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Sports in brief: LPGA golfer's death ruled suicide



LAS VEGAS — The Clark County coroner's office ruled Tuesday that 25-year-old professional golfer Erica Blasberg's death was a suicide.

Blasberg died May 9 at her home in Henderson, Nev. She was found with a plastic bag secured over her head.

Henderson police said that while no foul play is suspected they have issued a misdemeanor arrest warrant for Dr. Thomas Hess on obstruction charges. Police said Hess, who discovered Blasberg's body, removed items from the scene, including a suicide note.

The contents of the note haven't been disclosed.

The coroner's office said Blasberg died of suicide due to asphyxia, coupled with the presence of toxic levels of prescription medication in her system, including headache, cough, pain and anti-anxiety medications.


U.S. roster complete, but without Rondo

Celtics star Rajon Rondo asked to withdraw from consideration for the U.S. World Championship roster, the team said. Rondo started the Americans' first two exhibition games, then surprisingly didn't play Sunday against Spain. The final roster: Chauncey Billups, Tyson Chandler, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, Danny Granger, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Love, Lamar Odom, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook. Coach Mike Krzyzewski's squad has one more tuneup today against Greece before the tournament starts Saturday in Turkey.

BOBCATS: The team signed center Kwame Brown, reuniting him with Michael Jordan. Brown was taken No. 1 overall when Jordan, now Charlotte's owner, ran the Wizards in 2001.

ROCKETS: All-Star center Yao Ming was cleared for basketball activities after missing last season with a broken left foot.


Wozniacki top female seed for U.S. Open

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark was seeded No. 1 at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, getting the top spot at the U.S. Open because Serena Williams pulled out with a foot injury. Wozniacki, ranked No. 2 behind Williams by the WTA, was the runnerup at Flushing Meadows last year. Defending champion Kim Clijsters is No. 2 and Venus Williams is No. 3.

PILOT PEN: Tampa resident Samantha Stosur needed three sets and a tiebreaker to beat Sara Errani 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4) in New Haven, Conn. In men's play, top seed Marcos Baghdatis fought through strong winds and half an hour of rain delays to beat Igor Andreev 6-2, 6-4.


HIGH SCHOOL: The final two football players hospitalized with mysterious arm ailments were released from a hospital. Two dozen players from McMinnville (Ore.) High went to a medical center last week after a workout that left them with a rare ailment known as compartment syndrome.

LITTLE LEAGUE: Kobie Buglioli's homer highlighted a three-run first as Georgia defeated Ohio 6-0 at the World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Washington defeated Connecticut 9-5 in an elimination game and faces Texas today. Japan clinched a spot in the international final, beating Mexico 3-2. Panama ousted Canada 4-2 and faces Taiwan tonight. New Jersey beat Saudi Arabia 10-0 in a consolation game.

soccer: First-time qualifiers SC Braga of Portugal and Hapoel Tel Aviv of Israel were among five teams to clinch berths to the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. The last five of 32 spots will be set today.

Times wires

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