Saturday, May 14, 2011

Derek Boogaard Dead at 28

New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard was found dead Friday in his Minneapolis apartment. He was 28.

The team announced Boogaard's death Friday night, but gave no details.

The Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis first reported Boogaard was found dead in his home by members of his family. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office in Minnesota confirmed those details and said an autopsy was pending.

"Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual," Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said. "He was a very thoughtful person, who will be dearly missed by all those who knew him. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and teammates during this difficult time."

Boogaard signed a four-year, $6.5 million deal with Rangers in July and appeared in 22 games with them last season. He had a goal and an assist to go with 45 penalty minutes.

One of the most feared fighters in the league, the 6-foot-8 Boogaard missed the last 52 games of the regular season with a concussion and shoulder injury and did not play in the playoffs.
Like sis, Venus to skip French

Venus Williams pulled out of the French Open 24 hours after her younger sister Serena withdrew, making it the first Grand Slam tournament since 2003 without either Williams.

Venus' agent, Carlos Fleming, wrote in an e-mail to the Associated Press that the seven-time Grand Slam champion notified tournament organizers she wouldn't compete at Roland Garros, where play starts May 22, because of a hip injury.

-- The No. 7 Stanford men extended their win streak to 11 matches, dispatching Army 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA championships. No. 14 Cal beat Marist 4-0 at Berkeley.

Motor sports: Kyle Busch won the Trucks Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, racing all 200 miles without incident against rival Kevin Harvick.

-- Josh Hayes captured the provisional pole during qualifying for the SuperBike class at the West Coast Moto Jam at Infineon Raceway.

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