(REUTERS)-Poland won 2-1 in Montenegro with goals from Robert Lewandowski and Lukasz Piszczek to move six points clear at the top of World Cup qualifying Group E after a pulsating clash on Sunday.The result left the Poles in charge midway through the campaign on 13 points from five games, six ahead of closest rivals Montenegro and Denmark, who were held 0-0 in Romania.Lewandowski curled home a superb 40th-minute free kick and, although Stefan Mugosa equalised just past the hour, Piszczek got the winner with a fine lob in the 82nd after the Poles missed a barrage of chances against their injury-hit opponents.The visitors had come close three times in the opening half before Lewandowski netted his eighth goal of the qualifying campaign, leaving goalkeeper Mladen Bozovic rooted to his line with a delightful strike from 25 metres.Lewandowski and Piszczek missed a pair of easy chances inside a minute on the hour and Poland were swiftly punished as Mugosa scored his first international goal with a thumping header after Damir Kojasevic’s teasing cross from the right.Poland pressed for a winner and right back Piszczek made amends for his earlier miss as he brilliantly side-footed the ball over Bozovic from inside the penalty area to silence a vociferous home crowd in the Adriatic nation’s capital.
The Wisconsin Badgers won the Big Ten Championship lastnight. Not the University of Wisconsin Badgers ? though that would also becorrect ? but Wisconsin, the state.With 12 of 16 players on the roster hailing from Dairylandhigh schools, the basketball team that has rolled through the conference seasondefeating every team not named Purdue is a unique microcosm of the state whosename graces the front of their jersey in big block letters.From big cities, small towns and everywhere in between,these Badgers reflect the state not only demographically, but also throughtheir signature blue-collar style: not flashy by any definition of the word,but nonetheless tough-minded and hardworking.Among all conference teams, UW?s roster of 75 percentin-state talent is the highest.Even for four players that played high school basketballoutside Wisconsin, home is not too far away. Kevin Gullikson and Jon Leuer are fromthe Twin Cities area of Minnesota, Jason Bohannon is from Iowa, and JoeKrabbenhoft is a South Dakota native.?It?s almost exclusively the Midwest,? UW assistant coachGary Close said. ?I think it?s neat. I think anytime you?ve got local flavor,fans like it, it?s good for the state. ? They?ve represented their communitiesand our community really well.?Not only does the heavy native concentration make theBadgers all the more unique in the Big Ten, it also adds an intriguing subplotto a season that has exceeded what everyone, UW head coach Bo Ryan included,expected this bunch to accomplish.Talk to several Wisconsin players, and it becomes evident theshared bond of the state has helped foster a sense of family among the players.Growing up playing against and trying to one-up each otheron the basketball court helps make future teammates aware of each other?sabilities and build a respect for one another.?The way that basketball is in Wisconsin, it?s not as big asother parts of the country,? forward and Madison native Keaton Nankivil said.?Everybody in Wisconsin that plays at this level kind of knows of each otherbefore we get here.?It helped to see Greg (Stiemsma) play AAU, play againstMarcus (Landry), play against Brett (Valentyn) ? all that stuff, it just helpseveryone become familiar before we actually get here.?Look no further than Nankivil for the best example of thatfamiliarity. Nankivil and roommate Tim Jarmusz (Oshkosh, Wis.) had a longhistory together long before the two stepped foot on campus last summer.In 2006, when both were juniors in high school, the KohlCenter got a sneak peak of what the two could offer when Nankivil?s MadisonMemorial met Jarmusz?s Oshkosh West in the Division I state championship game.Jarmusz scored 17 points and pulled down five rebounds asWest overcame Nankivil?s 14-point, 10-rebound double-double, beating Memorial52-40 and giving Tim bragging rights over Keaton.The two developed a rapport playing AAU basketball togetherfor the Fox Valley Skillz the following summer, and nearly met again in thestate tournament the following year. Madison Memorial was defeated in overtimein the quarterfinal round, and Oshkosh West went on to defend its title.?Watching each other play here in the state, some of usbeing enemies on opposite teams,? Jarmusz said. ?But when you get here it?sjust like everything changes; you become good friends. You?ve been through somuch against each other; when you?re with each other, it?s just a lot morefun.?Nankivil says he has put the championship loss behind him,but that doesn?t stop Jarmusz from throwing the occasional good-natured barbsat his roommate, reminding him who beat who in the big game.?I was upset about it then, but it?s not a big deal anymore,?Nankivil said. ?We?re just trying to do what we do now.?What the Badgers are doing is win. A lot. Along the way,their success could be opening eyes around the country to pay attention andrealize despite the lack of headliner talent, the state of Wisconsin plays somevery good basketball.?I?ve