The proposed NFL concussion settlement is back in the hands of a federal judge -- and this time there's no limit on how much the league might be required to pay eligible retirees.

Under the terms of the previous agreement, which was rejected in January by U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody, the league was required to pay $675 million for compensatory claims.

That proposal was not approved because Brody said it lacked enough supporting evidence to indicate the amount would cover more than 20,000 retirees during the 65-year life of the deal.

The settlement submitted to Brody on Wednesday keeps the same payout structure but is uncapped, meaning the NFL will pay whatever is required to honor its commitment.

"If an eligible retired player develops a qualifying condition, the fund will be there for him, period," said attorney Christopher Seeger, co-lead counsel for the more than 4,500 retired players suing the league over head injuries and lasting neurological damage.

The settlement is intended for all retired players, regardless of whether they were named as plaintiffs. Any agreement ratified by Brody would then be voted on by NFL retirees.

NHL

Marian Gaborik agreed to a seven-year deal for a reported $34,125,000 with Los Angeles before becoming an unrestricted free agent next week. The Stanley Cup champions acquired Gaborik from Columbus on March 5, and he led the NHL with 14 postseason goals.


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  • Tampa Bay signed Ryan Callahan to a six-year deal. Callahan was acquired from the New York Rangers on March 5.

  • Pittsburgh hired Mike Johnston to replace fired coach Dan Bylsma. Johnson, 67, spent the past six season with Portland of the WHL.

    College baseball

    John Norwood's home run in the top of the eighth inning gave Vanderbilt the lead, and the Commodores beat Virginia 3-2 for their first national title. Norwood turned on Nick Howard's 97 mph fastball and sent it into the left field bullpen to break a 2-2 tie in the third and deciding game of the College World Series finals in Omaha, Nebraska.

    Baseball

    Curt Schilling, the former pitcher turned ESPN analyst, says his cancer is in remission. He announced his diagnosis in February but hadn't indicated the type of cancer.

    Track and field

    Joseph Kovacs won the men's shot put title as the USA outdoor championships began in Sacramento. He threw 72 feet, 31/2 inches on his second-to-last effort. Kurtis Roberts was second at 70-51/4. In the women's event, San Jose's Michelle Carter, daughter of former 49ers defensive lineman Michael Carter, won her fifth U.S. title with a mark of 63-93/4.

    MLS

    Vancouver (5-2-7) and Montreal (2-7-5) tied 0-0 in the first league game after the World Cup break.

    WNBA

    Chiney Ogwumike had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Connecticut (8-6) won its sixth straight game, 79-69 over Chicago (6-8).

  • Courtney Paris had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help Tulsa (6-7) to a 107-102 overtime win over Indiana (6-7).

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.