Venus Williams involved in fatal crash
Tennis star Venus Williams caused a car crash this month that led to the death of a passenger in another vehicle, according to a police report released Thursday. Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., police say witnesses told investigators that Williams ran a red light in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV, causing a June 9 crash that injured 78year-old Jerome Barson, who died two weeks later.
Police say the crash remains under investigation. Williams, who has a residence in Palm Beach Gardens, has not been cited or charged. The report says she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Williams’ attorney Malcolm Cunningham said that Williams expressed “her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one.”
Novak Djokovic beat Donald Young 6-2, 7-6 (9) and advanced to the semifinals at the Eastbourne International in England, a warmup event for Wimbledon. Djokovic will next play Daniil Medvedev after the Russian player beat fourth-seeded Steve Johnson 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. In another quarterfinal match, Richard Gasquet beat third-seeded John Isner 6-3, 6-2.
In the women’s tournament, Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep, the top two seeded players, lost in the quarterfinals. The top-ranked Kerber was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by Johanna Konta. Halep lost 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 to Caroline Wozniacki.
Dave Semenko, the Edmonton Oilers tough guy who protected Wayne Gretzky during the 1980s, has died in Edmonton at 59 after a short battle with cancer, the team said. Semenko was the bodyguard for Gretzky for parts of 10 seasons with the Oilers in the World Hockey Assn and NHL. He helped Edmonton win the Stanley Cup in 1984 and 1985.
The Ducks signed defenseman Jaycob Megna to a two-year contract extension and goalie Kevin Boyle to a one-year extension. Megna made his NHL debut in April. — Curtis Zupke
Brendan Smith signed a $17-million, four-year deal to stay with the Rangers, solidifying New York’s blue line and setting the market for freeagent defensemen. Smith, 28, would have been one of the top blue liners available in free agency after the Rangers acquired him as a rental at the trade deadline from the Detroit Red Wings. He had three goals and six assists for nine points in 51 games, averaging a career-high 19:14 of ice time. ... The Calgary Flames acquired goalie Eddie Lack and defenseman Ryan Murphy from the Carolina Hurricanes. Calgary also received a seventh-round pick in the 2019 draft, and sent defenseman Keegan Kanzig and a 2019 sixth-round draft pick to Carolina. The Hurricanes will pick up half of Lack’s $3-million deal next season, the last on his contract.