always thought we?ve been an underrated state,?Nankivil said. ?You even look at what people that move out of the state do,like (Washington State senior) Kyle Weaver, people like that. We don?t have thehighest profile players, maybe, but we do have good players and talentedplayers and people that are making an impact in college basketball.?It only makes sense then that keeping as much of that talentfrom getting away is one of the coaching staff?s highest priorities.?You always want to look right next door first,? Close said.That?s not to say UW head coach Bo Ryan wants to build awall around the state, however.?When you say ?build a wall? that?s an expression I?ve hearda lot about, but I always think of Berlin when you say that,? Ryan said,instead stressing the importance of having players that buy into his system.?If there?s good players ? but not all of them, it?s not always a fit.?That brings the conversation to last night, when fourplayers who were absolute fits for Ryan played their last game in front of thehome crowd. Fittingly enough, all four are native sons, who chose to stay stickaround and represent their home state.Madison?s Michael Flowers, Randolph?s Stiemsma, Appleton?sBrian Butch and Glendale?s Tanner Bronson did that better than any class everto have played for Wisconsin. With last night?s 77-41 victory over Penn State,those four set the record for most career wins with 99 and clinched a share ofthe regular season conference championship for the first time since 2003.?They?ll leave here, I would think, with a very positivefeeling about what they?ve been a part of,? Ryan said. ?I think they?ve been apart of something pretty special, and it?s early yet.?Not bad for a bunch of Wisconsin Badgers.
For four seasons, USC coach Lane Kiffin and Hawai’i coach Norm Chow took the Trojans to new heights as offensive assistants under then-head coach Pete Carroll.Ready to roll · Senior quarterback Matt Barkley (7) leads a USC team that has been eligible for the postseason the last two seasons. The Trojans are ranked #1 in the Associated Press poll. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanOn Saturday, they will battle each other as head coaches for the very first time.No. 1 USC begins its highly anticipated season at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Saturday against the Warriors, and one storyline leading into the game is the relationship between the two offensive-minded coaches. Chow was the offensive coordinator at USC from 2001-2004 and helped lead a resurgent USC back to national prominence. Kiffin served as receiver’s coach and as the passing game coordinator under Chow and maintains great respect for him.“[Chow] really mentored [me and Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian],” Kiffin said. “[We] spent a lot of time with him, a lot of nights in old Heritage [Hall].”Consequently, the Trojans are familiar with Chow’s offense, and the defensive players are aware of Chow’s history as well.“We know Norm Chow’s a great coach,” redshirt sophomore linebacker Hayes Pullard said. “I was looking at him as I grew up in middle school and high school when he was here, and [it’s] a great staff to be able to play against, a powerhouse offense like his.”Kiffin acknowledged that the familiarity between the coaches might not be beneficial.“If he’s going to be calling plays, which it sounds like he is, we’ve been exposed to him a lot,” Kiffin said. “But he’s also been exposed to us, too. So anytime you’ve played somebody, it works both ways.”Chow is installing his pro-style offense at Hawai’i, where the run-and-shoot offense has been king for years. In addition, the Warriors will be breaking in several new starters.Junior quarterback David Graves will make his third career start against the Trojans. Helping ease the transition, though, are his returning wide receivers: junior Billy Ray Stutzmann and senior Jeremiah Ostrowski. Stutzmann had just under 1,000 yards receiving last season, and Ostrowski scored five touchdowns. Senior safety T.J. McDonald is excited about the prospect of an aerial assault.“The ball’s going to be in the air, and you want to make plays on the ball,” McDonald said. “We know our coach is going to put us in a greater position to make plays.”Though the offensive side of the ball has gotten the majority of the headlines this offseason with the return of senior quarterback Matt Barkley, the defense returns eight starters to a unit that gave up just 17 passing touchdowns in 2011. However, the Trojans lost several key pieces, especially on the defensive line, and the team will be depending on younger players to step up their game.“The beginning of training camp is always kind of slow,” Pullard said. “We’ve gotten way better since day one. We’re just progressing day by day and brushing up on our fundamentals.”McDonald agreed with Pullard’s sentiments.