NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is requiring all team medical personnel to attend a meeting on concussions next month. Ted Johnson isn’t invited but will attend, because Bill Belichick didn’t tell him to.

Ah, racial harmony on the hardwood

A study found referees are racially biased, with white officials calling fouls on black players at a greater rate than white players. The chapter in the study report that reveals how that pertains to offensive fouls is entitled “Driving While Black.”

Mound misery

Yankees rookie Phil Hughes had his no-hit bid foiled by a hamstring injury and will miss about a month, adding to a long list of injured New York starters. George Steinbrenner has ordered that the mound at Yankee Stadium be blown up and replaced with a pile of uniforms from Yankee right-fielders since Paul O’Neill left.

Going where they’re appreciated

Talladega Superspeedway has permanently banned 14 fans from buying tickets at the speedway following their arrests Sunday for throwing objects on the track after Jeff Gordon’s victory in the Aaron’s 499. The fans did earn lifetime free passes to any rightfield bleacher seat in Boston, New York or Philadelphia.


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