AP-NC–North Carolina Sports Digest, NC


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NFL:

NFL CONCUSSION-INSURANCE LAWSUIT

UNDATED — A former Carolina Panthers player who received what the NFL deemed a career-ending concussion has sued Lloyd’s of London for denying a $1 million insurance policy. The lawsuit filed this week in North Carolina could become a test case for insurers dealing with the fallout from sports concussions and head trauma claims. By Maryclaire Dale. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

ALSO:

— FBN–PANTHERS STADIUM, from CHARLOTTE — The Carolina Panthers are making more improvements at Bank of America Stadium. SENT: 130 words.

NASCAR:

NASCAR-EARNHARDT OUT

INDIANAPOLIS — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss two more races with concussion-like symptoms and Jeff Gordon will come out of retirement to drive the No. 88 car for at least the next two weekends. Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday that NASCAR’s most popular driver will not compete at this weekend’s Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis and the next race, at Pocono, as he continues to recover from balance issues and nausea. By Sports Writer Michael Marot. SENT: 510 words, AP Photos NY177, NY172, NY178, NY173, NY176, NY174, NY175.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

FBC–DUKE-SIRK

DURHAM — Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk has already come back from one ruptured Achilles tendon. Now he’s doing it again — and faster than before. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. SENT: 710 words, AP Photo NY156.

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