“We’ve been in this system for a while. We[‘ve] started to learn things,” McDonald said. “We start to ask questions that never would have came into our head before when we were younger… When those questions start coming up, you just start getting an overall feel for what’s going on.”In terms of the offense, the Trojans are expected to put up some fireworks of their own in the season opener. Barkley returns after throwing a conference record 39 touchdowns in 2011, as do his star receivers, junior Robert Woods and sophomore Marqise Lee. Woods caught 111 passes last season, while Lee caught 73 balls as a freshman. Also returning in the backfield is senior Curtis McNeal, who ran for 1,005 yards last season. Junior Silas Redd joins the team after rushing for more than 1,200 yards last season at Penn State.The Trojans figure to improve upon their 35.8 points per game average from last year. Hawai’i, meanwhile, gave up 29.1 points per game in 2011. Needless to say, the Trojans are expecting big things from a balanced offense this season, as is Redd himself.“The offense can be more versatile now,” Redd said in regard to joining USC. “Not only with Matt [Barkley], but Robert [Woods] and Marqise [Lee] on the outside. So, if they want to bracket those guys, that leaves like six in the box, and that makes our job easier to run the ball.”Saturday’s game begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The game will also be shown on Fox.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 11, 2015 at 8:46 pm Contact Matt: email@example.com Melissa Piacentini stands a few steps in front of the double doors that lead into the Syracuse locker room. She turns, thoughtfully, and points to the set of benches to her left just over her shoulder.“I still remember,” she said. “It was this bench right over here against Lindenwood.”Syracuse’s all-time leading scorer is talking about the only time she was ever benched.Piacentini wasn’t playing up to her abilities, and Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan pulled her out and didn’t put her back in. It happened right before Christmas break during her freshman year. Piacentini had a month to mull things over.“It made me sit back and think about my mistakes and think about how I had been performing back then,” Piacentini said. “It really made me mentally focused and come back ready to be stronger.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPiacentini called it the “best coaching decision” Flanagan had ever made for her. The move came at the perfect time and she was forced to view things through a different lens. Four years later, one of the most decorated players in Syracuse ice hockey history is gearing up for her final ride. Last season, Syracuse lost in the College Hockey America conference finals. With one last chance, Piacentini is hoping to take care of last season’s unfinished business. “Honestly I can’t say enough good things about her,” Flanagan said. “I’m already dreading losing a player like her to graduation.”Despite standing just 5-foot-2 on the ice, Piacentini can’t be missed. She’s a scrappy, physical player, and has already notched three goals and an assist in two games this season. Goalkeeper Jenn Gilligan played her first season at Syracuse in 2014 after transferring from New Hampshire. She went head-to-head against Piacentini twice, and remembers the shifty, speedy player with a nose for the puck.“Every single time there was a loose puck in front of the net, I just remember her being right there,” she said.In the third period of Syracuse’s season opener against Clarkson on Oct. 6, Piacentini corralled a loose puck off a deflection on the left side of the net and wrapped around to the right side, flicking the puck into the goal.She’s made a living of using her small size to dig out pucks around the net in her time at Syracuse.Gilligan joked that even during practice, Piacentini gets in her grill, acting as a “pot stirrer” in front of the net. After experiencing it from both sides, Gilligan is content just watching. “Every single time I’m in the net against Tini, I just shake my head because I’m like, ‘Thank goodness I don’t have deal with this again against her,’” Gilligan said. Yet for all the fire Piacentini brings to the ice, she also brings to it a sense of calm. In her four years, Flanagan said that Piacentini’s greatest development has been in the cerebral part of her game.From the moment she walked onto the ice as a freshman, Flanagan said, her fundamentals have always been ahead of the curve. Her progression has been a matter of polishing the little things and refining the mental parts of her game. “I think I’ve grown as a person,” Piacentini said. “Just being in the locker room they kind of instill those different life lessons in you and the mental toughness aspect of it all. I think over the years, I’ve just grown to become more mentally strong in terms of staying focused.”As a freshman, Piacentini found herself looking on from afar with four weeks to think things through. Now, she’s better adept at reading and handling situations and recognizing her own mistakes. “Her hockey knowledge just seems to calm everybody down on the team,” Gilligan said. “When she’s out there, we don’t panic as much as maybe we necessarily should.”Against Clarkson, Piacentini skated out for her final home opener. But the emotions were kept in check, and the focus was solely on winning the first CHA conference title and proving Syracuse could compete against anyone. And this time, Piacentini wasn’t on the bench. “I think Tini’s just going to do Tini,” Gilligan said. “…She’s just going to go after it and get done what she needs to get done and I think everybody else will follow after that.” Comments
