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2014 Notable Sports Deaths

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 23, 2014 at 4:10 p.m.



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July 14 — Alice Coachman Davis, 90, the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Davis won Olympic gold in the high jump at the 1948 games in London. Davis attended Tuskegee University and won 25 national track and field championships — including 10 consecutive high jump titles.

July 16 — Cashmere Jackson, 26, former national boxing champion. She won the national light welterweight titles in 2010 and 2011 and a bronze medal in 2010 at the world boxing championships.

July 17 — Jim Myers, 92, former Iowa State and Texas A&M football coach.

July 20 — Sam Koch, 59, Massachusetts men's soccer coach. Koch, who led the Minutemen to a berth in the 2007 College Cup, had a 222-182-45 record in 23 seasons at UMass. He won four regular-season Atlantic 10 Conference titles and two A-10 tournament championships, reaching the NCAA tournament three times.

July 22 — Shawn Afryl, 22, Winona State offensive lineman died during a workout at Maxwell Field on the campus in Winona, Minn. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound offensive lineman had recently enrolled after his transfer from Illinois.

July 22 — Robert Newhouse, 64, running back for the Dallas Cowboys for 12 seasons. Newhouse ran for 4,784 yards in his career with Dallas. He retired in 1983 after playing in three Super Bowls with some of the Cowboys greatest teams, including the 1976 NFL champions.

July 24 — Dale Schlueter, 68, member of the Portland Trail Blazers for their inaugural 1970-71 season. The 6-foot-10 center averaged 5.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in seven NBA seasons with San Francisco, Portland, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Buffalo and Phoenix.

July 28 — Torrin Lawrence, 25, former University of Georgia 400-meter standout. Lawrence ran for the United States in the opening round of the 4x400 relay at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas, in May. The team went on to capture the gold medal.

July 28 — Ed Sprinkle, 90, star defensive end for the Chicago Bears in the 1940s and '50s who was called the "meanest man" in football. Sprinkle played for the Bears from 1944 to 1955 under coach George Halas, including the 1946 championship team.

July 29 — Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones, 88, multi-sport star who helped Kentucky win the first two of its eight men's basketball national titles. Jones, considered the school's greatest all-around athlete, was the last surviving member of the Wildcats' "Fabulous Five" that won the 1948 national championship and went on to claim Olympic gold that year with the U.S. team. He returned with three teammates under Hall of Fame coach Adolph Rupp to repeat as titlists in 1949. Jones played football for legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, and earned all-Southeastern Conference honors in 1946 and '48.

Aug. 2 — Pete Van Wieren, 69, former Atlanta Braves broadcaster. Affectionately known as "The Professor" for his encyclopedic knowledge of the game and long hours of research, Van Wieren was part of a landmark team that ushered in the "SuperStation" era on TBS in 1976 along with Ernie Johnson and Skip Caray. Van Wieren spent 33 years with the Braves before retiring.

Aug. 2 — June Krauser, 88, Masters swimming champion. Krauser, along with two colleagues, established a competitive swimming program for adults in the early 1970s. She then began her own comeback to the pool at age 45 and competed until her retirement in 2006. Krauser holds 154 U.S. records and 73 world records in the Masters division.

Aug. 6 — Orvis Milner, 90, a starting blocking back on the 1946 Tennessee football team that won a share of the Southeastern Conference title and reached the Orange Bowl.

Aug. 9 — Kevin Ward Jr., 20, died of blunt force trauma when he was hit by a car driven by NASCAR star Tony Stewart during a dirt-track race in upstate New York.

Aug. 10 — Matt Derenbecker, 22, former Louisiana high school basketball star who played at LSU, Dayton and New Orleans.

Aug. 11 — Vladimir Beara, 85, Yugoslavian star considered one of soccer's greatest goalkeepers. Beara played 59 games for Yugoslavia, winning the silver medal at the 1952 Olympics.

Aug. 12 — Gordy MacKenzie, 77, a longtime minor league manager and coach and scout who had a short stint in the majors as a catcher with the Kansas City Athletics.

Aug. 14 — Jay Adams, 53, the colorful rebel who helped transform skateboarding from a simple street pastime into one of the world's most spectacular sports with hair-raising stunts and an outsized personality to match.

Aug. 18 — Hashim Khan, 100, one of the greatest squash players of all time. Khan was the patriarch who got the ball rolling on Pakistan's squash supremacy, winning seven British Open titles, including his first in 1951 at an age when most players retire.

Aug. 20 — Jason Bitsko, 21, Kent State football center. Bitsko was in his fourth year with the Golden Flashes.

