Autopsy confirms Seau took own life Del Potro wins easily
Family asked for OK to study his brain
OCEANSIDE, Calif. — An autopsy confirmed on Thursday that former National Football League star Junior Seau killed himself, and the coroner’s office was awaiting family permission for outside researchers to examine his brain for damage from repeated head injuries.
Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowl selection who played for 20 years in the NFL, was found unconscious by his girlfriend on Wednesday with a gunshot wound to the chest and a revolver nearby, police said. The former San Diego Chargers linebacker was 43.
“At this time, the Medical Examiner’s Office is awaiting the family’s decision regarding study of the brain for repetitive injury by researchers outside of the office,” the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said.
Leaf’s case postponed
GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Ryan Leaf’s arraignment on charges that the former NFL quarterback broke into two homes in Montana and stole prescription drugs has been postponed.
Leaf has been jailed in the Cascade County Detention Center since his second arrest in three days on April 2.
He was slated to appear in court Thursday to enter a plea on two counts of burglary and two counts of criminal possession of a dangerous drug.
LAS VEGAS — For once Floyd Mayweather set the bluster and bombast aside as he looked forward to his battle Saturday with Miguel Cotto for the Puerto Rican’s World Boxing Association super welterweight world title.
“Miguel is a true warrior, a tough champion, and to go down in the Hall of Fame as one of the best, you have to face the true champions out there,” Mayweather said as the two met the press on Wednesday.
The American’s gracious words were a stark contrast to the kind of vitriol he has directed at Manny Pacquiao — the Filipino fight king who has evolved into Mayweather’s nemesis even as a megafight between the two has repeatedly failed to materialize.
The mention of pacquiao was enough to set Mayweather off on a diatribe on Tuesday, although he insisted he bore Pacman no ill will.
“Just speaking my mind,” he said.
Bodemeister out front
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trainer Bob Baffert is counting on talent to overcome a lack of experience when he sends early favourite Bodemeister out on Saturday in the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby.
Bodemeister was dazzling in winning the Arkansas Derby by 91/2 lengths, but the colt did not race as a two-year-old and has just four career starts.
Such lightly raced horses have not fared well historically in the Kentucky Derby, the first jewel in U.S. flat racing’s Triple Crown.
The last Kentucky Derby champion who was unraced as a two-year-old was Apollo in 1982.
Bodemeister’s owner, Ahmed Zayat, relishes the challenge.
“Listen, it’s daunting going against history, long history,” Zayat said. “But if he does it, he becomes a special horse.”
Wozniak falls short
BUDAPEST — Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que., fell short against Anna Tatishvili of Georgia in Thursday’s quarterfinals at the Budapest Grand Prix.
Wozniak, 24, attempting to reach her first WTA semifinal since 2009, lost 5-7, 7-6(4) 6-4 in a 21/2-hour match.
Wozniak won the first set 7-5 after trailing 3-5. She also tied the second set 5-5 after falling behind 5-1, saving eight set points before Tatishvili converted her ninth opportunity.
In the decisive third set, Wozniak fell behind 1-5 and could not make up the difference despite winning the next three games.
Tatishvili, who leads Wozniak 2-1 in head-to-head matches, moves on to meet top-seeded Sara Errani in the semifinals.
Despite the loss, Wozniak will move closer to a spot in the WTA’S top 50 rankings and a spot in the London Olympic Games.
— Juan Martin del Potro made a strong start to his French Open preparations with a 6-1, 6-0 hammering of Portugal’s Rui Machado to reach the quarterfinals of the Estoril Open on Thursday.
Del Potro, the top seed and defending champion, was playing an ATP match on the surface for the first time this season after winning two clay Davis Cup rubbers at home in April when Argentina defeated Croatia.
Despite the score, the 23-year-old admitted that Machado had tested him as he looks to build up his form.
“I played well for only my first match after Davis Cup. The score might not have looked it, but he’s dangerous on clay,” said Del Potro, who won his last title at Marseille in February.
Cink tied for first
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Stewart Cink birdied his last three holes to surge into a three-way tie for the lead in Thursday’s opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte.
American Cink, seeking his first PGA Tour victory since his playoff win at the 2009 British Open, fired a seven-under-par 65 to end a humid day at Quail Hollow Club level with compatriots Ryan Moore and Webb Simpson.
Australian John Senden, Britain’s Brian Davis and Americans Rickie Fowler, D.A. Points and Patrick Reed had matching 66s as golfing heavyweights Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson had to settle for 71s.
U.S. Open champion Rory Mcilroy three-putted to bogey his final hole for a 70, British world No. 3 Lee Westwood carded a 71 and 2009 U.S. Open winner Lucas Glover launched his title defence with a 72.
Cink, who has mainly struggled for form since pulling off his first major victory at Turnberry in Scotland three years ago, was delighted to remain bogey-free despite his uneven play.
“It was a good round,” the 38-yearold told reporters after sinking a 20-footer on his final hole, the parfour ninth.
“It wasn’t a great round, far from perfect, but I had a few putts go in the hole and managed my misses pretty well.”