The Denver Post



DALLAS» The NCAA settled a lawsuit Friday with the family of a former University of Texas football player that accused the organizati­on of being responsibl­e for his brain injuries and death decades after his playing career.

The lawsuit in Dallas was settled after three days of trial. A court administra­tor confirmed the settlement but said no terms were released.

The widow of former Longhorns defensive lineman Greg Ploetz sought to hold the NCAA responsibl­e for his health problems long after his playing career. He played at Texas from 1968 to 1971. The Longhorns won the national title in 1969 and Ploetz was the Southwest Conference defensive player of the year in 1971. He did not play profession­ally but graduated in 1972, earned a master’s degree and became a teacher.

Ploetz died in 2015, and Boston University researcher­s concluded he had extensive brain damage known as chronic traumatic encephalop­athy.

“The NCAA has agreed to settle the claims brought by Mrs. Ploetz,” NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy said in a statement. “The settlement gives all parties the opportunit­y to resolve the case outside of a lengthy trial. The NCAA does not admit liability as part of the settlement.”

Ploetz’s wife, Debra, had moved him from Dallas to a care facility in Colorado in 2014 so Ploetz could legally be treated with marijuana oils.

Source: Kawhi Leonard wants a trade from Spurs.

Kawhi Leonard’s time with the San Antonio Spurs may soon be over. A person familiar with the situation says Leonard has told the Spurs that he would like to be traded this summer, the clearest sign yet that the relationsh­ip between the team and the All-Star is in disrepair. The person said Leonard has decided that he is “unhappy with the situation” in San Antonio. The person spoke with The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because neither the player nor the team commented publicly.

Fahnhorst, 49er tackle who won 2 titles, dies at 66.


Former star San Francisco 49ers tackle Keith Fahnhorst has died at 66. The team is not giving a cause of death. Fahnhorst won two Super Bowls in his 14 seasons with the 49ers. He was an All-Pro in 1984. Fahnhorst retired because of a neck injury that caused him to miss nine games during his last season in 1987. He dealt with neurologic­al problems after his career.

Cowboys DL David Irving banned 4 games for 2nd straight year.

» Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving was suspended for four games Friday for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, the second straight year the pass rusher is facing a ban to start the season. The 24-year-old Irving’s fourgame suspension to start last season was for violating league policy on performanc­e enhancers.

So Yeon Ryu shoots 67, leads LPGA Classic.


MICH.» So Yeon Ryu birdied all five par-5 holes in a 5-under 67 to take the secondroun­d lead Friday in the Meijer LPGA Classic. The sixth-ranked South Korean star played her final nine holes — the front nine at Blythefiel­d Country Club — in 5-under 31 to top the leaderboar­d at 13-under 131. She rallied after making three bogeys in a five-hole stretch on her first nine.

Oscar Robertson to receive NBA’s Lifetime Achievemen­t Award.

Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, 79, will be honored with the NBA’s Lifetime Achievemen­t Award at the NBA Awards on June 25. Robertson, the career leader with 181 triple-doubles and the first player to average one a game for a season, was the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 1961, MVP in 1964 and won a championsh­ip with Milwaukee in 1971. The guard was a nine-time selection to the All-NBA first team and was voted one of the league’s 50 greatest players. — The Associated Press

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