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Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:00 am

IOWA CITY — One of 13 Iowa football players hospitalized after a high-intensity workout in 2011 claims the university’s negligence caused him physical and mental harm.

Former Hawkeye William Lowe filed a lawsuit Monday against the university. It says the team’s coaches and trainers failed to properly supervise and monitor him during the workout and failed to offer prompt medical care after he and others reported severe pain.

The lawsuit says the team was negligent in “developing and implementing a dangerous improper training program.”

Lowe and 12 others were diagnosed with exertional rhabdomyolysis in the days after a Jan. 20, 2011 offseason workout at the start of winter training. Lowe spent several days in the hospital after being diagnosed with acute renal failure.

He’s seeking unspecified monetary damages for pain and suffering.

Ross says Miami needs ’world-class’ stadium

MIAMI — Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says the team’s stadium must be upgraded if South Florida is to host another Super Bowl, spurring his decision to pay for up to $400 million in renovations himself.

In exchange, Ross wants an exemption from up to $4 million in annual property taxes, with Miami-Dade County assuming ownership of the stadium.

Basketball

McCaffery’s son diagnosed with tumor

IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says his 13-year-old son has a thyroid tumor.

McCaffery said he learned of his son Patrick’s condition last week. A biopsy was performed on Monday and surgery has been scheduled for next week at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics — one day before Patrick’s 14th birthday.

The tumor has not been diagnosed as cancerous, and McCaffery said a further course of action will be determined once the mass is removed. McCaffery and his wife, Margaret, have three sons and a daughter.

Baseball

Cardinals to take replay ruling to New York

JUPITER, Fla. — The St. Louis Cardinals are going to replay school.

Manager Mike Matheny believes a contested play late in the Cardinals’ 9-8 loss to the Mets would have been overturned had the new review process used the same video feed the team saw so he’s planning on discussing the call with officials in the commissioner’s office.

Matheny said he wants to get an idea of how the system will work under the established guidelines.

Umpires in Jupiter needed about two minutes to uphold a call on a play at third base.

Courts

Pistorius friend identified in gunplay testifies

PRETORIA, South Africa — The friend of Oscar Pistorius who was identified by witnesses as being with the athlete on two occasions when a gun was shot in public is testifying at Pistorius’ murder trial on Tuesday.

Darren Fresco was asked by Pistorius to take the blame, a previous witness testified, when a gun the Olympic runner was handling fired under a table in a restaurant in early 2013, about a month before Pistorius shot dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Fresco was also present, another witness said, when Pistorius shot his gun out the sunroof of a car after an altercation with traffic police in 2012. Pistorius is on trial charged with murder for the shooting death of Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.

Iditarod

Seavey wins his second Iditarod dog race

NOME, Alaska — Dallas Seavey ran a blistering pace and took the lead just hours before the finish to win this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Seavey was the first musher under the famed burled arch in Nome. Minutes later, second place finisher Aliy Zirkle finished amid cheers.

He had to come from a three-hour deficient to overcome mushers Jeff King and Zirkle in the last 77 miles. He was third into the second-to-last checkpoint in White Mountain, where mushers are required to take an eight-hour rest. The 27-year-old Seavey also won the race in 2012. Zirkle also finished second in 2012 and 2013.

Wrestling

Wrestler who lost hugs opponent’s sick dad

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota high school wrestler in the Class 3A state tournament did something the crowd didn’t expect when he lost his title match earlier this month.

Instead of getting upset, Malik Stewart went over to his opponent’s dad — who is dying of cancer — and gave him a hug. Stewart tells KARE-TV that he told Mitchell McKee’s father to stay strong.

Stewart lost his own father when he was 7, and he says the hug was an act straight from the heart.

Stewart is a sophomore at Blaine; McKee is a sophomore at St. Michael Albertville. They met in the 120 pound title match March 1.

Hockey

NHL GMs mull rule changes at meeting

BOCA RATON, Fla. — NHL general managers have met for a second day and may be getting closer to making recommendations on rule changes.

By the time the meetings close today there could be a number of proposals sent to the competition committee for consideration.

Two key items might concern rules regarding overtime and the face-off.

Auto racing

NASCAR to allow cooldown units on pit road

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Associated Press has learned that NASCAR is making changes to qualifying after drivers expressed safety concerns.

During a conference call Tuesday with crew chiefs, NASCAR banned drivers from making cool-down laps following their qualifying attempt. Teams will instead be allowed to hook up cooling units to their engines through hood flaps.

NASCAR this season moved to a new knockout qualifying format widely praised as more entertaining. Drivers say the new rules prohibit cooling the engines on pit road, forcing them to circle the track at slow speeds at the same time other drivers are speeding past during their qualifying attempt. Brian Vickers called it “the most dangerous thing” he’s ever done in racing.

Ware, Peppers released as NFL free agency opens

A couple of accomplished NFL pass rushers suddenly became available when DeMarcus Ware and Julius Peppers were released to create room under the salary cap in two of the biggest moves at Tuesday’s start of the free-agency signing period.

The Bears cut ties with Peppers, who has 118 1/2 sacks in 12 seasons, as part of a series of moves aimed at improving their defense, including a five-year contract with former Raiders end Lamarr Houston.

The Cowboys let Ware and his 117 sacks go.

