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10 prominent sports deaths in 2013

Monday - 12/23/2013, 3:10pm  ET

The Associated Press

Ten prominent sports deaths in 2013:

--Jerry Buss, 80 -- Flamboyant Lakers owner who shepherded team from Showtime to Kobe Bryant era.

--Emile Griffith, 75 -- Elegant boxing champion who was shadowed by his fatal beating of Benny Paret.

--Deacon Jones, 74 -- Leader of the Rams' Fearsome Foursome unit and the original sackmaster.

--Stan Musial, 92 -- Cardinals' peerless left-handed hitter who won three MVPs, seven batting crowns.

--Ken Norton, 70 -- Heavyweight champion who defeated Muhammad Ali in 1973 and broke his jaw.

--Bill Sharman, 87 -- Hall of Famer as player and coach and link between the Celtics-Lakers rivalry.

--Pat Summerall, 82 -- NFL kicker turned broadcaster, whose soothing work in booth became a TV fixture.

--Ken Venturi, 82 -- Won 1964 U.S. Open despite dehydration and worked as CBS golf analyst for 35 years.

--Earl Weaver, 82 -- Shrewd, pugnacious manager who railed at umpires, took Orioles to four World Series.

--Michael Weiner, 51 -- Eased baseball labor relations as successor to Donald Fehr as union leader.


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