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       === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Tuesday, July 29 ===
             === NCAA reaches settlement in concussion lawsuit ===
 Indianapolis,  IN  (  -  The NCAA  has  reached  a  proposed
 settlement in its concussion-related class action lawsuits.
 The  NCAA  will provide  $70 million  for concussion  testing and diagnosis of
 current  and former student-athletes as part of the agreement that needs to be
 approved  by Judge  John  Lee of  the  United States  District  Court for  the
 Northern District of Illinois.
 It  also  includes  educational  initiatives  and  $5  million  in  concussion
 research,  resolving the  14 pending class actions that were consolidated in a
 Chicago federal court.
 "We  have  been and will  continue to  be committed to student-athlete safety,
 which  is one  of the NCAA's foundational principles," said NCAA chief medical
 officer   Brian  Hainline  in  a  statement  Tuesday.  "Medical  knowledge  of
 concussions  will  continue to grow,  and consensus about diagnosis, treatment
 and  management of  concussions  by  the medical  community  will continue  to
 evolve.  This agreement's proactive measures will ensure student-athletes have
 access  to high  quality medical  care by  physicians with  experience in  the
 diagnosis, treatment and management of concussions."
 Under  the proposed agreement, all current and former NCAA student-athletes in
 all sports and divisions who competed at an NCAA member school within the past
 50  years may  qualify for physical examination, neurological measurements and
 neurocognitive  assessments.  The agreement covers academic accommodations for
 student-athletes  with  concussions,  return-to-play  guidelines,  educational
 programs, research and plaintiffs' attorney fees.
 Bodily injury claims are not part of this settlement.
 The  NCAA and  plaintiffs'  attorneys arrived  at the  $70  million figure  by
 calculating  the cost  to develop  and administer  the testing  and diagnostic
 program based on the number of current and former student-athletes, as well as
 a progressive estimate of medical costs.
                  === Hurricanes' Staal undergoes surgery ===
 Raleigh,  NC  (  -  Carolina Hurricanes  center  Eric  Staal
 underwent  surgery for  a  core  muscle injury  he  suffered during  offseason
 training and is expected to ready for the start of training camp.
 The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia.
 "Eric  notified us of  the injury late last week, and flew to Raleigh and then
 Philadelphia  to be evaluated," said Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis in
 a  statement Tuesday.  "By having this procedure now, Dr. Meyers believes Eric
 will  be able to  return to action for training camp and be at full health for
 the start of the regular season."
 Staal  will enter  his 11th NHL season  with Carolina and last year notched 21
 goals  with  team bests of  40 assists and  61 points in  79 games. He has 289
 goals and 399 assists for 688 points in 769 games.
 The  29-year-old Ontario native was selected by the Hurricanes with the second
 overall  pick  of the  2003 NHL Entry  Draft and was  named captain in January
 2010. He is a four-time All-Star and helped the Hurricanes to the 2006 Stanley
 Cup  title,  also winning Olympic gold  with Team Canada at the 2010 Vancouver
                === Jets bring back Frolik for another year ===
 Winnipeg, MB ( - The Winnipeg Jets have agreed to terms with
 forward Michael Frolik on a one-year contract worth $3.3 million.
 Frolik  was acquired by the Jets in a June 2013 trade from Chicago and notched
 15  goals with 27 assists for 42 points in 81 games during his first season in
 The  26-year-old Czech  native has appeared in 430 games with Florida, Chicago
 and  Winnipeg during his  six-year NHL career. He has 76 goals and 117 assists
 for 193 points.
 Frolik,  who won a  Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in the spring of 2013, was
 originally selected by the Panthers with the 10th overall pick of the 2006 NHL
 Entry Draft.
 07/29 10:13:22 ET

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