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Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • George "Shotgun" Shuba, 79 (1934 - 2014)

    George "Shotgun" Shuba

    The Associated PressYOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — George "Shotgun" Shuba, a member of the 1955 World Series champion Brooklyn Dodgers who was best known for offering a congratulatory handshake to minor league teammate Jackie Robinson, died Monday. He was 89.The Los Angeles Dodgers said Shuba died at his home in Youngstown, Ohio. No cause of death was given.Shuba, who was white, congratulated his...

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  • Dan Goossen, 64 (2014)

    Dan Goossen

    The Associated Press, The Associated PressBoxing promoter Dan Goossen, who handled a number of world champions in a lengthy career, has died after a short illness. He was 64.Goossen died early Monday in Southern California after battling liver cancer that was only recently diagnosed, his family said in a statement."The sudden news of his diagnosis was very much a private matter and his final days...

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  • Don Manoukian, 80 (1934 - 2014)

    Don Manoukian

    The Associated PressRENO, Nev. (AP) — Don Manoukian, a longtime Reno civic leader who starred as a lineman for the Oakland Raiders when they debuted in the American Football League in 1960 and was a pioneer of professional wrestling as bad guy "Don the Bruiser," died Tuesday at a Reno hospital. He was 80."He was absolutely an original," said Jackie Powers, his sister who confirmed his death. ...

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  • John Toner, 91 (1923 - 2014)

    John Toner

    The Associated PressSTORRS, Conn. (AP) — John Toner, athletic director emeritus who is credited with building the University of Connecticut into a basketball power and hiring its two best-known coaches, has died. He was 91.UConn announced that Toner died Tuesday morning in Savannah, Georgia, where he had lived in retirement. The university said a private family memorial is being planned.Toner,...

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  • Jason Rabedeaux (2014)

    Jason Rabedeaux

    The Associated PressEL PASO, Texas (AP) — The man who succeeded legendary coach Don Haskins at UTEP has died.UTEP spokesman Jeff Darby said that Jason Rabedeaux died Monday in Vietnam. He was 49.Rabedeaux became the Miners' coach in 1999 and led the team for three seasons before resigning for personal reasons. He left UTEP with a 46-46 record.He later served on the basketball staff at Marquette...

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