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Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • Viktor Tikhonov, 84 (1930 - 2014)

    Viktor  Tikhonov

    The Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Viktor Tikhonov, the Soviet hockey coach whose teams won three Olympic gold medals but fell to the United States in the "Miracle on Ice," died after a long illness. He was 84. Russia's Kontinental Hockey League said early Monday that Tikhonov died during the night. He had been receiving treatment at home for an undisclosed illness that had left him...

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  • Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney, 98 (1916 - 2014)

    Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney

    The Associated PressNEWPORT, Rhode Island (AP) — The International Tennis Hall of Fame says Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney, the first American woman to win the tournament now known as the Australian Open, has died at age 98.The Hall says Tuesday that Cheney died Sunday in Escondido, California, following a brief illness.She was inducted in 2004, and was introduced at the ceremony by fellow member John...

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  • Pat Quinn, 71 (1943 - 2014)

    Pat Quinn

    The Associated PressVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Pat Quinn, a former defenseman and longtime NHL coach and executive who brought a gruff and passionate presence to hockey across the decades, has died at 71.He died Sunday night in Vancouver after a long illness, the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants said Monday. Quinn was co-owner of the team.Quinn played...

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  • Larry Kelm, 49 (1964 - 2014)

    Larry Kelm

    The Associated PressCOLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Larry Kelm, a linebacker on Texas A&M's Wrecking Crew defense who went on to play in the NFL, has died. He was 49.The university said Monday he died this weekend in an accident while hunting. No other details were given.Kelm was a linebacker for the Aggies from 1983-86. He was drafted in the fourth round in 1987 and played with the Los Angeles...

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  • Ray Sadecki, 73 (1940 - 2014)

    Ray Sadecki

    The Associated PressMESA, Ariz. (AP) — Ray Sadecki, who pitched in the major leagues for 18 seasons and won 20 games for the 1964 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, has died from complications of blood cancer, his son, Steve, said. Sadecki was 73.Sadecki made his major league debut at age 19 with the Cardinals in 1960. In 1964, he went 20-11 and helped St. Louis win the National League...

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