CHICAGO (AP) — HOCKEY
The family of a National Hockey League player who died of an accidental overdose of pain medication and alcohol has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the NHL, blaming it for brain damage he suffered as an enforcer and for his addiction to prescription painkillers.
Derek Boogaard, who was found dead on May 13, 2011, at age 28, was posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain ailment that can be caused by repeated blows to the head, according to the 55-page lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court late Friday.
One of the attorneys who filed the lawsuit, William Gibbs, said Monday the NHL profited from Boogaard's physical abilities as team doctors dispensed "pain pills like candy" after he suffered repeated injuries.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bryce Harper put a scare into himself and his Washington Nationals teammates after his latest violent collision with an outfield wall.
He received 11 stitches in his chin and jammed his shoulder, but didn't sustain a concussion after slamming into the wall in right field. Harper left the game in the fifth inning and the Nationals went on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 in the opener of a 10-game road trip. He didn't want to talk to reporters after the game.
Harper hit the scoreboard wall face-first while tracking a ball hit by A.J. Ellis over his left shoulder. He never looked at the wall and when he finally turned, he was on top of it. The impact sent Harper's cap flying as he bounced off the wall and crumpled to the ground, with Ellis getting a triple.
DETROIT (AP) — George Postolos is leaving the Houston Astros, despite what he insists are better days ahead for the struggling team.
Postolos resigned as president and CEO of the Astros, returning to sports consulting work in the midst of what looks as though it could be the team's third consecutive season of at least 100 losses. Postolos worked for seven years with Houston businessman Jim Crane to buy a sports franchise and it wound up being the Astros. He had been Astros president and CEO since November 2011.
The Chicago Cubs have viewed Anthony Rizzo as a part of their future since they acquired him. Now he's locked in.
The slugging first baseman and the Cubs agreed Monday to a $41 million, seven-year contract that could be worth up to $68 million over nine seasons. The 23-year-old is hitting .280 with a .352 on-base percentage. He also has nine home runs and 28 RBIs in his third major league season.
LONDON (AP) — Manchester City fired manager Roberto Mancini, exactly one year after he delivered the club's first English league title in 44 years.
The Italian coach, who had four years remaining on his contract, was dismissed just as players from rival Manchester United were being cheered through the streets while they paraded the Premier League trophy that they recaptured from their neighbors.
City said its end-of-season review was brought forward "out of respect for Roberto" after it was reported that Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has been lined up to replace him. Mancini's final days in charge were marked by his criticism of City management for its failure to deny those reports.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Manti Te'o went through his first practice with San Diego Chargers veterans, and by all accounts he didn't embarrass himself.
He was matched up against tight end Antonio Gates a few times, which quarterback Philip Rivers called "a quick welcome, Day 1." Te'o and other Chargers went through the first day of organized team activities, which are practices in helmets, jerseys and shorts, but no pads.
Te'o, the linebacker from Notre Dame, was picked by the Chargers in the second round after slipping out of the opening round in part because of a poor performance in the national championship game against Alabama.
He also was part of a girlfriend hoax that drew national headlines. The team pulled an end run and kept Te'o away from a large media contingent.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buddy Nix stepped down as the Buffalo Bills general manager.
Nix will remain with the team in a new role as special assistant, the Bills said in a released statement.
Assistant GM Doug Whaley, entering his fourth season in Buffalo, is expected to take over. He was signed to a long-term contract extension in January. Though the Bills did not immediately announce Nix's replacement, the team has spent much of the offseason grooming Whaley, a former executive with the Steelers and a former player at Pitt, to take over.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith began serving a six-year prison term in Mississippi for drug possession and weapons charges, online state corrections records show.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections' website said the 44-year-old Smith entered the prison system in late March and was recently moved to a facility in Yazoo City. He was sentenced by a Madison County court to two years for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and four years for possession of cocaine, records show.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings will have a fixed roof and moveable front windows on their new stadium.
Designer Bryan Trubey of Dallas-based HKS Architects presented images of the $975 million project to a crowd of fans, public officials and members of the Vikings organization. The event took place at the Guthrie Theater, a few blocks from where the stadium will be built in downtown Minneapolis.
It will replace the 31-year-old Metrodome, which the Vikings will vacate after the 2013 season. They'll play outside at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium for two years while the new venue is under construction.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A weary-looking O.J. Simpson, weighed down by shackles and more than four years in prison, shuffled into a Las Vegas courtroom hoping to eventually walk out a free man.
After the 65-year-old Simpson was seated, a guard removed his handcuffs and clicked them onto the chair arms next to him. The once glamorous football star and TV pitchman was subdued in his dingy blue prison uniform. Grayer and heavier, he briefly flashed a smile and mouthed a greeting to people he recognized before being stopped by a bailiff.
Simpson listened intently as his lawyers tried to make the case that he had poor legal representation in the trial involving the gunpoint robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in 2007 in a Las Vegas hotel room. Of the 22 allegations of conflict-of-interest and ineffective counsel his lawyers raised, Clark County District Judge Linda Marie Bell has agreed to hear 19.