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August 29, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Reaction to the proposed $765-million settlement between the NFL and more than 4,500 retired players regarding concussion-related lawsuits was swift on social media and old-school media. It came from legal, medical, financial experts and former players. Multiple media outlets reported that the NFL has 20 years to pay out the settlement. Half is to be paid out in the first three years and the remainder the following 17 years, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell. “I like the sound of it. As a former player, I've been aware of the discussion back and forth,” said retired NFL great Barry Sanders on ESPN News on Thursday morning.
August 29, 2013 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
Thursday's $765-million settlement between the National Football League and 4,500 retired NFL players underscores two key facts about traumatic brain injury: that it is difficult to prove and measure -- especially many years after the fact -- and that its link to neurocognitive problems that appear years later remains an enigma. A mediated agreement does not mean that the retired NFL players' injuries were caused by football, or even that they could have proven as much, said former U.S. District Judge Layn Phillips, the court-appointed mediator who brokered the proposed settlement.
August 29, 2013 | By Sam Farmer and Melissa Healy
In an unexpected acknowledgment of the medical damage sustained by professional football players, the National Football League on Thursday reached a tentative settlement to provide $765 million in medical and other benefits to former players suffering from concussion-related brain injuries. The settlement of a lawsuit brought by 4,500 former players allows the league to avoid years of litigation and the potential for billions of dollars in damages. Current players are not covered by the agreement, which awaits approval by a federal judge.
August 24, 2013 | By Joe Flint
ESPN has severed ties with a hard-hitting PBS "Frontline" documentary about the National Football League's management of player head injuries - a two-hour show that was a collaboration between the sports giant and the public television network. The decision raises questions about whether the sports network yielded to pressure from the NFL, and highlights the delicate balance it must maintain with its billion-dollar partner. ESPN asked Thursday to have its logos and credit removed from the "Frontline" episode, which includes interviews with former NFL players and is not expected to portray the league in a flattering light.
August 22, 2013 | By Robert Abele
One way to describe the NFL's handling of concussions and their debilitating effects on football players - studies have pointed to brain-altering consequences such as CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) - is as a costly fumble. Whether it's the type of misstep that could change the outcome of the sport is another matter, one that filmmaker Sean Pamphilon wrestles with in his documentary "The United States of Football. " Beginning with the question of whether he should allow his young son to play the sport, Pamphilon talks to concerned doctors, questioning players, shell-shocked wives of the injured, coaches lamenting their violent pastime being watered down, and journalists/sportscasters.
June 26, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Pablo Mastroeni, the veteran midfielder acquired by the Galaxy last week, said he's already comfortable with his new team but still must prove he deserves playing time. "I have to reinvent myself in a way, I have to prove myself again," Mastroeni, a six-time Major League Soccer all-star, said in a podcast on the Galaxy's website Tuesday. "This is a new, exciting phase for me. " Mastroeni, 36, spent the last 11-plus years with the Colorado Rapids, where he was the team's most valuable player in 2007, 2008 and 2010.
June 25, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
New research from Canada has found that roughly 1 in 5  adolescents has probably suffered a traumatic brain injury--a figure that suggests severe concussion among children and adolescents may be far more common than has been estimated. The new study also hints at a troubling link between a history of traumatic brain injury and poorer grades, underage drinking and use of illicit drugs. In Ontario, Canada, 62% of students in grades seven through 12  anonymously completed a computerized questionnaire administered during the school day, which gauged their drug and alcohol consumption patterns and a wide range of health-related behaviors.
June 10, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Kings center Mike Richards was running the gamut of emotions following the defending Stanley Cup champion's exit from the playoffs. Richards missed three games of the Western Conference finals against Chicago because of a concussion, returned for Game 5 and scored a stunning goal with less than 10 seconds remaining in regulation, sending the game into overtime. Chicago would go on to defeat the Kings, 4-3, in double overtime on Saturday night at United Center. “It's always tough when you end the year in a losing way,” Richards said during a conference call Sunday.
June 10, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times
SEATTLE  - Juergen Klinsmann went 23 months and 28 matches as coach of the U.S. national soccer team before starting the same lineup in consecutive games. The experiment didn't last long. Klinsmann, who lost midfielders Jermaine Jones and Graham Zusi in last week's win in Jamaica, will go back to the drawing board to find a starting 11 for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against unbeaten Panama at CenturyLink Field (TV: Unimas, ESPN, 7 p.m.). Jones is out with a concussion, while Zusi is suspended a match after picking up two yellow cards.
June 6, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Center Andy McDonald, who set a Ducks club record of 10 goals in one postseason during the team's drive to the 2007 Stanley Cup championship, said Thursday he plans to retire because he fears what will happen if he suffers another concussion. The small-but-skillful McDonald, 35, had five concussions during a career that began with the Ducks in the 2000-01 season. He had 182 goals and 489 points in 685 NHL games and spent the last five-plus seasons with the St. Louis Blues. “The last few years too much of the focus became worrying about the next hit. I was always thinking about it,” McDonald told the website . “I'm fortunate to get out now. I know I could play two or three more years and I love the game of hockey, but healthwise I know I shouldn't be playing.” McDonald's mark of 10 goals in the 2007 playoffs still stands as a Ducks record.
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