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« on: September 20, 2017, 05:41:45 pm »
We don't have this thread as we post them in Celebrity deaths, but we should have one here for sports related figures, even including wrestlers as show or not they are great athletes.

Jake LaMotta, the Raging Bull has died at age 95!
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2017, 02:41:17 am »
Basketball star Connie Hawkins has died at age 75!
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2017, 03:55:56 pm »
NFL Hall of Fame member Y. A. Tittle has died at age 90! RIP.
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2017, 04:05:02 pm »
Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher who retired from baseball nearly four years ago, died when his plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday. He was 40.

Halladay's ICON A5, a small, single-engine aircraft, went down around noon Tuesday off the coast of Florida, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said at a news conference.

The sheriff's office marine unit responded and found Halladay's body in shallow water near some mangroves. No survivors were found. Police said they couldn't confirm if there were additional passengers on the plane or where it was headed.

Nocco said the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

"All of us at Baseball are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic passing of former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "A well-respected figure throughout the game, Roy was a fierce competitor during his 16-year career, which included eight All-Star selections, two Cy Young Awards, a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter.

"On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to his family, including his wife, Brandy, and two sons, Ryan and Braden, his friends and countless fans, as well as the Blue Jays and Phillies organizations."

Halladay received his pilot's license several years ago and ******* photos last month of himself standing next to a new ICON A5 as part of the plane's marketing campaign.

In a story posted last month on ICON's website to promote the A5, Halladay said he had "been dreaming about flying since I was a boy but was only able to become a pilot once I retired from baseball."

In a video posted on ICON's website, Halladay said the terms of his baseball contract prevented him from having a pilot's license while playing and that his wife was originally against the idea of him getting the aircraft.

"Hard. I fought hard. I was very against it,'' Brandy Halladay said in the same video, before explaining why she eventually understood and approved of her husband's desire to have the plane. The video was removed from ******* later Tuesday.

Halladay's father was a corporate pilot.

The A5 was a newer model from ICON, based in Vacaville, California. It's a two-seat "light-sport aircraft" that can land on water. Halladay had owned his ICON A5 for less than a month and was among the first to fly it, with only about 20 in existence, according to the website for ICON Aviation.

On May 8, two ICON employees, the company's lead test pilot and the director of engineering, were killed in a crash in an A5 in Napa County, California. The NTSB report indicated the probable cause was "the pilot's failure to maintain clearance from terrain while maneuvering at a low altitude."

"We were devastated to learn that former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay died today in an accident involving an ICON A5 in the Gulf of Mexico," the company said in a statement. "We have gotten to know Roy and his family in recent months, and he was a great advocate and friend of ours. The entire ICON community would like to pass on our deepest condolences to Roy's family and friends. ICON will do everything it can to support the accident investigation going forward, and we will comment further when more information is available."

Nocco said Tuesday that Halladay was a "personal friend of our sheriff's office" and that it is a "sad day for us here in Pasco County."

"Being a pilot, flying planes, that was his passion," Nocco said. "He would talk about it, about refurbishing planes."

Halladay was an eight-time All-Star who went 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA in his 16-year career with the Blue Jays and Phillies. He threw a perfect game with the Phillies during the 2010 season. And on Oct. 6 of that year, against the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Division Series, he became only the second pitcher to throw a postseason no-hitter, joining Don Larsen, who accomplished the feat for the New York Yankees in the 1956 World Series.

In a statement, the Phillies said, "There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game." Added team chairman David Montgomery of Halladay at a news conference later Tuesday: "All-Star pitcher. All-Star person. All-Star father and family man."

Halladay signed a one-day contract with Toronto in December 2013 so he could retire as a member of the Blue Jays, the team with which he spent the first 12 years of his career.

"The Toronto Blue Jays organization is overcome by grief with the tragic loss of one of the franchise's greatest and most respected players, but even better human being," the team said in a statement. "It is impossible to express what he has meant to this franchise, the city and its fans. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

Halladay won the 2003 American League Cy Young Award and went 148-76 with a 3.43 ERA in 12 seasons with the Blue Jays. He was traded to the Phillies after the 2009 season and won the NL Cy Young in 2010.

He is eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019.

In recent years, Halladay had become a mental coach for Phillies minor leaguers. Rather than work on pitching mechanics, he worked with them on the mental approach to pitching -- tutelage that some called invaluable.

Several of Halladay's former teammates and opponents offered their condolences on social media after learning about his death.

