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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 Friday at home at the age of 89, the International Tennis Hall of Fame confirmed to The Associated Press, citing close personal friends of Hart's.Hart was known for her smarts, crisp groundstrokes and...
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 said Wednesday that he died this week at his home in Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania.Siegal spent his entire five-year career with the Bears and was selected to three Pro Bowls. He helped Chicago win NFL...
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 93.Byers died Tuesday at his home in Emmett, Kansas, when a urinary tract infection spread into his bloodstream, son Fritz said Wednesday.A main part of Byers' job when he started as NCAA executive...
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, died Monday. He was 76.Santa Anita publicity officials said Mulhall died at his home in Monrovia after a long illness.Mulhall oversaw the late Ahmed Salman's The Thoroughbred Corp. when the stable...
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 ambassadors of basketball around the world.Haynes, often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, died Friday in Plano, Texas, of natural causes, the Globetrotters said. He was 89."Basketball has...
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...
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...
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....
Lu Vason (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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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,...
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...
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...
Geoff Duke (2015)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Geoff Duke, who won six world motorcycling titles and became the sport's first global star, has died. He was 92.Duke, who retired from the sport in 1959 with 33...
Pete Brown (2015)
The Associated PressAUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Pete Brown, the first black player to win a PGA Tour event, died Friday. He was 80.PGA Tour officials say Brown died in Augusta. Details on the cause of...
Gregory Mertens, 24 (1991 - 2015)
The Associated PressBRUSSELS (AP) — Lokeren says defender Gregory Mertens died on Thursday, three days after he suffered heart failure during a training match.The club in Belgium's top division...
Vardan Militosyan, 64 (1950 - 2015)
The Associated PressYEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Vardan Militosyan, an Olympic silver medalist and two-time European champion weightlifter for the Soviet Union, has died. He was 64.The Armenian Olympic...
Calvin Peete, 71 (1943 - 2015)
The Associated PressATLANTA (AP) — Calvin Peete, who taught himself how to play golf at 24 and became the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died...
Gene Fullmer, 83 (1931 - 2015)
By KAREEM COPELAND, The Associated PressSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gene Fullmer, a former middleweight boxing champion and member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame whose 55 career victories...
Randy Bennett (2015)
The Associated PressVICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — Longtime Canadian swim coach Randy Bennett has died. He was 51.Swimming Canada, the sport's domestic governing body, said he died Monday night....
Verne Gagne, 89 (1926 - 2015)
The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Verne Gagne, one of professional wrestling's most celebrated performers and promoters, has died. He was 89. Gagne died Monday at his daughter's home in...