Her­nan­dez brain had sub­stan­tial dam­age

Los Angeles Times - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL -

For­mer New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots player Aaron Her­nan­dez suf­fered sub­stan­tial dam­age to parts of the brain that af­fect mem­ory, judg­ment and be­hav­ior from the most se­vere case of a de­gen­er­a­tive dis­ease linked to head blows ever found in some­one so young, a re­searcher said.

Dr. Ann McKee, direc­tor of Bos­ton Uni­ver­sity’s CTE Cen­ter, stressed she could not “con­nect the dots” be­tween the brain dis­ease chronic trau­matic en­cephalopa­thy and the be­hav­ior of the 27-year-old who hanged him­self in April while serv­ing life in prison for mur­der.

But McKee said CTE had sig­nif­i­cantly af­fected key parts of Her­nan­dez’s brain, in­clud­ing the hip­pocam­pus — which is as­so­ci­ated with mem­ory — and the frontal lobe, which is in­volved in im­pulse con­trol, judg­ment and be­hav­ior.

A video re­view of 459 re­ported con­cus­sions sus­tained dur­ing the last two NFL sea­sons has found far more oc­curred on pass­ing plays than any other plays.

Yet quar­ter­backs ranked at the bot­tom of the list, ahead of only kick­ers, hav­ing suf­fered 5% of those con­cus­sions.

Corner­back and wide re­ceiver,led the list of fre­quency at 22% and 15%, re­spec­tively.

The re­view was over­seen by Dr. Jeff Cran­dall, chair­man of the NFL’s En­gi­neer­ing Com­mit­tee and direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Ap­plied Biome­chan­ics at the Uni­ver­sity of Vir­ginia.

Pat­ton Kizzire ran off six straight birdies in the mid­dle of his round for a ca­reer-low nine-un­der 62 and a twoshot lead in the OHL Clas­sic at Mayakoba in Playa Del Car­men, Mex­ico.

Ash­leigh Buhai shot a four-un­der 68 to take a one-stroke lead af­ter the sec­ond round of the Blue Bay LPGA tour­na­ment in Hainan, China.

Po­lice say they be­lieve they have found the gun used to kill for­mer NBA player Loren­zen Wright, whose body was found in a swampy field in Ten­nessee seven years ago.

Mil­wau­kee Bucks coach Ja­son Kidd was fined $15,000 by the NBA for pub­lic crit­i­cism of the of­fi­ci­at­ing in a loss at Cleve­land.

Yuzuru Hanyu has pulled out of the NHK Tro­phy in Osaka, Ja­pan, af­ter in­jur­ing his an­kle in prac­tice, a set­back that could have a se­ri­ous im­pact on his prepa­ra­tions for an Olympic fig­ure skat­ing ti­tle de­fense. Hanyu with­drew a day af­ter fall­ing while at­tempt­ing a quadru­ple lutz in prac­tice.

The U.S. women’s na­tional team played Canada to a 1-1 tie in front of a sell­out crowd of 28,017 in Van­cou­ver, Canada. Alex Mor­gan scored for the U.S.

Joe For­tu­nato, a line­backer who helped the Chicago Bears win the 1963 NFL ti­tle, has died at 87.

In 12 sea­sons with the Bears, For­tu­nato was All-Pro three times.

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