- From staff and wire re­ports


Bosh, who missed the last two months of the last two sea­sons be­cause of health is­sues, in­clud­ing blood clots, said on Un­in­ter­rupted’s Open Run pod­cast that he planned to play this NBA sea­son, start­ing at train­ing camp next week in the Ba­hamas. “I’m ready to play. We’ve been talk­ing about it for a long time. We re­leased the state­ment back in May, say­ing as soon as I’m ready to play, as soon as pos­si­ble, we’ll play, and I’m ready,” Bosh said on the pod­cast. “I’ve done all my work. I’ve done what I need to do, work­ing with the doc­tors.” How­ever, it is not known if Heat doc­tors will clear Bosh to play. “I’ve made it clear from the jump if I’m ready to play I want to play,” Bosh said. “I’ll be there (at camp). Will I be cleared? I don’t know. That’s out of my hands. I will play bas­ket­ball in the NBA. I’m con­fi­dent.” Bosh also an­nounced he will pro­duce and di­rect and a series of short videos for Un­in­ter­rupted that will fo­cus on his train­ing, vis­its with med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als and his off-court pas­sions such as mu­sic, travel, film­mak­ing and cook­ing. “I just do it for the love of it,” Bosh said.

— Jeff Zill­gitt

NFL PLEDGES $100M MORE ON HEAD IN­JURY FRONT The NFL will spend an ad­di­tional $100 mil­lion to de­velop tech­nol­ogy and sup­port more med­i­cal re­search into the grow­ing prob­lem of head in­juries. Com­mis­sioner

Roger Good­ell an­nounced the “Play Smart. Play Safe” ini­tia­tive in an open let­ter Wed­nes­day. Un­der the ini­tia­tive, $60 mil­lion will be de­voted to­ward de­vel­op­ing tech­nol­ogy such as im­proved hel­mets and $40 mil­lion will be al­lot­ted for med­i­cal re­search.

NHL OVERHAULS CON­CUS­SION MON­I­TOR­ING The NHL is over­haul­ing its con­cus­sion mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem. Deputy com­mis­sioner Bill Daly says the league will have four con­cus­sion spotters watch­ing all games from a cen­tral­ized lo­ca­tion in Toronto or New York, as well as spotters at each game. Spotters will have the au­thor­ity to have play­ers re­moved from games. The NHL is in the midst of a con­cus­sion suit filed by for­mer play­ers al­leg­ing that it had the re­sources to bet­ter pre­vent head trauma, failed to prop­erly warn play­ers of such risks and pro­moted vi­o­lent play that led to their in­juries.


Mark Trumbo hit his ma­jor league-lead­ing 42nd home run,

Kevin Gaus­man out­pitched Rick Por­cello over eight in­nings and the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles pulled within a game of the Amer­i­can League East-lead­ing Bos­ton Red Sox with a 1-0 win Wed­nes­day. Bal­ti­more took two of three in the series and also pulled a game ahead of the slump­ing Toronto Blue Jays for the top AL wild card. The Blue Jays lost at home to the Tampa Bay Rays 8-1.

NASCAR STIFFENS PENAL­TIES FOR POST-RACE IN­FRAC­TIONS NASCAR an­nounced Wed­nes­day that an up­date to its rule­book that deals with post-race in­frac­tions — miss­ing lug nuts and the fail­ure to make it through the la- ser in­spec­tion plat­form — will be viewed as “en­cum­bered fin­ishes” be­gin­ning with the Chase for the Sprint Cup. If a win­ning car is ruled to have an en­cum­bered fin­ish, the ben­e­fits for a vic­tory — au­to­matic ad­vance­ment in the Chase or even the cham­pi­onship at Home­stead-Mi­ami Speed­way — would be can­celed out. The re­sult would still stand in the of­fi­cial run­down, but the win would not count. — Jeff Gluck

ACC TO MOVE NEU­TRAL-SITE CHAM­PI­ONSHIPS OUT OF N.C. The At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence said Wed­nes­day that it would move its neu­tral-site cham­pi­onships out of North Carolina for the 2016-17 sea­son in re­sponse to the state’s con­tro­ver­sial HB2. The law pre­vents cities and coun­ties from pass­ing pro­tec­tions based on sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion and gen­der iden­tity. And public schools must re­quire bath­rooms or locker rooms be des­ig­nated for use only by peo­ple based on their bi­o­log­i­cal sex. The ACC fol­lows the lead of the NCAA, which an­nounced Mon­day that it would re­lo­cate its cham­pi­onships for 2016-17. “The ACC Coun­cil of Pres­i­dents made it clear that the core val­ues of this league are of the ut­most im­por­tance, and the op­po­si­tion to any form of dis­crim­i­na­tion is para­mount,” ACC Com­mis­sioner

