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Notable Sports Deaths

  • 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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  • Hashim Khan (2014)

    Hashim Khan

    PAT GRAHAM, The Associated PressDENVER (AP) — Hashim Khan, one of the greatest squash players of all time, died of congestive heart failure Monday night. He was believed to be 100.His son, Mo, said in a phone interview that Khan died in his home in Aurora, Colorado, with family by his side.Khan was the patriarch who got the ball rolling on Pakistan's squash supremacy, winning seven British Open...

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  • Gordy MacKenzie, 77 (1937 - 2014)

    Gordy MacKenzie

    The Associated PressHOUSTON (AP) — Gordy MacKenzie, the longtime minor league manager and coach and scout who had a short stint in the majors as a catcher with the Kansas City Athletics, has died. He was 77.The Houston Astros said Wednesday that MacKenzie died Tuesday. The team didn't provide the cause of death.MacKenzie had three hits and an RBI in 24 at-bats in 11 games for the Athletics in...

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  • Vladimir Beara, 85 (1928 - 2014)

    Vladimir Beara

    The Associated PressSPLIT, Croatia (AP) — Vladimir Beara, a Yugoslavia international who is considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, has died in Croatia, his family said Monday. He was 85.His family says in a statement that Beara died after a series of strokes over the past year.Beara played 59 games for Yugoslavia, winning the silver medal at the 1952 Olympics. He also...

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