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    Milan great Cesare Maldini dies aged 84
    Apr 3, 2016 07:52:19



    The legendary Italian won four Serie A titles, a European Cup, Coppa Italia and European Cup Winners' Cup as a player and coach

    Former AC Milan defender and Italy coach Cesare Maldini has passed away at the age of 84.

    The father of another Milan great, Paolo, Maldini died in "the night between Saturday and Sunday", his family announced.

    Maldini spent most of his playing career with Serie A giants Milan between 1954 and 1966, winning four Scudetti and the club's first European Cup in 1963, amassing more than 400 appearances in all competitions.

    He also earned 14 caps for Italy, following his debut in 1960, and featured at the World Cup two years later.

    After retiring as a Torino player in 1967, Maldini returned to Milan as coach in 1972, guiding the club to victory in the European Cup Winners' Cup and Coppa Italia.

    Maldini then worked as Italy assistant coach from 1980-86 before eventually taking the reins 10 years later, overseeing the 1998 World Cup campaign in France.

    He also led Paraguay to the 2002 World Cup.

    AC Milan great Cesare Maldini dies aged 84 - Goal.com

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    R.I.P Boban

    Five-time Group I winning gelding Boban passed away on Sunday night after a paddock accident.
    Boban carried the flag for Chris Waller during his emerging years, winning the 2013 Epsom Handicap (1600m) before taking that form to Flemington in securing the 2013 Emirates Stakes (1600m).
    The son of Bernadini came back to win the 2014 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) before picking up two more Group I races in 2015 – the Doomben 10,000 (1350m) and Memsie Stakes (1400m).
    Boban was retired from the racetrack earlier this year after suffering a second bleeding attack which incurs a lifetime ban in Australia.
    The six-year-old won 11 of his 37 starts and amassed career prizemoney of more than $2.8 million.
    "I wish to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful group of owners as well as the punters and race followers, as together we have had a thoroughly enjoyable experience,” Waller said when Boban was retired.
    Glyn Schofield rode Boban for all five Group I victories.
    "He was a special horse to me,” Schofield said. "We had a great record together. He certainly grabbed a lot of headlines when he got it right.”
    "Every time I rode him he knew that it was me.
    "It was sad when he retired and this is truly sad news.”

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    That's no age at all.

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    Won some money on that bloke

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    Chyna, formerly of the WWF. And star of sexy movie 'One Night in Chyna'

    Brain of deceased WWE wrestler Chyna donated for CTE research

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    Winston Hill, former New York Jets great, dies
    Jets mourn loss of longtime great Winston Hill

    Winston Hill, a former Super Bowl champion and one of the most revered players in New York Jets history, died Tuesday night at his home in Denver, the team announced.
    He was 74.
    Hill, who protected Joe Namath's blindside during the Jets' only Super Bowl season, in 1968, was one of football's most decorated offensive linemen in the 1960s and '70s. He was a four-time AFL All-Star and a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

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    Irish great Christy O'Connor Sr. dies at 91
    By The Sports Xchange | May 15, 2016 at 12:37 AM



    Irish golf icon Christy O'Connor Sr. died Saturday in Dublin at the age of 91. No cause of death was announced.

    O'Connor, who played on 10 Ryder Cup teams and won 23 times on the British and Irish Tour that was the precursor of the European Tour, became the second Irishman elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009, joining Joe Carr -- who went in two years earlier.

    "We have lost not only one of the greatest Ryder Cup players the game has seen, but an incredible man," said Richard Hills, Ryder Cup director for Europe.

    "The other thing that sticks out for me is how Seve (Ballesteros) used to watch him. When Seve, who as we all know was a genius of a player, first came out on tour in 1976, he would seek out Christy to watch him practice and watch his hands.

    "Christy was built like a bull but he had incredible hands for golf."

    O'Connor won 40 other professional events that were not sanctioned by the two major tours, including the European PGA Seniors title six times.

    His best result in a major championship was second behind Peter Thomson of Australia in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in 1965.

    O'Connor also played 15 times for Ireland in the World Cup, winning the title with Harry Bradshaw in 1958.

