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The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports. Critics have accused the NCAA of giving too much discretion to individual schools about when athletes can go back into games, putting them at risk. Those who've played at any time over the last half-century or more at one of the more than 1,000 NCAA member schools qualify for the medical exams. Tuesday's filing serves as notice to the federal judge overseeing the case the parties struck a deal after nearly a year of negotiations, which Joseph Siprut, the lead plaintiffs' attorney who spearheaded talks with the NCAA, said were sometimes tough.