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2012 Notable Sports Deaths

July 22 — Driver Valerio Catelani and navigator Daniela Bertoneri were killed during the 47th Lucca City Cup rally. The two were a few miles into the early morning leg when their Peugeot 207 S2000 slammed into a protective barrier and burst into flames. Lucca is about 45 miles west of Florence, Italy. The rally was canceled.

July 22 — Jim Carlen, 79, former college football coach. Carlen was 107-69-6 in his 16-year coaching career and led his teams to eight bowl games. He coached at West Virginia staring in 1966 and went 25-13-3 in four years. Carlen went on to Texas Tech where he was Southwest Conference Coach of the Year twice and led the Red Raiders to four bowls. South Carolina hired him as the football coach and athletic director in 1975. He went 46-36-1 in seven seasons and coached South Carolina's only Heisman Trophy winner, running back George Rogers in 1980.

July 22 — Bob Blum, 91, UNLV radio announcer. Blum, who was one of the oldest active play-by-play announcers in the country, most recently announced for the Lady Rebels and had finished a 27th season in that capacity. He previously worked as the UNLV announcer for men's basketball, football, baseball.

July 23 — Louise Nippert, 100, an owner of the Cincinnati Reds during the Big Red Machine era. Nippert and her husband, Louis Nippert, bought majority control of the Reds in 1973 and owned the team when it featured greats including Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan and won World Series championships in 1975 and 1976. The Nipperts began a 46-year ownership interest — the longest in the franchise's history — when they bought into the club as part of an investors' group in 1966. They sold their majority ownership of the club in 1981 but retained a minority interest held by Louise Nippert until her death.

July 24 — William Staub, 96, inventor of the home treadmill. Staub, a mechanical engineer, built and marketed his first treadmill in the late 1960s — 40 steel rollers covered by an orange belt, a gray cover over the motor, and orange dials to determine time and speed. At the time, the treadmill was almost exclusively used by doctors to perform stress tests.

July 25 — Bob Curtis, 87, Idaho sports broadcaster. Curtis called Idaho games for more than 50 years until his retirement in 2004. During one stretch he called 540 consecutive football games.

July 26 — Neil Reed, 36, former Indiana basketball player who coach Bob Knight was caught on tape choking in 1997. In March 2000, Reed accused Knight of choking him during a practice in 1997. When video of the practice surfaced backing Reed's claim, the Hall of Fame coach, who was known for his temper as well as his success, was put on a zero-tolerance policy by then-president Dr. Myles Brand. Reed transferred to Southern Mississippi shortly after the incident and played there in the 1998-99 season.

July 26 — Michael Haynes, 22, former Chicago high school basketball standout who had committed to play at Iona.

July 26 — Pat Porter, 53, U.S. cross-country champion. Porter won a record eight straight U.S. cross-country championships (1982-89) and went to two Olympics in the 10,000 (1984 and 1988).

July 27 — Garip Erkuyumcu, 73, Turkish boxing referee. Erkuyumcu was a member of the International Boxing Association's refereeing and judging commission.

July 27 — Broc Cresta, 25, team roper who competed in the National Finals Rodeo the last two years. Cresta was the 2007 PRCA Rookie Heeler of the Year. He teamed with header Turtle Powell in the 2010 NFR and with Spencer Mitchell last year. Cresta also teamed with Logan Olson to win the Cheyenne title in 2009.

July 27 — Art Malone, 64, former NFL and Arizona State running back. Malone played seven seasons in the NFL after being drafted in the second round by Atlanta. He played five seasons with the Falcons and two with Philadelphia, rushing for 2,457 yards and 19 touchdowns, with 1,465 yards and six touchdowns on 161 receptions. Malone played for the Sun Devils from 1967-69 and rushed for 2,649 yards.

July 30 — O.J. Murdock, 25, Tennessee Titans wide receiver died of an apparent suicide. Murdock was signed by the Titans as an undrafted free agent a year ago, and spent the entire 2011 season on injured reserve.

July 31 — Joe Walsh, 58, Harvard baseball coach. Walsh won five Ivy League championships in his 17 years with the Crimson. Before Harvard, he served as head coach at his alma mater, Suffolk University in Boston, for 15 years. He was 347-388-2 overall at Harvard and 204-136 in Ivy League play. He compiled a 569-564-3 record at both schools.

