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Charlie Sanders, 68 (1946 - 2015)
Charlie Sanders, former Detroit Lion and Hall of Fame tight end, has died after a battle with cancer. Sanders played his entire 10-year career with the Lions, from 1968-1977. He was 68. The Associated PressDETROIT (AP) — Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders epitomized Detroit's blue-collar roots.Fans adored his gritty work ethic. Teammates embraced his leadership. Coaches found him to be...
Jackson Vroman, 34 (1981 - 2015)
Former NBA player Jackson Vroman was found dead Monday at his home in Los Angeles, California, according to the Des Moines Register. He was 34. Vroman was chosen in the second round of the 2004 NBA draft. According to Sports Illustrated, Vroman played in 87 career NBA games during his time with the Phoenix Suns and the New Orleans Hornets from 2004 to 2005.
John David Crow, 79 (1935 - 2015)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - John David Crow, the bruising running back who won the 1957 Heisman Trophy with Texas A&M before a Pro Bowl career in the NFL, has died. He was 79. The university said Crow died Wednesday night surrounded by his family. He was the first Heisman winner for the Aggies, who were coached at the time by Paul "Bear" Bryant. During the 1957 season, Bryant famously...
Ron Clarke (2015)
The Associated PressGOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Ron Clarke, Australia's greatest middle distance runner and the man who lit the cauldron at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956, died Wednesday at the age of 78.Gold Coast City Council, where Clarke was a former mayor, confirmed Clarke's death from kidney failure after previously battling heart disease.Clarke set 17 world records, including 12 during...
Peter Petherick, 72 (1942 - 2015)
The Associated PressWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former New Zealand off-spinner Peter Petherick, a late-bloomer who became one of only three cricketers to take a hat trick on his test debut, has died. He was 72.Petherick died in Perth, Australia on Sunday, New Zealand Cricket said. The cause of death was not disclosed.Petherick made his first-class debut for New Zealand's Otago province in...
Wayne Harris, 77 (1938 - 2015)
The Associated PressCALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Wayne Harris, the former University of Arkansas and Calgary Stampeders linebacker known as "Thumper" for his hard hits, has died. He was 77.The...
Clarence 'Bevo' Francis, 82 (1932 - 2015)
The Associated PressRIO GRANDE, Ohio (AP) — Clarence "Bevo" Francis, who had 113 points for Rio Grande College in a 1954 game and was one of college basketball's great scorers, has died. He was 82...
Lennie Merullo, 98 (1917 - 2015)
The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — Lennie Merullo, the oldest former member of the Chicago Cubs and the last living person to play for them in the World Series, died Saturday. He was 98.Cubs owner...
Doris Hart, 89 (1925 - 2015)
By STEVEN WINE, The Associated PressMIAMI (AP) — Tennis great Doris Hart, who won each Grand Slam tournament at least once, and once won three Wimbledon titles in a single day, has died.Hart died...
John Siegal (2015)
The Associated PressLAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — John Siegal, an end who helped the Chicago Bears win three NFL titles in the 1940s and was their oldest former player, has died. He was 97.The Bears...
Walter Byers, 93 (1922 - 2015)
By JIM O'CONNELL, The Associated PressWalter Byers, the first executive director of the NCAA who spent 36 years leading and shaping the organization that oversees college athletics, has died. He was...
Richard Mulhall (2015)
The Associated PressARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Richard Mulhall, a trainer who went on to manage the careers of 2001 Horse of the Year Point Given and 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem...
Marques Haynes, 89 (1926 - 2015)
The Associated PressPHOENIX (AP) — Marques Haynes' dribbling skills wowed fans in more than 100 countries. He was a showstopper, a player who helped make the Harlem Globetrotters beloved...
Annarita Sidoti, 44 (1970 - 2015)
The Associated PressROME (AP) — Annarita Sidoti, a former world and European race walking champion form Italy, died Thursday. She was 44.The Italian Olympic Committee said Sidoti died at her home...
Steve Snapp (2015)
The Associated PressCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Steve Snapp, a longtime Ohio State athletics spokesman and sports information director, has died. He was 69.The university confirmed his death on Thursday....
Marty Sheets (2015)
The Associated PressGREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Special Olympics pioneer Marty Sheets has died at 62.Forbis & Dick Funeral Service says he died Thursday at the Greensboro home he shared with his...
James Skeffington (2015)
The Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Pawtucket Red Sox President James Skeffington, a lawyer who became the minor league affiliate's public face and lead cheerleader for a plan to move...
Lu Vason, 76 (1939 - 2015)
By DONNA BRYSON, The Associated PressDENVER (AP) — Denver impresario Lu Vason has died, leaving a legacy of creating opportunities for black cowboys and of celebrating a little-known aspect of...
Peter Tallberg , 77 (1937 - 2015)
The Associated PressLAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Longtime IOC member Peter Tallberg of Finland has died after a battle against cancer, the International Olympic Committee said Saturday. He was 77...
Adrian Robinson, 25 (1989 - 2015)
The Associated PressHAMILTON, Ontario (AP) — Adrian Robinson, the former Temple defensive lineman who recently signed with the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, has died. He was 25...
Garo Yepremian (2015)
By STEVEN WINE, The Associated PressMIAMI (AP) — Cypriot native Garo Yepremian, the former NFL kicker who helped the Miami Dolphins win consecutive NFL championships but is best remembered for a...
Fran Fisher (2015)
The Associated PressSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Fran Fisher, who broadcast Penn State football games on the radio for many years, has died. He was 91.Penn State athletics spokesman Jeff Nelson said...
Cecil Jones Attuquayefio, 70 (1944 - 2015)
The Associated PressACCRA, Ghana (AP) — The Ghana Football Association says 1965 African Cup-winning forward Cecil Jones Attuquayefio has died aged 70.The GFA said Attuquayefio died on Tuesday at...
Tony Ayala, Jr., 52 (1963 - 2015)
The Associated PressSAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Ayala Jr., a rising star in boxing before a 1983 rape conviction that led to the first of two prison terms, has died in his hometown of San Antonio. He...
Bill Guthridge, 77 (1937 - 2015)
By JOEDY McCREARY, The Associated PressCHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina basketball family has lost a second beloved coach in the last few months with the death of Bill Guthridge, Dean...
Davey Whitney , 85 (1930 - 2015)
The Associated PressLORMAN, Miss. (AP) — Former Alcorn State basketball coach Davey Whitney has died. He was 85.The school and the Southwestern Athletic Conference confirmed Whitney's death Sunday....
Eboniey Jeter , 21 (1994 - 2015)
The Associated PressDENTON, Texas (AP) — Forward Eboniey Jeter, who led the North Texas Mean Green women's basketball squad in shooting percentage last season, has been found dead in her dorm room....
Marvin "Marvelous Marv" Hubbard, 68 (1946 - 2015)
The Associated PressLIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) — Marv Hubbard, a bruising fullback who made three Pro Bowls in the early 1970s for the Oakland Raiders, has died. He was 68.The Raiders said Hubbard died...
Elwood "Bud" Johnston, 77 (1937 - 2015)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Elwood "Bud" Johnston, who bred and raced Eclipse Award-winning Acclamation, has died. He was 77.He died in his sleep Tuesday, a day before his 78th birthday,...
Andrew Lewis, 44 (1970 - 2015)
The Associated PressGEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Former professional boxer Andrew Lewis has died in his native Guyana after a motorist struck him on his bicycle. He was 44.Police in the South American...