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 .

Records: Doctor didn't disclose USA Gymnastics investigation

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan State University doctor resigned after learning the school was considering her termination because she didn't disclose in 2015 that USA Gymnastics was investigating a fellow physician who has since been charged with molesting young gymnasts, according to records released to the Lansing State Journal. The documents obtained from Dr. Brooke Lemmen's personnel file through the Freedom of Information Act reveal she also removed patient records at Dr.

California measure seeks panel to protect college athletes

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A California lawmaker is proposing that the state create a commission to protect the health and safety of collegiate athletes, something the legislation says the NCAA and school athletic departments have failed to do. The commission and its rules would apply to every competing college athlete in the state, from a community college volleyball player to an NFL-bound university football star, and to injuries from lifelong brain degeneration to sprained ankles.

Ex-players say NFL teams' use of painkillers broke drug laws

Documents unsealed in a lawsuit by 1,800 former NFL players provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how team and league medical personnel plied players with powerful painkillers for years, often in apparent violation of federal drug laws. The lawsuit being heard by U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup in the northern district of California has been moving through the court system for more than two years.

Red Sox say Price will not need arm surgery or injection

After David Price consulted two renowned orthopedic doctors, the Boston Red Sox said Friday the left-hander will not need surgery or an injection in his ailing left arm. Price traveled to Indianapolis on Thursday for consultation with Drs. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who were at the NFL Combine. Price is expected to return Saturday to Boston's spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida.

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.

Farah says linking him with 'drug misuse' claims upsetting

LONDON (AP) -- Quadruple Olympic champion Mo Farah maintained Sunday that he has always competed cleanly and never broken anti-doping rules, countering any association with "allegations of drug misuse." The British middle-distance runner's statement followed fresh accusations published in the London-based Sunday Times newspaper about his American coach's use of medicines, based on information obtained by the hacking group known as Fancy Bears. The U.S.

Earnhardt wants to win a title then ride into retirement

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Upon further review, hoisting a championship trophy is exactly how Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants to end his career. NASCAR's most popular driver caused a stir on "The Dan Patrick Show" when he claimed he would immediately retire if he wins the title this year. The statement followed him to media day for the Daytona 500, and there was no question about it. "Hell, yeah.

'Monster' ex-USA Gymnastics doctor charged with sex assault

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan sports doctor who treated elite female U.S. gymnasts was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting nine girls, including some too reluctant to speak up about the alleged abuse years ago because he was considered a "god." Roughly two dozen charges were filed against Dr.

Summer Britcher out of luge finale with shoulder injury

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) -- Summer Britcher will miss the final World Cup luge race of the season because of a shoulder injury she's battled since November. USA Luge's medical staff recommended that Britcher shut down early and miss the finale this weekend in Altenberg, Germany. Britcher will have an MRI performed on her shoulder later this week.