Aug. 1 — Benburb, 23, Canada's Horse of the Year in 1992. The gray gelding was the 1992 Prince of Wales Stakes winner in one of the biggest upsets in Canadian horse racing history. A 24-1 shot in the Prince of Wales, Benburb pulled away from Alydeed in the last strides at Fort Erie Race Track in Ontario. He also beat Belmont Stakes winner A.P. Indy in the Molson Export Million at Toronto the same year. Benburb earned $1.15 million on seven wins in 22 starts.

Aug. 2 — Jim Craine, 82, former Wisconsin center and a member of the Badgers' 1952 Rose Bowl Team.

Aug. 3 — Frank Costa, 77, former jockey who later became a successful thoroughbred horse trainer. Costa started his career in racing as a jockey, winning with his first mount in 1953. After becoming a trainer, he won with his first starter in 1972, capturing a race at Monmouth Park.

Aug. 4 — Bud Riley, 86, the father of Oregon State football coach Mike Riley and a former assistant coach at the school. Riley was an assistant coach at Oregon State from 1965-72 and returned to the school in 1979. He was the defensive coordinator for Oregon State in 1967. That team, dubbed the Giant Killers, beat No. 1 Southern California and O.J. Simpson 3-0 in Corvallis. He was a head coach in the Canadian Football League at Toronto, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Calgary, winning two Grey Cups with Winnipeg.

Aug. 5 — Fred Matua, 28, former Southern California lineman who started at guard on the Trojans' 2003 and 2004 national championship teams.

Aug. 5 — Pete Pedersen, 92, longtime steward in California who was given the racing industry's highest honor. Pedersen helped build the now-shuttered Longacres track that opened in 1933 near Seattle. He worked for more than 60 years in various positions and presided over some of the industry's most prestigious events, including the inaugural Breeders' Cup in 1984 at Hollywood Park. He was given the Eclipse Award of Merit in 2002. Three years later, he retired.

Aug. 7 — Dan Roundfield, 59, an NBA veteran who had three consecutive All-Star seasons. Roundfield played 11 seasons with Indiana, Atlanta, Detroit and Washington.

Aug. 11 — Michael Dokes, 54, former world heavyweight boxing champion. Known as "Dynamite," Dokes became the World Boxing Association heavyweight champion in 1982 after he defeated Michael Weaver. He tallied 53 wins, six losses and two draws during his career.

Aug. 12 — Jerry Grant, 77, race driver who made history by breaking 200 mph in an Indianapolis 500-style car. Grant was in 10 Indy 500s in the 1960s and '70s. His best finish was seventh place. His second-place finish behind Mark Donohue in 1972 was thrown out because he used gas from another driver's supply after pulling into Bobby Unser's pit. Grant's final 12 laps weren't counted and he fell to 12th place. Three months later Grant set a record when his Indy-style car topped 200 mph at Ontario Motor Speedway.

Aug. 12 — Jimmy Carr, 79, former NFL player. Carr played nine NFL seasons with the Chicago Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. He was the starting left cornerback on Philadelphia's 1960 title team and had 13 of his 15 career interceptions with the Eagles. Carr also played one season with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL in 1958. After he retired, Carr served 24 years as an NFL assistant coach.

Aug. 13 — Johnny Pesky, 92, player, manager and broadcaster for the Boston Red Sox in a baseball career that lasted more than 60 years. Pesky, a lifetime .307 hitter, made his major league debut in 1942. That season he set the team record for hits by a rookie with 205, a mark that stood until 1997 when fellow Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra had 209. He also hit .331 his rookie year, second in the American League only to teammate Ted Williams, who hit .356. The right field foul pole at Fenway Park, just 302 feet from home plate, is named the Pesky Pole in his honor even though Pesky hit just 17 homers in his career, six at Fenway Park.

Aug. 14 — Austen Everett, 25, former Miami women's soccer goalie. Everett was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma while she was a member of the team in 2008. She was on the Hurricanes' roster as a goalkeeper from 2007 through 2009.

