The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head injury lawsuit, creating a $70 million fund to test current former college athletes for brain injuries.

Players can use the results of the test as grounds for suing for damages.

The NCAA also agreed to apply a universal policy specifying how teams must treat players who receive hits to the head.

The settlement applies to multiple men and women sports programs, including football, basketball, hockey, soccer, wrestling, field hockey and lacrosse.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

Derek Jeter may be 40 years old and in the midst of his final major league season, but it hasn’t stopped him from adding to his list of accomplishments.

The Yankees shortstop collected hit No. 3,420 of his career Monday night with a single to center off Yu Darvish in the seventh inning of a 4-2 Yankees loss, putting him ahead of Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski for seventh on the all-time hits list.

“It’s quite an accomplishment,” Jeter said after the game. “It’s tough to enjoy it when we lost the game, but I’m pretty sure when this season’s over and done with, I’ll look back and get a chance to realize how special it is. Any time you talk about a list of all-time great players, it’s pretty special.”

Jeter went 3-for-4 with a walk Monday.

Jeter’s next target is Honus Wagner, who sits in sixth place with 3,430 career hits.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

Washington, D.C., attorney Michele Roberts was voted in Monday as the new executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, succeeding the ousted Billy Hunter with 32 votes from the committee members and player representatives.

Roberts becomes the first woman to lead a major North American sports union.

“Today, we started out by telling the players how monumental today was,” players association president Chris Paul said (via ESPN.com). “We’ve never had this amount of players here for a meeting, to give their input and feedback. After all the hours and time our executive committee, along with an amazing search committee that helped throughout this process, it’s an unbelievable feeling to have the wonderful Michele Roberts now as a part of our team.”

Roberts said she would assemble a management team to run the union before starting negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. The players can opt out of the current CBA after the 2016-17 season.

“They’ve got their union back, and I’m going to make sure that they are empowered to take their union exactly where they want their union to go,” Roberts said. “It’s going to be a team that’s going to empower them to be able to do their business as they decide.

“I am a bad woman, but I’m not that bad. We are going to have a team, a very strong team, what I call a team of gladiators, that’s going to help these men and women, again, go in the direction they choose to go. It’s a new day. It’s not a one-person, Superman, ‘I’ve got this.’ It’s going to be a team.”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
Byron Scott

Byron Scott

It wasn’t a matter of if the Lakers were going to hire Byron Scott as their next head coach, it was more about when they were going to make it official.

That announcement finally came.

More than a week after Scott told reporters he had been hired, the Lakers confirmed Scott as the franchise’s 25th head coach in a news release Monday night. He will be introduced at a press conference Tuesday at the Lakers’ training complex.

“We’re proud to welcome Byron back to the Lakers family as our next head coach,” general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “Byron has proven himself at the highest levels of the game as both a player and a coach in his almost 30 years of NBA experience. His leadership skills and track record for success make him the ideal person to lead this franchise forward.”

The Lakers have been without a coach since Mike D’Antoni resigned April 30.

Scott is 416-521 as coach for three teams. He led the Nets to a pair of NBA Finals.

Scott played for the Lakers for 11 seasons. He was a teammate of Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

Blake Griffin left Team USA training camp last week because he was advised by doctors to rest a small fracture in his back, according to ESPN.com.

Griffin is expected to make a full recovery, the report indicates. The injury reportedly was suffered during the Clippers’ playoff run. He was advised to sit out international competition for “precautionary reasons.”

Griffin is the second Team USA casualty this summer as it prepares for next month’s FIBA World Cup in Spain. Kevin Love also withdrew from camp last week due to his uncertain situation in Minnesota.

Team USA added Paul Millsap to the camp for more frontcourt depth.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with John Dennis, Gerry Callahan and guest host Steve DeOssie. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Donald Sterling loses battle to block sale of Clippers

Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas ruled Monday.

Levanas sided with Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, who made the record sale after the NBA banned Donald Sterling for life for making racially offensive comments.

“Just hold hands and thank the Lord that Doc Rivers will not quit because his bags were packed, out the door,” Callahan said.

Sterling, who was not in court for the ruling, learned of Levanas’ decision through one of his lawyers, Bobby Samini. Samini said Sterling told his lawyers they had to keep fighting on other fronts.

“He loves the fight,” Dennis said of Sterling.

Said Callahan: “Isn’t everyone going to be better off when he croaks?”

Suns forward P.J. Tucker arrested for ‘super extreme’ DUI

Suns forward P.J. Tucker was arrested for “super extreme” DUI in May by police in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Police said Tucker’s blood alcohol content registered at .201 on a preliminary breath test in the field May 10. Tucker was taken to jail, where a blood test showed his blood alcohol content to be .222, according to a police report. A driver is considered legally drunk at .08.

“Shouldn’t that kill you?” Dennis asked.

That led to a discussion amongst the guys over what the highest blood alcohol content ever recorded was. The highest they found belonged to Oregon native Terri Comer, whose blood test revealed a BAC of .72.

“So P.J. Tucker is just a piker at .222,” Dennis said.

