Seau's brain will be donated to research

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Seau's brain will be donated to research

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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The family of former NFL star Junior Seau will donate his brain for research into repetitive head injuries. San Diego Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell said the family made the decision Thursday. "The Seau family really has, almost like Junior, a philanthropic approach, where they always desire to help others," Mitchell said in a phone interview Friday. "The purpose is not initially to discover anything about their son and what led to these tragic circumstances, but rather the betterment of other people and athletes down the road through anything that can be learned through the study." Mitchell said he didn't know where the brain was being sent. He said the family was not speculating as to whether concussions were a factor in Seau's suicide. Seau, a standout college and Chargers player, was found dead Wednesday at his Oceanside home. An autopsy concluded he shot himself in the chest. Some have speculated that brain injuries from football may have played a role in his death, but there's been no medical confirmation of such damage. Seau's ex-wife, Gina, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he sustained concussions during his 20-year NFL career, during which he also played for Miami and New England. Mitchell said he never heard Seau complain about dizziness or headaches. "With Junior, that would be so outside of his nature because he had an amazing threshold for pain," Mitchell said. Family members and friends have said they weren't aware of any issues that may have led to Seau's suicide. Police said no suicide note was found. "This is not anything I thought he would ever do," former San Diego Chargers safety Miles McPherson said. A few weeks ago, a smiling Seau was videotaped playing a ukulele and singing while attending the spring game at Southern California, where he starred before being drafted by the Chargers in 1990. Mitchell said that friends of Seau's who were at his charity golf tournament a month ago said his "spirits were great." Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy has analyzed the brains of dozens of former athletes, including that of former Chicago player Dave Duerson, who shot himself in the chest last year. While saying it was saddened by Seau's death, center officials would not say if they have reached out to the Seau family or would be interested in studying his brain. Duerson's family has filed a wrongful death suit against the NFL, claiming the league didn't do enough to prevent or treat concussions that severely damaged Duerson's brain before he died in in February 2011. Former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling, who had joined in a concussion-related lawsuit against the league -- one of dozens filed in the last year -- shot himself last month at age 62. His wife has said he suffered from depression and dementia after taking years of hits.

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Kevin Durant is progressing in rehab, could return for Warriors shortly

Kevin Durant is progressing in rehab, could return for Warriors shortly

Kevin Durant "has made very good progress" in his recovery from the knee sprain and bone bruise that he suffered against the Wizards on Feb. 28, and the Warriors say their star could see the court before their regular season concludes on April 12.

"At this point, he is being incorporated into non-contact basketball drills — shooting, running and jumping — and the plan is to intensify his level of movement over the next several days," Golden State announced in a press release. "A return to game action prior to the end of the regular season remains a possibility."

ESPN's Marc Stein tweeted Wednesday that it looks like Durant could suit up for the Warriors' last three contests of the year, all of which are at home and the first of which is on April 8. That is assuming he doesn't experience any setbacks.

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Steph Curry and Co. looked out of sorts immediately following Durant's injury, but have since steadied themselves. The ultra-skilled forward is averaging 25.3 points per game on 53-percent field goal shooting for the NBA's top team. 

The Wizards will face the Warriors one more time before the postseason begins. That matchup will happen this Sunday in Oakland.

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Pacers sign Lance Stephenson to multi-year deal, just in time for NBA playoffs

Pacers sign Lance Stephenson to multi-year deal, just in time for NBA playoffs

The Indiana Pacers are bringing back a familiar face just in time for the playoffs and just in time for him to agitate the heck out of their opponents.

That would be Lance Stephenson, who famously blew in LeBron James' ear during a playoff game back in 2014. Stephenson is returning to the team he entered the league with back in 2010-11, according to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Since, Stephenson has played for five different teams in three years: the Hornets, Clippers, Grizzlies, Pelicans and Timberwolves. Minnesota was his last stop where he played just six games. The Pacers are his third team this season alone.

The 26-year-old guard now rejoins a struggling Pacers team that currently sits seventh in the Eastern Conference with six losses in their last 10 games. They have had major problems on the road this season and that does not bode well for the postseason. The signing is worth noting for Wizards fans, given the Pacers could match up with them in the first round of the playoffs.

Amazingly, Stephenson earned a three-year deal from Indiana, according to a report by Adam Zagoria. So, it appears Stephenson is back home and there to stay.

Let's take another look at his epic troll job of LeBron back in 2014:

Still weird.

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