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Posted on December 4, 2013 at 7:32 AM


5 former Chiefs sue team over head injuries

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker says he was never told that he would have severe disabilities later in life for continuing to play in games after sustaining a concussion.

Chris Martin is one of five former Chiefs players who filed a lawsuit in Jackson County on Tuesday against the Chiefs organization for failing to disclose the dangers of competing after suffering head injuries.

Suburban Kansas City attorney Ken McClain is representing the players.

McClain says a proposed $765 million settlement by the NFL to compensate former players with brain injuries is insufficient and doesn't cover any of his clients in their case against the Chiefs.

The team has refused to comment on the lawsuit.


Chiefs sign DT Powe, release Love

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs signed defensive tackle Jerrell Powe on Tuesday and released defensive tackle Kyle Love.

The 331-pound Powe was the Chiefs' sixth-round draft pick (199th overall) out of Ole Miss in 2011. He played in 10 games in 2011-12, recording six tackles, before he was released Sept. 1, 2013.

Love, a three-year NFL veteran, played in 42 games with the Patriots and Chiefs, playing in one game for Kansas City this season.

The Chiefs also said they had added rookie fullback Toben Opurum to the practice squad. The former University of Kansas defensive player was on the squad until his release Nov. 20.


Wichita St. investigating rules violations

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State's athletics department says it's investigating improper clothing and apparel benefits to baseball players.

The Wichita Eagle reports the university announced Tuesday that it has hired an Overland Park law firm that specializes in NCAA rules violations to help investigate.

Wichita State says the violations came to light during the transition that followed the June 4 firing of longtime head baseball coach Gene Stephenson. He was replaced in mid-June by Arkansas assistant Todd Butler.

No details of the violations or the number of Shocker players involved were disclosed in a brief statement issued by athletic director Eric Sexton.

Sexton says officials believe the problem involves only the baseball program. He says the school is determined to ensure its compliance with the rules of the NCAA and the Missouri Valley Conference.


No. 15 Florida's Wilbekin out with sprained ankle

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin could miss next week's game against No. 6 Kansas because of a high-ankle sprain.

Team officials said Tuesday that X-rays on Wilbekin's right ankle were negative, but added that there is no timetable for his return.

Wilbekin rolled his ankle late in Monday night's 65-64 loss at No. 12 Connecticut.

The senior's injury is the latest for No. 15 Florida (6-2).

Point guard Kasey Hill has missed the last four games with a high-ankle sprain. Guard DeVon Walker has been slowed by a sprained foot. Guard Eli Carter, who transferred from Rutgers, has decided to take a medical redshirt while recovering from a broken leg. And guard Dillon Graham also is done for the season with a hip injury.


St. Louis beats D-II Rockhurst 68-43

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dwayne Evans scored a game-high 17 points - including a layup off the opening tip - as St. Louis defeated Division II Rockhurst 68-43 as part of the Jesuit Spotlight on Tuesday night.

In the game-opening flurry, Evans followed his first bucket with another and a pair of free throws as the Billikens (7-2) zoomed ahead 13-0.

Jake Barnett, in his first start since November of 2012, had 12 points on 3 of 5 3-point shooting for the Billikens, and Jordair Jett scored 12 with three steals.

Rockhurst (3-6) hit just 15 of 53 field goals for a cold 28.3 percent and were just 1-for-15 from the 3-point line.

Brandon McCann, on just 3 of 11 shooting, was top scorer for the Hawks with 14 points. Adam Fatkin was next with six points.

McCann and Fatkin scored Rockhurst's last 12 points of the first half to close within 33-22.


No. 7 Louisville women rout Missouri St 91-49

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Shoni Schimmel scored 14 points, Bria Smith added 12 and No. 7 Louisville cruised to a 91-49 victory over Missouri State on Tuesday night.

Asia Taylor added 10 points for the Cardinals (8-1), who played most of the game without senior guard Antonita Slaughter after she collapsed and was taken off the court on a stretcher early in the first half.

Louisville was leading 7-2 with 17:13 to play in the first half when Slaughter, who had started, went to the bench and suddenly collapsed. EMS was immediately called and Slaughter was transported to a hospital by ambulance. A Louisville spokesman said Slaughter was awake and alert and undergoing tests.

Louisville used a 15-4 run that included three 3s from Schimmel to boost its lead to 24-8, and the Cardinals continued to bolster double-digit lead.

Kenzie Williams scored 13 points and Tyonna Snow added 12 to lead Missouri State (1-5).


Auburn, Malzahn to talk new contract after season

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs says he will discuss a new contract with coach Gus Malzahn after the season.

Jacobs said Tuesday that university officials "certainly want to make sure that he's adequately compensated for similar coaches in the Southeastern Conference." Auburn gave Malzahn a five-year $2.3 million deal after his hiring in December 2012.

Jacobs says that places him in the bottom quarter of SEC coaches.

Malzahn has led the Tigers to an 11-1 record and into the SEC championship game.

Jacobs says the coach is focused on Saturday's game with Missouri and doesn't want to discuss a new contract until after the season.

He said he had a brief conversation with Malzahn's agent, Jimmy Sexton, a couple of weeks ago.