    Christy O'Connor Jr., his nephew and also an accomplished golfer, died in January at the age of 67.

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    MMA fighter Kimbo Slice has died in Florida hospital

    STREET-fighting legend Kimbo Slice has died after being rushed to a Florida hospital.

    American Top Team — the facility where Slice trained out of in Coconut Creek, Florida, posted a tweet that said the fighter passed away after he was admitted to hospital on Tuesday.
    He was 42 years old.
    Kimbo Slice dead: MMA fighter dies in hospital of suspected heart attack

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    ‘Mr. Hockey’ Gordie Howe Dies at Age 88
    The sport’s quintessential player across generations; played 32 seasons in the NHL and WHA from 1946 to 1980

    By DAVE CALDWELL
    Updated June 10, 2016 1:13 p.m. ET



    Gordie Howe—the Hall of Fame forward who was so skilled, prolific, durable and ferocious that he became known simply as “Mr. Hockey”—died Friday at the age of 88.

    Howe was diagnosed with dementia in 2012 and suffered two strokes in October 2014. The Detroit Red Wings confirmed his death.

    Howe scored 975 goals in 2,186 games for four teams in two leagues—during a professional career that spanned 32 seasons from 1946 to 1980. In his final season, he scored 15 goals in 80 games for the Hartford Whalers.

    The 23-time NHL All-Star also acquired 500 stitches—just in his face.

    Gordon Howe was born on March 31, 1928, in a farmhouse in Floral, Saskatchewan, but grew up in Saskatoon, the largest city in the province, where his father, Ab, was a laborer and construction worker.

    Howe, who took up hockey at age 8, was talented and tough, although his bid to make the New York Rangers—at age 15—ended during training camp because he was homesick. After starting his career with the Red Wings, he returned to the game after fracturing his skull in 1950 when he hit the boards headfirst at a time when players wore no helmet.

    A hockey player who scores three goals in a game is said to have scored a hat trick. But, to this day, a player who scores a goal, has an assist and gets into a fight in a single game is said to have achieved a “Gordie Howe Hat Trick.” (In fact, Howe had only two of those during his career.)

    He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972, a year after he first retired, at age 42, from the Red Wings, with whom he played for 25 seasons and led to four Stanley Cup championships. He also was the NHL’s most valuable player six times.

    The Red Wings retired his sweater number, No. 9, on March 9, 1972, after Howe had stopped playing because of a wrist injury and joined the team’s front office.

    But he was back on the ice a year later, as a member of the Houston Aeros of the year-old World Hockey Association.


    Howe resumed playing because his oldest sons, Marty (then 19 years old) and Mark (18), had both signed with the Aeros. (Mark Howe went on to play 22 seasons for five teams and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.)

    The Howes helped the Aeros win the Avco Cup, the WHA’s equivalent of the Stanley Cup, in each of their first two seasons. With 31 goals and 69 assists in his first season, Gordie Howe won the WHA’s MVP trophy, which was renamed for Howe a year later.

    Howe became the first player in team sports to have his sons as teammates, according to his website, and he became the first grandfather to play professional hockey.

    He would even outlast the WHA. The Howes moved from the Aeros to the New England Whalers in 1977, and Gordie Howe scored a team-high 34 goals in 76 games and led the Whalers to the Avco Cup finals after his 50th birthday. (They lost to Winnipeg.)

    The WHA folded after the 1978-79 season, with the renamed Hartford Whalers among four WHA teams joining the NHL. Howe played his final season for a team that had a losing record and was swept in the first round of the playoffs. He was 52 years old when he played his last NHL game.

    On Twitter, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said, “Gordie’s greatness travels far beyond mere statistics; it echoes in the words of veneration spoken by countless players who have joined him in the Hockey Hall of Fame and consider him their hero.”

    As a publicity stunt to draw attention to the minor-league Detroit Vipers, Howe, then 69, became the first pro to play in six consecutive decades when he appeared, wearing a No. 9 sweater, in one shift during the squad’s 1997-98 season opener.

