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 .

Weekend Sports In Brief

MEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT A scintillating Sunday of games jolted the men's NCAA Tournament to life like a triple shot of espresso. North Carolina, the South Region No. 1 seed, had the most frenetic finish, blowing a 17-point lead and then scoring the game's final 12 points to hold off Arkansas. South Carolina, the No. 7 seed in the East, had the biggest takedown, knocking off No.

Dwight Clark says he has ALS, suspects football a cause

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Dwight Clark revealed Sunday that he has Lou Gehrig's disease and suspects playing football might have caused the illness. Clark announced on Twitter that he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease that attacks cells that control muscles. The former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver linked to a post on his personal blog detailing his ALS diagnosis, but the site crashed Sunday night, apparently from an overflow of traffic.