April 20, 2016 |
A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the NFL's landmark class-action settlement aimed at compensating its former players for the long-term health effects of repeated concussions. The ruling by the Philadelphia-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit served as an endorsement of a deal worth potentially as much as $1 billion and fashioned to end one of the most protracted and publicly debated fights in the history of the football league. If no further appeals are filed, league retirees could begin receiving benefits within four months, lawyers for the plaintiffs said.
April 2, 2016 |
Quentin Tarantino isn't known for making genteel pictures. But even his die-hard fans were taken aback by the level of violence in The Hateful Eight , his eighth feature and second western, following 2011's explosive slavery epic, Django Unchained . Boasting a remarkable all-star ensemble cast - including Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, and Tim Roth - the new film was released this week on disc and digital download....
March 30, 2016 |
MIDWAY THROUGH the first period of the Flyers' 3-2 overtime victory Monday night, Winnipeg's 6-5, 260-pound defenseman, Dustin Byfuglien, pounded Brayden Schenn into the corner boards. Schenn crumpled to the ice, wobbled to his feet, and skated slowly to his bench. Two periods later, desperately trying to regain a lead lost, Jake Voracek drove hard to the net and collided with Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba, whose leg violently snapped back the head of his goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who collapsed forward, holding his head.
March 20, 2016 |
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty was attacked by a panhandler Friday evening in Center City as he left a restaurant with his family, police and a source close to the family said. The attack, about 6 p.m. near 15th and Market Streets, was described by a police official and the source as random and unprovoked. Dougherty was treated for a possible concussion at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, police said. He was recovering at home by 10 p.m., according to the family source, who added, "He is fine.
March 11, 2016 |
Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania have been chosen to participate in what has been billed as the largest study of concussion and head trauma ever conducted. The $30 million research project, paid for by the NCAA and the Department of Defense, also involves 28 additional schools and health-care institutions, including Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. It was launched in 2014. The study eventually will track about 25,000 student athletes. Each volunteer will receive a comprehensive preseason medical evaluation.
January 24, 2016
FRESH OFF his turn as Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer Mike Webster in "Concussion," Philly-based actor David Morse gets a backwoods makeover in his new TV series, "Outsiders. " Premiering at 9 p.m. Tuesday on WGN America, the "Sons of Anarchy"-meets-"Justified" drama has him playing "Big Foster" Farrell, the combative would-be leader of an off-the-grid family fighting to stay atop the mountain they've occupied for 200 years. Morse talked with Ellen Gray about the joys of long hair, getting dirty and riding ATVs through the woods.
January 22, 2016 |
Well-publicized events involving professional athletes, along with a federal lawsuit and a Hollywood movie now in theaters, have spurred unprecedented interest in concussions - and set off a business boom. Companies around the country are developing headbands, mouth guards, helmet padding, and skullcaps to try to protect athletes' heads during impacts. Medical experts warn that no product can prevent concussions or the repeated subconcussive hits that may also cause lasting brain damage.
January 8, 2016
By Ramesh Raghupathi, Eugene Hong, and Thomas Trojian We continue to hear their names: former NFL linebacker Junior Seau, Steelers Hall of Fame center Mike Webster, Eagles safety Andre Waters, Hall of Fame quarterback and sports commentator Frank Gifford. Since their deaths, they have become high-profile examples of people diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative condition for which there is no cure and that can be diagnosed only by autopsy, after a person dies.
December 26, 2015
Directed by Peter Landesman. With Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Morse, Luke Wilson. Distributed by Sony Pictures. Running time: 2 hours, 3 mins. Parent's guide: PG-13. Playing at: Area theaters.
December 25, 2015 |
Midway through Concussion , the film's already grim focus gets a fiery exclamation point. As a wild-eyed Justin Strzelczyk, beset by demons in his head, speeds away from his Pennsylvania home carrying $2,700 and a fistful of crucifixes, the movie cuts to grainy footage of the ex-Steeler lineman's black SUV. Accompanied by the frantic buzz of police chatter, we see the eastbound car racing recklessly through the westbound lanes of the New...