“A decision like this, involving a man who is a cornerstone player in the history of your franchise, is extremely difficult,” Dallas owner Jerry Jones said. “We were also in very strong agreement that playing for the Dallas Cowboys would be one of the options we would both be exploring.”

With the cap rising $10 million to a record $133 million, a crop of players quickly found new homes as soon as the market officially opened Tuesday afternoon — and safeties and offensive linemen were popular commodities.

About 5 1/2 hours after free agency began, one of the top players available, three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd, agreed to terms with the Saints, part of a merry-go-round of moves at his position. Other safeties swapping clubs: Michael Jenkins, from Saints to Eagles; Donte Whitner from 49ers to Browns; Antoine Bethea from Colts to 49ers; T.J. Ward from Browns to Broncos; Mike Mitchell from Panthers to Steelers; Ryan Mundy from Giants to Bears.

In addition to jettisoning Peppers and adding Houston and Mundy, Chicago agreed to one-year deals with linebackers Jordan Senn and D.J. Williams.

Deals for offensive linemen were highlighted by Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert’s five-year contract with the Dolphins. Albert left Kansas City to take over the position played at the start of last season by Jonathan Martin, whose exit from Miami in October led to an NFL inquiry into bullying on the team.

Late Tuesday, Martin was traded by the Dolphins to the 49ers.

Left tackle Jared Veldheer and the Cardinals agreed to a five-year contract worth up to $35 million. Veldheer left the Raiders, who replaced him by giving former Rams lineman Rodger Saffold a five-year deal. Another left tackle, Eugene Monroe, agreed to a five-year contract to stay with the Ravens.

Guards switching teams: Zane Beadles was joining the Jaguars from the Broncos, pending a physical; the Falcons agreed to terms with Jon Asamoah, who left the Chiefs; the Redskins struck a deal with Shawn Lauvao, who left the Browns. The Redskins also agreed to terms with Cardinals receiver Andre Roberts and special teams standout Adam Hayward and scheduled a visit with cornerback Corey Graham.

The Jaguars also were busy, including a trade that sent quarterback Blaine Gabbert to the 49ers for a sixth-round draft pick, an agreement with former Vikings running back Toby Gerhart, and re-signing cornerback Will Blackmon to a two-year deal.

Kick returner and receiver Dexter McCluster went to the Titans from the Chiefs; defensive end Arthur Jones joined the Colts from the Ravens; defensive end Tyson Jackson and defensive tackle Paul Soliai joined the Falcons; and defensive tackle Earl Mitchell left the Texans for the Dolphins.

Amid it all, the Ware and Peppers departures might have been the most significant developments.

The 31-year-old Ware, who went to seven Pro Bowls while in Dallas, was set to count $16 million against the salary cap. By releasing him now, the Cowboys, who were right up against the cap, saved more than $7 million. Ware had a career-low six sacks last season, his ninth in Dallas. He missed time with a thigh injury, then had offseason elbow surgery.

Others released included Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb (who failed a physical), Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud, Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley, 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers, Eagles safety Patrick Chung, and Bengals center Kyle Cook.

Among players staying put: RB Darren McFadden was given a $4 million, one-year contract by the Raiders; KR-WR Brandon Tate re-signed with the Bengals; PK Adam Vinatieri, the 41-year-old with four Super Bowl rings, agreed to a two-year contract with the Colts. Other PKs getting new contracts: Nick Folk (Jets), Phil Dawson (49ers), Dan Carpenter (Bills); CB Vontae Davis re-signed with the Colts; RB Joique Bell is now signed with the Lions for $9.3 million over three years, with $4.3 million guaranteed; LB Perry Riley and WR Santana Moss re-signed with the Redskins; DT Jonathan Babineaux got a three-year contract from the Falcons; TE Anthony McCoy got a one-year deal from the Super Bowl champion Seahawks after he missed all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon; WR Andre Caldwell got a two-year contract from the Broncos. BC-FBN—Packers-Free Agency,128

Restricted LB Lattimore gets offer from Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Packers have extended an offer to restricted free agent linebacker Jamari Lattimore, but did not make one to their other restricted free agent, safety M.D. Jennings.

Undrafted out of Middle Tennessee State in 2011, Lattimore played 15 games and started four last year with 31 tackles and two sacks. He filled in admirably for Brad Jones on Green Bay’s injury-ravaged defense and also served as a key contributor on special teams.

Green Bay would hold the right of first refusal should another team be interested in Lattimore.

Jennings started 26 games the last two years with one interception. The Packers could look elsewhere to boost the secondary, and coach Mike McCarthy has said the team needed more impact players across the defense.

Everson Griffen overly eager to pay back Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Everson Griffen didn’t want to entertain offers from other teams. His loyalty was with the Minnesota Vikings.

As NFL free agency formally began Tuesday, the Vikings finalized contracts with Griffen and quarterback Matt Cassel that they agreed to over the weekend.

On a conference call with reporters, Griffen was almost beside himself with excitement in talking about his future as a full-time defensive end under new head coach Mike Zimmer. Griffen said he “just knew this was the right place” for him. Entering his fifth year in the league, Griffen said he hasn’t “even touched the surface” of his production.

Playing behind Brian Robison and Jared Allen, Griffen had 5 1/2 sacks last season. Allen became a free agent, so Griffen will take his place in the starting lineup.

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