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My heart hurts writing this. I can still remember the first day we met. It was 5:45am on the first day of spring training when I arrived. He was finishing his breakfast but his clothes were soaking wet. I asked if it was raining when he got in. He laughed and said “No I just finished my workout” I knew right then- he was the real deal. Thank you Roy for allowing us to witness what it takes to be the best. We will all miss you.
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Such a sad day. We lost a great ball player but an even better human being. Many prayers to Brandy, Ryan, & Brayden. We will miss you Roy.
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"When he smiled, it could definitely light up the room," former Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard said of Halladay on SportsCenter. "He could play a trick on someone and you not see it coming. He was a selfless guy. Loved his sons, loved his sons to death. He was a very giving, open person, very down-to-earth guy."

Cole Hamels, the former Phillies left-hander, spoke about his teammate on Tuesday while at Citizens Bank Park.

"In order to be great at something, you have to have mentors, and he was one for me," Hamels said. "I watched from afar with being here and him being in Toronto. We got to see him pitch in spring training and then watching during the season; he was the greatest of that decade, he was the greatest pitcher. You wanted to watch him, see how he attacked hitters. What was he doing different, why was he so great? Then to finally play catch with him and see he had a purpose. Behind everything he did, he had a purpose.

"You have very small, short moments in life to do something great, so you have to maximize it, and he did. He made everybody better. I think that is what you noticed. Wasn't just Roy Halladay is coming into pitch. Roy Halladay brought a team with him to win. He made everyone rise up to the best of their abilities. What he did here was something special. You didn't miss those moments when he pitched. When you had Roy Halladay on the mound, you didn't miss an inning, you didn't miss a pitch. You were watching every moment."

Halladay also had a special bond with former Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz.

"Roy was one of the greatest pitchers I ever caught, and an even better person and friend," Ruiz said. "I wanted to win more for him than myself. I will miss him very much. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones and all those, like me, who truly admired him."

Other baseball players to die in plane crashes include Pittsburgh Pirates star Roberto Clemente in a relief mission from Puerto Rico, while traveling to earthquake victims in Nicaragua on New Year's Eve in 1972; Yankees catcher Thurman Munson, while piloting his own plane near his home in Canton, Ohio, in 1979; and Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, while piloting his own plane in New York City in 2006.

Halladay was nominated several times for the Roberto Clemente Award, given by Major League Baseball to players for sportsmanship and community involvement. The Halladay Family Foundation has aided children's charities, hunger relief and animal rescue.

"Many of you know Roy as a Cy Young winner, future Hall of Famer, one of the best pitchers ever to pitch the game of baseball," Nocco said. "We know Roy as a person, as a caring husband who loved his wife, Brandy. He loved his two boys tremendously ... and we are so sad for your loss."

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Halladay had resided in Odessa, Florida, since he retired and had coached youth baseball teams there. In the spring, he was a volunteer assistant at Calvary Christian High, where his son Braden was a sophomore on the undefeated team, which won a state title.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Re: Sports figures deceased:
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2017, 04:22:44 pm »
Tragic loss. RIP Roy! :'(
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Re: Sports figures deceased:
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2017, 11:35:45 am »
Dick Enberg, the Hall of Fame broadcaster whose "Oh my!" calls rang familiar with so many sports fans, has died, his wife and daughter confirmed Thursday night.

He was 82.

Enberg's daughter Nicole said the family became concerned when he didn't arrive on his flight to Boston on Thursday and that he was found dead at his home in La Jolla, a San Diego neighborhood, with his bags packed for a trip to see his third grandchild for the first time. The family said it was awaiting official word on the cause of death but believed he had a heart attack.

The family "is grateful for the kind thoughts and prayers of all of Dick's countless fans and dear friends," according to a statement released by Enberg's attorney, Dennis Coleman. "At this time we are all still processing the significant loss, and we ask for prayers and respectful privacy in the immediate aftermath of such untimely news."

Enberg was one of America's most beloved sports broadcasters, with his versatile voice spanning the world on networks such as NBC, CBS and ESPN. In all, he covered 28 Wimbledons, 10 Super Bowls and eight NCAA men's basketball title games, including the Magic Johnson-Larry Bird showdown in 1979.

His work was celebrated with a host of honors, including the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award (2015), the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Rozelle Award (1999) and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Gowdy Award (1995). He won 13 Sports Emmy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and UCLA named its media center in Pauley Pavilion after Enberg this year.

Most recently, Enberg had served as the primary play-by-play television voice of the San Diego Padres, retiring in 2016 after seven seasons with the team.