Published on March 26, 2017 at 8:21 pm Contact Kaci: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter Google+ A 45-second stretch in the middle of the second half symbolized a Syracuse offense incapable of capitalizing on its chances on Sunday afternoon.With just under 22 minutes left against Notre Dame, Syracuse’s Kelzi Van Atta ricocheted a free position shot off the goal post, and then Nicole Levy drew a shooting space foul. Less than 10 seconds after Van Atta’s shot, Levy sent her own free position shot high. But SU retrained possession by reaching the endline first. Van Atta shot again, and UND goalie Samantha Giacolone turned the SU sophomore away again.Similar struggles plagued No. 8 SU (8-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) all day long in an eventual 16-7 loss to the No. 16 Fighting Irish (9-4, 3-1). Notre Dame won its second-ever game in the Carrier Dome while serving SU its first home loss this season. The Syracuse offense had one of its worst offensive performances of the season. The Orange tied its second-lowest season marks in goals (7), shots (30), shots on goal (20) and draw controls (12).“It was a lack of communicating,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “Forcing the ball to the cutters when they weren’t open, not hitting them when they were open, getting in the way when we were trying to dodge, just a total lack of being on the same page.”Though SU opened the scoring on Sunday, the way it happened was a departure from the norm. Levy passed the ball on a free position shot to teammate Riley Donahue rather than shooting. Donahue made the assist count, and it was one of two times Syracuse held the lead, but it set the tone for a discombobulated offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith only a minute left in the first half, SU down 6-4, Levy shot the free position herself. SU went 3-for-10 on free position attempts on Sunday, the worst percentage with 10 or more attempts second only to March 11 against Maryland (1-for-13). Levy’s ended up in a similar fashion to her teammates’, straight into Giacolone’s stick.“I knew they were going to go for my left side,” Giacolone said. “I kind of baited a little bit, but it goes both ways. Today, it went my way.”Moments later, Neena Merola shot with 18 seconds left in the half and Giacolone started the break. UND’s Savannah Buchanan cut past a defender, broke away downfield and passed off to Cortney Fortunato. With one second left on the clock, Fortunato scored and the Orange went into the locker room down 7-4. The defense’s inability to communicate allowed cutters to get open, Syracuse defender Haley McDonnell said.“As a team that likes to slow the ball down, Notre Dame did a good job at that,” McDonnell said. “A lot of (their possession advantage) comes from ownership on our end.”UND cemented their lead early in the second half after Levy’s stick was ruled illegal and she was given a yellow card and a two-minute un-releasable penalty. The Fighting Irish capitalized on their man-up advantage with three goals in that span. By the time Levy re-entered, UND led 11-4.That run effectively ended the game, Gait said, as it became clear that UND would avenge its 9-5 loss to SU in the 2016 ACC tournament.“Good thing is the season’s not over,” Gait said. “(That) wasn’t a playoff game, it was a conference game. It just gives us more to work on, more to do to be more successful down the road.” Comments
If anyone failed to stop and look around while at the Wisconsin women’s basketball game Sunday afternoon, they might have missed it.In one of the shortest games in recent memory – taking only an hour and a half from start to finish – the Badgers got off to a quick start and held off Indiana late, defeating the Hoosiers 65-53.Wisconsin (11-13, 3-8 Big Ten) has struggled a great deal this season with a short roster, but so too has Indiana (10-14, 1-10), which only has seven scholarship players. Despite Indiana getting 20 points from its bench, the Badgers’ eight players who saw time outperformed the Hoosiers’ eight in a battle of short benches.A breakout performance by Wisconsin’s Cassie Rochel keyed the victory for UW, but Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey is still waiting for her key players to all make a mark in the same game.“There is always somebody stepping up,” Kelsey said. “We know they are capable. We just want them all to [step up] at the same time. That would be nice, in the same game.”Rochel totaled 12 points in the game – her sixth time scoring in double figures this season – but more importantly grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds. Rochel’s contributions didn’t stop in those two categories either, dishing off five assists to tie her career-high while blocking four shots and tallying three steals.Even with the well-rounded, impressive stat line for Rochel, she was still quick to credit her teammates and coaches for their part in her stats.“I know I can play like this all the time,” Rochel said. “One thing that I kind of struggle with is consistency, and I know that. But it’s a team sport. The assists come from my guards cutting hard.”