- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014


NEW YORK (AP) - A lawsuit brought by retired NFL players against the league for routinely mishandling painkillers has been dismissed.

Judge William Alsup of the U.S. Northern District in California cited a section of the Labor Management Relations Act in dismissing the claim. Alsup noted that the league has addressed the “serious and inevitable evil” of player injuries in a “serious way” through collective bargaining with the players’ union.

He also wrote that the NFL has placed “a long line of health-and-safety duties on team owners themselves.”

Nine players were named as plaintiffs, including Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent. The judge gave them until Dec. 30 to file an amended complaint.


West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck is joining the NCAA as executive vice president of regulatory affairs.

The NCAA is creating a new position for Luck that will bring academic and membership affairs, the eligibility center and enforcement under one umbrella.

Luck will report to NCAA President Mark Emmert, who created the role during a restructuring of his senior staff earlier this year. Luck will start his new job early next year.

The 54-year-old Luck has been AD at his alma mater for four years. He orchestrated West Virginia’s move from the Big East to the Big 12.

He is also a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Luck’s son, Andrew, is the Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback and the NCAA offices are based in Indianapolis.

CINCINNATI (AP) - Lauren Hill has decided to stop playing college basketball after achieving her goal of scoring in a game even though she has an inoperable brain tumor.

The freshman at Mount St. Joseph made her decision on Wednesday. Coach Dan Benjamin sent an email saying she would be an honorary coach.

Hill was diagnosed with the brain tumor 13 months ago during her senior year in high school. She went to the Division III school and played in four of Mount St. Joseph’s eight games, making five layups during a total of 2 minutes on the court.

Hill will continue raising money for research into cancer. She’s getting hospice care at home.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Penn State is looking to repeat as the national champion in women’s volleyball.

The Nittany Lions will have to get by No. 1 Stanford in a national semifinal Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena to advance to Saturday’s final.

It’s a true matchup of blue bloods __ both schools have won six national titles and are tied for the most NCAA tournament appearances all time with 34. Penn State has won five of the past seven titles. Stanford (33-1) defeated Penn State (34-3) on Sept. 5.

In the other semifinal, Texas (27-2) plays BYU (29-4). Texas has reached the national semifinals for the third time in six years, and the Longhorns won it all in 2012. BYU upset Nebraska in the regional final.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Orioles manager Buck Showalter says Chris Davis will be allowed to use Adderall next season after the first baseman received a 25-game suspension this year for using the drug.

Speaking to reporters at a holiday party Tuesday, Showalter said Davis told him he has received a therapeutic use exemption for Adderall in 2015.

Major League Baseball suspended Davis for 25 games on Sept. 12 following a second failed test for the banned amphetamine. Davis served 24 games of the penalty this year and will miss opening day.

Before being traded to Baltimore, Davis was playing with the Texas Rangers when diagnosed with ADHD. He received permission to use Adderall back then, and not last season.

Davis hit .286 with 53 homers in 138 RBIs in 2013. He batted .196 with 173 strikeouts this year.


MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) - Real Madrid’s opponent in the Club World Cup final will be San Lorenzo after the South American champions ended a surprise tournament run by amateur team Auckland City with a 2-1 victory.

Madrid will be the favorite on Saturday after San Lorenzo needed extra time to get past Auckland’s team of part-timers and amateurs who fit soccer around day jobs.

It would have been the ultimate David vs. Goliath story had the Oceania champions advanced to face the world’s richest team.

A surprise seemed possible when Auckland City’s Angel Berlanga tied the game in the second half after Pablo Barrientos scored in the first half for San Lorenzo. But substitute Mauro Matos netted San Lorenzo’s winner in extra time.


Multiple motocross champion James Stewart has been suspended 16 months for a failed drug test.

Stewart tested positive for amphetamine at a Supercross race in Seattle on April 12 and was provisionally suspended by the Federation of International Motorcycling in June. FIM’s International Disciplinary Court upheld the decision, announcing on Wednesday that Stewart will be suspended until Aug. 11, 2015.

Stewart, whose team has said the positive test came from his prescribed Adderall, is appealing the decision.

The suspension will cause Stewart to miss the 2015 Supercross season and all but two races of the AMA Motocross outdoor season. He also has been disqualified from all races he competed in since the positive drug test.

Stewart won Supercross titles in 2007 and 2009, and an outdoor title in 2008.

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