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Colt Brennan has brain injury

HONOLULU — Former Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan says he has been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, throwing his prospects of playing again on any level into doubt.

Brennan told the Honolulu Star Advertiser in a report published Friday that he was diagnosed with the injury after signing with the Los Angeles Kiss of the Arena Football League in October and going through physical exams. The new team named for the rock band Kiss starts its season next week.

“They did some tests and there were major concerns about me playing football,” Brennan told the newspaper. “I was medically not cleared to play.”

He was placed on the physically unable to perform list last week.

Brennan said the injury came from a 2010 car accident. He was a passenger in the two-car crash on the Big Island. He was hospitalized for eight days, after injuring his head, ribs and one of his collarbones.

Brennan said he plans to meet with a neurologist in Hawaii for a second opinion. The neurologist will review “these new tests just so I can know if football is really over,” he said.

Brennan said he wants to know why he was medically cleared to play for the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League in 2011 and Saskatchewan of the Canadian Football League in 2012.

Brennan, 30, played three years for Hawaii from 2005 through 2007, throwing for more than 5,500 yards and 58 touchdowns in 2006.

Female goalie Szabados signing with men’s team

EDMONTON, Alberta — Canadian women’s goalie Shannon Szabados has agreed to a contract with the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

The two-time Olympic champion will join the Georgia men’s team next week.

“When I got home from Sochi, I thought I’d be hanging my stuff up for the summer, but definitely excited to get over there,” Szabados told The Canadian Press.

Szabados was the first woman to play in the Western Hockey League and will become the first in the SPHL.

Martin apologizes for harsh language

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Suspended South Carolina coach Frank Martin apologized to fans for his harsh words aimed at Gamecocks point guard Duane Notice in the loss to No. 1 Florida this week.

“I can’t do anything other than apologize,” Martin said Friday in a press conference to address the suspension. “I’m sorry is a powerful two words and if you use it over and over again for the same reason it loses its meaning. I can’t force people to like me, but I’ve got to respect this university.”

Martin was suspended one game by athletic director Ray Tanner on Thursday. He already apologized to Notice and is not travelling with the team to its regular-season finale at Mississippi State on Saturday

By wire sources