Notable Sports Deaths

  • Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones, 88 (1926 - 2014)

    Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones

    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's greatest all-around athlete, has died. He was 88.Jones, an All-American, was the last surviving member of the Wildcats' "Fabulous Five" that won the 1948 national championship and went on to claim...

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  • Dale Schlueter (2014)

    Dale Schlueter

    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 said Schlueter died at his Portland home.Schlueter was acquired by the Blazers in 1970 and averaged 8.2 points in the team's first season. The 6-foot-10 center had two stints in Portland, from 1970...

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  • Robert Newhouse (2014)

    Robert Newhouse

    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, says his father died Tuesday at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, after a battle with heart disease.Newhouse had suffered a stroke in 2010.The burly running back was drafted by the Cowboys in 1972...

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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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  • 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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