Venus Wil­liams in­volved in fa­tal crash

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

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.

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