"Baseball," he said then, "has been in my DNA from the time I was in diapers."

The Padres released a statement Thursday night.

"We are immensely saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg," the statement read. "Dick was an institution in the industry for 60 years and we were lucky enough to have his iconic voice behind the microphone for Padres games for nearly a decade. On behalf of our entire organization, we send our deepest condolences to his wife, Barbara, and the entire Enberg family."

Padres chairman Ron Fowler, who has known Enberg for more than 25 years, said Thursday night that the team has offered the family use of Petco Park for a celebration of his life.

Born and raised in Michigan, Enberg graduated from Central Michigan, where he began his broadcasting career as an undergraduate. He later moved to California, doing TV work for the UCLA Bruins and radio work for the California Angels and Los Angeles Rams.

During his nine years broadcasting UCLA basketball in the 1960s and '70s, the Bruins won eight NCAA titles. He said the Jan. 20, 1968, Houston-UCLA game, dubbed "The Game of the Century," in which the Bruins' 47-game winning streak was snapped in front of 52,693 fans at the Astrodome, was the most historically important event he covered. It was the first NCAA regular-season game broadcast nationwide in prime time.

"That was the platform from which college basketball's popularity was sent into the stratosphere," Enberg said. "The '79 game, the Magic-Bird game, everyone wants to credit that as the greatest game of all time. That was just the booster rocket that sent it even higher. ... UCLA, unbeaten; Houston, unbeaten. And then the thing that had to happen, and Coach [John] Wooden hated when I said this, but UCLA had to lose. That became a monumental event.''

In 1975, Enberg joined NBC Sports and remained with the network for 25 years, covering the World Series, NFL games and Wimbledon, among other sports and marquee events.

He went on to do work for CBS Sports and ESPN, with his voice commonly associated with the NFL and college basketball games, as well as the all-grass tennis tournament in England.

"All of us at CBS Sports are saddened to hear of the passing of our friend and colleague Dick Enberg," read a statement from Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports. "There will never be another Dick Enberg. As the voice of a generation of fans, Dick was a masterful storyteller, a consummate professional and a true gentleman. He was one of the true legends of our business. His passion, energy and love for the game will surely be missed. Our deepest sympathies go out to Barbara and his entire family."

An Enberg interview was published Thursday as part of his Sound of Success podcast. His guest was veteran TV producer and executive Andy Friendly. At one point in the extensive interview, Friendly paused to share his admiration for the legendary Enberg.

"I'm especially honored to be talking to you," he said. "I mean -- 'Oh my!' I grew up watching you do the NFL, especially Wimbledon. I was a tennis player growing up. ... I'm a golfer, a bad one now. ... And I just watched you religiously. ...

"This is a true honor, and I can't wait to read your book on Ted Williams, who is a true hero of mine.

"You are one of my true heroes and one of the true greats of our business, Dick. It's a real honor, and I'm not just blowing smoke, and I know your listeners know this already. I am talking to broadcast royalty today, and I am thrilled to be doing it."

Enberg is the only person to win Emmy Awards as a sportscaster, a writer and a producer.

His death comes just weeks shy of his 83rd birthday, which would have been on Jan. 9. He is survived by his wife, five children and three grandchildren.

ESPN's Dan Murphy and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Re: Sports figures deceased:
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2017, 12:41:39 pm »
He had expertise in every sport he covered. From traditional 'guy' sports of football, baseball, and basketball all the way to tennis and gymnastics! The man knew sports! He will be missed. RIP Dick Enberg!
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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2018, 11:10:31 am »
BOSTON -- Celtics legend Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA champion and Finals MVP, died Tuesday at age 71.

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"We are deeply saddened by the loss of an incredible husband and father," White's family said in a statement. "He was a Hall Of Fame basketball player but an even better man. We sincerely appreciate all of the love and continued prayers, but we ask for privacy as we spend time as a family reflecting and celebrating his life."

White, a seven-time All-Star, averaged 17.2 points, 4.9 assists and 4.0 rebounds over 12 NBA seasons. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.

"We are terribly saddened by the passing of the great Jo Jo White," the Celtics said in a statement announcing White's passing. "He was a champion and a gentleman; supremely talented and brilliant on the court, and endlessly gracious off of it. Jo Jo was a key member of two championship teams, an NBA Finals MVP, a gold medal-winning Olympian, and a Hall of Famer. His contributions to the team's championship legacy may have only been surpassed by the deep and lasting impact that he had in the community. The thoughts and sympathies of the entire Celtics organization are with the White family."