Aug. 16 — Simon Gourdine, 72, former NBA deputy commissioner. Gourdine became deputy commissioner of the NBA in 1974 and went on to work for and lead the players' association in the 1990s. He became the NBA's attorney in 1970 and was hired as deputy commissioner by Commissioner Walter Kennedy. At the time, he was the highest-ranking black executive in professional sports. He helped negotiate a labor deal that created free agency in the NBA in 1976 and helped the league absorb the Spurs, Pacers, Nets and Nuggets from the ABA. He left the NBA in 1981, but returned to pro basketball in 1990 as general counsel for the National Basketball Players Association. In 1995, he became executive director after Charles Grantham resigned during contentious negotiations on a collective bargaining agreement. Gourdine ended up negotiating a deal that ended an NBA lockout and created a rookie pay scale.

Aug. 18 — Philip E. Moriarty, 98, former Yale swimming and diving coach of 17 years. Moriarty coached at Yale for 44 years and was head coach of the swimming and diving teams from 1959-76, going 195-25. While at Yale, he coached numerous Olympians, including gold medalists Don Schollander, Steve Clark, Mike Austin and John Nelson. He served as a diving coach on the U.S. team who coached U.S. divers at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

Aug. 20 — Russ Vollmer, 70, former Memphis quarterback who guided the Tigers to an undefeated season (9-0-1) in 1963.

Aug. 22 — Jerry Murphree, 55, former LSU running back/receiver. He earned three letters in football under coach Charles McClendon and was named offensive MVP in his last collegiate game at the Tangerine Bowl in 1980.

Aug. 23 — Steve Van Buren, 91, Hall of Fame running back who led the Philadelphia Eagles to NFL titles in 1948 and 1949. The former LSU star, nicknamed "Wham-Bam" for his quick and punishing running style, joined the Eagles in 1944 as a first-round pick. He led the NFL in rushing four times and finished his eight-year career with 5,860 yards rushing and 77 TDs. The five-time All-Pro player was selected to the NFL's 75th Anniversary Team in 1994, and was the first Eagles player elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Aug. 24 — Felix, 74, Brazil's starting goalkeeper at 1970 World Cup. The goalkeeper made key saves during the tournament in Mexico to help Brazil win its third title with a team led by Pele. He played all six matches.

Aug. 27 — Art Heyman, 71, captain of Duke's first Final Four team. Heyman led Duke to a 69-14 record from 1960-63 and averaged 25 points and nearly 11 rebounds. He was the most outstanding player of the 1963 Final Four. Heyman was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1963 and played eight seasons in the NBA and ABA.

Aug. 28 — Roger Dunn, 81, former PGA Tour golfer in the early 1960s.

Aug. 29 — Sergei Ovchinnikov, 43, coach of the Russian women's Olympic volleyball team. Ovchinnikov led the Russian team, which was considered one of the main contenders for gold, to the quarterfinals at the London Olympics, where they lost to Brazil.

Aug. 29 — Ramon Sota, 74, the uncle of Seve Ballesteros and inspirational player of the 1960s and 70s. At age 18, Sota won the first of four Spanish championships. He also won four tournaments in Portugal, France and Brazil during the 1960s. He finished sixth at the 1965 Masters in Augusta, which was at the time the best result by a European player. Sota's best result at the British Open was seventh in 1963.

Sept. 2 — Thomas Lester, 85, former head football coach at Pittsburg State. Lester also played football for Pittsburg State and was an All-America player in 1951. He joined the university's coaching staff in 1961 as an assistant coach and was promoted to head coach in 1967. Lester coached the Gorillas until 1975, compiling a 48-38-5 record, including the 1970 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title.

Sept. 3 — Mahmoud el-Gouhari, 74, Egypt's former national soccer coach. El-Gouhari rose to fame when he coached Egypt to the 1990 World Cup and then in its victorious African Nations Cup campaign in 1998. He was the first Egyptian to coach both of the country's two most famous football clubs, el-Ahly and Zamalek, which he led to medals in African and Arab tournaments.

Sept. 4 — Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah, 88, former FIFA vice president and International Olympic Committee member. Tan Sri Hamzah was president of the Asian Football Confederation for 16 years beginning in 1978, the same year he was elected an IOC member. He was an honorary member since 2004. He was a FIFA vice president from 1982-90, when Joao Havelange was president and Sepp Blatter was general secretary of soccer's world governing body.

