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Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 10:40 p.m. CDT

COLLEGE HOOPS

Burgett to have heart procedure

Notre Dame forward Austin Burgett will undergo an outpatient heart procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat that flared up in Tuesday’s loss to Florida State.

Burgett will miss 7 to 10 days. He started Tuesday before exiting the game in the second half after feeling his heart rate spike.

Burgett originally said he could delay any procedure to correct the issue until after the season, but opted to take care of it now.

NFL

Seau’s family objects to settlement

The family of former San Diego Chargers star Junior Seau, who killed himself in 2012, raised objections on Friday to a $760 million proposal to settle a lawsuit brought by thousands of former professional football players charging that the NFL downplayed the risk of concussions.

Seau’s family said the deal, which a federal judge earlier this month rejected as not setting aside enough money for such a large group of people, fell short by not treating people with wrongful-death claims differently from those who had simply been injured.

Giants’ Diehl retires after 11 seasons

Offensive lineman David Diehl retired from the NFL after winning two Super Bowl titles over an 11-year career spent with the New York Giants.

Diehl, 33, entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft pick in 2003, and started every game over his first seven seasons. He missed 12 games over 11 years, including five in 2013 due to a knee injury.

Brent receives 180 days in jail

A Texas jury sentenced former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent on Friday to 180 days in jail and 10 years probation for killing his teammate while driving drunk in December 2012.

The same jury that convicted Brent, 25, earlier this week of intoxication manslaughter for the death of Jerry Brown Jr., could have sentenced him to as much as 20 years in jail.

After a night of drinking at a private club in December 2012, Brent, a former Illinois Fighting Illini football player, was driving his Mercedes at 110 mph when it slammed into a curb on a state highway, flipping the car, which caught on fire, and killing Brown, then 25.

OLYMPICS

Teammate defends Jones’ selection

The leading U.S. women’s bobsled driver has defended the decision that made Lolo Jones one of the three sled pushers on the 2014 Olympic bobsled team.

In a Friday post to her Facebook page, driver Elana Meyers did not mention any of the athletes by name, but said, “The three athletes that were chosen for the Olympic team were chosen because of the numbers they have put up this season.”

Sunday, the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation named Jones, Lauryn Williams and Aja Evans as the three sled pushers, or brakemen.

Two of the candidates overlooked, Katie Eberling and Emily Azevedo, both have questioned the decision. Azevedo suggested the inclusion of Jones owed more to her high profile than her ability.

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