White won a gold medal with the USA Olympic basketball team at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. The Celtics drafted him with the ninth overall pick in the 1969 draft out of Kansas.

While with the Jayhawks, White was a two-time All-American and was named the team's MVP for three consecutive seasons.

White, a 6-foot-3 point guard, won NBA titles with the Celtics in 1974 and 1976, earning Finals MVP honors in the latter. His No. 10 jersey was retired by Boston on April 9, 1982.

"Jo Jo White was a legend of our game. Two-time NBA champion, Finals MVP and Olympic gold medalist -- a model of consistent excellence and uncommon poise," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "He was a Hall of Fame player and an even bigger legend to countless people he inspired and communities he gave back to, especially in his longtime role as the Celtics' director of special projects. On behalf of the NBA family, I extend my deepest sympathies to Jo Jo's family and friends and the Celtics organization."

Former Boston guard Rajon Rondo, whose New Orleans Pelicans were in town to face the Celtics on Tuesday night, said White was one of the Celtics legends who made him feel most welcome during his time with the team.

"I knew [ White] pretty well. He was probably one of my biggest supporters from day one since I got here," Rondo said after his team's 116-113 win. "He always supported me. He always gave me great advice and his family, his wife, was very kind to me as well. I send my condolences to the White family."

White underwent life-threatening surgery to remove a brain tumor in 2010. With many vocal supporters, he earned induction into the Hall of Fame after a long wait in 2015 and gave a moving speech as part of the induction week where he reveled in the honor.

After 10 seasons in Boston, where he remains 10th on the franchise's all-time scoring list and holds the Celtics record with 488 consecutive games played, White finished his 12-season NBA career playing for Golden State and Kansas City.
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« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2018, 10:23:10 pm »
Reports are that Edwin Jackson of the Colts has been killed by a drunk driver. I am sure more details will emerge.
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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2018, 11:42:41 am »
Former Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive, who led the league to unprecedented success both on and off the field and managed its growth from a regional conference to national giant during his 13-year tenure, died Wednesday after a lengthy illness.

Slive, 77, announced he was beginning treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer shortly before he retired as SEC commissioner in July 2015. He said he had been first diagnosed with the disease in the late 1990s. He had been working as a consultant to the SEC since his retirement.

"So many people cared for Mike, worked with Mike, knew Mike that I think it's shocking to everyone," SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, who replaced Slive, told The Associated Press. "And that's because of the impact he made on individuals and on conferences and on people across this country. He left a legacy certainly in this league of success and stability and growth that will always be remembered.''

Under Slive's watch, SEC football teams won an unprecedented seven consecutive Bowl Championship Series national titles from 2006 to 2012; the league's footprint was expanded by adding new members Missouri and Texas A&M through expansion in 2012; and it became the richest conference in college sports by launching the SEC Network two years later.

"Commissioner Slive was truly one of the great leaders college athletics has ever seen and an even better person,'' Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "He was a wonderful friend to me and someone who I respected tremendously. Mike changed the landscape of the Southeastern Conference and helped build our league into what you see today.''

In 2002, the thought of somebody from the Northeast running the SEC seemed akin to the Vatican naming a Protestant pope. But Slive's broad experience made him the ideal replacement for the retiring Roy Kramer, and his vision transformed the SEC into a national powerhouse.

"Mike was a giant in our industry, and as remarkable as he was professionally, he was an even better person,'' ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a statement.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby called Slive "a true visionary.''

Slive will be remembered for overseeing what is considered the golden age in SEC athletics. Starting with the Florida Gators in 2006, SEC teams won seven consecutive national titles, until the Florida State Seminoles ended the streak in 2013.

"That won't be broken in your lifetime, my lifetime or anybody's lifetime," Slive told ESPN in 2015. "I tell people that I never say never, but that's a never."

Overall, SEC teams won 75 national championships in 17 sports during his 13-year tenure.

"He was a very good communicator, built relationships inside his conference and outside his conference,'' Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany told the AP. "He was also a friend. We were competitors too, but we were always able to talk through it. Disagree and come back to the table. I respected his flexibility and human qualities. But he was a force because of how smart he was.''

Slive's influence in the SEC was felt as much off the playing field as on it. When Slive was named the SEC's seventh commissioner in July 2002, nine of its schools were either on NCAA probation or under investigation. Slive vowed to have every one of the league's schools off probation within five years.

Slive began repairing the SEC's reputation as a rogue league by persuading school presidents and athletic directors to hold their coaches more accountable for rules violations, implementing educational reforms and setting up compliance workshops.

