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In Wake of Damon Janes' Death, Teammates Cancel Season

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The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
September 27, 2013 Friday
SPORTS; Sports report; Pg. 2C
636 words
High schools; Football team cancels season after death of player;
From staff and wire reports

The teammates of a high-school football player in upstate New York who died after being injured in a game voted to end their season early.

Damon Janes was injured during the third quarter of Westfield-Brocton's game against Portville on Sept. 13. He was able to get on his feet but lost consciousness on the sideline. He died three days later, and an exact cause of death has not been released.

Concern about hard hits has brought renewed attention to concussion management and a national initiative to teach the "Heads Up" tackling technique. A recent study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found an average of 12 high-school and college players die annually.

Damon's was at least the fifth high-school football death this season. But his team was the only one to cancel the season because of it.

Golf

Presidents Cup matches at Muirfield Village sold out

Tickets for the four official rounds of the Presidents Cup matches next week at Muirfield Village Golf Club have sold out, tournament organizers announced. The sponsoring PGA Tour capped attendance for each round at 35,000.

The matches, between teams from the United States and an International side representing the rest of the world outside Europe, will be contested Thursday through Oct. 6.

Tickets for practice rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday remain available via Ticketmaster. They are $44 per day.

Colleges

USC asks NCAA to reduce its football penalties

Southern California athletic director Pat Haden has spoken with NCAA president Mark Emmert about the possibility of providing some relief from the sanctions that have been weighing down the program since 2010.

Haden said in a statement released by the university that his meeting with NCAA officials this week had been previously scheduled.

He said that in light of the NCAA's recent decision to lessen the scholarship reductions that Penn State was hit with last year after the Jerry Sandusky scandal, USC felt compelled to discuss its sanctions with the NCAA.

The NCAA sanctioned USC after it was found Reggie Bush received improper benefits. The program's scholarship limit was reduced from 85 to 75. Next season is the last that USC will have to play with the 75-player scholarship limit.

* Michigan State granted Alabama's request to drop two future meetings from the schedule. The Crimson Tide asked to cancel the football games scheduled for 2016 and 2017.

Alabama athletic director Bill Battle said the school made the request because of "the uncertainty of the conference football schedule in those years."

The Southeastern Conference hasn't ruled out a move to a nine-game league schedule because of the expansion to 14 teams.

* Kent State dismissed its claims against Bradley University for alleged contract interference involving former men's basketball coach Geno Ford, who left the Golden Flashes in 2011 to coach at the Illinois school. Kent State earlier won a $1.2 million judgment against Ford. The lawsuit claimed Ford didn't have permission to terminate his Kent State contract, which was scheduled to expire in 2015.

A Kent State spokeswoman said dismissing the claims against Bradley still allows the school to pursue litigation against Bradley if Ford doesn't fulfill the earlier judgment.

Ford is 25-42 in two seasons at Bradley.

NHL

Panthers sold to New York businessman for $250M

The Florida Panthers were sold to New York businessman Vincent Viola for $250 million.

Viola is the chairman and CEO of Virtu Financial and the former chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange. He's buying a franchise that has been to the playoffs only once since 2000 and finished with the fewest points in the NHL last season.

* San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He is expected back later this season.

Photo
(1) Photo courtesy of Janes family Damon Janes (2) John Bazemore / Associated Press It's crunch time // Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas is stopped by Georgia Tech's defense after a short gain. The Hokies defeated the Yellow Jackets 17-10 in Atlanta. (3) Joe Girardi, New York Yankees manager
September 27, 2013

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