- - Sunday, May 15, 2011


Family to donate Boogaard’s brain for trauma research

BOSTON - Derek Boogaard’s family has donated his brain to researchers who will check for damage that might have resulted from his career as an NHL enforcer.

A spokeswoman for the Boston University School of Medicine confirmed Sunday that Boogaard’s family made the donation.

Researchers at the medical school have set up a brain bank to check athletes for chronic traumatic encephalopathy caused by repeated concussions.

There is no evidence yet that concussions might have contributed to Boogaard’s death. But the family is asking the Sports Legacy Institute at BU to look into it.

The donation was first reported by the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. Boogaard, 28, a forward with the New York Rangers, was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment Friday.


Roddick withdraws from doubles match with injury

ROME - Andy Roddick has pulled out of the doubles final at the Italian Open because of a right shoulder injury, with the French Open just a week away.

Roddick was scheduled to team up with fellow American Mardy Fish, and his withdrawal handed the title to another pair of Americans, John Isner and Sam Querrey.

The ATP says Roddick has not withdrawn from the tournament set to start in Nice, France, on Monday. He has a first-round bye in singles and could play his opener as late as Wednesday.


Wind, rain doesn’t stop Gebrselassie in Manchester

MANCHESTER, England - World men’s marathon record holder Haile Gebrselassie completed a fourth victory in the Great Manchester Run over 10 kilometers Sunday while Briton Helen Clitheroe won the women’s event.

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