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Sports briefs: Marino among latest to sue NFL over concussions

First Published Jun 02 2014 09:48 pm • Last Updated Jun 02 2014 09:55 pm

NFL • Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino is among the latest group of football players to file a concussion-related lawsuit against the National Football League.

The 52-year-old former Miami Dolphins quarterback is one of 15 former players who filed a lawsuit in federal court in Philadelphia last week.

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Marino and the other 14 plaintiffs join more than 4,800 others who have alleged the NFL misled players about the long-term dangers of concussions. The NFL has denied those claims.

Villa first to sign with NYC expansion team

Soccer • David Villa of Spain has signed a three-year contract with New York City FC, becoming the first player on the expansion Major League Soccer team that starts play next season at Yankee Stadium and will be coached by former Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis.

"Throughout my career, I’ve always tried to keep pushing myself to achieve new targets, and this represents another important goal for me," Villa said Monday. "I want to try and help MLS continue to grow, through playing, working hard, scoring goals and at the same time try to make New York City FC become the best team in the league."

NYCFC starts play in March, and the team plans to loan him to an unspecified club to keep him in shape until training starts in the third week of January.

MLS said Villa was acquired on a free transfer from Spanish league champion Atletico Madrid, where he scored 15 goals in 47 games in all competitions last season.

• Monaco striker Radamel Falcao has been left off Colombia’s squad for the World Cup after failing to recover from a knee injury.

Coach Jose Pekerman made the announcement at a news conference Monday from the team’s training facility in Buenos Aires, Argentina, dealing a serious blow to the team’s chances at the tournament.


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Falcao said that as he lacks match fitness, "the smartest thing to do" is to stay on the sidelines. He said he still plans to travel to Brazil to cheer on his teammates.

Florida beats Alabama in Game 1 of best-of-3

SOFTBALL • Hannah Rogers threw a four-hitter to help Florida defeat Alabama 5-0 in Game 1 of the best-of-three national championship series Monday night.

Rogers had a perfect game through four innings and a one-hitter going into the bottom of the seventh in the matchup of Southeastern Conference rivals.

Florida (54-12) now is just one win from its first national title after runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2011. Game 2 will be played Tuesday night.

Jackie Traina got the loss for Alabama (53-12). She gave up five runs in 6 1⁄3 innings after having allowed just one earned run in her first three games during the World Series.

Game 2 will be televised Tuesday at 6 p.m. MDT on ESPN.



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