Police: Venus Williams at fault in fatal car crash
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Tennis star Venus Williams caused a car crash earlier this month that led to the death of a passenger in another vehicle, according to a police report released Thursday.
Palm Beach Gardens police say witnesses told investigators that Williams ran a red light in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV, causing a June 9 crash that injured 78-year-old Jerome Barson, who died two weeks later.
The report says a 2016 Hyundai Accent driven by Barson's wife, Linda, crashed into the side of Williams' SUV. Linda Barson told investigators that she was approaching the intersection when her light turned green and that she was unable to stop in time. Linda Barson suffered unspecified moderate injuries. Williams, who turned 37 on June 17, was not hurt.
She told investigators she had entered the six-lane intersection on a green light but had been forced to stop midpoint by traffic ahead of her. She said she did not see the Barsons' car when she crossed into their lanes.
Palm Beach Gardens Maj. Paul Rogers says the crash remains under investigation. Williams, who has a residence in Palm Beach Gardens, has not been cited or charged. The report says she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Williams' attorney Malcolm Cunningham said in a statement that Williams expressed "her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one."
Michael Steinger, the attorney for Linda Barson, had no immediate comment.
Venus Williams, the older sister of tennis star Serena Williams, has won seven Grand Slam titles, including five at her favorite tournament, Wimbledon.
She revealed in 2011 that she'd been diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease.
Her ranking fell outside the top 100 as she coped with her illness and injuries, and from 2011 to 2014, she only advanced past the third round at a major once.
Early round losses continued to mount for Williams and questions about retirement came up time and again. Those questions are still asked, but she had a career renaissance, and in January reached the finals of the Australian Open, where she lost to her sister.
Warriors' Curry to play Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic
HAYWARD (AP) — Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry is set to test his golf game against the pros.
The Web.com Tour announced Wednesday that Curry, who recently won his second NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors, will play in the Ellie Mae Classic. The event at TPC Stonebrae runs from Aug. 3-6.
It'll be the first PGA Tour-sanctioned event for Curry, who has competed in various celebrity events and pro-ams in the past. The Web.com circuit serves as a feeder program for the PGA Tour.
Curry will maintain his amateur status in the event, competing on an unrestricted sponsor exemption.
Woman goes into water for broken golf club at French Open
GUYANCOURT, France (AP) — A spectator went into the water at the French Open hoping to recover a shiny new golf club. Once she grabbed it, she realized it was broken.
After rolling up her shorts and stepping in, the woman waded through the muddy water on the Golf National course as players watched. She moved forward carefully and collected the club.
A video put on Twitter by the European Tour showed players Tyrrell Hatton and Thomas Pieters laughing on the green as the woman realized the club was useless. Once back on dry land, she threw it into the water.
"Absolutely much watch this... priceless... she thought she was getting a nice new club...," Ian Poulter tweeted.
According to Sky TV, Li Haotong was the player who chucked his club into the lake. He was playing two groups ahead of Hatton and Pieters at the French Open, which started Thursday on the outskirts of Paris.