NFL prohibits certain helmets

Minneapolis, MN - 2/4/2018 - Patriots quarterback Tom Brady puts on his helmet during pre game warmups before Super Bowl LII. The New England Patriots play the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Feb. 4, 2018. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
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The helmet Tom Brady wore in the Super Bowl is among the 10 styles that have been prohibited by the league beginning next season.

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The NFL for the first time is prohibiting certain helmets from being worn by players. In notifying the 32 teams on Monday, the league has sought to have players stop using 10 helmet varieties. Some, particularly those manufactured by Rawlings, no longer are being made and don’t have support from the company. Others were found to be inferior to many of the 34 helmets the NFL and the players’ union examined. Previously, NFL players could choose any helmet as long as it passed certification standards. Six of the substandard helmets are prohibited immediately, while the other four may be worn by players who used them in 2017 but not by new players. The 10 helmets are Rawlings’ Impulse and Impulse+, Quantum and Tachyon; SG Varsity and SG 2.0; Schutt Vengeance Z10 (model 204100), Air XP (model 789002) and Air XP Pro (model 789102); and Riddell VSR-4 (model R41133). About 200 players, including the Patriots’ Tom Brady, used those helmets last season . . . The Broncos released running back C.J. Anderson, clearing a combined $9 million off the books over the next two seasons for Denver . . . Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will make $790,000 next season after signing as an exclusive rights free agent. Gordon played five games last season following an NFL suspension and a lengthy rehab stint . . . The Vikings re-signed linebacker Eric Kendricks.

Mitchell may sit out

Jazz star Donovan Mitchell has a left foot contusion, and his status is uncertain for Game 2 of Utah’s Western Conference playoff series against the Thunder on Tuesday. Mitchell was injured in the third quarter of Game 1 Sunday, and he played sporadically the rest of the game . . . Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr. is leaving for the NBA Draft after one season in college. Carter was part of a 1-2 punch in the low post with fellow freshman Marvin Bagley III, who also will enter the draft . . . Former Duke coach Vic Bubas, 91, who led the Blue Devils to three Final Fours in 10 seasons, died in Durham, N.C. Bubas went 213-67 at Duke from 1959-69 and won the first of his four ACC titles in his first season . . . Hal Greer, 81, a Hall of Fame guard and the Philadelphia 76ers’ career leading scorer, died on Saturday night in Arizona after a brief illness. Obituary, B7 . . . Former University of Tennessee star Daedra Charles-Furlow, 49, known as Daedra Charles during her playing career, died in Wayne County, Mich., on Saturday. She played on Tennessee’s 1989 and 1991 national title teams and also was on the US Olympic team that won the bronze medal in 1992.

Former WNBA star Tina Thompson, who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September, was named women’s basketball coach at the University of Virginia. Thompson, 43, is the WNBA’s career scoring leader, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and a four-time WNBA champion. She replaces Joanne Boyle, who resigned after seven season to attend to a family matter.


Surgery for Rays star


Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier has a torn ligament in his right thumb that requires surgery and he could be sidelined for 2-3 months. Kiermaier was injured sliding head-first into second base on Sunday during a 10-4 loss to the Phillies. This will be the third straight season the two-time Gold Glove winner will miss significant time because of injury . . . Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison will be out six weeks with a broken bone in his left hand. Harrison fractured his pinkie finger Sunday when he was hit with a pitch by Miami’s Jose Urena.

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Jacoby Ellsbury’s latest ailment is plantar fasciitis, preventing the Yankees outfielder from fully resuming baseball activities. Ellsbury, 34, has been on the disabled list since the start of the season. He did not play in any exhibition games from March 1-24 because of an oblique injury. Ellsbury had also injured a hip during his rehabilitation, and received a cortisone injection on April 10 . . . Yankees third baseman Brandon Drury says he has batted in big league games with blurred vision caused by migraines. Drury has not played since April 6 and has been undergoing tests for the cause of the migraines. He said he has been put on an anti-inflammatory medication and the issues have not yet subsided.


Busch takes Bristol

Kyle Busch stood on the hood of his No. 18 Toyota shaking his fists as the snow began falling around him. It was that kind of a long weekend at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Busch won the rain-delayed NASCAR race on the half-mile track on a raw Monday for his second straight Cup Series victory. He also won last weekend at Texas. Busch passed Kyle Larson with five laps remaining following a restart with 22 laps left. Larson finished second, while Jimmie Johnson was third. . . . Figure skater Patrick Chan, who won his long-awaited Olympic gold as part of the team event at the PyeongChang Olympics, is retiring after more than a decade on the world stage. Chan, 27, steps away from professional competition as the most decorated figure skater in Canadian history. Along with team gold in February he won a pair of silver medals at the Sochi Games, captured three world titles, and was the national champion a record 10 times.

A FIFA task force arrived in Morocco to inspect a World Cup bid that obscures one potential impediment to hosting the 2026 soccer showpiece: Homosexuality is a criminal offense in the north African country. An Associated Press review of 483 pages of documents submitted to FIFA found Morocco failed to declare its anti-LGBT law as a risk factor and provide a remedy, appearing to flout stringent new bidding requirements. ‘‘Morocco’s human rights report presented to the FIFA is an intentional silence on an issue that Morocco knows too well is a crime on its soil,’’ Ahmed El Haij, president of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights, told the AP. ‘‘It is evident that if Morocco was to host the World Cup, LGBT people coming to watch the games will face a lot of discrimination. The state will not be able to protect them nor will it be able to commit in preventing measures that could be taken against them by both the state and society.’’ Under Article 489 of the Moroccan penal code, sexual acts between people of the same sex are punishable by six months to three years in prison.