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Concussion lawsuits consolidated

A concussion-related lawsuit bringing together scores of cases was filed Thursday in federal court, accusing the NFL of hiding information that linked football-related head trauma to permanent brain injuries.

Lawyers for former players, including Jim McMahon and the family of Dave Duerson, who shot and killed himself last year, say more than 80 pending lawsuits are consolidated in the "master complaint" filed in Philadelphia.

Plaintiffs hope to hold the NFL responsible for the care of players suffering from dementia, Alzheimer's disease and other neurological conditions. Other former players are asymptomatic but worry about the future and want medical monitoring.

"I want this game to be around, to be a great sport, a sport that my own boys will be able to play," said former Eagles and Patriots running back Kevin Turner, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Turner mentioned two coaches of his who would never change their full-contact practices by choice: "Bill Parcells and offensive coordinator Jon Gruden were two very intense people who only knew how to practice one way.''

The suit accuses the NFL of "mythologizing" and glorifying violence through the media, including its NFL Films division.

The league said in a statement that player safety has long been a priority, and it denied misleading players.

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Ochocinco cut, says he enjoyed Pats time

The Patriots released wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, 34, who in his one season had 15 receptions for an 18.4-yard average and one touchdown but rarely was a key part of the offense. On Twitter, Ochocinco changed his job description to "UNEMPLOYED BLACK GUY" and tweeted that he "thoroughly enjoyed'' the opportunity with New England.

BOY'S PLAN TO KEEP RB: New 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs received a letter this week from a 6-year-old boy named Joseph that included $3.36 in cash from his piggy bank — the child's contribution to try to keep Jacobs with the Giants. The boy's mother, Julie Armento, wrote that she explained to her son that the Giants didn't have enough money to bring Jacobs back on a new contract. Jacobs plans to connect with the boy when the 49ers visit the Jets on Sept. 30.

Around the league: Jaguars will induct Fred Taylor into their ring of honor, the Pride of the Jaguars, at a Sept. 30 game. The former Gator running back joins Tony Boselli in the ring. Also, the Jaguars released defensive end Aaron Kampman, 32, a one-time elite pass rusher who missed 28 games the past three seasons for Jacksonville and Green Bay. … The Saints reportedly made a new contract offer to quarterback Drew Brees.

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Olympics: Defending champion Danell Leyva took the early lead at the U.S. men's gymnastics championships in St. Louis, sneaking past John Orozco in the final rotation with a polished parallel bars routine. Leyva, also the world champ in the event, scored 15.800 points to finish at 91.850. Orozco had 91.8. Scores from this weekend will be combined with the scores at the Olympic trials at the end of the month, with the top overall total locking up an Olympic spot. … Olympic swimmers Nick D'Arcy and Kenrick Monk have been directed by Swimming Australia to remove photos of themselves posing with guns from their social media sites. Both apologized. … Coleman Scott clinched a spot on the U.S. freestyle wrestling team, winning twice in a wrestle-off at 132 pounds.

Boxing: Mexico's Antonio Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs), who won three welterweight titles but became one of the sport's most reviled figures after being caught trying to fight Shane Mosley with loaded hand wraps, announced his retirement. "Although the passion and drive are still there, I have to accept that my time to walk away has arrived," said the 34-year-old, sometimes called "Marga­cheato" after he was engulfed in the hand-wrap scandal in 2009. … Freddie Roach will work Manny Pacquiao's corner Saturday night against Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, then charter a private jet at a cost of $26,000 to fly to his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon in Canastota, N.Y.

Soccer: Villarreal coach Manuel Preciado died of a heart attack in Valencia, one day after joining the team. He was 54.

Track: Usain Bolt recovered from a poor start to win the 100 meters in 9.79 seconds in the Bislett Games at Oslo, beating Asafa Powell by 0.06 seconds.

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