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Judge OKs 65-year deal over NFL concussions; could cost $1B

Judge approves potential $1 billion plan to resolve thousands of NFL concussion lawsuits
Maryclaire Dale, The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - A U.S. federal judge has approved a settlement agreement that is expected to cost the NFL US$1 billion over 65 years to resolve thousands of concussion lawsuits.

NFL actuaries project about 6,000 of the league's nearly 20,000 retired players could someday develop Alzheimer's disease or moderate dementia over the life of the deal approved Wednesday by a federal judge in Philadelphia.

Seabrook lifts Blackhawks to 3 OT win over Predators

Brent Seabrook scores in 3rd overtime as Blackhawks beat Predators 3-2 in Game 4
Jay Cohen, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - They played for 101 grueling minutes, beginning Tuesday night and running into early Wednesday morning.

The Chicago Blackhawks, looking for control of the first-round series. The Nashville Predators, searching for a split of their first four playoff games.

Enter Brent Seabrook, a physical defenceman with a penchant for big post-season goals.

Mrazek shuts out Lightning 3-0; Detroit takes series lead

Petr Mrazek shuts out Tampa Bay 3-0, helps Red Wings to 2-1 lead in first-round series
Noah Trister, The Associated Press

DETROIT - Petr Mrazek stood in front of his net after the game and waited for a delighted swarm of red jerseys to come greet him.

So far this post-season, the Detroit Red Wings have been as successful as their young goaltender — and twice in three games, he's played well enough to win.

Reds' Bryan Price sorry for bad words, sticks by sentiment

Reds manager Bryan Price sorry for naughty language, firm on sentiment that reporters too nosy
Genaro C. Armas, The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE - Cincinnati manager Bryan Price is sorry for using foul language in a pregame tirade. Everything in between the bad words remains fair game.

The Reds skipper stood firm on his stance that media shouldn't report developments he thinks would put his team at a competitive disadvantage.

"I think probably before we get started it's appropriate that I acknowledge the events of yesterday before the game," Price told reporters before Tuesday night's game at Milwaukee.

Report: Patriots' Nate Solder had testicular cancer surgery

Report: Patriots' Nate Solder had testicular cancer surgery last April then played all games
The Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder had surgery for testicular cancer last spring then went on to start every game, including the Super Bowl victory.

Teammate Matthew Slater said Tuesday he was aware of it and the way Solder "handled that last year was really admirable with so much courage and a positive attitude, a sense of peace."

Fan struck by foul ball released from hospital

Fan injured by foul ball at Pittsburgh Pirates game released from hospital
The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Pittsburgh Pirates say a woman who was injured by a foul ball during Monday night's game against the Chicago Cubs has been released from the hospital.

The woman was standing behind the protective netting while getting to her seats behind home plate when a foul ball off the bat of Starlin Castro struck her in the back of the head. The game was delayed 23 minutes while she was placed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. The team says she was released after being evaluated by physicians.

Fan hit in back of head by foul ball at Cubs-Pirates game

Fan in section behind home plate hit in back of head by foul ball at Cubs-Pirates game
The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Pittsburgh Pirates game against the Chicago Cubs was delayed 23 minutes Monday night after a female fan behind home plate was hit in the back of the head by a ball off the bat of Starlin Castro.

The Pirates said in a statement the woman was conscious and alert when she was taken out of the seating are on a stretcher. She gave a thumbs-up gesture to nearby fans before being taken to a hospital.

Young Indian batsman Ankit Keshri dies after freak accident

Young Indian batsman Ankit Keshri dies after freak field accident during one-day cricket match
The Associated Press

KOLKATA, India - Indian cricket batsman Ankit Keshri died early Monday, three days after suffering a head injury in a freak accident on the field during a one-day match in the eastern city of Kolkata.

The 20-year-old Keshri was hospitalized Friday after colliding with a teammate while trying to catch a ball during the match between the local East Bengal and Bhowanipore teams.

Blackhawks beat Predators 4-2 for 2-1 series lead

Chicago Blackhawks ride their top line to 4-2 victory over Nashville Predators in Game 3
Jay Cohen, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Marian Hossa was everywhere. Jonathan Toews powered Chicago to a big second period, and Brandon Saad had a key play for the Blackhawks.

Chicago's skilled top line found plenty of room to roam with Shea Weber out with an injury.

Toews had a goal and an assist, Hossa had two assists in a dazzling performance, and the Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 on Sunday for a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Liverpool loses FA Cup semifinal to Villa as CL hopes fade

Liverpool loses FA Cup semifinal to Villa as Champions League hopes fade after City win
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - In a few miserable hours for Liverpool's players on Sunday, their bid to return to the Champions League was damaged by Manchester City winning and a loss to Aston Villa ended their only hope of silverware.

Instead of captain Steven Gerrard ending his Liverpool career on his 35th birthday in the May 30 FA Cup final, Villa will contest the showpiece against Arsenal for the first time in 15 years.

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