Around the Nation (March 18): NFL to pay $42M for using retired players images

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FOOTBALL

NFL to pay $42M for use of retired players images

MINNEAPOLIS -- The NFL has agreed to pay $42 million as part of a settlement with a group of retired players who challenged the league over using their names and images without their permission.

Terms of the settlement were announced on Monday. The league will use the money to fund a trust over the next eight years that will benefit retired players. The settlement also establishes a new licensing agency for retired players to ensure they are compensated for the use of their identities in promotional materials.

NFL will not change postseason in 2013

PHOENIX -- The NFL will not be adding teams to the playoffs this season, but still is discussing an expanded postseason.

Commissioner Roger Goodell says Monday that the league's competition committee has looked into adding teams to the playoffs, and the topic will be discussed at this week's owners meetings. But "it clearly won't happen this year," Goodell says.

Twelve of the 32 teams make the playoffs, including all eight division winners. Adding more qualifiers could mean eliminating byes in the opening round if the NFL went to as many as 16 playoff teams. It could add two teams and keep a system of byes.

Titans release veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans have released veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, a move buying the team some more cap space after they couldn't work out an agreement trimming his $5.5 million salary for 2013.

Hasselbeck, 37, spent the past two seasons with Tennessee, leading the Titans to a 9-7 record and just missing the playoffs on a tiebreaker in 2011. He threw for 3,571 yards, the fourth-best passing season in the team's history and the third highest of Hasselbeck's career.

BASKETBALL

Parker, Reimer named McD's Players of Year

CHICAGO -- Four-time Illinois state champion Jabari Parker and Indiana standout Taya Reimer have been picked as the national prep basketball Players of the Year.

The award, named for legendary Maryland high school coach Morgan Wooten, is awarded annually to the top male and female McDonald's All-American players. It was announced Monday.

Parker, a 6-foot-8 star from Chicago Simeon, has verbally committed to attend Duke next year.

Reimer, an all-state forward from Hamilton (Ind.) Southeastern, played on a gold medal U.S. Under-17 World Championship team. She is expected to play for Notre Dame.

Majerle named head coach at Grand Canyon

PHOENIX -- Former Phoenix Suns star Dan Majerle has been named head coach at Grand Canyon University as the Phoenix school begins a four-year transition to NCAA Division I.

Majerle was introduced as coach at a news conference on Monday, saying he is thrilled with the opportunity to coach his hometown university.

Majerle played 14 seasons in the NBA, eight with the Suns. He is a member of the team's Ring of Honor. Majerle was in his fifth season as an assistant coach of the Suns when he left the organization earlier this year after he was passed over for the interim coach position after Alvin Gentry was fired.

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