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  • Randy Smith, MVP of 1978 All-Star Game, dead at 60

    Randy Smith, an All-Star guard with the Buffalo Braves in the 1970s who once held the NBA record for consecutive games played, died of a heart attack suffered while working out on a treadmill at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, where he worked. He was 60. Smith was Most Valuable Player of the...

  • 'He had a spirit that would not give up'

    Mike Woods' death last week was much like his abbreviated NFL career with the Baltimore Colts: It went largely unnoticed. To suggest it was unlamented would be wrong, however. Very wrong. Woods' career was cut short in 1982 by an assailant's bullet that destroyed his spinal cord and rendered him...

  • Jerry Martin, retired track and field coach, dies Monday

    Well-respected, he spent 30 years working with high school athletes

  • Former NASCAR driver Kevin Grubb found dead

    31-year-old was suspended from NASCAR in 2006 after refusing to take random drug test

  • Jack Kemp, former quarterback and VP nominee, dies

    Jack Kemp, the ex-quarterback, congressman, one-time vice-presidential nominee and self-described "bleeding-heart conservative," died Saturday. He was 73. Kemp died after a lengthy illness, according to spokeswoman Bona Park and Edwin J. Feulner, a longtime friend and former campaign adviser. Park...

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