Ex-Red Wings, Blackhawks enforcer Probert dies at 45

Retired hockey enforcer Bob Probert, who played for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks and struggled to overcome drinking problems, has died. He was 45.

Probert was on a boat in Lake St. Clair near Detroit with his wife, children and in-laws when he “developed severe chest pains” Monday, family friend Rich Rogow said.

Probert’s father-in-law gave him CPR, Rogow said. Probert later died at Ontario’s Windsor Regional Medical Center, where Rogow spoke at an evening news conference.

Probert played for the Red Wings in 1985-1994 and for the Blackhawks in 1995-2002.

The Windsor native had 384 points (163 goals, 221 assists) in 935 career regular-season games with Detroit and Chicago. His 3,300 career penalty minutes rank sixth in NHL history.

The Edmonton Oilers signed top overall draft pick Taylor Hall to a three-year, entry-level deal that includes the maximum base salary of $900,000 per season.

Former NHL veteran Bob Boughner was hired as an assistant coach by the Columbus Blue Jackets.


MEN’S BASKETBALL: South Florida Coach Stan Heath agreed to a three-year contract extension after leading the Bulls to their most successful season since entering the Big East.

USF went 20-13 on the way to earning a spot in the National Invitation Tournament.

In three seasons under Heath, the Bulls have a 41-54 record.

Heath signed a five-year contract worth up to $4.275 million in 2007. The extension announced Monday runs through 2015.


PORTLAND BABE RUTH: Caleb Fraser hit a three-run double in the first inning and Elijah Tabachnick added a three-run double in the fourth to lead Moody’s to an 8-5 win over Schwartz & Schwartz in the league title game.

Ken Sweet struck out nine batters over six innings to earn the win.

NECBL: Pat Light struck out seven batters over eight shutout innings and Derek Legg had two hits and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Newport Gulls (12-10) to a 4-0 win over the Sanford Mainers (14-11) at Newport, R.I.

Anthony Gomez, Joe Wendle and Dillon Checkal paced the Mainers with two hits apiece.


HALL OF FAME CHAMPIONSHIPS: American Taylor Dent lost to Go Soeda in the opening round in Newport, R.I.

Soeda, Japan’s top-ranked player, won 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 for his second career ATP victory. The other came in Beijing in 2008.


NFL: Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell was charged with possession of a controlled substance — codeine syrup — after being arrested at his home in Alabama, authorities said.

The 24-year-old former LSU star and the No. 1 draft choice in 2007 was arrested as part of an undercover narcotics investigation, said Mobile County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lori Myles. She would not say what led to his arrest. She said he did not have a prescription for the codeine.

Russell, who graduated from high school in Mobile, was booked into the city jail and released soon afterward on $2,500 bond, online records show.

The Raiders released Russell, considered one of the NFL’s biggest draft busts, in May after he won only seven of his 25 starts and was benched. He completed just 52.1 percent of his passes in his career with 18 TDs, 23 INTs, 15 lost fumbles and a passer rating of 65.2.