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Judge approves settlement - at least $900M - to NFL concussion lawsuits

usatoday.com — A federal judge on Wednesday approved a settlement to resolve a concussion lawsuit between the NFL and thousands of former players. U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody issued the 132-page ruling in Philadelphia saying the settlement was "fair, reasonable, and adequate."

Ball State celebration's tragic turn

usatoday30.usatoday.com — Ball State celebration's tragic turn By Gary Mihoces, USA TODAY Not unlike many 22-year-olds, Andrew Bourne occasionally watches college football on TV. But for him there is nothing routine about seeing fans rush the field after a big victory. "It's hard not to think about what happened to me when I did that," he says.

NFL Foundation among inaugural Youth Sports Safety Awards winners

usatodayhss.com — Preaching safety in youth/high school sports is one thing. Making it happen requires funding, data on injuries and monitoring by health care professionals. Those areas were recognized Monday at the sixth Youth Sports Safety Summit in Dallas when the National Athletic Trainers" Association presented its first Youth Sports Safety Awards.

New guidelines established for young athletes who face mental health issues

usatodayhss.com — Concussions now command attention across sports, but the same type of response has not been provided to young athletes when they face mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse and more. New guidelines released Monday are aimed at closing the response gap.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti jokes he’s ‘off suicide watch’ after tumultuous 2014 season

ftw.usatoday.com — Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti was colorful and candid with comments Tuesday during an annual state of the Ravens press conference. He was asked how the 2014 season that brought the Ray Rice domestic violence controversy had "affected" him personally and his "appreciation" of team ownership after generally being perceived previously in a positive fashion.

Study shows positive results for Heads Up Football youth program

usatodayhss.com — On the heels of a study raising questions about youth football and brain impairment later in life among NFL players comes another study showing positive results for a national program to protect the heads of young players.

Songify turns Tom Brady’s press conference into a hilarious and loving ode to his footballs

ftw.usatoday.com — As you'll recall, Tom Brady gave a full press conference on the 'Deflategate' (Although I prefer 'Ballghazi') scandal, and talked at length about how he likes his footballs. Because the good people of Songify are talented and care deeply about all of us and want the best for us, they picked out the most laughable soundbites and used autotune to fashioned the thing into a song called "Those Balls are Perfect."

Darnell Dockett tweeted for The Players’ Tribune at the Super Bowl and this is what happened

ftw.usatoday.com — On Saturday, Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett took over The Players' Tribune's Twitter account. Darnell first began tweeting without the hashtag #DarnellLive, which led to some confusion, but then deleted and reposted his tweets with the hashtag. Chilln with the best agent in the world...

The Buffalo Sabres went the entire month of January without winning a single point

ftw.usatoday.com — The Buffalo Sabres are to hockey what the Knicks are to the NBA. With Friday night's 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, the Sabres are on the longest losing streak in the NHL since 2003. Notching their 14th straight consecutive loss, the Sabres went an entire month without winning a single point.

Devan Dubnyk acquisition could be saving Minnesota Wild’s season

ftw.usatoday.com — If the Minnesota Wild can squeeze into the playoffs, general manager Chuck Fletcher's acquisition of goaltender Devin Dubnyk will be the best in-season trade of the NHL season. It could be more important than the Penguins' acquisition of David Perron to play with Sidney Crosby.
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Apr 15, 2015

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Apr 15, 2015

Tonite, I'll cover my first #NHL game (Capitals-Islanders) since maybe early '80s. Sharpening my old skates.

Apr 14, 2015

#Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor retires after 12 seasons. Strong tackler. Not all CBs can say that.

Apr 12, 2015

Jordan Spieth turned pro as a sophomore at Univ of Texas. It worked out. #MastersSunday

Apr 10, 2015

Cornwell: Jameis Winston 'not ready to be an NFL player off the field' usat.ly/1FIhq8w via @usatoday

Apr 08, 2015

Top Derby contender American Pharoah yet to be tested usat.ly/1FyG6Ad via @usatoday

Apr 03, 2015

RT @PhilaCourts: Courts will be closed Friday, April 3 in observance of Good Friday, except for Arraignment Court & Emergency PFA Petitions…

Apr 03, 2015

RT @Coach_Gattis: Over 335 former NFL draftees 6 NFL Hall of Famers 22 College Football Hall of Famers All call this home! #Tradition pic.twitter.com/VgIMH2qcAk

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