When Slive was picked to replace Kramer, none of the 12 SEC schools had ever had an African-American football coach. Mississippi State hired the first, Sylvester Croom, in 2003, and four more would be hired during Slive's tenure: James Franklin (Vanderbilt), Derek Mason (Vanderbilt), Joker Phillips (Kentucky) and Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M).

In August 2008, the SEC signed a 15-year deal with ESPN worth more than $2 billion to televise its sporting events, which was the longest contract ESPN had ever signed. Six years later, ESPN launched the SEC Network in 65 million homes, which ESPN called the most successful cable launch in history. After only one year, the SEC Network had a market value of $4.77 billion, according to the research firm SNL Kagan.

"ESPN lost a respected partner and a great friend today with the passing of former Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive," ESPN said in a statement. "Commissioner Slive left an indelible mark on college sports. He was an innovator, a tremendous leader and one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the College Football Playoff and the creation of the SEC Network."

The year before Slive was hired, the SEC distributed $95.7 million in revenue to its 12 member schools. The league's 14 schools shared $455.8 million after his final year in 2014-15.

Slive, the son of a butcher from Utica, New York, was instilled with a work ethic that led him to Dartmouth and later earned him a law degree at Virginia and a Master of Laws at Georgetown. He was an assistant AD at Dartmouth for two years, but he felt he was wasting his law degrees and began practicing in New Hampshire.

Ultimately, the pull of college athletics was too strong. During the early 1980s, he was an assistant commissioner in the Pac-10, then the AD at Cornell. By the mid-1980s, he was back in law, this time representing schools facing NCAA sanctions. In 1991, Slive became commissioner of the newly created Great Midwest Conference, then four years later he ran its successor, Conference USA.

"Mike Slive is one of the best people I have ever met,'' said Charles Bloom, a former associate commissioner at the SEC who is now an administrator at South Carolina. "His impact on me was tremendous. He was a father-type figure, someone I could talk to about life issues, and then we would work together on SEC office matters. He was a great leader, mentor and friend.''

Slive is survived by his wife, Liz; daughter, Anna; son-in-law, Judd Harwood; and granddaughter, Abigail.

A memorial will be held at 11:30 a.m. ET Friday at Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham, Alabama, the SEC said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2018, 11:51:22 am »
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Dwight Clark, the receiver who made one of the most memorable plays in NFL history and jump-started the San Francisco 49ers dynasty, died Monday at his home in Montana.

Clark, who had been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) since he first began feeling weakness in his left hand in September of 2015, was 61 years old.

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I’m heartbroken to tell you that today I lost my best friend and husband. He passed peacefully surrounded by many of the people he loved most. I am thankful for all of Dwight’s friends, teammates and 49ers fans who have sent their love during his battle with ALS. Kelly Clark.

"The San Francisco 49ers family has suffered a tremendous loss today with the passing of Dwight Clark," the team said in a statement. "We extend our condolences and prayers to Dwight's wife, Kelly, his family, friends and fans, as we join together to mourn the death of one of the most beloved figures in 49ers history. For almost four decades, he served as a charismatic ambassador for our team and the Bay Area. Dwight's personality and his sense of humor endeared him to everyone he came into contact with, even during his most trying times. The strength, perseverance and grace with which he battled ALS will long serve as an inspiration to so many. Dwight will always carry a special place in our hearts and his legacy will live on as we continue to battle this terrible disease."

Clark first disclosed his diagnosis in March 2017 on former 49ers owner Ed DeBartolo Jr.'s website, but said in that statement that he began feeling weak in 2015. After what he called months of tests and treatment, Clark was diagnosed with ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

In the time since his diagnosis, Clark said he had lost strength in both hands, his midsection, lower back and his right leg while also losing significant weight. DeBartolo helped Clark and his family relocate in March to be near him in Whitefish, Montana. In April, DeBartolo hosted a group of about 30 friends and former 49ers to visit Clark at his Montana ranch.

"It was beautiful because we got to see him smile,'' said former teammate Roger Craig, who said he almost fainted when he heard the news of Clark's death.

"That's all I wanted, to see him smiling. We cried, we all got a taste of Dwight, all we wanted to do is see him smile the whole time we all were there and he smiled the whole time. He made us feel good and I know he felt good knowing he had all those teammates there to support him."

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In a statement, DeBartolo said that he "lost my little brother and one of my best friends."

