A federal judge on Monday 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 in Philadelphia 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.
"A class action settlement that offers prompt relief is superior to the likely alternative -- years of expensive, difficult, and uncertain litigation, with no assurance of recovery, while retired players' physical and mental conditions continue to deteriorate," Brody wrote.
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 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.
Ottawa Senators general manager and president of hockey operations Bryan Murray, 71, has been diagnosed with cancer. The Senators say he'll begin treatment immediately.
The top nine teams in NASCAR have for the first time formed a single entity to collaborate on initiatives and issues facing their sport.
The Race Team Alliance was announced Monday, and Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman was elected chairman.
The goals of the RTA include lowering costs for NASCAR teams and creating one voice on issues facing the teams.
Left with little choice after the previous withdrawal of three candidates, the International Olympic Committee retained the three cities that were still alive for the final phase in the race for the 2022 Winter Games.
The Kazakh city of Almaty, Beijing and Oslo made the list of finalists.