NFL season starts in Philly...Court revives drug lawsuit against NFL...Source: Haslem to get 16th season with Heat
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL season begins tonight in Philadelphia, where the Eagles will hoist their Super Bowl banner before taking on the Atlanta Falcons. The backup quarterback who led the Eagles to victory in the Super Bowl, Nick Foles, will be under center again. Carson Wentz still hasn’t been medically cleared to play following surgery last December to repair two torn knee ligaments.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has revived a lawsuit against the NFL by former players who claim the league illegally plied them with powerful prescription painkillers to keep them on the field. The players say the NFL didn’t warn them about the long-term consequences of the drugs, which they say have left them with chronic health problems. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the lawsuit is not pre-empted or superseded by labor agreements between players and teams.
MIAMI (AP) — A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Udonis Haslem and the Miami Heat have agreed on a one-year, $2.4 million contract that will keep him with his hometown team for a 16th season. Haslem is one of the team’s captains, and he and Dwyane Wade are the only two players to appear on all three of Miami’s NBA champion teams.
NEW YORK (AP) — Arthur Ashe Stadium’s retractable roof will be shut for both U.S. Open women’s semifinals tonight because the forecast calls for severe thunderstorms with strong winds. The U.S. Tennis Association made the decision to close the arena about five hours before Serena Williams is to face Anastasija Sevastova in the first semifinal. Madison Keys plays Naomi Osaka in the second.
CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — Another Michigan judge has rejected Larry Nassar’s request for a new sentence in one of his three criminal cases. Eaton County Judge Janice Cunningham found no grounds to give the convicted sports doctor a new hearing. He was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison for sexually molesting girls at a Lansing-area gymnastics club, one of three decades-long sentences that will likely keep him locked up for life.