SPORTS & HEAD INJURIES
CHICAGO (AP) — Rejecting claims made in a lawsuit concerning concussions, the NCAA said Saturday it has taken steps to protect student athletes from head injuries and that player safety is among the college sports association's core principles.
Attorneys suing the NCAA over its handling of head injuries asked a federal judge Friday to let them expand the lawsuit to include thousands of plaintiffs nationwide.
The motion seeking class-action status was filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, where the original lawsuit was filed in 2011 on behalf of former Eastern Illinois football player Adrian Arrington and several other former athletes.
HOUSTON (AP) — Astros manager Bo Porter defended Erik Bedard's decision to remove himself from Saturday night's game against Seattle with a no-hitter in the seventh inning because of a high pitch count and said he wouldn't have let the left-hander stay in much longer.
Bedard, who has had three shoulder surgeries, chose to leave the game after working 6 1-3 because he had thrown 109 pitches. Porter said before Sunday's game against Seattle that he would have pulled Bedard at 120 pitches. He said he trusts that the 34-year-old Bedard knows his body and how far he can push himself.
Bedard was replaced by Jose Cisnero, who gave up a two-run double to Michael Saunders.
MONTREAL (AP) — A crew of Montreal Expos fans, willing to do just about anything to get their team back, drove to Toronto to watch the Blue Jays.
Organizers say about 1,000 Expos supporters, hoping to attract the attention of baseball's movers and shakers, packed into the outfield bleachers at the Rogers Centre on Saturday for the Blue Jays' game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The group wore the traditional red, white and baby blue of the former Expos, who relocated in 2004 and became the Washington Nationals.
Nearly a decade after the Expos left town, there is a small but growing movement to bring a team back to the city.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison has been suspended for at least the first two games of the regular season after being arrested for the second time in five weeks.
Morrison was arrested early Sunday for barking at a police dog and resisting arrest. Both charges are misdemeanors. Later Sunday, Gators coach Will Muschamp announced that Morrison would be held out of the opener against Toledo (Aug. 31) and the road game the next week against Miami.
Morrison played in 13 games as a freshman and is expected to have a bigger role this season The sophomore also was arrested June 16 for allegedly punching a bouncer. He received deferred prosecution on a simple battery charge and was ordered to stay out of trouble for six months.
WEST BERLIN, N.J. (AP) — Two NBA championship rings that Kobe Bryant gave to his parents each sold for more than $100,000 at an auction that supported one of his charities.
Goldin Auctions said six items of Bryant's memorabilia items sold for a combined $433,531 in the monthlong auction that closed early Saturday morning.
A 2000 Lakers championship ring gifted by Bryant to his father, Joe, sold for $174,184. A ring given to his mother, Pamela, from the same championship season went for $108,153.
Bryant had filed a suit against the auction company, saying his mother didn't have the right to sell the items. A settlement was reached last month allowing six items to be auctioned.
BASTAD, Sweden (AP) — Serena Williams won her 53rd WTA title Sunday, beating Johanna Larsson 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the Swedish Open.
The 24-year-old Swede broke to lead 3-1 in the first set before Williams fought back to 3-3. Larsson advanced to 4-3 before caving in to Williams' strong serve, losing the next three games.
Williams, coming off a fourth-round loss to Sabine Lisicki at Wimbledon, dominated the second set, breaking Larsson's serve twice.
Williams also defeated the 76th-ranked Larsson in their only previous match in the Fed Cup earlier this year.
Phil Woosnam, the former Welsh soccer star who served as the North American Soccer League's commissioner and had a brief stint as coach of the U.S. national team, has died. He was 80.
U.S. Soccer said Sunday that Woosnam died Friday in Dunwoody, Ga., of complications related to prostate cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
Woosnam played for a number of English clubs during a 16-year pro career and earned 17 caps with the Welsh national team. He became the U.S. coach in 1968, serving in the role for nine games.
He won the NASL's first coach of the year award, for the Atlanta Chiefs in 1968, before taking over as commissioner, a position he held until 1982. The league folded after the 1984 season.