an offer.” He also emphasized, that it’s “a decision the presidents of the Pac-10 are going to make and not us.”He also stressed he is happy with the Mountain West Conference, which he calls “the fastest-rising conference” in America. However, at the same time, he says Utah would consider the Pac-10 if the opportunity arose.It has also been commonly speculated that the MWC is set to extend an invitation to Boise State to be its 10th member with the announcement coming as soon as Monday. Young and the other eight presidents in the league are meeting for three days at Jackson, Wyo., for their annual get-together, starting today and running through Tuesday.In regards to expansion, Young said nothing was imminent as far as he knew. He said expansion has been on the agenda each of the six years he’s been president, and it will be again this year.He claims there have been no decisions made in advance on whether to add Boise State or any other school. He said he was in a meeting with BYU President Cecil Samuelson for more than an hour last Thursday and that neither of them had a feeling of what might happen this week.”I don’t think we know what is going to happen,” Young said. “I don’t think Cecil and I know. I’m not saying nothing’s going to come out of it, and I’m not saying something’s going to come out of it. It’s going to be a good conversation.”One reason nothing’s been decided yet is the uncertainty among the major conferences around the country right now. The day Young was interviewed, stories had just come out about the possibility of six schools, led by Texas, leaving the Big 12 to join an expanded Pac-10.”The landscape changes out from under you,” said Young. “This conversation (at the MWC meetings) will be a particularly interesting one because the Big Ten and the Big 12 have changed the conversation pretty dramatically. So it will be a different conversation. It changes every time we meet.”Some have talked about the MWC merging with the remnants of the Big 12 should half of its league go to the Pac-10 and a couple more to the Big 10. Young worries about the league getting too large.”We’ve been very cautious,” he said. “We have to wisely exercise caution because there is enough historical memory of what happened in the (16-team) WAC, at least as it’s been described to me. You could admit another team and another team and pretty soon it’s the size of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and that becomes untenable.”Another factor is the BCS and how the MWC can best position itself for possible inclusion in the future.”The BCS changes the conversation a little bit because a conference structured in a particular way may or may not be more competitive and more likely to be eligible for AQ status,” he said. “This time, with the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-10 all talking, you have yet another conversation, because the landscape is potentially changing.”With the possibility of his school joining the Pac-10 perhaps less likely than it was a month ago due to recent developments with the Big 12, Young sounds enthusiastic about the future of Utah’s current league.”Look, we like the Mountain West Conference a lot,” he said. “It’s the fastest rising conference and, if you look at the on-field performance, we’re probably statistically better than two of the six automatic qualifier conferences. It’s a good conference and we’re happy there. We don’t have our bags packed and we never have.”But what about the Pac-10?”If the Pac-10 were to come calling, you’d have to give it serious consideration. That’s pretty much where we are. Nobody’s made us an offer. I’m a huge believer in not making decisions until I have to.”Young says TV revenues drive the current posturing among various conferences. The more money they can get from TV contracts, the better.”I’m pleased it probably drives us a little less than other schools,” he said. “Maybe it’s because we’ve been pretty successful and therefore have been able to generate revenues that have not required us to make any choices about trading off athletics to academics.”For all the problems the mid-majors have in very heavily subsidizing their athletic programs with tuition and state dollars, the University of Utah looks more like (a BCS school) than virtually every school in the Mountain West and the WAC. And so we don’t have to make and wouldn’t make trade-offs of athletics versus academics. But the more money we can get, the better, absolutely.”Currently Utah has an athletic budget in the $25 million to $30 million range, which is less than one-third of the budgets of schools such as Ohio State and Alabama. If Utah were to join a BCS conference like the Pac-10, its budget would increase, along with its expenses.When asked if he’s happy with the state of the Utah athletic program, Young answers with a straight face, “No. I want to win the national championship in every sport.”Then he smiles and says, “The athletic program is really terrific. It fits in nicely within where the university is. It’s a nice balance with a lot of distinction and credit to the university. It’s not outsized in the sense we’re not a university trying to make our football team proud of us. It’s a good balance and I like that a lot.”Athletics are wonderful,” Young continues. “But at the end of the day, our mission is to educate kids. Athletics are, as (athletic director) Chris Hill describes it, a ‘front porch to the university.’ I love our athletic programs, but they are part of an academic institution, and that will always be the case.”e-mail: sor@desnews.com Utah president speaks Relatedlast_img read more

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Honouring a great lion

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER THE Lion of Athens first roared to life 120 years ago. Well over a century since Edwin…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Sharapova seeks redemption on Roland Garros clay

first_imgWhen Maria Sharapova last played the French Open in 2015, she did so as defending champion.Denied a wildcard by Roland Garros organisers last year on her return from a 15-month doping ban, the Russian was dogged by injury and controversy as she tried to get her career back on track.Now 31, it would have been understandable had the five-times grand slam winner hung up her rackets to focus on her ever expanding business empire.Not Sharapova, one of the game’s toughest competitors.“That’s why I still continue to do this, because I have that passion of figuring things out and getting it done, whether it’s a tough day, or whether it’s a great day,” Sharapova said in a phone interview earlier this year.Although Sharapova was the world’s top-paid female athlete for more than a decade and has earned close to $300 million on and off the court according to FORBES, nothing comes close to competing for the sport’s biggest prizes.“You are very much in the moment,” said Sharapova, a three-times finalist in Paris. “Your team just hands you over, literally on to the stage, onto your universe for the next hour, hour-and-a-half, two or three, and you have to find a way to deliver.“Everything that you put into it previously, you have to pour out onto the court, every fear that you’ve faced before, you have to bring out onto the court. You have to be powerful, but yet you have to handle being vulnerable at moments when things don’t go your way.”STRUGGLE FOR FORMHaving ended 2017 outside the top 50, Sharapova endured one of the worst periods of her career as she lost four straight matches.In March, she ended a four-year spell with Dutchman Sven Groeneveld and brought back her former coach from Sweden, Thomas Hogstedt, with whom she won her first French Open title in 2012 as she completed the career grand slam.Now, after strong performances in Madrid and Rome this month, Sharapova is back among the seeds and beginning to believe that she can win the title for a third time.Finally fully fit, Sharapova reached the quarter-finals in Madrid and beat reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko to reach the semi-finals in Rome, a huge boost of confidence as she returns to the scene of her most successful grand slam.After losing a close three-set match to world number one Simona Halep in Rome, Sharapova called her progress “a step in the right direction”.“After losing those matches, you still have to put yourself on the line and show up and deliver, and do it with authority,” she told reporters at Rome’s Foro Italico.“What I’m most proud of is (that) I had a lot of opportunities in the last few weeks in Madrid and here to just back down, to let little things bother me. But I got through them.“I set up real good situations for myself; a lot of court time and match play. All good things that I wanted.”last_img read more

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