Aug. 23 — Albert Ebosse, 24, a striker from Cameroon, died after being hit by a rock apparently thrown by his own fans at a topflight league game in Algeria. Ebosse was hit as players left the field following a 2-1 loss for his club, JS Kabylie. Ebosse was the leading goal-scorer in the Algerian league last season.

Aug. 24 — Dan Magill, 93, former University of Georgia tennis coach. Magill served as the men's tennis coach from 1955 to 1988 winning 13 SEC outdoor titles, eight indoor titles and two NCAA national championships during his tenure.

Aug. 24 — Marquese Meadow, 18, freshman defensive lineman for Morgan State. Meadow had been hospitalized since becoming disoriented during the workout two weeks earlier.

Aug. 25 — Alfredo Martini, 93, Italy's former national cycling team coach who guided the squad to six world titles. Under Martini's guidance from 1975 to 1997, Italy won six gold, six silver and eight bronze medals at the road world championships.

Aug. 28 — John "Jack" Kraft, former Villanova men's basketball coach who led the Wildcats to 238 victories over a dozen seasons and a 1971 title game appearance. Kraft joined Villanova in 1961 and led the team to a 21-7 record and the first of six appearances in the NCAA tournament. In 1971, a 23-6 record got the team to the Final Four for the first time since 1939 and to the title game, a 68-62 loss to UCLA.

Aug. 29 — Bjorn Waldegard, 70, winner of 16 world auto rally championships during a career that spanned four decades. Waldegard won the inaugural World Rally Championship for drivers in 1979.

Aug. 31 — Carol Vadnais, 68, former NHL defenseman and six-time all-star. Vadnais made his NHL debut in 1966-67 with his hometown Montreal Canadiens and played 17 NHL seasons, winning Stanley Cups in 1968 with Montreal and 1972 with Boston.

Sept. 1 — Charlie Powell, 82, San Diego sports all-star who was one of the first black NFL players and who later became a boxer and fought Cassius Clay. Powell briefly played professional baseball before joining the NFL when he was 19 years old. He played for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders. After retiring he turned to boxing, climbing to fourth in the world with bouts against Clay and Floyd Patterson.

Sept. 2 — Norman Gordon, 103, world's oldest test cricketer and the last survivor of the famous Timeless Test of 1939. Gordon, a fast bowler, played for South Africa in the game against England in Durban in March 1939 that lasted 10 days before both teams agreed to call it a draw so the English could catch a ship back home.

Sept. 8 — Marvin Barnes, 62, former NBA and ABA player. Barnes led Providence College to Final Four in 1973 and starred in the old American Basketball Association. As a senior, Barnes averaged 22 points and 18.7 rebounds and was the second overall pick of the 1974 NBA draft, behind only UCLA's Bill Walton. Barnes opted for the rival ABA and won rookie of the year in 1975 after averaging 24 points and 15.6 rebounds. Barnes went to the Detroit Pistons in 1976 before bouncing between the Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics and San Diego Clippers.

Sept. 8 — Austin "Goose" Gonsoulin, 76, former Pro Bowl safety for the Denver Broncos and a member of the team's Ring of Fame. Around the Mile High City, Gonsoulin was known as an "Original Bronco." He led Denver in interceptions four times during his career.

Sept. 8 — Christopher Duncan, 43, sports reporter for The Associated Press who covered the Houston Texans, Houston Rockets and the Kentucky Derby.

Sept. 9 — Bob Suter, 57, member of the "Miracle On Ice" team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1980 and the father of Minnesota Wild star Ryan Suter. Suter played for the University of Wisconsin where he helped the Badgers win the national title in 1977. He was a rugged defenseman for Team USA at the Lake Placid Olympics, helping the team to one of the greatest upsets in American sports history.

Sept. 12 — Bengt Saltin, 79, Swedish professor of human physiology and a leading anti-doping expert. Saltin was head of the anti-doping program at the International Ski Federation, mapping the blood values of cross-country skiers from 2001-07.

Sept. 13 — Frank Torre, 82, former major league baseball player and older brother of Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre. Frank played seven seasons in the majors with the Milwaukee Braves and Philadelphia Phillies. He homered twice in 10 at-bats during the 1957 World Series as Milwaukee beat the New York Yankees for its only championship.

Sept. 15 — Alpha Ibraham Diallo, 82, former IOC member from Guinea and African Olympic head. Diallo joined the IOC in 1994 and served on the policy-making executive board from 2002-06. Diallo headed Guinea's Olympic committee for 15 years and was president of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa from 2001-05.

Sept. 17 — Andriy Gusin, 41, former Ukraine midfielder who helped his country reach the 2006 World Cup quarterfinals. Gusin made 71 appearances for Ukraine, including in all five matches at the World Cup in Germany.

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