Sports in the courts
Former Kansas football player sues NCAA over head trauma
Former University of Kansas fullback Christopher Powell alleges in a lawsuit that the NCAA failed to adequately protect athletes from head trauma.
The class-action lawsuit, filed this week in the in the U.S. District Court for Western Missouri, seeks an undetermined amount in damages for Powell and other athletes who suffered head trauma in college, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.
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Powell, of Kansas City, Mo., said in his filing he had at least four concussions while playing for Kansas from 1990 to 1994. He alleges that after one concussion sustained during a practice, he lost memory for about 24 hours.
Powell said he continues to suffer neurologic and cognitive deficits that require medical monitoring and out-of-pocket expenses. He alleges that said the NCAA was negligent in its "failure to take effective action to protect players and/or inform players of the true risks associated with concussions, brain injury and brain trauma."
The University of Kansas is not a named defendant in Powell's suit.
Former Texas women's track coach Bev Kearney, who won six national championships for the Longhorns before abruptly leaving 10 months ago, filed a $1 million lawsuit against the school Thursday, alleging race and gender discrimination and retaliation.
Kearney attorney Derek Howard said his client sued in Travis County District Court. Kearney, who is black, resigned Jan. 5 as Texas was preparing to fire her for an inappropriate relationship with one of her athletes in 2002.
Texas later revealed that assistant football coach Major Applewhite, who is white, was allowed to keep his job after having an inappropriate relationship with a student trainer on a bowl trip in 2008.
Kearney's suit seeks $1 million in damages for lost and future wages, mental anguish, court costs and loss of enjoyment of life. She was Texas' first and only black head coach in any sport.
Clippers' Barnes apologizes for tweet
Matt Barnes is apologizing to his Los Angeles Clippers teammates and coaches for getting ejected and then sending out a profane tweet.
Barnes, along with Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka, got ejected and Blake Griffin of the Clippers received a technical foul for their parts in a scuffle with 6 seconds left in the second quarter of their game Wednesday night.
Griffin was trying to put the ball up and his arms and Ibaka's became entangled. Barnes shoved Ibaka hard in the chest. Griffin kept trying to get at Ibaka as players from both teams formed a scrum.
After his ejection, Barnes used a derogatory term in a profane tweet that began "I love my teammates like family," but went on to suggest he was tired of backing them up because his actions "cost me money."
NBA players are dressing up for Christmas — in sleeves.
The leagued debuted short-sleeved jerseys Thursday for the 10 teams that will play on the holiday, replacing the traditional sleeveless NBA uniforms. The jerseys featured a large logo in the center on the front of the jersey. The player's number is featured on the left sleeve and on the back.
High school football
Missouri player dies after brain injury
A Missouri high school football player has died after being hospitalized with a brain injury since an October playoff game.
Tipton School District Superintendent Scott Jarvis says 17-year-old Chad Stover died Thursday morning at a hospital in Columbia.
Stover had been hospitalized since Oct. 31, when he was rushed off the field near the end of the game and taken by ambulance to a hospital. Jarvis said last week he couldn't discuss details, but described the injury as "very serious."
Pikeville 49, Allen Central 14: Senior Chase Hall carried eight times for 118 yards, two catches for 54 yards and had four touchdowns as Pikeville walloped Allen Central. Hall had three rushing touchdowns and caught a TD pass.
Junior Austin Charles passed for 146 yards and two touchdowns for Pikeville and rushed for 116 yards on four carries for another TD.
Cornell fires men's lacrosse coach
Cornell University has fired men's lacrosse coach Ben DeLuca, two months after the team's fall season was canceled because of hazing.
Athletic director Andy Noel says new leadership is required. Assistant coach Matt Kerwick will serve as the interim coach.
The college announced the cancellation in September after an investigation determined upperclassmen had hazed freshman players who were made to drink beer to the point where some vomited.
Last year, a university fraternity was found guilty of hazing in the alcohol poisoning death of a Cornell student. Authorities said a 19-year-old sophomore from Brooklyn died after drinking too much alcohol during a hazing ritual.
In three seasons under DeLuca, a former Cornell player and assistant coach, the team went 37-11 overall and 16-2 in the Ivy League.
Problems with Russian doping lab
The World Anti-Doping Agency has discovered problems with the drug-testing laboratory in Russia, less than three months before the Sochi Winter Olympics.
WADA President John Fahey says the agency is investigating "a matter" with the Moscow, lab but declined to give details.
IOC medical commission chairman Arne Ljungqvist says the Olympic body has been made aware of WADA's investigation and expects to hear the findings in the next few days.
The problem involves the WADA-accredited Moscow laboratory, which handled drug tests for the world track and field championships in August. The lab was due to transfer facilities to Sochi to handle the tests for the Olympics, which will be held Feb. 7-23.
Michael Phelps tells The Associated Press that "nothing is set in stone" as far as a comeback, even though he sent the strongest signal yet by rejoining the U.S. drug-testing program.
Phelps told the AP in an exclusive telephone interview Thursday that he returned to swimming mainly to get back in shape. But he acknowledges it's fun being around his old team at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club.
His coach, Bob Bowman, says he urged Phelps to get back in the doping program to keep his options open. He was tested twice in the third quarter of the year by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, but actually rejoined the program near the end of the second quarter.
According to Bowman, Phelps would be eligible to compete again in March.
Cyclists could be offered immunity to testify in the planned inquiry into the sport's drug-stained past, but it won't apply to Lance Armstrong. A revision of the world anti-doping code is set to be voted on and adopted by the World Anti-Doping Agency on the last day of its summit Friday.
But the agency said Thursday it may contain a new provision for current cyclists to testify under the incentive of no ban in return for what they know about doping. WADA President John Fahey said it will work on a "case by case" basis and apply only to riders currently competing, and therefore not Armstrong.
The last word
New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan bolted out of his office the moment he heard Houston cut Ed Reed, one of his favorite players. He wanted to make sure general manager John Idzik knew the nine-time Pro Bowl safety (who the Jets signed Thursday) was available for the New York Jets to pursue. Said Ryan:
"It's only a rumor that I pulled a hamstring. That's not true."