John Swof­ford said in a state­ment. — Ed­die Ti­manus

TAR HEELS PLAYER RE­LEASED ON BOND IN AS­SAULT CASE A North Carolina foot­ball player turned him­self in on an ar­rest war­rant Wed­nes­day morn­ing on charges of sex­ual bat­tery and as­sault on a fe­male stu­dent in Fe­bru­ary. In a news re­lease, the Orange County, N.C., Sher­iff ’s Of­fice said Allen An­thony Ar­tis, 21, was re­leased by the mag­is­trate on a $5,000 un­se­cured bond. Ar­tis didn’t at­tend a brief court ap­pear­ance Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon on the mis­de­meanor charges, and his at­tor­ney, Sam Cole­man, left the court­room through a side door to avoid re­porters. The ar­rest war­rant stated Ar­tis had sex with the woman against her will when he “should have rea­son­ably known that the other per­son was men­tally in­ca­pac­i­tated and phys­i­cally help­less.” Ar­tis has one tackle in two games this sea­son.

NFL FINES MAR­SHALL, STE­WART FOR NEW­TON HITS Big dents to their bank ac­counts for hel­met-to-hel­met hits on

Cam New­ton aren’t de­ter­ring Den­ver Bron­cos de­fend­ers Bran

don Mar­shall and Dar­ian Ste­wart. “I’ll do it again,” Mar­shall de­clared shortly af­ter say­ing he’ll fight his $24,309 fine for launch­ing him­self at the quar­ter­back in the 21-20 win against the Carolina Pan­thers in the NFL opener last week. “I’m not go­ing to change the way I play the game,” as­serted Ste­wart, who was fined $18,231 for his high hit against the league’s reign­ing MVP. Mar­shall wasn’t flagged for his hit, which the NFL deemed an “im­per­mis­si­ble use of the hel­met (in­clud­ing il­le­gal launch­ing),” ac­cord­ing to its 2016 sched­ule of fines. Ste­wart was fined for rough­ing New­ton in the fi­nal minute, a penalty that was nul­li­fied on the field when New­ton was whis­tled for in­ten­tional ground­ing. Al­though Ste­wart’s hit left New­ton mo­tion­less on the ground, he wasn’t checked for a con­cus­sion un­til af­ter the game. Su­per Bowl MVP Von Miller and cor­ner­back Bradley Roby

didn’t find FedEx en­velopes in their lock­ers like Mar­shall and Ste­wart did Wed­nes­day as they avoided any fines for their own hel­met-to-hel­met hits on New­ton. The four hits on New­ton, three of which weren’t flagged, sparked a de­bate about league safety, the vi­a­bil­ity of op­tion quar­ter­backs in the NFL and the no­tion that Den­ver plays dirty. New­ton dis­missed news of the fines. “My job is to win foot­ball games, not lobby for my health,” New­ton said Wed­nes­day. Mar­shall and Ste­wart said they’d ap­peal their fines.


Ward and Brian Dawkins are among the 94 play­ers and coaches nom­i­nated for the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame’s class of 2017. Join­ing those first-time el­i­gi­ble nom­i­nees are Ja­son Tay­lor, Dono­van Mc­N­abb, Chad Johnson, Olin Kreutz, Joey Porter, Der­rick Mason and Bob San­ders. Al­ready cho­sen to be dis­cussed by the vot­ing panel the day be­fore the Su­per Bowl in Fe­bru­ary are se­nior fi­nal­ist Kenny Easley and contributo­r fi­nal­ists Jerry

Jones and Paul Tagli­abue.

 ?? MARK J. REBILAS, USA TO­DAY SPORTS ?? Heat for­ward Chris Bosh missed games in part be­cause of blood clots.
MARK J. REBILAS, USA TO­DAY SPORTS Heat for­ward Chris Bosh missed games in part be­cause of blood clots.
 ?? RON CHENOY, USA TO­DAY SPORTS ?? Bron­cos in­side line­backer Bran­don Mar­shall was fined by the NFL.
RON CHENOY, USA TO­DAY SPORTS Bron­cos in­side line­backer Bran­don Mar­shall was fined by the NFL.
 ?? JEREMY BRE­VARD, USA TO­DAY SPORTS ?? ACC Com­mis­sioner John Swof­ford an­nounced the tour­na­ments’ move.
JEREMY BRE­VARD, USA TO­DAY SPORTS ACC Com­mis­sioner John Swof­ford an­nounced the tour­na­ments’ move.

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