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5 former NFL players sue union over concussions

5 former NFL players sue union over concussions, claim they were not made aware of dangers
Barry Wilner, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Five former NFL players, including six-time Pro Bowl defensive end Neil Smith, are suing the union for not providing accurate information about the risk of head injuries.

The lawsuit on behalf of Smith, Ladell Betts, Anthony Davis, Christian Ballard and Gregory Westbrooks was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, with the plaintiffs claiming the NFL Players Association "withheld information from the players about the risks of head injuries."

Sandusky relatives voice support after interview

Jerry Sandusky's family supports him after adopted son makes abuse claims in TV interview
The Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Other members of Jerry Sandusky's family say they're standing by him after one of his adopted sons described to Oprah Winfrey allegations of sexual abuse by the former Penn State assistant football coach.

The family released a statement on Friday saying none of them ever saw abuse or any indication of inappropriate activity.

Matthew Sandusky said in Thursday's broadcast that his adopted father subjected him to a range of sexual abuse, including oral sex.

Pagenaud fastest in second Toronto practice

Pagenaud fastest in second Honda Indy Toronto practice; Hinchcliffe fifth
Tyler Harper, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Don't forget about Simon Pagenaud.

That was the statement made by the French driver after he set the fastest practice time Friday at the Honda Indy Toronto.

Pagenaud clocked one minute 00.0084 seconds at the 11-turn, 2.81-kilometre street course at Exhibition Place.

IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves was second in 1:00.0218 while Scott Dixon followed in 1:00.0769. Will Power, second overall in the standings, finished fourth while James Hinchcliffe of Oakville, Ont., trailed in fifth.

Nelsen confident despite rash of injuries

Toronto FC heads to Houston with revamped lineup after two more players go down
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Injuries, a crowded schedule and a fired-up opponent lying in wait.

You couldn't fault Toronto FC manager Ryan Nelsen for cringing at the prospect of a hot, humid summer night in Houston. But Nelsen is looking forward to seeing his revamped lineup stand up and be counted in Saturday's MLS rematch with the Dynamo.

Nelsen will be counting on 21-year-old defenders Doneil Henry and Nick Hagglund.

UConn to pay $1.3M in sex assault handling lawsuit

University of Connecticut to pay $1.3M to settle suit over handling of alleged sexual assaults
Pat Eaton-Robb, The Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut will pay $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit by five women who alleged the school did not take seriously their claims of sexual assaults on campus.

The bulk of the settlement, $900,000, will go to Silvana Moccia, a former UConn ice hockey player who alleged she was kicked off the team after reporting she had been raped by a male hockey player in August 2011.

The other four women will receive payments ranging from $25,000 to $125,000.

Wiggins keeps focus despite trade rumours

Despite trade rumours, Andrew Wiggins plays it cool at summer League
Holly MacKenzie, The Canadian Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Midway through the first half of an NBA summer league game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets, a fan could be heard loud and clear: "Give Wiggins the ball. We paid to see Wiggins!"

The heckling wasn't really necessary — Andrew Wiggins' already knew who to pass to. The NBA rookie went to the free-throw line 20 times in that game alone.

In Alps, Nibali again dominates Tour de France

With Alpine high, Nibali storms to Stage 13 victory at Tour de France to firm up overall lead
Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press

CHAMROUSSE, France - If Vincenzo Nibali was looking happier Friday after the Tour de France rode into the Alps, here's why: His top rival fell out of contention, he gained nearly a minute on his next-biggest challenger and oh, he won Stage 13 to boot.

On a sunbaked and melting Alpine road, the 29-year-old Italian, cemented his control of cycling's greatest race with a solo-finish victory that was an afterthought to gaining time on other title contenders.

LeBron James undecided on jersey No. 6 or 23

Numbers Game: LeBron James takes to social media to decide what number to wear with Cavaliers
Tom Withers, The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - LeBron James has to make another big decision.

The NBA superstar turned to social media Friday to help him choose which number he'll wear next season with the Cavaliers. James wrote "6 or 23...." on his Twitter account and posted photos on Instagram of him wearing No. 6 and No. 23 wine and gold Cavs jerseys.

James wore No. 6 during his four seasons with Miami and also on the U.S. Olympic team. He used No. 23 in high school and during seven seasons in Cleveland.

James has had the top-selling jersey in the NBA six times during his career.

Castroneves, Power in championship duel

More Than Anything: Castroneves, Power chasing elusive IndyCar championship
Tyler Harper, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Helio Castroneves purses his lips and smiles. Will Power looks away to contemplate what it will take to win the title that has eluded both drivers their entire careers.

The two IndyCar veterans are duelling for the elusive championship this year, with Castroneves ahead of his Team Penske teammate by just nine points atop the standings.

It's a familiar scenario for Castroneves ahead of the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday and Sunday. He entered the Toronto races first overall in 2013 only to eventually cede the title to Scott Dixon.

AP sources: Bon Jovi part of group eyeing Bills

People familiar with sale documents to AP: Bon Jovi part of Toronto group looking to buy team
John Wawrow, The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto group that has retained a banking firm and submitted paperwork expressing interest in buying the Buffalo Bills, three people who have reviewed documents regarding the sale process told The Associated Press on Friday.

It is unclear if the group would eventually want to move the NFL team to Toronto. The club is on the market after Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March.

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