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Heads, You Lose

June 29, 2009
June 29, 2009

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June 29, 2009

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
U.S. OPEN
  • Unruffled by rain delays, a soggy course, weird tee times and a half-dozen late challenges from big names and fellow no-names, soft-spoken Lucas Glover calmly won the U.S. Open

BASEBALL
SOCCER
  • Against first-round competition even stiffer than they'll see at next year's World Cup, the U.S. men showed their worst side, then their best, in South Africa

NASCAR
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Heads, You Lose

When the Competition Committee, composed of 10 NHL players and team executives, meets in Montreal this week, a key issue will be rules on hits to the head. G.M.'s have expressed "no appetite" for automatic penalties for head shots, saying that such rules would be difficult to enforce and might dilute the game's physicality, but the Players' Association wants change. According to the NHLPA, 84 of the 113 concussions suffered by players in 2006--07 and '07--08 came from unpenalized hits to the head. (A recent example occurred this postseason when the Capitals' Donald Brashear leveled the Rangers' Blair Betts, below, and wasn't sent to the box for the hit.) It's unlikely a rule will pass this week—seven votes are needed—but the union's pressure could be a first step in effecting needed change.

This is an article from the June 29, 2009 issue

PHOTOTOM SZCZERBOWSKI/US PRESSWIRE (BETTS)