Notable Sports Deaths

  • Kevin Skinner, 86 (1927 - 2014)

    Kevin Skinner

    The Associated PressWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Kevin Skinner, a famously rugged All Blacks prop who became part of New Zealand rugby folklore for his role in its first test series win over South Africa, has died. He was 86.New Zealand Rugby Union said Skinner, who was also a national heavyweight boxing champion, passed away Sunday night.Skinner played the last two tests of the 1956 series...

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  • Sam Koch (2014)

    Sam Koch

    The Associated PressAMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts men's soccer coach Sam Koch (coke), who led the Minutemen to a berth in the 2007 College Cup, has died after a two-year battle with sinus cancer.The university said in a statement that Koch died Sunday at his Hadley home. He was 59.Koch had a 222-182-45 record in 23 seasons at UMass. He won four regular-season Atlantic 10 Conference titles...

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  • Bob Torrance (2014)

    Bob Torrance

    The Associated Press, The Associated PressFormer Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance says on Twitter that his father Bob, a respected Scottish golf coach who had been fighting cancer, has died. He was 82.Torrance posted a message Friday saying "sad day my dad just passed away peacefully in his sleep."Bob Torrance built Padraig Harrington's swing before his 2007 victory at Carnoustie in the British...

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  • Alice Coachman Davis, 90 (1923 - 2014)

    Alice Coachman  Davis

    The Associated Press ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, died early Monday in south Georgia. She was 90. Davis' death was confirmed by her daughter, Evelyn Jones. Davis won Olympic gold in the high jump at the 1948 games in London with an American and Olympic record of 1.68 meters (5.51 feet), according to USA Track and Field,...

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  • Tom Veryzer, 61 (1953 - 2014)

    Tom Veryzer

    The Associated PressDETROIT (AP) — Tom Veryzer, who played a dozen years in the major leagues and was Detroit's shortstop before Alan Trammell took over in the late 1970s, has died. He was 61.The Tigers confirmed Veryzer died this week, as did the Overton Funeral Home in Islip, N.Y. A viewing is scheduled for Thursday at the home.Veryzer played for the Tigers from 1973-77, then spent four years...

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