Extended Head coach Doc Rivers on Friday agreed to a five- year contract extension with the Celtics, a deal that will keep him in Boston to help rebuild the franchise when the Big Three era is done. Financial terms were not disclosed. Rivers was originally expected to return on a short-term deal to make one more run at a title with aging stars Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.
Decided Tennis star Venus Williams has withdrawn from the French Open, one day after her younger sister Serena Williams bowed out. The 30-year-old American has been off the tour since January, when she stopped playing in the third round of the Australian Open because of a hip injury.
Elected Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and champion fillies Open Mind, Safely Kept and Sky Beauty have been elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame. The class of 2011 will be inducted Aug. 2 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Named Bellingham High School athletic director Brian Smith has been selected as the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Assistant Executive Director. Smith earned his health degree at Eastern Washington University in 1993 before pursuing his master’s degree from Concordia University in Chicago.
Moved Doctors say the San Francisco Giants fan who was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium is stable enough to be moved to a hospital in the Bay Area where he’ll be closer to his family. Bryan Stow remains in a coma in critical condition, but he’ll be transferred to San Francisco General and Trauma Center as early as Monday morning.
Ended Quarterback Tate Forcier’s career at Miami is over before it started. A person familiar with his decision said the former Michigan quarterback broke off contact with the Hurricanes because undisclosed personal matters were overshadowing football.
Died Former Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach Mel Queen has died. He was 69. The cause of death was not divulged. In his four seasons in Toronto, Blue Jays pitchers won three Cy Young Awards: Pat Hentgen in 1996 and Roger Clemens in ’97 and ’98.
• Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard has died in New York. He was 28. The team announced Boogaard’s death, but gave no details. Boogaard began his career with the Minnesota Wild and appeared in 255 games from 2005-10.