Column: Another sobering reminder of the price players pay

The news seemed unimaginable, much as it might have 78 years ago when Yankees fans learned Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with the disease that would later bear his name. It came on a Sunday night via a more modern form of communication, a Twitter feed. Dwight Clark didn't need the full 140 characters to stun football fans everywhere. "I wanted to share some unfortunate news: I have ALS," Clark tweeted .

Britain's soccer associations to fund dementia research

LONDON (AP) -- A large study is being funded by Britain's soccer associations to try to determine whether players are more prone to developing dementia. The announcement was made on Friday by the associations after they used a meeting of soccer's lawmaking body to back the introduction of electronic devices on the sidelines to enhance player welfare, including assessing potential concussions by watching video replays.