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Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • Peter Daland, 93 (1921 - 2014)

    Peter Daland

    The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Peter Daland, who coached the University of Southern California swim team to nine NCAA championships and mentored Olympic gold medal winners, has died. He was 93.Daland died Monday in Thousand Oaks, according to a statement from the university. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease, the school said.Daland spent more than 45 years coaching at the...

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  • Raymond Beadle, 70 (1943 - 2014)

    Raymond Beadle

    The Associated PressWACO, Texas (AP) — Raymond Beadle, a three-time NHRA Funny Car world champion and a championship NASCAR team owner, has died. He was 70.The NHRA said Beadle died Monday at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.Beadle won 28 NHRA national events and titles from 1979-81. He was a two-time winner of the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis.Beadle fielded his first NASCAR team in...

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  • Miloslava Rezkova-Hubnerova, 64 (1950 - 2014)

    Miloslava Rezkova-Hubnerova

    The Associated PressPRAGUE (AP) — Miloslava Rezkova-Hubnerova, who won the Olympic gold in women's high jump for Czechoslovakia in 1968 aged 18, has died.The Czech athletics federation says Monday that Rezkova-Hubnerova died overnight after battling a serious long-term disease. She was 64.In a surprising victory, Rezkova-Hubnerova cleared 1.82 meters to claim gold at the Mexico Games. To stay...

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  • Lou Lucier, 96 (1918 - 2014)

    Lou Lucier

    The Associated PressBOSTON (AP) — Lou Lucier, who was the oldest surviving former Boston Red Sox player, has died at the age of 96.The team says Lucier (LOO'-cee-ur) had a stroke earlier this month and died on Saturday.A right-handed pitcher, Lucier played parts of three major league seasons during World War II with the Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. In all, he was 3-5 with a 3.81 ERA in 33...

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  • Nobby Wirkowski, 88 (1926 - 2014)

    Nobby Wirkowski

    The Associated PressTORONTO (AP) — Nobby Wirkowski, the star quarterback who played for Woody Hayes in college before leading the Toronto Argonauts to the 1952 Grey Cup title and later coaching the CFL team, has died. He was 88.His death was confirmed by the team Thursday.Wirkowski also played for Hamilton and Calgary in the 1950s before returning to Toronto in 1960 when a knee injury during an...

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