    Statues were erected of Howe in Detroit and Saskatoon. He was awarded the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civil honor, and was inducted into 11 different halls of fame. He received honorary doctor’s degrees from two universities in Saskatchewan.

    When he was finished playing hockey for good, Howe retired to the Detroit suburbs and became an ambassador for the sport. He was a mentor to Wayne Gretzky, who broke many of his scoring records, and wore No. 99 in tribute. Howe often paid visits to the Red Wings, with whom he played 1,687 regular-season games and another 157 playoff games, winning Stanley Cups in 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1955.

    Howe’s 801 goals were the most in NHL history until Wayne Gretzky passed him in 1994 and remain the most by a right wing. He finished his NHL career with 1,850 points, another record which stood until Gretzky broke it, He also was the first player in league history to play in 1,500 games and remains the oldest player to skate in an NHL game (52 years, 11 days).

    Howe met Colleen Joffa, his future wife, at a Red Wings hangout, the Lucky Strike bowling alley in Detroit, early in his NHL career. She became known as Mrs. Hockey; the couple’s nicknames were trademarked. Colleen Howe, who died of Pick’s disease in 2009 at age 76, managed her husband’s business interests and helped found the Detroit Junior Red Wings.

    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, in an emailed statement, said Mr. Howe was perhaps the most beloved champion in a city that cherishes its sports heroes.

    “Gordie Howe will forever be remembered as ‘Mr. Hockey,’ but he could also be known as ‘Mr. Detroit’ or ‘Mr. Michigan’ for the years of thrills he gave Red Wings fans in our state and around the world,” the statement said. “He represented Detroit with pride and class.”

    Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper -- a noted hockey buff who wrote a book chronicling the history of the sport -- said Mr. Howe was one of the greatest players in hockey history, and in his time in Detroit helped build “extraordinary goodwill between our two countries.”

    In May of last year, it was announced the proposed new international crossing connecting Canada with Detroit would be named after Mr. Howe. The Gordie Howe International Bridge is expected to be completed and in service by 2020.

    “It is my sincere hope that this bridge, which bears his name, will continue this proud legacy by accelerating the flow of people, merchandise and services between our great nations for years to come,” Mr. Harper said.

    ?Mr. Hockey? Gordie Howe Dies at Age 88 - WSJ

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    Great looking trophy. Is it gold , silver ?

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    Greg Pierce, rugby league great and former Australian captain, dies after a long illness at 66

    Rugby league great Greg Pierce has died aged 66 after a long battle with illness.
    Pierce, Cronulla's first Australian captain, played 210 matches for the Sharks between 1969 and 1980, including the 1973 grand final against Manly.
    He played 24 matches for his country and captained Australia in 1978 against New Zealand.
    Pierce coached the Sharks in 1981 and 1982 and was named as a club Immortal in 2005.
    NRL boss Todd Greenberg paid tribute to Pierce on Saturday.
    "Greg was and always will be one of the greatest players to pull on a Cronulla jumper," Greenberg said.
    "As an Australian captain, he will forever be a part of a very special club.
    "He will be sorely missed by everyone at Cronulla, but also the game which he was such a special part of."
    Cronulla also made special note of his contribution to the NRL club.
    "One of the greatest players to ever play for the Cronulla-Sutherland club, has passed away," a Sharks statement read.
    "On behalf of all players, staff, commercial partners, members and fans, the Sharks offer their condolences to Greg Pierce's family and friends."
    Cronulla paid tribute to Pierce on Saturday with a minute silence before the team's round 16 match against the Warriors at Shark Park.
    The NRL team wore black armbands in Pierce's honour, winning the game 19-18 in golden point.
    Greg Pierce, rugby league great and former Australian captain, dies after a long illness at 66 - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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    Veteran boxing scribe Jack Obermayer dies at 72

