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Sports briefs: Minnesota uses $1B stadium as bait to land 2018 Super Bowl
First Published May 20 2014 06:44 pm • Last Updated May 20 2014 10:13 pm

NFL • Minneapolis will host the 2018 Super Bowl after a vote by owners Tuesday in Atlanta rewarded the city for its new stadium deal. The owners chose Minneapolis and the $1 billion stadium planned for the site of the old Metrodome to host the championship over New Orleans and Indianapolis. The stadium, set to open in 2016, will hold up to 72,000 for the Super Bowl.

• Opening another legal attack on the NFL over the long-term health of its athletes, a group of retired players accused the league in a lawsuit Tuesday of supplying them with powerful painkillers and other drugs that kept them in the game but led to serious complications later in life. The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages on behalf of more than 500 ex-athletes, names eight players as plaintiffs, including former BYU quarterback Jim McMahon, who guided the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl win in 1985.

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BYU student Kate Hansen takes time off from luge

WINTER SPORTS • Kate Hansen will not be competing with USA Luge this coming season, opting instead to focus on academics at Brigham Young University. Hansen’s absence was the most notable development on the fall 2014 national team roster unveiled Tuesday. The native of La Canada, Calif., became the first American in more than 16 years to win a World Cup singles race when she won last season’s finale, capping by far her best season on the international circuit.

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