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NFL reaches $765-million settlement with former players over dangers of concussions

The NFL and more than 4,500 former players reached a $765-million settlement on Thursday over the dangers of concussions.
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Junior Seau takes part in the Madden NFL 10 Pigskiin Pro-Am on Xbox 360 event on July 24, 2009 in Malibu, California. (Frazer Harrison/AFP/Getty Images)
The players accused the National Football League in dozens of lawsuits of glorifying the violence of the game without warning players that repeat concussions can lead to brain damage and a predisposition to depression and suicide.

2014 World Cup tickets on sale, says FIFA

Football fanatics are forming virtual queues to get their hands on tickets for the tournament.
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In case you didn't know, World Cup tickets are on sale. (AFP/Getty Images)
About 3.3 million tickets will be available for the 64-match tournament.

First settlement reached in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky scandal

Pennsylvania State University agreed to a multimillion dollar deal with a 25-year-old man who was sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
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Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, leaves court in handcuffs after being convicted in his child sex abuse trial at the Centre County Courthouse on June 22, 2012 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. (Mark Wilson/AFP/Getty Images)

An 25-year-old man, known as "Victim 5," will reportedly receive a multimillion dollar settlement deal after Penn State's former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused him 12 years ago in a campus shower.


Mo Farah wins the long-distance double at World Athletics Championships

The British runner has entered the history books as only the second man ever to achieve the Olympic and world 'double-double' in both distance events.
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Britain's Mo Farah celebrates after winning the men's 5000 metres final at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow on August 16, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)

Mo Farah has just earned his place in the sporting history books.

The British runner won the 5,000m and 10,000m events at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, becoming only the second man ever to hold the Olympic and world “double-double” in the distance events.

Farah finished the 5 km race in just 13 minutes and 26.99 seconds on Friday, adding to the 10 km gold he won last Saturday.


Zach Hodskins, one-armed basketball player, gets offer from University of Florida

High school senior Zach Hodskins isn't letting a birth defect slow him down on the basketball court.
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Zach Hodskins, a high school senior from Alpharetta, Ga., has an offer to play basketball with University of Florida next season. That he has only one hand hasn't slowed him down. (YouTube)

What I wouldn’t give to play basketball like Zach Hodskins.

That’s something the high school senior from Alpharetta, Ga., is probably hearing a lot after receiving an offer from University of Florida this week.

It probably wasn’t something he heard a lot growing up, considering he’s missing much of his left arm below the elbow.

Knowing nothing different since birth, it hasn’t slowed him down as many YouTube videos attest. He shoots the ball, passes and dribbles better than most.


Darren Young, American pro wrestler, comes out as gay (VIDEO)

Young reported to be the first WWE wrestler to come out in public.
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A reveler takes part in the Gay Pride Parade in Panama City on June 29, 2013. (RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images)
Young reported to be the first active WWE wrestler to come out in public.

Stephen Fry to IOC: Putin treats gays just like Hitler treated Jews (VIDEO)

British actor Stephen Fry has called on the International Olympics Committee to pull the plug on the 2014 Sochi Games over Russia's treatment of gay people.
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British actor Stephen Fry speaks to a fan outside Saint Petersburg city hall on March 14, 2013. Fry, who is openly gay, clashed with the Russian politician Vitaly Milonov as they talked about a controversial law activists see as violating the rights of gays. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

Actor, author and gay rights activist Stephen Fry is comparing Russian President Vladimir Putin to Adolph Hitler in a campaign to have Russia lose the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi over the country’s stance on homosexuality.

Fry published his thoughts on his website in a letter addressed to the International Olympic Committee and British Prime Minister David Cameron in hopes of upping the political pressure on Russia.

He urged the IOC to avoid repeating past mistakes when it “paid precisely no attention” to Hitler’s laws against Jews before the “notorious” 1936 Berlin Games.

“Putin is eerily repeating this insane crime, only this time against LGBT Russians,” Fry wrote. “Beatings, murders and humiliations are ignored by the police. Any defence or sane discussion of homosexuality is against the law.”


Jonathan Willard, NFL player, hailed as hero for saving family from burning SUV (VIDEO)

Tennessee Titans rookie linebacker Jonathan Willard pulls woman, 3 kids and dog from burning SUV on side of highway.
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Linebacker Jonathan Willard (no. 46) of the Clemson Tigers tackles running back Marcus Wright of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the ACC football championship game on Dec. 5, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

It will be impossible for Jonathan Willard to get lost in the Tennessee Titans shuffle now.

Not that the former Clemson University star football player was in any danger of that before Tuesday night, but pulling a mother, her three children and family dog to safety from a burning vehicle cemented it.

“When she pulled over, the car was really on fire at that point,” the linebacker told reporters after her arrived at training camp on Wednesday.


Brewers' Ryan Braun, former MVP, suspended for doping

Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun was suspended by Major League Baseball for the remainder of the 2013 season without pay over doping charges.
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Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun watches his team play against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park in Miami on June 10, 2013. (Marc Serota/Getty Images)
After declaring his innocence for a year, baseball's former MVP Ryan Braun is suspended for the rest of the season over doping charges.

Britain's Chris Froome wins the 100th Tour de France

Chris Froome is the second British Tour de France champion in a row after Bradley Wiggins won the title in 2012.
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Tour de France winner Christopher Froome (C) of Britain celebrates with teammates on the Champs-Elysee avenue in Paris after finishing the final stage of the 100th edition of the cycling race on July 21, 2013. (JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
The Brits make it a double at the Tour de France, winning the coveted cycling race for the second year in a row with Sunday's victory by Chris Froome.