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September 26, 2011

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At age 73 of congestive heart failure, Basketball Hall of Famer Dave Gavitt, one of the architects of the modern game. In 1969 the Rhode Island native was hired as head coach at Providence. In 10 years his teams tallied a 209--84 record, made five NCAA tournament appearances and reached the 1973 Final Four. Gavitt (above) was a driving force in uniting the major basketball powers of the Northeast into the Big East in 1979 and served as the conference's first commissioner, holding that position until 1990. During his tenure the Big East became a powerhouse when it sent three teams to the 1985 Final Four. Gavitt also served as coach of the 1980 U.S Olympic basketball team and later became president of USA Basketball, where he oversaw the rule change that allowed NBA player participation and resulted in the formation of the 1992 Dream Team.

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At age 78 of pneumonia, Philadelphia boxing icon George Benton. A master technician, Benton (below) defeated future world champions Freddie Little, Jimmy Ellis and Joey Giardello and was never knocked down during a 21-year pro career. He also never got a title shot despite being a top middleweight contender in the 1960s. After a gunshot wound ended his fighting career in 1970, Benton turned to training, studying under Eddie Futch. Benton worked the corner for Joe Frazier in the Thrilla in Manila and for Leon Spinks when he upset Muhammad Ali, and he later trained Evander Holyfield, Pernell Whitaker, Meldrick Taylor and Mike McCallum. Benton was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2001.


By the NCAA for improper use of recruiting services, Oregon's football program, which went public with the news only hours before its 56--7 win over Missouri State on Saturday. The inquiry is a result of reports that surfaced earlier this year alleging that the Ducks paid Houston-based scout Willie Lyles $25,000 in March 2010, a month after Oregon received a letter of intent from Lache Seastrunk, a highly touted Texas recruit who transferred to Baylor this fall. The Ducks contend that the payment to Lyles's company, Complete Scouting Services, was legitimate. Oregon released several of the scouting reports provided by Lyles in June, including his 2010 National High School Evaluation Booklet, which profiled 140 athletes, many of whom were members of the class of 2009. Of those players, 133 played high school ball in Texas and only 22 went on to receive FBS scholarships.


For bankruptcy, the Dallas Stars, which reportedly will be sold to Vancouver-based businessman Tom Gaglardi. The Stars are the fifth major pro sports team to file for bankruptcy in the past two years and the second owned by Tom Hicks. Though the Stars have had 14 straight winning seasons, they have missed the postseason the past three years and currently owe lenders $448.5 million. Hicks bought the Texas Rangers in 1998, but last year he sold the team to Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan after defaulting on $525 million in loans and filing for bankruptcy. Hicks was also co-owner of Liverpool FC from 2007 to '10.

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For slander by NFL wide receiver Braylon Edwards, South, a restaurant and bar in Birmingham, Mich. Edwards (right) is requesting $14 million in damages, claiming that a statement released by the restaurant, which said that the receiver was directly involved in a bar fight on Aug. 1, caused him to lose a contract with an unnamed team worth a guaranteed $15 million. Instead he signed a one-year deal with the 49ers worth $3.5 million—$1 million guaranteed—only days after the incident. Two of Edwards's friends were charged with felonious assault after allegedly stabbing an employee of the restaurant. On Sunday, Edwards left San Francisco's 27--24 loss to Dallas after injuring his right knee in the first quarter.

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