1:30 AM PDT, May 16, 2011
Derek Boogaard is being remembered as an NHL tough guy who had the characteristics of a ''teddy bear.''
The former Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers forward, known for his ability to protect his teammates by fighting, was honored Sunday night at a tear-filled memorial for fans, friends, teammates and family.
Boogaard was found dead in his home Friday, five months after a season-ending concussion. The 28-year-old player's family agreed to donate his brain to researchers, who will look for signs of a degenerative disease often found in athletes who sustain repeated hits to the head.
The memorial sprouted from a Facebook page urging fans to gather at the arena for a candlelight vigil.
Derby training facing weather delays
Trainers for Kentucky Derby runner-up Nehro along with other candidates for the Preakness are watching the weather before setting workouts early this week at Churchill Downs.
Nehro, and Astrology, both trained by Gettysburg native Steve Asmussen, ran two miles on Sunday at the track, but the trainer is watching the weather before deciding if they'll run today or Tuesday in advance of Saturday's second leg of the Triple Crown.
Rain is in the forecast for Louisville for the next 24 hours, including a 60 percent chance of showers this morning.
Other Preakness hopefuls, including Dialed In, had workouts Sunday in Louisville.
Midnight Interlude galloped a mile and five-eighths while Sway Away walked the shedrow at Barn 42 a day after working six furlongs.
Playoff makes Choi choice
in Players Championship
K.J. Choi made his first PGA Tour playoff experience a memorable one on Sunday. He made par on the island-green 17th to win The Players Championship for his first tour win in three years.
David Toms won't forget it, either.
Moments after Toms hit his best shot of the week from a divot in the 18th fairway and made an 18-foot birdie putt to force a playoff, he missed a 3 -foot par putt in the playoff that cost him a chance at his first win in five years.
Choi closed with a 2-under 70 to become the fourth straight international player to win the PGA Tour's biggest event. He had to make a par putt just inside 5 feet to get to the playoff, then watched Toms hand him the victory.
Kenseth rolls to Dover win
Matt Kenseth pulled away late on the strength of a two-tire pit stop to win the Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway.
Kenseth led the final 32 laps Sunday to win for the second time this season. He also won at Texas and became the third driver to win twice this season.
Mark Martin was second and Marcos Ambrose third. Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers round out the top five. Busch was forced to start in the rear of the field because of an engine change.
Kenseth made his Cup debut at Dover in 1998 as a fill-in for Bill Elliott.
The 400-mile race was dominated by long stretches of green flag racing. Jimmie Johnson led a race-high 207 laps and finished ninth.
Twins reliever relieved
Minnesota Twins reliever Jose Mijares has been placed on the disabled list with a sore left elbow.
Mijares is tied for the team lead with 18 appearances in 37 games this season, posting a 5.40 ERA with 11 walks in 11 2-3 innings.
Right-hander Jim Hoey was also optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday as the Twins shuffled their struggling bullpen, which entered the game with the second-worst ERA in the league.
To fill in for Mijares, the Twins selected the contract of lefty Phil Dumatrait from Rochester where he posted a 1.15 ERA in 15 2-3 innings. To replace Hoey, right-hander Anthony Swarzak was recalled from Rochester. He had a 3.90 ERA in six starts.
Musician uses game
as civil rights platform
Carlos Santana has used baseball's annual Civil Rights Game as a platform to admonish Georgia and Arizona for their new immigration laws.
Santana received the Beacon of Change Award before Sunday's Braves-Phillies game.
The Grammy-winning musician said he was representing immigrants before adding: ''The people of Arizona, and the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves.''
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday signed a bill that cracks down on illegal immigration in the state. Georgia's new law shares some similarities to one enacted last year in Arizona.
Former player hospitalized
The Italian tennis federation says Australian tennis great Ken Rosewall has been admitted to the stroke ward of a Rome hospital after falling ill while attending the Rome Masters.
The tennis federation said early Monday that Rosewall was admitted to the San Camillo hospital.
Rosewall's wife, Wilma, was quoted by Australia's Sydney Morning Herald on Monday as saying the 76-year-old former tennis star suffered no heart or brain damage, but was being kept under observation until he was well enough to return to Australia.
The eight-time Grand Slam winner Rosewall was attending the tournament to receive a golden racket, an award presented annually to former tennis greats. Rosewall won 132 singles titles in his career, including four Australian Opens, two French Opens and two U.S. Opens.
Snow shuts down first stage of Tour of California
The start of the Tour of California was wiped out Sunday because of snow, forcing organizers to cut the event from eight to seven stages.
Before calling off the start, organizers delayed the stage by 2 hours, 45 minutes and shortened the scheduled 118.7-mile road race from South Lake Tahoe to Northstar at Tahoe Resort to 49.2 miles.
When the weather cleared a bit, the 144 riders were signed in at the start and about to compete under a light snowfall, a temperature of 35 degrees and 12 mph wind, but organizers called it off less than a minute before the start. Originally set for 763.8 miles, the race has been cut to 645.1 miles.
The World-Anti Doping Agency will conduct its own independent investigation to determine the source of the leak of an International Cycling Union document that ranks riders at last year's Tour de France on a scale of doping suspicion.
WADA director David Howman informed the agency's executive committee and foundation board at Sunday's semi-annual meeting that he pledged its ''full support'' of the UCI's own investigation into the leak of what it termed ''an internal working document.''
On Friday, French sports daily L'Equipe published what it said was UCI's ''index of suspicion'' for all 198 riders from the 2010 Tour on a grade of zero to 10.
The index rated professional cyclists, with 10 the highest level of suspicion and zero the lowest, on how likely officials felt they were to be using banned substances, based on information taken from blood tests and the athletes' biological passports.