Sept. 6 — Art Modell, 87, former Baltimore Ravens owner. Modell was among the most important figures in the NFL as owner of the Cleveland Browns. The Browns became the Ravens after he took the team to Baltimore in 1996 in a move that tarnished his reputation as one of the league's most innovative and influential owners. During his four decades as an NFL owner, Modell helped negotiate the league's lucrative contracts with television networks, served as president of the NFL from 1967 to 1969, and chaired the negotiations for the first the collective bargaining agreement with the players in 1968. He also was the driving force behind the 1970 contract between the NFL and ABC to televise games on Monday night.

Sept. 9 — Louis Stout, Amateur Athletic Union president. Stout took over the Amateur Athletic Union after the group's former president, Bobby Dodd, was accused by two former basketball players of molesting them as children in Memphis and other locations in the 1980s. Under Stout's leadership, measures were implemented to protect athletes, including background checks required for all adults involved in AAU activities.

Sept. 10 — Tom Saffell, 91, former major league outfielder and longtime Gulf Coast Rookie League president. Saffell spent parts of four seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Athletics. He played 17 seasons in the minors and managed seven seasons in the minors. President of the Gulf Coast Rookie League from 1979 to 2009, he was honored in 1999 as "King of Baseball" at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Anaheim, Calif.

Sept. 12 — Sid Watkins, 84, former Formula One medical chief credited with saving the lives of several race drivers and introducing major safety improvements in the series. Watkins, who tended to Ayrton Senna after the three-time champion's fatal crash at Imola in 1994, was at the forefront of F1 safety for 26 years and served as medical delegate from 1978 to 2004.

Sept. 16 — Nevin Spence, 22, Ulster rugby player with a bright future expected on Ireland's national team died in an accident at his family farm.

Sept. 16 — Eduarda Mello Queiroz, 17, Brazilian gymnast who finished second in this year's Brazilian championship, was killed in a one-car wreck.

Sept. 18 — Steve Sabol, 69, NFL Films president who was half of the father-son team that revolutionized sports broadcasting. When Ed Sabol founded NFL Films, Steve was there working beside him as a cinematographer right from the start in 1964. They introduced a series of innovations taken for granted today, from super slow-motion replays to blooper reels to sticking microphones on coaches and players. The Sabols' advances included everything from reverse angle replays to filming pregame locker room speeches to setting highlights to pop music. The two were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2003. In his career, Steve Sabol won 35 Emmys for writing, cinematography, editing, directing and producing — no one else had ever earned that many in as many different categories.

Sept. 18 — Ralph Abraham, 63, one of the New York City high school basketball stars who went to St. John's in the 1960s. He went from St. John's Prep to St. John's, where he played from 1968-70 with the Redmen compiling a 63-22 record in that span.

Sept. 19 — Marv Kessler, 82, a wisecracking basketball guru who preached the fundamentals of the game in a half-century career that spanned high school, college and the NBA. Kessler graduated from North Carolina State in 1958 after playing on the basketball team for three seasons. He coached at Martin Van Buren High School in his home borough of Queens, N.Y., before leaving to become head coach at Adelphi University on Long Island in 1972. He compiled an 88-60 record in six seasons with the Panthers. He was an assistant coach at Davidson from 1979-81 and then began his association with the NBA, serving as an advance scout for Detroit, Washington, Portland and Sacramento.

Sept. 21 — Ed Conlin, 79, former NBA player. Conlin played from 1955 to 1962 as a member of the Syracuse Nationals, Detroit Pistons, and Philadelphia Warriors. He averaged 10.1 points per game. Conlin, who went to Fordham, later coached men's basketball from 1967 to 1970.

Sept. 22 — John Cashman, 72, a veteran of the harness racing industry and the father of New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. In 1992, Cashman was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y., where he served as an active trustee.

Sept. 23 — Jason Winrow, 41, former Ohio State football offensive lineman. Winrow played guard from 1989-1993 under former Ohio State coach John Cooper.

Sept. 23 — Corrie Sanders, 46, former South African boxer. Sanders won the WBO heavyweight champion by defeating Wladimir Klitschko with a second-round knock out. It is one of only three professional defeats for Klitschko and considered one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight boxing history.

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