"I cannot put into words how special Dwight was to me and to everyone his life touched," DeBartolo said. "He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother and a great friend and teammate. He showed tremendous courage and dignity in his battle with ALS and we hope there will soon be a cure for this horrendous disease.

"I will always remember Dwight the way he was -- larger than life, handsome, charismatic and the only one who could pull off wearing a fur coat at our Super Bowl parade. He was responsible for one of the most iconic plays in NFL history that began our run of Super Bowl championships, but to me, he will always be an extension of my family. I love him and will miss him terribly. Our hearts and prayers are with his wife Kelly, his children and the entire Clark family."

The 49ers held "Dwight Clark Day" last season at an Oct. 22 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

In what would be his final appearance in front of such a large group of 49ers fans, Clark addressed the crowd, ownership, his family and more than 40 teammates from a Levi's Stadium suite. That day, he said he simply wanted one more chance to be around the team he loved.

"When Keena Turner [San Francisco's vice president of football affairs] asked me what I wanted to do, whether raise money or have some kind of function, I said I just want to see my teammates," Clark said that day. "And the 49ers heard that and flew all these players in so I could see them one more time."

In honor of Clark, the 49ers gave away T-shirts with images of "The Catch," the leaping grab Clark made in the back of the end zone to beat the Cowboys in the 1981 NFC Championship Game, imprinted over his No. 87. Famous sportscaster Vin Scully narrated a video tribute to Clark that was played on the scoreboard, and Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana introduced Clark.

"Dwight was a vibrant charismatic soul!! Jennifer and I are heartbroken over his passing," Montana wrote in a ******* post Monday night. "While we knew it was inevitably coming, it came way [too] soon! We are grateful for the decades of love and friendship we shared."

"The Catch" spurred the Niners to their first Super Bowl victory and was the unofficial beginning of a dynasty that would see San Francisco win four world championships in the 1980s as well as make eight playoff appearances in 10 seasons.

Known as "Sprint Right Option," the play became one of the most iconic in league and franchise history. On the play, Montana took the snap and rolled to his right before floating a pass in Clark's direction. Clark timed his leap and his reach just right and hauled in the pass by his fingertips before landing safely in the right corner of the north end zone. The Niners went on to a 28-27 victory and would go on to win Super Bowl XVI against the Cincinnati Bengals.

When the 49ers closed down Candlestick Park in 2013, "The Catch" was named the No. 1 play in the stadium's history.

"I just loved the guy, man, and idolized him," former teammate and Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice told 95.7 The Game. "I would just sit back and just watch him, and I just wanted to try to emulate him, on the football field, off the football field. ... This guy -- he was one of the greatest football players to ever play the game, but also he was a great individual."

A native of Kinston, North Carolina, Clark played collegiately at Clemson before he became a 10th-round pick of the 49ers in the 1979 NFL draft. As the story goes, legendary 49ers coach Bill Walsh discovered Clark when he was at Clemson to scout quarterback Steve Fuller. As Clark was heading out to play golf, he got a call from Walsh asking him to handle receiving duties for Fuller in the workout. Walsh came away so impressed with Clark, who had just 33 catches and three touchdowns in 34 college games, he decided to draft him.

Clark spent his entire nine-year career with San Francisco, earning two Pro Bowl berths and a pair of Super Bowl titles. He still ranks third on San Francisco's receiving yards list (6,750), fourth in receptions (506) and seventh in touchdown receptions (48).

When his career ended in 1987, Clark moved into the team's front office, where he earned three more Super Bowl rings as an executive. He joined the Cleveland Browns in an executive role in 1999.

"All of us in the NFL are saddened by the passing of Dwight Clark," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "Dwight made many memorable contributions on the field as a two-time Super Bowl champion and later as a member of the front office of the 49ers and Browns. He will forever live on in our memories for The Catch but also for his kind, gentle and courageous spirit."

Clark is survived by his wife and three children from a previous marriage, daughter Casey and sons Riley and Mac.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Red Schoendienst, Baseball Hall of Fame, St. Louis Cardinals has died at the age of 95! RIP Red!
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Anne Donovan, a legendary figure in women's basketball who won Olympic gold as a player and as a coach for the United States, died Wednesday of heart failure. She was 56.

"While it is extremely difficult to express how devastating it is to lose Anne, our family remains so very grateful to have been blessed with such a wonderful human being," Donovan's family said in a statement. "Anne touched many lives as a daughter, sister, aunt, friend and coach."

Donovan, a native of Ridgewood, New Jersey, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995 and also was part of the inaugural class of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. She was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015.

