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FILE - In this May 29, 2013, file photo, Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer gestures during an NBA basketball news conference in Atlanta. Budenholzer has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence after being pulled over Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis, File)
League to pay $765M to settle concussion suits
PHILADELPHIA – The NFL agreed to pay more than three-quarters of a billion dollars to settle lawsuits from thousands of former players who developed dementia or other concussion-related health problems they say were caused by the very on-field violence that fueled the game’s rise to popularity and profit.
The settlement, unprecedented in sports, was announced yesterday after two months of court-ordered mediation and is subject to approval by a federal judge. It came exactly a week before the first game of the 2013 season, removing a major legal and financial threat hanging over the sport for two years.
U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody in Philadelphia is expected to rule on the settlement in two to three months but said it “holds the prospect of avoiding lengthy, expensive and uncertain litigation, and of enhancing the game of football.”
More than 4,500 former players, some of them suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or depression, accused the NFL of concealing the long-term dangers of concussions and rushing injured players back onto the field, while glorifying and profiting from the bone-crushing hits that were often glorified in slow motion on NFL Films.
Tigers’ Cabrera says
he’ll be in lineup tonight
DETROIT — Detroit Tigers superstar Miguel Cabrera left yesterday’s game against the Oakland Athletics after hurting his abdomen while making an awkward slide trying to stretch a single into a double.
Cabrera, though, insisted he’ll be back in the lineup tonight when the AL Central-leading Tigers begin a series against the second-place Cleveland Indians.
The reigning Triple Crown winner limped off the field in the fifth inning against Oakland. He was listed by the team as day to day with discomfort.
Indians release Myers after dismal season
ATLANTA – The Cleveland Indians released pitcher Brett Myers yesterday.
The right-hander was a total bust in Cleveland after signing a $7 million, one-year contract during the offseason. He went 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA in three starts and one relief appearance before going on the disabled list April 20 with a strained tendon in his elbow. He gave up 29 hits – including 10 homers – in 21 1∕ 3 innings.
He is now a free agent and can sign with any team.
Hawks Coach Budenholzer arrested on DUI charge
ATLANTA – Atlanta Hawks Coach Mike Budenholzer apologized for his arrest on a driving under the influence charge.
According to a report from the Georgia State Patrol, Budenholzer was pulled over at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in Atlanta for not having working taillights. Trooper J. Nelms said Budenholzer had bloodshot and watery eyes “and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.”
According to the report, Budenholzer refused a breath test but agreed to a field sobriety test. He told Nelms he had one glass of wine.
In a statement through his attorney, Budenholzer apologized to fans and the team. He’s out on bond.
Suns trade Butler to Bucks for Smith, Kravstov
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns traded small forward Caron Butler to the Milwaukee Bucks for point guard Ish Smith and center Viacheslav Kravstov.
The move sends Butler to his hometown team. The 11-year NBA veteran is from nearby Racine.
The Suns acquired Butler and point guard Eric Bledsoe from the Clippers on July 10 in a three-team trade that sent the Suns’ Jared Dudley and Milwaukee’s J.J. Redick to Los Angeles. Milwaukee got two second-round draft picks in the deal.
Butler signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the Clippers in December of 2011.
Donovan back for next round of Cup qualifying
CHICAGO – Landon Donovan will be back with the Americans when they resume World Cup qualifying next week.
U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann snubbed the Americans’ all-time leading scorer for the last round of qualifiers, saying Donovan needed to work his way back onto the team following his offseason sabbatical.
But Donovan redeemed himself – and then some – with his play in last month’s Gold Cup, scoring five goals as the Americans won the title. He’s continued his dazzling play with the Los Angeles Galaxy, scoring four goals in three games.
The Americans resume their qualifying campaign Sept. 6 in Costa Rica, then return home four days later for a game against rival Mexico in Columbus, Ohio. They currently top the qualifying group from the North and Central American and Caribbean region.
Labonte released from
hospital after breaking ribs
TRINITY, N.C. – Bobby Labonte was released from the hospital yesterday, a day after he broke three ribs in a bike riding accident near his North Carolina home.
Labonte suffered no other injuries. He will miss this weekend’s NASCAR race in Atlanta.
The 49-year-old Labonte was scheduled to drive the No. 51 Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He’ll be replaced in the car by Mike Bliss.
Labonte’s consecutive starts streak came to an end earlier this season at 704 races when JTG Daugherty Racing used AJ Allmendinger at Kentucky in June instead of Labonte.
The 2000 NASCAR champion had not missed a start since he began racing full-time in the Cup Series in 1993. He’s won 21 Cup races.