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Notable Sports Deaths

  • Joe Curl, 59 (1954 - 2014)

    Joe Curl

    The Associated PressHOUSTON (AP) — Former Houston women's basketball coach Joe Curl has died, the university announced Monday. He was 59.The university said Curl died on Monday morning, but gave no further details on his death.Curl was 193-167 in 12 seasons at Houston. His led the Cougars to the NCAA tournament in 2004 and 2005 and his wins are the most by a coach in school history.He resigned...

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  • Hal Smith (2014)

    Hal Smith

    The Associated PressFORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Former major league baseball player Hal Smith of Fort Smith, Ark., has died.Edwards Funeral Home says Smith died Saturday at age 82. A cause of death was not released.Smith was a native of Barling who signed with the St. Louis Cardinals as a catcher in 1949. He played for the Cardinals from 1956-61 and was named to three National League All-Star teams...

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  • Lou Hodson, 69 (1944 - 2014)

    Lou Hodson

    CHARLES ODUM, The Associated PressATLANTA (AP) — Lou Hudson, a smooth-shooting star for the Hawks who averaged more than 20 points during 13 NBA seasons, died Friday. He was 69.He died in Atlanta, where he was hospitalized and listed in grave condition last month after a stroke, the Hawks said.Hudson, a six-time All-Star nicknamed "Sweet Lou," played for the Hawks in St. Louis and Atlanta. The...

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  • Joe Aquilino (2014)

    Joe Aquilino

    The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Joe Aquilino, a longtime New York trainer whose 58-1 shot Badge finished third at the 1999 Preakness, has died. He was 76.His death was announced by the New York Racing Association, where Aquilino worked for more than three decades. He died Wednesday of congestive heart failure.Aquilino's biggest win came in 1999 when Badge took the Gotham at Aqueduct. Two...

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  • Royce Waltman, 72 (1942 - 2014)

    Royce Waltman

    MICHAEL MAROT, The Associated PressINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Royce Waltman captivated Indiana's basketball fans with his folksy attitude and a penchant for winning.Being Bob Knight's right-hand man helped, too.On Monday night, the man who became a familiar face on college basketball sidelines throughout the state died at age 72 after a long battle with health problems. Waltman's wife, Carole,...

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