| Dec 15, 2013
| 2:12 AM
The NHL suspended Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton for 15 games without pay for punching and injuring unsuspecting Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik in a Dec. 7 game. Orpik hasn’t played since.
“It says volumes about getting...
| Dec 29, 2013
While the National Football League remains the most successful sports entity in America, its foundations are being shaken by a looming health crisis. For more than two decades, evidence has been mounting that concussions associated with playing football...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 1:35 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Former Kansas City Chiefs' linebacker Jovan Belcher's body has been exhumed more than a year after he killed his girlfriend and himself so that his brain can be examined for signs of a degenerative condition linked to repeated...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 3:21 PM
Something was wrong. Mark Duper knew it. He became angry for no reason. He became depressed for days. He went to a store, then stood there unable to remember why he was there. He'd get in a conversation and forget a friend's name.
"And not just any...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Ridley Scott is attached to direct an untitled film that will center on the physical and psychological effects of concussions on football players.
Scott will produce along with Giannina Facio.
The drama will revolve around pro football players who...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 7:37 PM
A brain-injury claim by former National Football League player Tony Dorsett was thrown out by a California workers' compensation panel just months before he was diagnosed with early signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a debilitating condition...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 10:48 AM
Bill Dwyre, who served as sports editor for the Los Angeles Times for a quarter of a century, wrote Tuesday that "the NFL deserves to go away, to be banished from our sight forever."
When football's natural amen corner raises pitchforks and torches...
| Aug 15, 2013
Football periodically faces extinction, but never has the game been enveloped in a crisis as odd as the current one. Just when the game plays safer than at any time in its 144-year history, its critics threaten to make the game history. Sportswriter Frank...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 3:01 PM
When it came out that suspected Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a former Golden Gloves boxer, I wondered if there might be a connection. It's not that boxers are necessarily violent people outside the ring, but boxers are subject to brain damage...
| Oct 16, 2013
Steve James' provocative documentary on concussions in sports, "Head Games," explores the science and indicts the powerful. But his storytelling truly excels when everyday moms, dads and kids reveal their hopes, fears and grief.
A Hampton native,...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 1:56 PM
Could a spring-loaded fly swatter save NFL football players and Iraq war veterans from the effects of concussions and traumatic brain injuries?
Before you shrug off that question, geneticist Barry Ganetzky at the University of Wisconsin-Madison...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 7:40 AM
Welcome to the Chicago stop of the NFL’s "Hypocrisy Across America Tour."
The NFL, whose sport causes brain damage, paid off a bunch of former players who have brain damage without admitting it contributed to the brain damage. Anyone who...