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Seau’s family suing NFL over suicide

Staff, news services

The family of Junior Seau has sued the NFL, claiming the former linebacker’s suicide was the result of brain disease caused by violent hits he sustained while playing football.

The wrongful death lawsuit, filed Wednesday in California Superior Court in San Diego, blames the NFL for its “acts or omissions” that hid the dangers of repetitive blows to the head. It says Seau developed chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) from those hits and accuses the NFL of deliberately ignoring and concealing evidence of the risks associated with traumatic brain injuries.

Seau, who spent 20 years in the NFL before retiring in 2009, died at age 43 of a self-inflicted gunshot in May. He was diagnosed with CTE, based on posthumous tests, earlier this month.

A November Associated Press review found that more than 3,800 players have sued the NFL over head injuries in at least 175 cases as the concussion issue has gained attention. More than 100 of the concussion lawsuits have been brought together before U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody in Philadelphia.

Baseball

Cardinals, reliever come to terms

Reliever Jason Motte and St. Louis agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract.

Basketball

Knicks most valuable team

The Knicks have surpassed the Lakers as the most valuable team in the NBA, according to Forbes’ annual study. Boosted by renovations to Madison Square Garden, the Knicks’ value increased 41 percent to $1.1 billion. The Lakers were second at $1 billion. The report estimated the average NBA team’s value at $509 million.

Hornets to change name to Pelicans

People familiar with the decision said the New Orleans Hornets have decided to change their name to the Pelicans next season.

New Haven tops Bishop Dwenger

V.J. Beachem scored 24 points to lead the New Haven boys basketball team to a 69-58 victory over visiting Bishop Dwenger. The Saints’ Grady Eifert had 15 points. New Haven opened the game with a 29-9 run.

COLLEGES

NCAA: Problems with Miami probe

The NCAA found what it called “a very severe issue of improper conduct” committed by former members of its own enforcement program during the Miami investigation and will not deliver the long-awaited notice of allegations against the Hurricanes until an external review is completed.

Football

Around the NFL

San Francisco running back Frank Gore was fined $10,500 after he wore his socks too low in the NFC championship game, an equipment violation. … Oakland hired Tony Sparano as an assistant head coach who will work with the offensive line. … New England quarterback Tom Brady was fined $10,000 for an “aggressive slide” in the AFC championship game against Baltimore.

Hockey

NHL roundup

In Pittsburgh, James van Riemsdyk scored twice, James Reimer stopped 28 shots and Toronto raced past Pittsburgh 5-2. … In New York, Marian Gaborik scored twice in the first period and then completed his hat trick 27 seconds into overtime as the Rangers overcame a pair of blown leads and beat Boston 4-3 for their first win of the season.

Around the NHL

Detroit’s Ian White (deep leg laceration) will be out two to three weeks after having surgery. … San Jose signed free agent center Scott Gomez to a one-year deal. … Colorado’s Steve Downie (knee) will miss the rest of the season.

High schools

Thomas Sterk had a hat trick in Homestead’s 7-0 victory over Northrop at Lutheran Health SportsCenter. … Todd McDowell had three goals in Leo’s 8-1 victory over Bishop Dwenger. … Matt Janiszewski’s 24 saves led Carroll to a 6-0 victory over Snider.

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