“My rebounds come from my coach telling me every day in practice that [the other team] shouldn’t get an o-board. Blocks, she’s been telling me how to time my jumping, so each of these are accredited to someone else.”In the first half, Rochel was not the only one scoring or handing out dimes. With some impressive passing and team play, Wisconsin put up 44 points in the half.The Badgers shot nearly 53 percent from the field and made six threes en route to their 14-point halftime lead. Morgan Paige had 14 and Jacki Gulczynski chipped in another 11 to lead the Badges in the half. The two players finished with 17 and 15 points, respectively.Kelsey was content with how the ball was shared and moved throughout the game, leading to 16 assists in the game and a season-low 12 turnovers.“Having 16 assists is really nice,” Kelsey said. “That means a lot of different people are scoring. Cassie [Rochel] had 5 [assists] on her own.”“I think when we do share the ball we look really good. It gets a lot of people involved and that’s what you want. You don’t want one person dominating the ball.”In its loss at Ohio State Thursday night, Wisconsin was dominated on the boards, one of the key deciding factors in the decision. With the 15 boards by Rochel Sunday, Wisconsin had the advantage 38-32 in overall rebounds and more importantly 13-9 in offensive rebounds, which led to 16 second-chance points for the Badgers.After the loss to Ohio State, Rochel and the Badgers concentrated on boxing out in practice, which was quite evident in the win Sunday.“It all comes down to every little thing in that game,” Rochel said. “Ohio State, they killed us on the boards. That came down to a rebound at the end, so we’ve really been working on that in practice.”“Rebounding, you have to have heart to do it. It’s not something you really get recognized for, but tonight I was not going to let too many [offensive] boards go.”After the first half Wisconsin’s offense slowed down drastically, only totaling 21 points in the second half and eight in the last 12 minutes. But Indiana was unable to capitalize on the door left wide open by the Badgers.The Hoosiers cut the lead to 10 with nine minutes left in the game, but could not get any closer the rest of the way.Even with the extreme lack of offense in the second half, Wisconsin found a way to close out the game and avoid falling into a last place tie in the Big Ten standings with the Hoosiers.“The new slogan is finish strong,” Paige said. “You’ll be seeing that a lot. Today, maybe not the greatest finish in the game, but we got the ‘W.’”“We’re really looking forward to these next games and taking every opportunity and doing the best that we can with it.”
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Messi put the hosts ahead with a fine curling effort from 20 yards in the 16th minute and four minutes later De Gea let a weaker shot from the edge of the area squirm under his body for the Argentine’s second.Philippe Coutinho added a third for Barca in the 61st minute, curling a stunning effort into the top corner from distance.United hit the bar inside the first 40 seconds through Marcus Rashford but were dominated after going behind.Alexis Sanchez’s diving header, which was spectacularly saved by Barca goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen in the 90th minute, was as close at the visitors came in the second half.It was a sobering night for United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the ground where he scored his most famous goal, the stoppage-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final.Barca now meet either Liverpool or Porto in the semi-final, with the Reds taking a 2-0 lead into Wednesday’s second leg.In Turin, Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-time winner of the tournament, headed the hosts in front from a first-half corner. However, Ajax battled level as Donny van de Beek controlled Hakim Ziyech’s shot and slotted past Wojciech Szczesny.Ziyech went close after the break before De Ligt, up from the back, scored a decisive, powerful header.The away-goals rule left Juventus needing two in the remaining 23 minutes, but it could have been even more comfortable for the visitors in the closing stages with David Neres shooting wide and Ziyech flagged offside after whipping a smart shot into the top corner.As their fans twirled shirts over the heads high in the Juventus Stadium stands, the visitors ran out deserved victors.Ajax will face the winner of Manchester City and Tottenham’s quarter-final, which Spurs leading 1-0 before Wednesday’s second leg at Etihad Stadium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester United’s Champions League run ended in the quarter-finals as Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a crushing 3-0 victory in the second leg at the Nou Camp.Elsewhere, Ajax’s sensational Champions League run continued as teenage captain Matthijs de Ligt’s goal eliminated Juventus 2-1 and secured their place in the semi-finals.Manchester United, trailing 1-0 from the first leg, started brightly but were then undone by brilliance from Messi and a glaring mistake from goalkeeper David de Gea.
