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Former Raiders QB Ken Stabler had brain disease CTE USA TODAY Sports 3:11 p.m. EST February 3, 2016 Boston University determined Stabler had high Stage 3 of the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, on a scale of 1 to 4. 2016-02-03-ken-stabler-cte (Photo: Getty Images, Getty Images) Researchers have determined former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler had the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. After Stabler died on July 8 at age 69 from colon cancer, his brain was examined by researchers at Boston University, who determined Stabler had had high Stage 3 CTE, on a scale of 1 to 4. Boston University confirmed the diagnosis Wednesday after it was first reported in the New York Times. ""He died at a relatively young age and played quarterback," Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology at the V.A. Boston Healthcare System who conducted the examination, told USA TODAY Sports. "You'd expect his brain to be relatively spared, but it turns out he had very advanced CTE. It shows no position is immune." The disease, which can only be diagnosed after death, is linked to repeated brain trauma and associated with symptoms such as memory loss, depression and progressive dementia. CTE has been found in the brains of dozens of former football players. Stabler, who played for the Raiders, Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints during his 15-year career, is senior finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016. Drafted in the second round by Oakland out of Alabama in 1968, the left-handed Stabler was known for his accuracy, clutch performances  and off-field exploits. He compiled a .661 winning percentage over with the Raiders (1970-79), Oilers (1980-81) and Saints (1982-84). Nicknamed "Snake," Stabler was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1974. "Most research has shown the length of a football career directly correlates with the risk of developing CTE," McKee said. PHOTOS: Ken Stabler's career in photos LONDON  Benjamin Millepied, the choreographer and former New York City Ballet dancer who brought an aura of glamour and intense news media visibility to the 335-year-old Paris Opera Ballet as its director of dance, said on Thursday he was resigning after just over a year in the position. The French-born Mr. Millepied, who achieved fame beyond the ballet world when he met his wife, the actress Natalie Portman, while working on the film Black Swan, said in an interview that he wanted to return to Los Angeles, where the couple lived before moving to Paris in 2014. Mr. Millepied said he had decided to focus on his own choreography and on a small contemporary dance ensemble he founded four years ago, but his discontent with various aspects of his role in Paris has been well documented over the last few months. The former Paris Opera toile Aurlie Dupont, who retired last year, will become the new director when Mr. Millepied leaves on July 15. Continue reading the main story RELATED COVERAGE Dance Review: In Paris, Benjamin Millepied Rises to the OccasionMAY 12, 2014 Benjamin Millepied Takes Over at Paris Opera BalletOCT. 31, 2014 Paris Opera Shows Off Its BrillianceSEPT. 25, 2015 Review: The Paris Opera Ballet, Under New ManagementDEC. 4, 2015 In interviews with Le Figaro and in a documentary, Relve, broadcast on the French television channel Canal +, he spoke of his dislike for the rigid hierarchical system of grading and promotion at the Opera, his dissatisfaction with the training at the Paris Opera Ballet School  the near-exclusive source of dancers for the company  and the need for the company to be more racially diverse. Photo Mr. Millepied, left, with the composer Nico Muhly at a rehearsal for Two Hearts, which premiered at the New York City Ballet in 2012. Credit Andrea Mohin/The New York Times In a sideways blow to the notion, often stated as fact in the French news media, that the Paris Opera Ballet is the best company in the world, Mr. Millepied said in the documentary that he was not yet satisfied with the quality of its dancing in the classics. Im waiting to see real excellence, he said, adding, Its not the best classical troupe, but it might be the best contemporary company in the world. In taking on one of the most storied and tradition-bound troupes in the world, Mr. Millepied shook things up quickly. In an opening coup, he secured a major dance world figure, William Forsythe, as the companys associate choreographer, who has also been involved in a newly conceived Academy, a training program to develop choreographers, musicians, stage directors and singers. In an email message, Mr. Forsythe said that his contract is for one year, and that he would leave after Mr. Millepieds departure. Ballet companies change, established institutions tend not to, he wrote. Last September, Mr. Millepied initiated a digital platform for new work called 3e Scne or 3rd Stage, which currently has 22 films on show, and he has been behind an aggressive social media presence for the company. He has also brought an international interest and his fund-raising capacities to the Opera; the Ballets celebrity-filled opening night gala in September raised more than 1 euros, or $1.1 , and he has raised considerably more from corporate and private donors. In his first season, Mr. Millepied commissioned new pieces from Mr. Forsythe (who has not created a large-scale ballet for a company other than his own since 1999) and other prominent international choreographers, including Justin Peck, Wayne McGregor and Jrme Bel. He also won plaudits for the improved quality of the companys dancing. The Paris Opera Ballet is under new management: Benjamin Millepied became its artistic director in 2014, and this is the first season in which he has chosen the repertory. Its fair to hope hes responsible for these fresh qualities of style, Alastair Macaulay, the chief dance critic for The New York Times, wrote in December. Photo Natalie Portman in the 2010 film Black Swan. She and Mr. Millepied met during filming and married in 2012. Credit Jojo Whilden/Paramount Pictures, via Associated Press Mr. Millepieds departure  he leaves in July  will be a blow to the Operas image, and to the much-vaunted new era of collaboration between opera and ballet heralded by Stphane Lissner, the general director of the Opera. Mr. Lissner, who hired Mr. Millepied in January 2013, would not comment before a news conference on Thursday afternoon, a spokeswoman said. In a telephone interview, Mr. Bel, who has a new work opening at the house on Friday, said that he had accepted a commission from Mr. Millepied because he believed in his ideas about reforming the institution. It interests me a great deal to see how the Opera dancers integrate, in body and spirit, ideas that they cant even begin to question. Its a monarchical order, not a democratic system where issues can be raised. Mr. Bel added that a text that he had written for the program, in which he spoke about these issues, was not used. I didnt really mind, but I do think that if one doesnt allow criticism, one doesnt advance, he said. Rumors of Mr. Millepieds departure surfaced on Wednesday in a report in the French newsmagazine Paris Match and rapidly made shockwaves in the French news media. Mr. Millepied, an established choreographer who has created four pieces for the Paris Opera, said in the interview with The Times that he was leaving to focus on his own work. I want to regain my freedom and I want to create, he said. Ive been honored to be given the opportunity to work at the Opera and with the dancers, but this job, as it exists today, is not something I want. He said that despite rumors that Ms. Portman was unhappy in Paris, the decision to leave was entirely his own. It is not true that Natalie wanted to go, he said. She has been entirely supportive of what I wanted to do. He said that they would return to Los Angeles, where he planned to turn the L.A. Dance Project into a larger company that would include ballet in its repertory. I want to fully build my vision for a dance company of our time respond to cultural challenges, building audiences and making dance more popular, he said. Its time to redefine what a dance organization is today. His new ballet, La Nuit sAchve, will have its premiere on Friday night at the Palais Garnier on a mixed bill. He has two ballets scheduled for the 2016-17 season, due to be announced on Feb. 10.

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