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Derek Boogaard, who played for the NHL's New York Rangers, has died. He was 28.

Boogaard played in 45 games for the Rangers before missing the bulk of the second half of this season after suffering a concussion and shoulder injury.

Derek had the reputation of being an enforcer on the ice and one of the league's toughest players. He was found dead in his apartment in Minneapolis.

It's too early to know if his hockey injuries had anything to do with his death. The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine cause of death.

Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said in a statement:

"Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual. He was a very thoughtful person, who will be dearly missed by all those who knew him."

"We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and teammates."

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For the first time in four seasons, the Los Angeles Lakers will not be in the NBA Finals. The Dallas Mavericks swept them out of the playoffs earlier this week.

Brimming with confidence just a few days ago, superstar Kobe Bryant had a lot to say about his team's demise at his final press conference of the season.

How's he supposed to perform with Gatorade sabotaging him? And don't even get him started on his teammates or who's gonna fill the team's coaching vacancy.

Watch Kobe tell us how it's gonna be next year in this Funny or Die spoof ...

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Plenty of soccer (sorry, non-American readers ... football) clips have gone viral online, but this might be the first time we've seen one featuring an 18-month-old.

They way Dutch youngster Baerke van der Meij delivers the ball into his "goal" (toy chest), you have to imagine a professional contract can't be too far off.

Oh, wait, he's already been signed. Sort of. See why here:

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Quite the week for the Atlanta Braves.

First, pitching coach Roger McDowell's gay slurs came under heavy scrutiny from the league. Now pitcher Derek Lowe has been arrested for a DUI.

At least Chipper Jones (.289, 21 RBIs) hasn't been hurt yet this year.

Lowe got popped last night in Atlanta after a trooper stopped him  “detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage” and gave him a field sobriety test.

Derek Lowe Mug Shot

Lowe's BAC wasn't higher than his WHIP (1.34) but it may have been close.

Lowe refused to take the state administered alcohol test and was booked and taken to the jail in Atlanta. He was released this morning on $2,944 bail.

A police spokesman revealed that Lowe was also charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain in his lane, which is why he was pulled over.

And with that, your latest member of THG's celebrity mug shots gallery, everyone!

Lowe is 2-3 with a 3.21 ERA in 2011. He is still scheduled to start this Sunday.

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Atlanta Braves soach Roger McDowell has issued an apology for his behavior at San Francisco's AT&T Stadium last weekend, where he got into it with some fans.

“I am deeply sorry that I responded to the heckling fans in San Francisco on Saturday. I apologize to everyone for my actions,” McDowell said in a statement.

Respond he did. With gay slurs. During batting practice before the Braves played the Giants, McDowell called three men who were sitting together “homos.”

He also simulated having sex with a baseball bat.

Sitting nearby was Justin Quinn and his twin nine-year-old twin girls. Quinn was outraged at McDowell’s behavior and told the former MLB pitcher as much.

McDowell then Quinn, “Kids don’t f**king belong at the ball park.”

McDowell also appeared to threaten the protective dad, asking him, “how much are your teeth worth?” as he held a baseball bat. Sounds like a class act.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has said his office will be investigating the situation, and Gloria Allred has gotten involved (obviously) on behalf of Quinn.

Somehow we think this may not end with Roger's apology.

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Miami Heat star Chris Bosh and Adrienne Williams were married on April 9, according to their official wedding certificate filed in Miami Beach.

Congratulations on the wedding he denied took place!

While we now know Bosh wed Adrienne Nicole Williams, the baller denied that he had done so at an NBA news conference shortly thereafter.

According to the courts in Miami-Dade County, Chris and Adrienne are officially husband and wife, whether he acknowledges it publicly or not.

Chris' relationship with his ex, Allison Mathis, has been playing out in the media thanks to her attempts to get on the show Basketball Wives.

Perhaps he just wants to keep his private life under wraps from now on after that experience. Hard to blame the seven-footer for that, really.

In other news, Bosh scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Heat ousted Philadelphia from the playoffs last night. Nice work!

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Peyton Hillis has shocked the football world again.

A year after rushing for over 1,100 yards and collecting 11 touchdowns, the Cleveland Browns running back defeated 31 opponents to be named the 2012 Madden cover star.

“It means a lot to me and my family,” Hillis said of joining such Pro Bowlers as Drew Brees and Adrian Peterson as those that have been featured on the front of the video game. “I just want to say thank you.”

Peyton Hillis Madden 2012 Cover

All 32 NFL teams submitted a representative for the honor, with Hillis voted for the top spot over Michael Vick in the final showdown.

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For Len Dykstra, it pays to have friends in high places.

Emphasis on high. Charlie Sheen coughed up $22,500 to bail the former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder out of jail yesterday.

Charged earlier with bankruptcy fraud, Dykstra was held on $150,000 bail for nearly a week until 15 percent of the bond amount was put up.

It turns out Sheen was the one who did the honors.

A Friend Indeed

Said Sheen of bailing out Lenny "Nails" Dykstra:

"The rendition guilty trolls that kidnapped my dear friend Nails clearly forgot that he's a fellow Vatican assassin and his best pal is a warlock."

Sheen and Dykstra are longtime friends. Len even hired a lawyer to negotiate the troubled actor's return to Two and a Half Men this spring.

As we saw two weekends ago when Dog the Bounty Hunter bailed out Nic Cage, a friend in need of a five-figure bond post is a friend indeed.

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Some good news for Orlando Magic star Dwight Howard, whose team just went down 3-1 to the Atlanta Hawks - he won a HUGE lawsuit against his baby mama.

Of course, if you're suing the mother of your child at all, there's a limit to how "good" you can consider things. Still, a $500,000 judgment? Holla!

Dwight sued Royce Reed for talking smack about him, and was awarded $500,000. Shockingly, she hasn't paid up, so he's going after her in California.

Dwight and Royce

Howard won the judgment against Royce Reed because she violated a court order, prohibiting the Basketball Wives star from talking about him in the press.

Dwight claims Reed now owes him $551,606.74 with interest.

So far, he's gotten nada from Reed. Unwilling to let bygones be bygones, he's now filed in California court for the right to go after her ass(ets )in California.

Of course, that implies she has any there.