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  • A new lawsuit filed against the National Hockey League by two former players alleges that three in 10 retired players have, or will have, brain damage from head injuries or concussions. Thomas Chabot Senators Jersey . The startling allegation is being made in a statement of claim filed by Sasha Pokulok, who was selected by the Washington Capitals with the 14th overall pick in the 2005 NHL draft and Simon Danis-Pepin, a 2006 second-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks. In the lawsuit, lawyers for the players say the National Football League filed an actuarial study on Sept. 12 that demonstrated that 3 of 10 retired NFL players have or will have brain damage from head injuries or concussions. "Since studies have shown that hockey players and football players receive concussions at a similar rate, it is likely that former NHL players have, or will have, brain damage at similar rates as retired NFL players," the lawsuit says. The lawsuit did not specify the studies in question. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly declined to comment. Pokulok and Danis-Pepins claims have not been proven in court. For years, the NFL denied that its players had a high rate of severe brain damage. But earlier this week, the league admitted in court papers that nearly one-third of its retired players develop long-term brain problems and that those problems surface at appreciably younger ages than the general population. In the NFLs case, both the league and lawyers for the former players expect that only a few dozen former players would receive payments of as much as $5 million if they are diagnosed with Parkinsons disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease which at this point can be identified only during an autopsy. But some 28 per cent of players, or 5,900 former players, would develop injuries for which they would merit compensation. "Former NHL players are uniting to send one resounding message," Pokulok and Danis-Pepins lawsuit says. "They signed up to play hockey knowing that they might get injured and dinged, but they did not sign up for brain damage." The lawsuit says Pokulok played under an NHL contract for three years and suffered multiple head traumas during his career, including in training camps, NHL rookie games, and prospect and main camps. It adds that he was never warned by the NHL of the negative health effects of head trauma. The players are seeking more than $5 million, although the specific amount was not listed. The claim is the latest of at least six filed against the NHL by former players over concussion-related health problems. The cases will be heard collectively in Minnesota. Pokulok, a defenceman, played college hockey at Cornell before he was drafted and never played a game in the NHL, splitting time between 2006 and 2010 with the American and East Coast Hockey Leagues. 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That changed Saturday when Rio organizers confirmed that a state prosecutor could halt work on the course unless the developer shows it is following environmental regulations and other requirements under Brazilian law. Rio 2016 spokesman Mario Andrada confirmed the inquiry on Saturday and said developers had been asked to provide documentation that would allow the work to continue. "The state prosecutor is asking for the papers to show the work is proceeding according to the law," Andrada told The Associated Press. "We believe all the rules are being followed." Any delay would be another blow to Rios troubled Olympics. The International Olympic Committee has dispatched a special troubleshooter to accelerate Rios work, and recently IOC vice-president John Coates called Rios preparations were the "worst" in memory. Construction on the privately developed course, located about 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of Rios famous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, had been delayed by an on-going legal dispute over land ownership, protests by environmentalists centred on the loss of a wetland area, and teething problems for a sport new to Brazil. Plans call for the course to be public after the Olympics, although its being built in a luxury apartment development where units are selling for a minimum of $2.5 million with many priced much, much higher. In a recent interview with AP, American golf architect Gil Hanse said the course should be fully grassed by November, and could be playable midway through 2015. He said it would not be "tournament ready" until a few months before the games begin on Aug. 5, 2016. "I think we are as organized as we have ever been," he said. "Going forward we have to make sure we dont all of a sudden start to rush the finish work. Because ultimately the details of the finished surface are what players are going to see. You need to lavish lots of time and attention on the details of the finished surfaces." Hanse said a test event is likely before the Olympics, although Peter Dawson, head of the International Gollf Federation, suggested it might be difficult. Cody Ceci Senators Jersey Authentic. The course itself could be dwarfed by whats going up around it in Barra da Tijuca, the site for the Olympic Park and many games venues. Developers plan to build 160 luxury apartments in four 20-story towers overlooking the course. A key player in the project is Italy-born Pasquale Mauro, one of the largest landowners in the Barra area. The opulent marble and glass units — most from 266 square meters (2,850 square feet) to 648 square meters (6,975 square feet) — are selling for between $2.5 and $7 million with completion set for a year after the Olympics end. One building features a 1,308 square-meter (14,100 square feet) penthouse serviced by six elevators, two bedrooms for maids, and one master bedroom for the "governess." The development will have an Italian flavour — called Riserva Golf-Vista Mare Residenziale — and is billed in sales literature as "Rio de Janeiros most exclusive address." Among the amenities are squash and tennis courts, swimming pools in every building, a 50-meter outdoor pool, a golf simulator, ferry service across the lagoon to the sea, a dance studio, gym and a multi-purpose court for basketball or three-man soccer. "Besides the workout academy, there are five massage rooms and a martial arts room to help quell day-to-day tension," the sales literature says. A spokeswoman for the Rio city government, which is supervising the private-sector project, said the course would be public for 10 years after the Olympics. Its not clear how the course will be run after that. 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