Rangers’ Boogaard dies
New York Rangers player Derek Boogaard died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from an accidental overdose after mixing a potent painkiller with alcohol, officials announced on Friday. The Minnesota medical examiner said Boogaard, who was found dead at his Minneapolis apartment, died after taking a combination of oxycodone and alcohol. No other details were released. The body of 28-year-old Boogaard, who also played for the Minnesota Wild, was discovered on Friday. He had not played with his National Hockey League team in five months after he suffered a season-ending concussion against the Ottawa Senators. Oxycodone is a powerful painkiller that doctors warn can cause addiction. It has also been identified in some overdose deaths. In July last year, Boogaard signed a four-year US$6.5 million contract with the Rangers. He had one goal and an assist in 22 games this past season and has had 70 career fights.
Harlequins beat Stade
Argentine winger Gonzalo Camacho scored a try three minutes from time to give the Harlequins a dramatic 19-18 win over Stade Francais in the European Challenge Cup final in Cardiff, Wales, on Friday. It was the Harlequins’ third triumph in the tournament to add to their 2001 and 2004 wins. However, the UK side left it late to secure victory. With the clock ticking down and with the French side deservedly 18-12 ahead, the Harlequins’ scrum-half Danny Care chipped ahead to leave the Paris club back-tracking and Camacho picked up to score the only try of the evening. That made the score 18-17 to Stade, who had dominated the second half, having trailed 9-6 at the break. Former All Blacks flyhalf Nick Evans then stepped up to knock over a nerveless conversion from a difficult angle to add to his four penalties.
Leagues side with players
The unions for hockey, baseball and basketball are siding with the players in the NFL lockout court battle, saying the league’s lockout should be lifted. The players associations for MLB, the NHL and the NBA filed a brief on Friday in a federal appeals court, saying the case presents “vitally important issues” for the unions and their members. The unions say professional athletes’ careers are short and the loss of even part of a season causes personal and professional injuries that can’t be compensated. That reiterates the NFL players’ argument that the lockout is causing them irreparable harm. A federal judge in Minnesota agreed with and lifted it last month, but the league appealed.
Player challenges Twitter
A British soccer player is taking legal action to force Twitter to give the details of users who broke a gagging order granting him anonymity over an alleged affair, his lawyers said on Friday. The married player had earlier obtained an order from a judge banning publication of his identity over an alleged sexual relationship with a female contestant on the reality television show Big Brother. The player is not identified in the court documents. A spokesman for US-based Twitter said: “We’re not able to comment.” Earlier this month, a Twitter user published the names of several British celebrities who have allegedly obtained anonymized injunctions or so-called super-injunctions, which prevent even the mention of the order itself.