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Bjorn Waldegard (2014)
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...
Jack Kraft (2014)
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...
Alfredo Martini, 93 (1921 - 2014)
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...
Jason Bitsko, 21 (1993 - 2014)
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...
Hashim Khan (2014)
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...
Gordy MacKenzie, 77 (1937 - 2014)
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....
Vladimir Beara, 85 (1928 - 2014)
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...
Kevin Ward, Jr. (2014)
MARY ESCH, The Associated Press TURIN, New York (AP) — They came to grieve and share stories about Kevin Ward Jr., who was born into a motorsport family and buried with racing flags in his...
Pete Van Weiren (2014)
PAUL NEWBERRY, The Associated PressATLANTA (AP) — Pete Van Wieren, the bespectacled broadcaster who was part of the landmark team that carried Atlanta Braves games throughout the nation on Ted...
June Krauser (2014)
The Associated PressFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — June Krauser, who helped establish the Masters adult swimming program and set hundreds of records, has died at age 88.Krauser continued to swim...
Julio Grondona (2014)
VICENTE L. PANETTA, The Associated PressBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Julio Grondona, the longtime head of the Argentine Football Association, has died. He was 82.The announcement was made...
Ed Sprinkle, 90 (1923 - 2014)
The Associated PressPALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Ed Sprinkle, a star defensive end for the Chicago Bears in the 1940s and '50s who was called the "meanest man" in football, has died. He was 90.He...
Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones, 88 (1926 - 2014)
GARY B. GRAVES, The Associated PressLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones, a multi-sport star who helped Kentucky win the first two of its eight national titles and is considered the school...
Dale Schlueter (2014)
The Associated PressPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Dale Schlueter, a member of the Portland Trail Blazers for their inaugural 1970-71 season, died Thursday after battling cancer. He was 68.The Trail Blazers...
Robert Newhouse (2014)
The Associated PressDALLAS (AP) — Robert Newhouse, who played running back for the Dallas Cowboys for 12 seasons and went to three Super Bowls, has died. He was 64.Newhouse's son, Rodd Newhouse,...
Kevin Skinner, 86 (1927 - 2014)
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...
Sam Koch (2014)
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...
Bob Torrance (2014)
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...
Alice Coachman Davis, 90 (1923 - 2014)
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...
Tom Veryzer, 61 (1953 - 2014)
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...
Alfredo Di Stefano, 88 (1926 - 2014)
HAROLD HECKLE, The Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Alfredo Di Stefano, the player Real Madrid has hailed as the most important component in its mid-20th century ascent to becoming a global...
Samuel Henry "Errie" Ball (2014)
The Associated PressSTUART, Fla. (AP) — Samuel Henry "Errie" Ball, who played in the first Masters, died Wednesday. The golf pro was 103.Ball's daughter, Leslie Adams Gogarty, says her father died...
Frank Cashen (2014)
BEN WALKER, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Frank Cashen, the general manager who wore a signature bow tie and fashioned a New York Mets team that rollicked its way to the 1986 World Series...
Ed Messbarger (2014)
The Associated PressSAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — Ed Messbarger, who won 630 games in a 41-year college coaching career spent mostly at St. Mary's and Angelo State in Texas, has died. He was 81.Angelo...
Bobby Castillo, 59 (1955 - 2014)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Bobby Castillo, a former Dodgers and Minnesota Twins pitcher credited with teaching Fernando Valenzuela how to throw a screwball, died Monday in a Los Angeles...
Jim Brosnan, 84 (1929 - 2014)
The Associated PressMORTON GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Former pitcher Jim Brosnan, known as much for writing about life in baseball as helping the Cincinnati Reds reach the 1961 World Series, has died. He...
David Taylor, 60 (1954 - 2014)
The Associated PressGLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Scotland's Football Association says former UEFA general secretary David Taylor has died. He was 60.The SFA says Taylor's death was confirmed by UEFA,...
Tony Gwynn, Sr., 54 (1960 - 2014)
BERNIE WILSON, The Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tony Gwynn could handle a bat like few other major leaguers, whether it was driving the ball through the "5.5 hole" between third base and...
Ray Fox (2014)
The Associated PressDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Ray Fox, a premier engine builder and top mechanic in the 1950s and '60s, has died. He was 98.Fox died Sunday at Halifax...
Rodney Thomas, 41 (1973 - 2014)
EMILY SCHMALL, The Associated PressFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Rodney Thomas, who played running back for the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons during a seven-year NFL career, has...