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Notable Sports Deaths

  • Carol Vadnais, 68 (1945 - 2014)

    Carol Vadnais

    The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Former NHL defenseman Carol Vadnais, a six-time all-star, has died. He was 68.The New York Rangers reported on their website that Vadnais, who spent seven seasons with the team, passed away Sunday. A cause of death was not given.Vadnais made his NHL debut in 1966-67 with his hometown Montreal Canadiens and played 17 NHL seasons, winning Stanley Cups in 1968...

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  • Bjorn Waldegard (2014)

    Bjorn Waldegard

    The Associated PressSTOCKHOLM (AP) — The Swedish Automobile Sports Federation says Bjorn Waldegard, who won 16 world championship rallies during a career that spanned four decades, has died. He was 70.Federation chairman Kenneth Thoren says Waldegard, known by his nickname "Walle, "put Swedish Automobile Sports on the world map."Thoren said Saturday one of Waldegard's biggest wins was in Africa...

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  • Jack Kraft (2014)

    Jack Kraft

    The Associated Press VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Jack Kraft, the Villanova basketball coach who guided the Wildcats to the 1971 NCAA title game and coached such players as Wali Jones, Bill Melchionni and Howard Porter, has died. He was 93. He died Thursday in New Jersey, the school said in a statement Friday. Kraft coached the Wildcats for a dozen seasons and finished with 238 victories and...

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  • Alfredo Martini, 93 (1921 - 2014)

    Alfredo Martini

    The Associated PressROME (AP) — Alfredo Martini, Italy's former national cycling team coach who guided the squad to six world titles, has died. He was 93.The Italian cycling federation says Martini died late Monday at his home in Sesto Fiorentino after battling a series of medical problems in his final months.Under Martini's guidance from 1975 to 1997, Italy won six gold, six silver and eight...

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  • Jason Bitsko, 21 (1993 - 2014)

    Jason Bitsko

    TOM WITHERS, The Associated PressCLEVELAND (AP) — Kent State football player Jason Bitsko, who was slated to start at center for the Golden Flashes this season, died Wednesday.Police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue, the school said. The school said in a release the 21-year-old Bitsko was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment shortly before 9 a.m...

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