Around the Nation (July 29): More tickets to be made available for LeBron's homecoming at University of Akron

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BASKETBALL
More tickets made available for LeBron’s homecoming show

AKRON — LeBron James’ Ohio hometown says more tickets are being offered for the homecoming event expected to be his first public appearance in the state since announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The first round of free tickets for the Aug. 8 show at InfoCision Stadium in Akron was released Monday, and fans claimed them within hours. The city says more tickets will be made available Wednesday evening in response to the overwhelming demand.

Organizers aren’t divulging how many tickets are being offered Wednesday or in total. The stadium holds more than 27,000 people. It’s unclear how much space will be used for the event, which is described as a show rather than a rally or party.

James is returning to Cleveland four years after leaving for the Miami Heat.

NCAA
NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

CHICAGO — The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports’ governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn’t go nearly far enough.

The deal, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, calls for the NCAA to toughen return-to-play rules for players who receive head blows and create a $70 million fund to pay for thousands of current and former athletes to undergo testing to determine whether they suffered brain trauma while playing football and other contact sports.

A lead attorney for the plaintiffs who spearheaded nearly a year of talks culminating in the agreement said the provisions would ultimately improve players’ safety and leave open the possibility of damage payments later.

The settlement is primarily directed at men and women who participated in basketball, football, ice hockey, soccer, wrestling, field hockey and lacrosse.

There is no cutoff date for when athletes must have played a designated sport at one of the more than 1,000 NCAA member schools to qualify for the medical exams. That means all athletes currently playing and those who participated decades ago could undergo the tests and potentially follow up with damage claims.

The NCAA, which admits no wrongdoing in the settlement and has denied understating the dangers of concussions, hailed the deal.

FOOTBALL
Broncos’ Harris passes  physical, will return to practice

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The last of the Denver Broncos’ defensive starters who missed the Super Bowl has been cleared to return to practice.

Cornerback Chris Harris Jr., who tore his left ACL in the playoffs and underwent surgery after the season, passed his physical and was taken off the PUP list Tuesday.

Second-year pro Kayvon Webster has been getting the bulk of the first-team snaps during the absence of Harris, who will ease back into the mix, doing individual and 7-on-7 drills at first.

Harris’ ligament wasn’t completely torn when he got hurt against San Diego and the Broncos are optimistic he’ll be able to return to the starting lineup by the season opener Sept. 7 against Indianapolis and resume his role as a leader on Denver’s defense.

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