The NCAA is suggesting that football teams hold no more than two contact practices per week during the season in guidelines that grew out of a safety and concussion summit early this year.
Practice limits were among several recommendations released by the NCAA, which called them guidelines that could change ”in real time” rather than rules passed through legislation.
The practice guidelines also recommend four contact practices per week during the preseason and no more than eight of the 15 sessions during spring football. The NCAA already has legislation regarding preseason and spring practices.
The governing body of college sports is also suggesting that schools have independent doctors to evaluate injuries and a ”return to learn” process for integrating athletes back into their academic work after they have been diagnosed with a concussion.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) A federal judge granted preliminary approval to a landmark deal that would compensate thousands of former NFL players for concussion-related claims.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Anita Brody came about two weeks after the NFL agreed to remove a $675 million cap on damages. Brody had previously questioned whether that would be enough money to pay all claims.
More than 4,500 former players have filed suit, some accusing the league of fraud for its handling of concussions. They include former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett and Super Bowl-winning Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, who suffers from dementia.
The settlement is designed to last at least 65 years and give $1 million or more to retirees who develop Lou Gehrig’s disease and other profound neurological problems.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A neurologist testified that Donald Sterling likely has Alzheimer’s disease as a trial over the $2 billion Los Angeles Clippers sale finally got underway.
Dr. Meril Sue Platzer testified that she was hired by Sterling’s wife, Shelly Sterling, to evaluate him and made the diagnosis based on imaging tests and a two-hour interview at his home with his wife and an attorney present.
Platzer was the first witness to testify in a trial to determine whether Sterling’s wife was authorized under a family trust to single-handedly make the deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Her lawyers actually called Donald Sterling to the stand first, but he wasn’t in the courthouse and was ordered to appear when the nonjury trial resumes in Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon.
Earlier, a federal judge rejected a bid by Donald Sterling’s lawyers to move the case to federal court.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Forward Channing Frye has agreed to a four-year, $32 million offer sheet to sign with the Orlando Magic, according to a person familiar with the deal.
The deal can’t be signed until July 10 under NBA free agency rules.
The 31-year-old Frye opted out of the $6.8 million he would have made in the final year of his contract with Phoenix to become an unrestricted free agent.
MIAMI (AP) – The Miami Heat announced they intend to sign Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts when the NBA’s moratorium on deals being formally struck ends later this week.
McRoberts agreed to a four-year deal that starts at around $5.3 million next season, said agent Mike Conley Sr., with Miami using its mid-level exception to get that contract done.
Yahoo Sports reported Granger agreed to a two-year deal, worth about $2 million annually. Granger’s agent, Aaron Mintz, did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Charlotte Hornets rookie guard P.J. Hairston is scheduled to appear in Durham County Court next month on misdemeanor charges of assault and battery following an altercation at a pickup basketball game on Sunday.
Paul Sherwin, the public information officer for the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, said Hairston, 21, was issued a summons but will not be arrested.
Hairston practiced with the Hornets, but did not talk to the media. He issued a statement through the team apologizing to the organization and its fans for ”creating a distraction.”
NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Knicks have hired Kurt Rambis as associate head coach, reuniting him with former Laker and head coach Derek Fisher.
Fisher played 10 seasons for the Lakers while Rambis was a coach in Los Angeles.
Rambis was part of eight NBA title teams with the Lakers, either as a player, assistant coach or adviser/assistant general manager. Rambis finished his third stint as an assistant coach with the Lakers last season.
LONDON (AP) – Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic replaced Rafael Nadal at No. 1 in the ATP rankings, while runner-up Roger Federer rose one spot to No. 3.
This is Djokovic’s 102nd week atop the men’s rankings overall, the eighth most in history. Last in the top spot nine months ago, Djokovic beat Federer 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 for his second championship at the All England Club and seventh Grand Slam title on Sunday.
Federer, who was bidding for a record eighth title at the grass-court major tournament, swapped places with Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka, the Australian Open champion, who slid to No. 4.
In the WTA rankings, Petra Kvitova’s second Wimbledon title allowed her to improve two places to No. 4.
The top three places did not change, with Serena Williams at No. 1, Li Na at No. 2, and Simona Halep at No. 3.
PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona right-hander Bronson Arroyo will undergo Tommy John surgery, becoming the third Diamondbacks pitcher to undergo the ligament-replacement procedure this season.
Arroyo had never been on the disabled list during his 15-year career before going out on June 16 with elbow tendinitis. Arroyo said an MRI revealed that the ulnar collateral ligament had torn completely off the bone and he will have surgery in the next week or so.
The 37-year-old said he believes he tore the ligament during a complete game against Washington in May, noticing a steady drop-off in velocity after that game. Arroyo was 7-4 with a 4.08 ERA in 14 starts this season.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher has a ruptured Achilles tendon that likely will cause him to miss at least the start of the upcoming season.
In a statement released by the team, Predators general manager David Poile said Fisher underwent surgery Thursday after rupturing the tendon during a training session.
The Predators open the season Oct. 9 against Ottawa.