For­mer Terp Wysocki su­ing NCAA, ACC

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Char­lie Wysocki, who left Mary­land as its lead­ing ca­reer rusher in 1981, is part of a class-ac­tion suit of 43 for­mer col­lege foot­ball play­ers against the NCAA and a va­ri­ety of con­fer­ences and schools for fail­ing to pro­tect the ath­letes from lifethreat­en­ing emo­tional and neu­ro­log­i­cal harm caused by re­peated con­cus­sions. In the law­suit, filed this week in In­di­anapo­lis, Wysocki claims that the head in­juries he suf­fered while play­ing for the Terps led to a long-term bat­tle with de­pres­sion and bipo­lar dis­or­der. Wysocki lists the NCAA and the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence as the de­fen­dants. “Cer­tainly con­se­quences of re­peated head in­juries can cre­ate con­di­tions like de­pres­sion and bipo­lar dis­or­der and emo­tional is­sues like that,” said Chris Dore, a Chicago at­tor­ney whose firm is rep­re­sent­ing Wysocki and the other for­mer ath­letes who are part of the suit. “One of the con­di­tions he’s suf­fer­ing from is de­pres­sion.” Dore said Thurs­day that the Univer­sity of Mary­land was not named in the suit be­cause as a mem­ber of the Univer­sity of Mary­land Sys­tem, it is given state tort im­mu­nity. The hand­ful of schools that were named in the suit were pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties, Dore said. MEN’S COL­LEGE SOC­CER: Fresh­man Shane Kastl be­came the first Pa­triot League player to score against pre­sea­son fa­vorite Amer­i­can (5-4-3, 2-1) on Wed­nes­day, con­vert­ing in the 32nd minute to earn a 1-0 vic­tory for vis­it­ing Loy­ola Mary­land (5-5, 3-0). The win vaulted the Grey­hounds into sole pos­ses­sion of first place. ... Navy (2-6-2, 0-3) suf­fered its sec­ond straight over­time league loss, fall­ing, 2-1, at Le­high (4-6-1, 1-2). The Moun­tain Hawks’ Os­car Greene scored in the 96th minute af­ter a failed clear. NFL: The Cleve­land Browns re­leased wide re­ceiver Dar­ius Jen­nings (Gil­man) from the prac­tice squad. HON­ORS: For­mer Navy men’s lacrosse coach Wil­lis Bilder­back head­lines the 2016 in­duc­tion class for the Anne Arun­del County Sports Hall of Fame. Bilder­back, who led Navy to nine na­tional cham­pi­onships dur­ing what be­came known in col­lege lacrosse cir­cles as the Decade of Dom­i­nance, will be hon­ored posthu­mously. For­mer Old Mill base­ball coach Mel Mont­gomery will also be en­shrined dur­ing the ban­quet, Oct. 12 at Michael’s Eighth Av­enue in Glen Burnie. Com­plet­ing the class are Corey Wal­lace, a stand­out basketball player at Meade and Clem­son, and Betsy Elder, a soc­cer and lacrosse star at Sev­erna Park and Mary­land. For tick­ets, con­tact pres­i­dent Chris Smith at 240-508-3568. NHL: The Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals and the Her­shey Bears of the Amer­i­can Hockey League have ex­tended their af­fil­i­a­tion agreement through the 2019-20 sea­son. The Bears are en­ter­ing their 12th sea­son as Wash­ing­ton’s AHL af­fil­i­ate un­der the cur­rent agreement. The Cap­i­tals and Bears are the eighth-long­est cur­rent NHL-AHL af­fil­i­a­tion. The teams also were af­fil­i­ated from 1977 to 1984. Her­shey had the AHL’s top at­ten­dance in 2015-16 for the10th con­sec­u­tive sea­son, draw­ing 9,790 per game. LAU­REL PARK: Af­ter in­clement weather forced all races to be run over the main track last week­end, rac­ing re­turns to the turf course with10 grass events set for to­day and Satur­day. To­day’s nin­er­ace pro­gram has three races on the Kelso Turf Course and two on the Fort Marcy Turf Course. Of Satur­day’s10 races, three will be con­tested over the Fort Marcy lay­out and two on the Kelso. —

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