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Three men arrested for allegedly attacking NASCAR veteran Mike Wallace

Los Angeles Times

Longtime NASCAR driver Mike Wallace and his adult daughter were assaulted at a Rascal Flatts concert in North Carolina on Friday, Charlotte police have confirmed to USA Today. Wallace said his injuries included three front teeth being knocked a few inches into his mouth, a black eye and a cut on his lip that required 10 stitches. "They just knocked me out," Wallace told Charlotte's WBTV in a phone interview on Sunday. "When I come to, my daughter is laying on the ground, my son-in-law were on top of me trying to protect me. They were kicking me, beating on me."

Pat Summitt, basketball coach known for most wins in college history, dies at 64

Los Angeles Times

Pat Summitt, the farmgirl from Tennessee who overcame self-consciousness and an overbearing father to become one of the greatest basketball coaches of any gender or generation, has died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, according to the Associated Press. Summit spent 38 years as coach of the University of Tennessee women's basketball team before dementia forced her early retirement, at age 59, in 2012. She lost her first and last game as the Lady Vols' coach but, in between, won more basketball games, 1,098, than any collegiate coach in history. Summitt was a pioneer in a sport that, at the time she became head coach in 1974, lagged years behind the men's game. Her career roughly paralleled the rise of the landmark Title IX legislation that mandated a level field for women in collegiate sports.

Former Rams player sues after denial of NFL benefits for disability

Los Angeles Times

A former Rams offensive lineman has accused the NFL's Player Disability and Neurocognitive Benefit Plan of denying "total and permanent disability" benefits because he couldn't travel from his Florida home to out-of-state examinations. Filed earlier this week in U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach, Fla., the lawsuit said 46-year-old Darryl Ashmore suffers from a numerous physical and cognitive problems including early-onset dementia. "He's dealing with a lot of stuff," his Florida-based attorney, Edward Daboub, said Thursday. "The sad news is it's only going to get worse." After Ashmore applied for total disability -- which could pay an estimated 11,000 to 15,000 a month -- the plan scheduled three prerequisite medical examinations for October 2015.

Is youth soccer getting more dangerous? The injury rate has more than doubled since 1990.

Los Angeles Times

In the United States, youth soccer is not only more popular, but it's also getting more dangerous. Nearly 3 million American kids sustained soccer-related injuries serious enough to send them to a hospital emergency room between 1990 and 2014, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics. In part, that figure is large because the number of kids playing soccer increased nearly 90% during those 25 years, data from U.S. Youth Soccer show. For every 10,000 soccer players between the ages of 7 and 17, slightly more than 100 wound up in an ER in 1990. By 2014, about 225 out of every 10,000 players sought that level of medical attention, according to the study by researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.