Around the Nation (June 9): NCAA reaches $20M settlement of video game claims

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NCAA reaches $20M settlement on video game lawsuit

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA has announced a $20 million settlement with former players over college-themed basketball and football video games produced by Electronic Arts.

The NCAA said Monday that the agreement will provide money to plaintiffs headed by former Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller. The case was scheduled for trial in March 2015.

The settlement will award $20 million to certain Division I men's basketball and Bowl Subdivision football players. Details were still be finalized.

The agreement was announced on the same day the NCAA heads to trial in federal court in California. Former UCLA star Ed O'Bannon and others filed a class-action lawsuit claims the NCAA over the use of their images in broadcasts and video games without compensation.

Huggins recovers from hip-replacement surgery

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia University has announced that men's head basketball coach Bob Huggins is recovering following surgery to replace his right hip.

In released issued by the athletic department, the university stated that Huggins underwent surgery Monday morning.

The Huggins family says the surgery went well and that the coach is "doing fine."

The 60-year-old Huggins, who played at West Virginia, began his coaching career at the school in 1977. He became the Mountaineers' head coach before the 2007-2008 season.

Obama celebrates UConn's winning basketball teams

WASHINGTON -- It was double the celebration at the White House for the University of Connecticut.

President Barack Obama welcomed the school's men's and women's basketball teams Monday for an event marking their NCAA championships. It's only the second time a school has won both titles in the same year.

The only other time that happened? 2004, when UConn also earned both titles.

Obama joked that while he's trying to cut duplicative programs, UConn might be carrying things too far.

The president said that while he picked the long-dominant women's team to win in his NCAA tournament bracket, he didn't pick the underdog men's team. But he joked that "neither did anybody else."

BASKETBALL

NBA fines Wade $5,000 for flopping

MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat became the latest recipient of a flopping fine from the NBA on Monday, ordered to give up $5,000 after the league found he over-exaggerated a foul charged to San Antonio's Manu Ginobili in Game 2 of the finals.

It was already the fifth flopping fine assessed by the NBA during this postseason. There were a total of six fines for flopping in the entire regular season.

Wade's flop came in the second quarter when he reacted excessively on a play where Ginobili was whistled for the foul. Ginobili appeared to take a swipe at the ball as Wade controlled it, and the Heat guard spun backward like he had been struck.

The foul was Ginobili's third of the half, sending him to the bench.

Reports: Derek Fisher set to coach Knicks

NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday morning, amid reports that Derek Fisher has agreed to become the team's new coach.

The Knicks did not confirm the reports, other than saying they were planning a "major announcement."

Several media outlets cited unnamed sources saying the longtime NBA guard agreed to terms with the Knicks on a deal that was still being finalized.

The 39-year-old Fisher just completed his 18th season, finishing his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played under Knicks President Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers, and helped that franchise win five NBA titles.

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