Proposed $40 million settlement set for college football, basketball players

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n COLLEGE

Athletes may share $40 million settlement from EA

A $40 million settlement has been completed that will pay college football and basketball players dating back to 2003 for the use of their likenesses in NCAA branded videogames.

The payouts could go to more than 100,000 athletes -- including some current players -- who were either on college rosters or had their images used in videogames made by Electronic Arts featuring college teams. Lawyers for the plaintiffs say it would be the first time college athletes will be paid for the commercial use of their images.

Payments could range from $48 for each year an athlete was on a roster to $951 for each year the image of an athlete was used in a videogame.

The settlement is with Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Co., which licenses and markets college sports, and does not include the NCAA. The case against the NCAA is scheduled for trial early next year.

n AUTO RACING

Busch earns second victory of weekend

DOVER, Del. -- Kyle Busch raced to his second victory of the weekend at Dover, taking the checkered flag Saturday in the Nationwide Series race to set himself up for a tripleheader sweep.

Busch followed his dominant win Friday night in the Truck Series with another stellar run in Nationwide. He led 124 of 200 laps for his 66th career victory in NASCAR's second-tier series. He has 134 wins spread over NASCAR's three major series.

Busch had a three-race sweep in 2010 at Bristol. He'll start second behind pole-winner Brad Keselowski on Sunday in the Sprint Cup race.

"We unloaded fast and I think we'll be OK tomorrow," Busch said.

Trevor Bayne was second, followed by Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth and Chase Elliott.

n TENNIS

Nadal's Paris streak reaches 31 matches

PARIS -- For the second time in his unparalleled French Open career, Rafael Nadal owns a 31-match winning streak at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.

Nadal, an eight-time champion at Roland Garros, equaled his longest run at Roland Garros with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 victory over 65th-ranked Leonardo Mayer of Argentina in the third round Saturday.

Roger Federer, who won his third-round match Friday, is the only other man to make it to the final 16 in Paris that many years in a row.

Earlier Saturday, No. 15 American Sloane Stephens moved into the fourth round for the third consecutive time.

n BASEBALL

YSU earns first NCAA tourney win

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Patrick O'Brien pitched into the seventh inning and Youngstown State earned its first NCAA Tournament victory, holding off Indiana State 5-2 on Saturday in a regional elimination game.

The Penguins (17-37) will play Sunday afternoon against Stanford, while Indiana State (35-18) was eliminated.

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