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Anthony Mason, 48 (1966 - 2015)
By RICK FREEMAN, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Mason, the rugged power forward who was a defensive force in the NBA from the 1990s into the early 21st century, has died. He was 48.New York Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz confirmed Mason's death, which was first reported Saturday by the New York Daily News.Mason won a Sixth Man Award and made an All-Star team, but it was the...
Oscar Diaz, 32 (1982 - 2015)
The Associated PressSAN ANTONIO (AP) — Oscar Diaz, a former welterweight boxing contender whose career ended when he sustained a debilitating brain injury in a fight nearly seven years ago, has died. He was 32.The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that Diaz died Thursday. The agency had yet to determine a cause of death Friday.Diaz was in a coma for two months and spent seven...
Earl Lloyd, 86 (1928 - 2015)
By The Associated Press, The Associated Press Earl Lloyd was a player and coach, an NBA champion and later a Hall of Famer. Within the basketball world, he's something much bigger. He was a pioneer. Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday at 86. West Virginia State, his alma mater, confirmed the death but did not provide details. "The NBA family has lost one of its...
Jerry Lambert, 74 (1940 - 2015)
By BETH HARRIS, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Jerry Lambert, a leading jockey on the Southern California circuit in the 1960s and '70s who rode Native Diver to three consecutive Hollywood Gold Cup victories, has died. He was 74.He was found dead Monday at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, California, where he worked, according to daughter Lacey, who also works at the breeding and training...
Jerome Kersey , 52 (1962 - 2015)
By ANNE M. PETERSON, The Associated PressPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jerome Kersey, the versatile small forward who helped the Portland Trail Blazers reach two NBA Finals and won a title with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999, died Wednesday. He was 52.The cause of death wasn't immediately known.A team ambassador, Kersey appeared Tuesday with fellow former Blazers Terry Porter and Brian Grant at a...
Claude Criquielion, 58 (1957 - 2015)
The Associated PressBRUSSELS (AP) — Claude Criquielion, a former world cycling champion from Belgium, died Wednesday following a massive stroke over the weekend, Belgian Prime Minister Charles...
Steve Montador, 35 (1979 - 2015)
By JAY COHEN, The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — Former NHL defenseman Steve Montador was remembered Sunday for being a solid teammate and for his work with the players' union.Montador was found...
Wendell Kim, 64 (1950 - 2015)
The Associated PressBOSTON (AP) — Former Boston and San Francisco third base coach Wendell Kim has died.The Red Sox say he died at the age of 64 after a struggle with early-onset Alzheimer's...
Wim Ruska, 74 (1940 - 2015)
The Associated PressTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Wim Ruska, the only man to win two judo gold medals at the same Olympics, has died. He was 74.The two-time world champion from the Netherlands won...
Jerry Tarkanian, 84 (1930 - 2015)
By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL, The Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas Strip dimmed its lights late Wednesday night to honor legendary University of Nevada, Las Vegas men's basketball Coach...
Ed Sabol, 98 (1916 - 2015)
By RACHEL COHEN, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Ed Sabol, the NFL Films founder who revolutionized sports broadcasting and reimagined pro football from an up-and-coming league to must-watch...
Claude Ruel, 76 (1938 - 2015)
The Associated PressMONTREAL (AP) — Claude Ruel, who coached the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup title in 1969, has died. He was 76.Ruel, a gifted hockey and baseball player in the 1950s...
Mario Vázquez Raña, 82 (1932 - 2015)
The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mario Vazquez Rana, a Mexican businessman and former prominent member of the International Olympic Committee, has died. He was 82.The Mexican Olympic...
Dean Smith, 83 (1931 - 2015)
By AARON BEARD, The Associated Press CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has said its final farewell to Dean Smith. The school offered one more tribute to the late Hall of Famer on Sunday...
Billy Casper (2015)
By DOUG FERGUSON, The Associated PressSAN DIEGO (AP) — Billy Casper, one of the most prolific winners on the PGA Tour who was overshadowed at the height of his career by the "Big Three," died of a...
Norm Drucker (2015)
By The Associated Press, The Associated PressNorm Drucker, the only NBA referee to toss Wilt Chamberlain from a game, died Friday. He was 94.Drucker's son, Jim, confirmed his father's death to the...
Charlie Sifford, 92 (1922 - 2015)
By DOUG FERGUSON, The Associated Press Charlie Sifford, who only wanted a chance to play and broke the color barrier in golf as the first black PGA Tour member, died Tuesday night, the PGA of...
Dave Bergman, 61 (1953 - 2015)
The Associated PressDETROIT (AP) — Dave Bergman, a member of the Detroit Tigers' 1984 World Series championship team, has died. He was 61.The Tigers extended condolences Monday to Bergman's family,...
Frank Borghi, 89 (1925 - 2015)
The Associated PressST. LOUIS (AP) — Frank Borghi, the goalkeeper in the United States' 1-0 upset victory over England in the 1950 World Cup, has died. He was 89.Borghi died Monday, according to...
Udo Lattek, 80 (1935 - 2015)
By NESHA STARCEVIC, The Associated PressFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Udo Lattek, one of Germany's top coaches who guided Bayern Munich to its first European Cup triumph in 1974, has died at age 80,...
Ann Mara, 85 (1929 - 2015)
By TOM CANAVAN, The Associated PressEAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (AP) — Ann Mara, the matriarch of the NFL's New York Giants for the past 60 years, died Sunday. She was 85.Giants co-owner John Mara...
Vic Howe, 85 (1929 - 2015)
The Associated PressSASKATOON, Saskatchewan (AP) — Vic Howe, Gordie Howe's younger brother and a former NHL player with the New York Rangers, has died. He was 85.Helen Cummine, the Howes' sister,...
Kel Nagle, 94 (1920 - 2015)
The Associated PressSYDNEY (AP) — Kel Nagle, a former British Open winner, U.S. Open runner-up and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, has died. He was 94.The PGA of Australia said in a...
Bill Monbouquette, 78 (1936 - 2015)
BOSTON (AP) — Bill Monbouquette, an All-Star pitcher who threw a no-hitter and had a 20-win season for his hometown Boston Red Sox, has died. He was 78. Monbouquette died Sunday at Brigham and...
Johan Martin Ferner, 87 (1927 - 2015)
The Associated PressOSLO, Norway (AP) — Norway's royal household says the king's brother-in-law Johan Martin Ferner, who was part of the sailing team that won silver at the 1952 Summer Olympics in...
Toller Cranston , 65 (1949 - 2015)
By The Associated Press, The Associated PressToller Cranston, a bronze medalist at the 1974 world championships and 1976 Olympics, died at his home in Mexico, Skate Canada said Saturday.He was 65...
Maria Cerra Tishman, 96 (1918 - 2015)
The Associated PressPARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Maria Cerra Tishman, a U.S. fencer who finished fourth in individual foil at the 1948 Olympics, has died. She was 96.The Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home...
Ernie Banks, 83 (1931 - 2015)
By DON BABWIN, The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks died after a heart attack, an attorney representing the Hall of Famer's family said Sunday. With Banks' widow...
Tommy Mason, 75 (1939 - 2015)
The Associated PressMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Running back Tommy Mason, the first draft pick in Minnesota Vikings history, has died. He was 75.Mason's sister-in-law, Suzanne MacNeil, told The Associated...
Robert Manzon, 97 (1917 - 2015)
The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — Robert Manzon, the last surviving driver of Formula One's inaugural season in 1950, has died. He was 97.Manzon, a member of the 24 Hours of Le Mans hall of fame,...