A 6-foot-8 center, Donovan played collegiately for Old Dominion from 1979 to 1983, averaging 20 points and 14.5 rebounds for her career and helping the Lady Monarchs win the 1980 AIAW national championship.

Out of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic, Donovan was one of the most highly recruited female basketball players in the country in the late 1970s. She picked Old Dominion, in part, because of the success the program had with stars such as Nancy Lieberman, who was a senior when Donovan was a freshman.

"I know that when we were recruiting her, the coaches were saying, 'You've got to see this kid. She's amazing,'" Lieberman said by phone Wednesday night. "She and I talked a lot about the experience she'd have. We talked about building a legacy, even though we were so young. I don't think we really knew what a legacy was at that point.

"Annie was so quiet and kind, but she was such a competitor. She didn't have to brag. She just did her business, and everywhere she went, she won. I'm just sick at hearing this. I'm so sad."

Donovan made the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, which did not compete because of the boycott of the Moscow Games. She then helped lead the Americans to gold in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.

After she retired as a player, Donovan became a coach, first as an assistant at her alma mater and then as head coach at East Carolina. She began her pro coaching career with Philadelphia of the American Basketball League, a short-lived women's league. She then went on to coach in the WNBA for several years, including the Seattle Storm, for whom she was head coach from 2003 to 2007 and won a league championship in 2004.

"Anne Donovan will always be remembered as a championship coach and a championship person," Storm co-owner Lisa Brummel said in a statement. "Her dedication, passion and winning spirit set the tone for Storm basketball. We are deeply saddened by her passing and share our heartfelt condolences with her family."

Donovan's other WNBA stops included Indiana; Charlotte, which she led to the 2001 WNBA Finals; New York; and Connecticut. She also was a head coach at Seton Hall from 2010 to 2013.

Donovan also had an extensive coaching career with USA Basketball as an assistant and as a head coach. In the latter role, she led the U.S. Olympic team to the 2008 gold medal in the Beijing Games.

WNBA president Lisa Borders called Donovan "a decorated player and trailblazing coach" who "played a seminal role in the growth of women's basketball."

"For all she accomplished in college, the WNBA and on the international stage during her Hall of Fame career, Anne will also be remembered as a valued mentor and dear friend to so many in the game," Borders said in a statement. "On behalf of the WNBA, we extend our deepest sympathies to the Donovan family during this difficult time."

Lieberman said that Donovan's Old Dominion ties remained strong, because there was a bond among all of the former Lady Monarchs.

"From my generation in the 1970s to now, we all cared about each other and stayed in touch," Lieberman said. "I just talked to Annie about a month ago. I was just remembering how in college, she'd come into my room and we'd just talk about our families, our goals. She was from New Jersey, I was from New York. We always understood each other. She was an icon as a human being."

Donovan was in Knoxville, Tennessee, this past weekend for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame induction of Rose Marie Battaglia, her former high school coach in Paramus.

"Anne was a person with strong faith, courageous spirit, a giving heart and love for everyone," Donovan's family said in its statement. "We are so proud of her accomplishments as a women's basketball player and coach, but even more proud of her character, integrity, humility and kindness.

"We appreciate your respect for our family's privacy during this very sad time."
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Jim 'the Anvil' Neidhart, one half of the legendary Hart Foundation has died at 63! Truly an all time great with his trademark pointed goatee and powerful style perfectly complementing the awesome technical skill of brother in law Brett! Totally dominating! RIP Anvil!
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Former coach Tex Winter, who pioneered the triangle offense that propelled the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers to multiple NBA championships, has died at the age of 96.

Kansas State University, where Winter first coached, said he died Wednesday in Manhattan, Kansas.

"I learned so much from Coach Winter. He was a pioneer and a true student of the game,'' Michael Jordan said in a statement emailed to the Chicago Tribune. "His triangle offense was a huge part of our six championships with the Bulls. He was a tireless worker. Tex was always focused on details and preparation and a great teacher. I was lucky to play for him. My condolences to his family.''

Winter began his coaching career as an assistant under Jack Gardner at Kansas State in 1947, before a two-year stint at Marquette, where he became the youngest head coach in major college basketball at the age of 30.

He later returned to Kansas State, where he served as head coach for 15 years and led the Wildcats to two Final Four appearances in six NCAA tournament trips.