    If you went to a fight card in the United States in the past 50 years, there was a chance you might see a gruff but youthful-looking bespectacled man sitting in the far reaches of press row, diligently chronicling the night’s events for any number of boxing publications.
    Jack Obermayer stood out among the ringside media for his longevity and fanatical devotion to the sport. After attending his first fight on March 13, 1963 (Muhammad Ali vs. Doug Jones) Obermayer would go on to appear at a dizzying 3,514 different fight cards in 49 states in over 400 cities, figures that will likely never be matched. A common sight was to see Obermayer chatting with young boxing writers at shows, passing along advice, enjoying the company of his fellow scribes and insiders.
    After a long struggle with liver cancer, Obermayer died on Saturday morning at his home in Lindenwold, New Jersey, stunning a boxing community that was looking ahead to tonight’s welterweight title fight between Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, a fight he surely would have attended. Obermayer was 72.
    While Obermayer’s attendance dwindled in recent years as he dealt with his health, he was still in Canastota for Hall of Fame weekend June 9-12. He had planned to watch John Molina Jr.’s upset victory of Ruslan Provodnikov on June 11 in Verona, New York but had to cancel when he wasn’t feeling up to it. The last show he attended was headlined by Derrick Webster’s sixth-round decision win against Lenwood Dozier at Grundy Arena in Bristol, Pennsylvania on June 4. Naturally, it was a four-fight club show; no card was too small for Obermayer to lend his presence to. The only state Obermayer didn’t attend a card in was Alaska.
    Veteran boxing scribe Jack Obermayer dies at 72 - Ring TV

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    Australian sport mourns passing of oldest Olympic competitor Forbes Carlile at age 95

    AUSTRALIA’S oldest Olympian and swimming great Forbes Carlile passed away on Tuesday morning. He was 95.

    Carlile was renowned as a trailblazer of Australian swimming both as a coach and later as an Olympic competitor in the modern pentathlon.
    Carlile produced some of Australia’s finest swimming champions including Shane Gould, Karen Moras and Terry Gathercole.
    In 1972, under Carlile’s coaching, Gould held the world records for the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle.
    He was the Australian swimming coach at the 1948, 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games.
    He remains the only person to have coached and then later competed at the Olympic Games when he contested the modern pentathlon at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki.
    The Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association released a statement on the passing of Carlile, saying he had been an inspiration to many swimming coaches not just in Australia but around the world.
    “It is with great sadness that ASCTA announce the passing of our legend and Number one swimming coach Forbes Carlile,” the statement said.
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    Australian surfing champion Midget Farrelly dies

    Australian surfing champion Bernard Farrelly, best known as 'Midget' for his slight size, has died aged 71.
    Farrelly won the first official surfing world championship at Sydney's Manly Beach in 1964, and dominated the sport as it gained popularity during that decade.

    His achievements included:
    • winning the 1965 Australian surfing title
    • sixth place at the 1966 world championship
    • winning the 1966 Peruvian International Small Waves competition
    • winning the 1968 Bobby Brown memorial
    • second place at the 1968 world championship
    Farrelly was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985.
    "Farrelly was arguably the most successful competitor in the world during the '60s," his online Hall of Fame entry says.
    "Though always dedicated to the sport, he later became embroiled in a series of disagreements with Australian officials and was banned from entering the 1969 Australian title."
    Farrelly also built surf boards, making his first one in 1958 at the age of 14, and later establishing a board business at Brookvale on Sydney's northern beaches.



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    Brian Roberts, dual Richmond premiership player, passes away, aged 70

    RICHMOND is mourning the loss of dual premiership player and popular publican Brian ‘The Whale’ Roberts, who died on Saturday, aged 70.

    Roberts played 78 games for the Tigers from 1971 to 1975, and was a member of the club’s 1973 and ‘74 premiership sides.
    The ruckman crossed to South Melbourne as part of the controversial John Pitura trade during the 1975 season, playing 15 games.
    He was only three votes off Footscray’s Gary Dempsey in the ‘75 Brownlow Medal.
    Richmond historian Bill Meaklim confirmed the sad news, saying Roberts was one of the game’s great characters on and off the field and was much loved by teammates and the Tigers’ faithful.
    “Have an ale with The Whale” became a catch-cry during his many years as a publican, when he ran the Cricket Club Hotel in South Melbourne and later the Duke of Wellington in Flinders Street.
    Only last week his former teammate Kevin Bartlett rated Roberts, who stood at 198cm and reached 120kg, as among his top five football characters, saying: “(He had a) sense of humour that created a great environment.”




