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Paul Hornung, the Hall of Fame running back with the Packers and 1956 Heisman winner at Notre Dame, has sued the helmet-maker Riddell for failing to warn him and other players that the company's helmets did not prevent concussions. The lawsuit, which seeks damages of at least $50,000, is the latest legal challenge against Riddell, the biggest sports helmet manufacturer in the country. Riddell is a co-plaintiff with the NFL in a class-action suit filed by thousands of former players who accused the company and the league of hiding the dangers of concussions from them. Attorneys for the 80-year-old Hornung filed the civil lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago, naming the Rosemont-based company as the defendant. Hornung suffered multiple concussions with the Packers and has been diagnosed with dementia, the lawsuit says. It said that the neurodegenerative disease has been linked to repetitive head trauma.

RIVALRY RETURNS: Notre Dame and Michigan, the two winningest college programs, are resuming their rivalry. The Irish will host the Wolverines on Sept. 1, 2018, and the series will shift to Michigan Stadium on Oct. 26, 2019. Notre Dame opted out of its series with Michigan in 2012.

GEORGIA: Tailback Sony Michel, the team's rushing leader last season, had surgery this week for a broken left forearm, and it's unclear if he'll be ready for the Sept. 3 opener against North Carolina, coach Kirby Smart said.

PROBATION: Georgia Southern was put on two years' probation and the team will lose two scholarships next season after the NCAA ruled three players received improper academic assistance.


CYCLING: British sprinter Mark Cavendish won the sixth stage of the Tour de France in a mass finish at Montauban, France. He beat German Marcel Kittel by half a wheel. Greg van Avermaet kept the yellow jersey going into today's first stage in the Pyrenees.

MMA: Jon Jones has denied using any performance-enhancing substances after a positive drug test knocked him out of the main event at Saturday's UFC 200. The UFC interim light-heavyweight champion broke into tears at a hastily arranged news conference, a day after his rematch with Daniel Cormier was canceled.

COLLEGES: Florida gymnast Bridget Sloan and Arkansas track and field athlete Jarrion Lawson are the conference's female and male athletes of the year. Both are six-time NCAA champions.

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