Celebration gets out of hand...Hearing today on concussion lawsuits...Ump admits mistake


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky police used pepper spray and an armored car to calm disturbances that erupted at the tail end of celebrations following the Cardinals' NCAA championship win over Michigan. Police say things got out of hand as the celebration in Louisville was winding down early today and crowds refused to disperse. Scuffles broke out and some partiers threw bottles at police, hitting an officer in the head.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal court hearing today could determine whether the NFL faces lawsuits dating back years over concussion-related brain injuries. Thousands of former players are accusing league officials of concealing what they knew about the risk of playing after a concussion. The lawsuits allege the league glorified violence as the game became a $9 billion-a-year industry.

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — A former Robert Morris basktball player has told school officials former coach Mike Rice used a homophobic slur and threw a basketball at a player "once or twice" during his time at the university. Rice was fired last week by Rutgers after video of the coach verbally and physically abusing players became public. Rice coached at Robert Morris from 2007 to 2010.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Umpire Marty Foster admits he made a mistake last night when he called strike three against Tampa's Ben Zobrist, ending the game, giving Texas a 5-4 victory. After the game, Foster said if he had a chance to do it again, he wouldn't have called the pitch a strike. The Rangers' Joe Nathan also got his 300th career save with the victory.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — One of the rookies to make the field at the Masters this weekend is Thaworn Wiratchant (tah-WAHN' WIHR'-ih-chahnt). He is 46. He became good enough to turn pro at age 21, and it wasn't long before he started winning, first in Thailand and then on the Asian Tour. It all was worth it when Thaworn received a phone call in January inviting him to play in the Masters. Thaworn says playing at Augusta is a dream and he thought he would never get a chance.

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