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Winter, who published "The Triple-Post Offense'' in 1962, made the leap to the NBA in 1971, serving as head coach of the Houston Rockets for two seasons. He was hired as an assistant coach with Chicago in 1985 by general manager Jerry Krause, teaming with head coach Phil Jackson to guide the Jordan-led Bulls to NBA titles in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998.

"Tex Winter was a basketball legend and perhaps the finest fundamental teacher in the history of our game," said Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson, a former player under Winter. "He was an innovator who had high standards for how basketball should be played and approached every day. Those of us who were lucky enough to play for him will always respect his devotion to the game of basketball. His contributions to the Bulls organization will always be remembered."

Before taking questions from reporters after Wednesday night's preseason game with the Lakers in Las Vegas, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr opened with some heartfelt sentiments about Winter, calling him "one of the most important people in my basketball career."

"What he did for me and the path he put me on and the chance he gave me in Chicago along with Phil Jackson changed my whole life," Kerr said. "I learned so much about basketball from Tex. [Warriors assistant] Ron Adams told me Tex knew more about the history of the game and the fundamentals of the game than anybody he'd ever met in his life. And I was lucky enough to play for Tex for five years and learn from him. A lot of what I do here with the Warriors is patterned after things I learned from Tex.

"And what a life he lived. He was a unique individual and had touched tons of lives, and today the news was tough. Tex was a special person to me and everybody who played for him."

In 1999, Winter followed Jackson to Los Angeles, where the triangle offense became the cornerstone of a Lakers team that won three championships from 2000 to 2002. Winter was a consultant with Los Angeles' 2009 title team, and the Lakers also won in 2010.

"On behalf of the entire Lakers organization, I'd like to express our sadness at the passing of Tex Winter," Lakers owner Jeanie Buss said in a statement. "Tex helped lead the team to four NBA Championships and was a mentor to many of our coaches and players. In addition to his numerous contributions to the game of basketball, Tex was a wonderful man and he will be dearly missed."

Former Lakers star Kobe Bryant called Winter a basketball genius "in every sense of the word.''

"My mentor. I sat with Tex & watched every minute of every game during our 1st season together. He taught me how to study every detail,'' Bryant posted on *******.

Ex-Laker Shaquille O'Neal credited Winter for a portion of his own success.

"We used to argue a lot. He was a master of the triangle. I liked to go out of the triangle every now and then, but, he would just convey the message that it works and we'd sit and watch film and he had to say, 'Sometimes you have to be not Shaq the dominant guy, you got to be like a decoy, get others involved.'" Shaq said Wednesday night. "I think when I did that, especially in the playoffs, everybody was able to be comfortable and step up. But again, he definitely helped me get to that next level."

Shaq said he still has faith in the offense Winter created -- if it's done correctly.

"It's the perfect offense. It can definitely be used today," he said. "I've seen Golden State use it every now and then, forms of it anyway. But one of the greatest offensive weapons ever created. That play and the floppy play that Pat Riley always run, those plays are unstoppable."

Lakers coach Luke Walton, who played for Los Angeles when Winter was Jackson's assistant, said he owed his playing career to Winter.

"Tex used to always try to get me in the game. I love Tex," Walton said. "I was talking to Steve [Kerr] about it a little bit, too. We were saying just how much guys like us owe our entire playing careers to Tex and people like that who really teach the game. He lived an amazing life and he'll be missed. I'm just grateful I got to spend some time with him and learn from him. He was an amazing man."

Another former Laker, Derek Fisher, remembered Winter as a coach who was "always able to manage his ego to do what was best for the team and best for the players."

"It's hard to argue that there's any assistant coach at the pro level that was more impactful than Tex Winter, and beyond professionally, just personally, was a great human being," Fisher said. "So even though he lived a long, full life, he's still going to be missed."

Winter was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011, his eighth time on the final ballot. A year earlier, he had been elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

"Like James Naismith, Tex Winter was an educator at heart who deeply believed in the values of the game of basketball -- teamwork, discipline and selflessness," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "A pioneering Hall of Famer with 10 NBA Championships, he taught those values to generations of players and coaches, leaving a legacy that will forever be part of our history."

Born Morice Fredrick Winter in 1922 near Wellington, Texas, he grew up in Huntington Park, California, and starred at Oregon State and Southern California in basketball and as a pole vaulter.

"While the Winter family mourns the loss of a husband, father and grandfather, we also celebrate what was by any measure a fruitful, productive and eventful life,'' Winter's family said in a statement. "The Winter family would like extend appreciation to all those who played an important role in Tex's life. We would also like to extend thanks for the outpouring of blessings in the wake of this sad news.''

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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