Said DeOssie: “He’s not dedicated.”

Whale watch boat stranded overnight off Boston

A group of whale watchers were stranded on a boat overnight when the vessel’s propeller became tangled in a heavy line about 15 miles offshore.

The boat was expected to be back Monday at 4:30 p.m., but the boat stopped about 10 minutes into the return trip after apparently hitting something.

After a transfer attempt failed, the 157 passengers and six crew members were stuck on board until the boat was finally on its way back to Boston as of 7 a.m. Tuesday.

“That sounds like the definition of hell,” Callahan said. “They’re stuck floating around, and I’m sure a few people were sea sick.”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Rangers, 8 p.m. (FS1)
MLB: Rockies at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
MLB Pirates at Giants, 10:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Atlanta Dream, noon (NBA TV)
WNBA: Chicago Sky at San Antonio Silver Stars, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Mercury, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Champions Cup, Manchester United vs. Inter Milan, 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– The NFL has come under heavy criticism for being too light on Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was suspended two games after being arrested for allegedly striking his then-fiancee and knocking her unconscious while they were in an elevator in Atlantic City. On Monday, NFL senior vice president of labor policy Adolpho Birch attempted to explain and defend the league’s ruling.

“The discipline that was taken by the NFL is the only discipline that occurred, with respect to Mr. Rice, in this case,” Birch said in an interview on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike,” referring to Rice’s acceptance into a pretrial intervention program that will allow him to avoid a trial. “I think that, were he not an NFL player, I don’t know that he would be able to receive any punishment from any other source.

“On balance, we reviewed all the materials, listened to the persons we listened to, took the input of the Players Association. When we looked on balance at all of that, we believe that discipline we issued is appropriate. It is multiple games and hundreds of thousands of dollars. I think that’s fair to say that doesn’t reflect that you condone the behavior. I think we can put that to rest.”

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Rice reportedly will accept the two-game suspension and three-game fine that goes along with it, and Birch insists the penalty sends a strong message to other players.

“Listen, I think if you are any player and you think that based on this decision that it’s OK to go out and commit that kind of conduct, I think that is something that I would suggest to you that no player is going to go out and do that,” Birch said. “So in terms of sending a message about what the league stands for, we’ve done that. We can talk about the degree of discipline, we can talk about whether or not third parties need to be involved. I would suggest to you that a third party has been involved in this matter and that was the court that reviewed it, the prosecutor that reviewed it.

“But if it is a question about what the principle of the league is and what standards we stand by, that cannot be questioned. I think it is absolutely clear to all involved that the NFL does not condone domestic violence in any way and will not tolerate it in our league. I don’t know how you can reach a conclusion other than that although I certainly respect the opinion.”

– Meanwhile, ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith apologized Monday for his comments regarding the Rice situation, calling them “the most egregious of my career” during a taped segment on “First Take.”

“My words came across that it is somehow a woman’s fault. This was not my intent; it is not what I was trying to say. Yet the failure to clearly articulate something different lies squarely on my shoulders,” Smith said.

On Friday Smith said that domestic violence is never the answer but added, “We also have to make sure that we learn as much as we can about elements of provocation. Not that there’s real provocation, but the elements of provocation, you’ve got to make sure that you address them. because we’ve got to do is do what we can to try to prevent the situation from happening in any way.”

Smith was heavily criticized, most notably by fellow ESPN host Michelle Beadle. The network released a statement Monday that said:

“We will continue to have constructive dialogue on this important topic. Stephen’s comments last Friday do not reflect our company’s point of view. As his apology demonstrates, he recognized his mistakes and has a deeper appreciation of our company values.”

– According to a report out of Arizona, Suns forward P.J. Tucker was arrested in May for “super extreme” DUI after registering a .222 blood-alcohol level.

A Scottsdale police officer indicated Tucker drove slowly through a stop sign shortly after midnight near a popular downtown nightlife area and then drove erratically. Tucker’s breath, speech and eyes indicated he was impaired, and tests confirmed it.

A super extreme DUI carries a minimum 45-day jail sentence.

The Suns reportedly were aware of the arrest when they signed Tucker to a three-year, $16.5 million contract last week. Tucker averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds last season while playing solid defense.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 29, 1988, the Red Sox traded Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling to the Orioles for which player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This is going to be a good thing for the city, for the league for my family and for all of us. Come see the Clippers next year.” Shelly Sterling, after winning her court case against Donald Sterling and getting the OK to complete the sale of the Clippers

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 – Outs recorded by Red Sox reliever Felix Doubront after facing 10 batters in Monday’s 14-1 loss to the Blue Jays

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons adjust to a bad break on a one-hopper by barehanding the ball and firing it to first to beat Will Venable of the Padres.

Jeff Baker delivers a shot to the base of the fence in left field to give the Marlins a 7-6 victory over the Nationals in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine shows off his hops at the Seattle Pro-Am dunk contest.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Pitcher Mike Boddicker

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Geddy Lee of Rush was born on this day in 1953.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?
We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?

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