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Police probe Venus Williams in fatal Florida car accident

Venus Williams was being investigated by Florida police for her June 9 car accident in Palm Beach Gardens that resulted in the fatality of a 79-year-old passenger in another vehicle.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)File/Kin Cheung/Associated Press

Tennis star Venus Williams caused a car crash earlier this month in Florida that led to the death of a 78-year-old passenger, Jerome Barson, in another vehicle, according to a report released by the Palm Beach Gardens police Thursday. Witnesses told police investigators Williams ran a red light in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV, causing a June 9 crash that injured Barson, who died two weeks later. Williams, who turned 37 on June 17, was not hurt. Palm Beach Gardens Maj. Paul Rogers said the crash remains under investigation. Williams, who has a residence in Palm Beach Gardens, has not been cited or charged and was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


Umpire prevents woman’s suicide attempt in Pittsburgh

Major League Baseball umpire John Tumpane helped save an unidentified woman from attempting to jump off the Roberto Clemente Bridge Wednesday in Pittsburgh. Tumpane, 34, who was in town working a series between the Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays, grabbed the woman’s arms to keep her from going over. He teamed with a pair of strangers, including Rays employee Mike Weinman, to help keep the woman on the bridge until emergency personnel arrived . . . Righthander Bartolo Colon was designated for assignment by the Atlanta Braves, one day after the 44-year-old dropped to 2-8 with an 8.14 ERA. Pitching for the first time since going on the disabled list with a strained left oblique on June 6, Colon allowed six runs, eight hits and three walks in four innings during a 7-4 loss at San Diego.

. . . Kris Bryant, the reigning NL MVP, was out of the Chicago Cubs’ starting lineup for a series finale at Washington, a day after spraining his right ankle Wednesday while catching a foul popup and could be sidelined until next week.


Hockey Rangers sign D Smith to a 4-year, $17 million contract

Brendan Smith signed a $17 million, four-year deal with the Rangers, solidifying New York’s blue line and setting the market for free agent defensemen. Smith, 28, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent Saturday, will count $4.35 million against the salary cap through the 2020-21 season . . . The Calgary Flames acquired goalie Eddie Lack, defenseman Ryan Murphy and a 2019 seventh-round pick for defenseman Keegan Kanzig and a 2019 sixth-round pick . . . The Edmonton Oilers placed forward Benoit Pouliot, 30, on unconditional waivers with the purposes of buying out the remaining two years on his $4 million contract, which gave the team a cap savings of $2.67 over the next two years . . . The Columbus Blue Jackets bought out the final two years of forward Scott Hartnell’s contract, which would have cost the team $4.75 million against the cap over the next two years . . . The St. Louis Blues re-signed forward Magnus Paajarvi to a one-year, one-way contract worth $800,000 . . . The New Jersey Devils re-signed backup goaltender Keith Kinkaid to a two-year contract, which will pay Kinkaid $1.2 million this season and $1.3 million in 2018-19 . . . Former Edmonton Oilers tough guy Dave Semenko, who protected Wayne Gretzky during the 1980s, died of cancer. He was 59. Obituary, B8.



Police: Packers’ Guion had blood alcohol level of .086A Honolulu police report indicated Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Letroy Guion smelled of alcohol and marijuana, stumbled and spoke with slurred speech when he was arrested in Waikiki for intoxicated driving on June 21. Arrest records obtained by The Associated Press showed his blood alcohol level was 0.086 percent. Guion, who was suspended by the NFL without pay for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, told an officer he had been driking in celebration of his birthday . . . Former Tennessee Titans running back Antonio Andrews received six months of supervised probation after making a conditional plea on a misdemeanor assault charge. Andrews played for the Titans from 2014-16. He had only two carries last season . . . Terri Valenti, who worked instant replay for the past five years, was promoted as the NFL’s first female instant replay official in the booth.


Durant declines option to give Warriors flexibility

A person with direct knowledge of the decision told the AP Kevin Durant has declined to opt in for the second year of his contract with Golden State and will become an unrestricted free agent. Durant, who was due to make more than $27.7 million, planned to re-sign with the team he led to a championship this month, his first title, in a move designed to give the Warriors roster flexibility in bringing back its key free agents


. . . The Detroit Pistons hired Rex Walters, who spent last season as coach of the Grand Rapids Drive, as an assistant coach and also named Rob Werdann as coach of the Drive, which agreed to a two-year extension as the Pistons’ G-League affiliate.


Texas’ top basketball recruit tarnished by older brother

In a rambling, profanity-laced, 20-minute Facebook video posted Wednesday, Ibrahim Johnson, the older brother of Texas’s top basketball recruit, Mohamed Bamba, accused Bamba of taking improper gifts and money from Greer Love, a Detroit financial adviser, making Bamba ineligible to play in college. Johnson, a former Division 2 basketball player, had a falling out with his brother when he refused to help him get into graduate school at Texas. The 6-foot-11-inch Bamba, one of the nation’s top incoming players next season, chose Texas over Kentucky, Michigan and Duke. The allegations leveled by Johnson did not directly involve the Longhorns, but focused on Bamba’s relationship with Love . . . David Mitchell, a 6-foot-5-inch, 190-pound forward from Roxbury, who plays basketball at Belmont Hill, has committed to Brown . . . Khris Banks, a 6-4, 290-pound three-star offensive lineman from DePaul Catholic (N.J.), committed to play football at Boston College next season.

. . . Ex-Penn State athletic director Tim Curley filed a motion seeking to modify his sentence for failing to report now-convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky to authorities. Curley said he has incurable lung cancer and liver damage and is seeking to serve his incarceration of seven to 23 months on house arrest and work release.


Miscellany Djokovic advances, women’s top seeds out in Eastbourne Novak Djokovic beat Donald Young 6-2, 7-6 (9) Thursday to advance to the semifinals at the Eastbourne International, a warm-up event for Wimbledon, while top-ranked Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep, the top two seeded players, lost in the quarterfinals . . . Leon Goretzka scored two quick-fire early goals as Germany reached the Confederations Cup final with a 4-1 victory over Mexico in Sochi, Russia . . . New York Red Bulls midfielder Mike Grella will miss the rest of the season with a left knee injury and undergo surgery next week.