The BH shot putter Hamza Alic did not qualify for the finals of the World Championships in Beijing.Of three attempts, among which only one was valid, Alic threw the shot at the distance of 18.62 meters.In the first attempt, one of our three representatives at this year’s World Championships in Beijing made a fault.Alic was successful in the second attempt, while he made a fault again in the third attempt.Of all the athletes, 28 of them who performed in shot putting, Alic ended in the last place.The other BH representative Kemal Mesic did not attend this competition due to injury.The best was the American Joe Kovacs with the length of 21.36 meters. The German David Stroll was the second in the qualifications with the length of 21.26 meters, while the third in the final standings was Reese Hoffa with the length of 20.75 meters.(Source: klix.ba)
Steve McNair was dozing on his sofa in his Nashville condo one weekend when his 20-year-old girlfriend shot him four times. McNair was married with four sons. Police say the woman, Sahel Kazemi, was “spinning out of control” and suspected McNair was seeing someone else. The carnage did not end there. Kazemi turned the semiautomatic pistol on herself.McNair was 36 and had left the NFL a year earlier. He spent 13 seasons in the league and was the heart of the Tennessee Titans. His closing drive in the 23-16 loss to St. Louis in the 2000 Super Bowl was one of the most riveting finishes in the history of the title game. He was a Pro Bowl player four times. He shared the MVP award in 2003. McNair was fierce on the field and generous off it.“I’m going to miss you, No. 9,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said.Vernon Forrest grew up in Georgia and fought in the 1992 Olympics with Oscar De La Hoya. He became a three-time champion and was the first to beat Shane Mosley. His manager said he was at a gas station when approached for money. Atlanta police said the 38-year-old boxer exchanged gunfire with two robbery suspects and was shot several times in the back. In a sport where bravado rules, Forrest had been known for his modesty and keeping the volume low.“I viewed Vernon as a great competitor in the ring and an even greater man outside the ring,” De La Hoya said.Weeks earlier, Alexis Arguello was found dead at his home in Managua, the city where he was elected mayor a year earlier. Investigators said a single gunshot wound to the chest pointed to suicide. Arguello was dead at 57 after a career in which he galvanized boxing fans. He won titles in three divisions. His two bouts with Aaron Pryor in the early 1980s were pulsating, brawling tests of will.“Those were great fights we had,” Pryor said. “This was a great champion.”Boxing is brutal every year, but especially so this time. In July, former champion Arturo Gatti died at 37 at a Brazilian resort. Police initially suspected his wife but later determined Gatti hanged himself. Months later, in a grisly parallel, Darren Sutherland, who won a boxing bronze medal for Ireland at the Beijing Olympics, was found hanged at his home.The sport also lost Ingemar Johansson at 76. The Swede jolted boxing by knocking out Floyd Patterson to win the heavyweight title in 1959. Greg Page, another heavyweight champ, died at 50 of complications from a brain injury during a 2001 fight. Jose Torres, the inspirational light heavyweight champ from Puerto Rico who became a writer, died at 72.Chicago Bulls fans had a rough day on Feb. 26. They learned of the deaths of former coach and broadcaster Johnny Kerr at 76 and Norm Van Lier, 61, one of NBA’s best defensive players in the 1970s.Randy Smith, a blindingly fast guard, died at 60. Marvin Webster, the shot-blocking “Human Eraser,” was gone at 56. College basketball coach Kay Yow’s gallant fight with cancer was over at 66. The NBA said goodbye to two owners: Bill Davidson of the Pistons and Abe Pollin of the Wizards, whose name he changed from the Bullets because of the ties to violence.Wayman Tisdale, the former Oklahoma All-American who spent a dozen years in the NBA before shifting rhythms and becoming a jazz musician, died at 44.“He was the nicest man in the world with the biggest heart and an even bigger smile,” former Pacers teammate Reggie Miller said.In football, Jasper Howard and Chris Henry didn’t see old age. Howard, a 20-year-old cornerback for Connecticut, was stabbed during a fight outside a school dance. Henry, the Cincinnati Bengals receiver, died at 26 near the year’s end, falling from a pickup truck during what police said was a dispute with his fiancee. by Fred LiefAssociated Press Writer Sports in 2009 looked down the barrel of a gun.From Tennessee to Georgia to Nicaragua, gunfire crackled in July. The causes differed—a romance gone wrong, a robbery botched, a self-inflicted wound—but the outcome did not. A gun was the weapon of choice, and all were dead: a former star quarterback and two ex-boxing champions. Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair looks for a receiver during the Titans’ 22-16 playoff win over the Buffalo Bills in Nashville, Jan. 8. McNair, 36, was killed in July 2009, a year after he left the NFL.