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    Bit strange, his son denied it earlier, but now it's everywhere.

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    The original 'Little Master', Pakistan's Hanif Mohammad dies aged 81

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    Hanif Mohammad, the original 'Little Master' who played the longest innings in Test cricket, has died at the age of 81. He had been undergoing treatment for respiratory complications from his lung cancer in Karachi's Aga Khan hospital. Late on August 8, he was shifted to the ICU and placed on a ventilator. Hanif was diagnosed with the cancer in 2013, for which he received treatment in London.

    Hanif played 55 Tests, including Pakistan's first. Imtiaz Ahmed, 88, and Waqar Hasan, 83, are the only two survivors from that team. Hanif was renowned for his immaculate defensive technique. He scored 3915 runs at an average of 43.98. His best was an epic 337 as Pakistan saved the Barbados Test in 1958 while following on. It was the highest Test score and the longest first-class innings then. At 970 minutes, it is still the longest Test innings.

    Hanif was born in Junagadh in the Indian state of Gujarat. He and his four brothers moved to Pakistan after partition; four of the five brothers played Tests while Raees, the fifth, was a 12th man once. At least one of the Mohammad brothers played in Pakistan's first 101 Tests. Hanif's son Shoaib played 45 Tests and grandson Shehzar 30 first-class matches. In 2010, a Cricinfo jury chose Hanif as the opener alongside Saeed Anwar in the all-time Pakistan Test XI.

    After retiring as an international cricketer, Hanif co-founded the magazine The Cricketer Pakistan in 1972, which he edited for two decades. He also served as the manager of the formidable Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) team, which one the domestic one-day tournament, Wills Cup, three years in a row in the 1980s.

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    Dalian Atkinson dies aged 48



    Former Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson has died after being tasered by Telford police.

    Officers were called to a house in Telford in the early hours of Monday morning following a report concerning the 'safety of an individual'.

    A short time later the 48-year-old man was shot by a taser and despite receiving medical treatment he was pronounced dead.

    The man has been named locally as ex Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson, who famously scored a stunning solo goal against Wimbledon in the 3-2 away win in October 1992, while he also netted the winner for Aston Villa in their 1994 League Cup final win over Manchester United.

    "West Mercia Police can confirm that officers responded to a report for the concern for the safety of an individual at approximately 1.30am this morning at an address in Telford," a statement read.

    "Upon arrival Taser was deployed and a 48-year-old man, who subsequently received medical attention, was pronounced dead at approximately 3am.

    "West Mercia Police are unable to comment any further as the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as is normal procedure, and will assist the IPCC with their inquiries."

    A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called by West Mercia Police to an address in Meadow Close in the Trench area of Telford at about 1.45am this morning.

    "An ambulance was dispatched and upon arrival found a man who had been Tasered.

    "As he was being conveyed to Princess Royal Hospital, his condition deteriorated and he went into cardiac arrest.

    "Despite the efforts of the crew and hospital staff, it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at hospital, shortly after arrival."

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    Med issues. some problems with his heart. his dad will bury him now. shocker indeed.

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    Parramatta Eels legend and former NSW and Australian representative Ken Thornett has died, aged 78

    PARRAMATTA legend and former New South Wales and Australian representative Ken Thornett has died, aged 78.

    Nicknamed “The Mayor of Parramatta”, Thornett played 130 games for the Eels between 1962 and 1971, where he made the fullback position his own.
    He is currently recognised by the club, with the annual players’ player award named in his honour as well as a grandstand at the Eels’ home ground, Pirtek Stadium.
    He was named in the official list of Australia’s 100 greatest players on the game’s centenary in 2008, having played 12 Tests for Australia, scoring six tries.
    nducted as one of the inaugural members of the Eels Hall of Fame in 2002, Thornett lifted the club to their first finals series in his rookie year of 1962.
    The club are now planning a major tribute for Thornett for their round-25 clash with Canberra, which will also be their last at home before the ground is redeveloped.
    “Ken had an enormous impact on our club and it is with great sadness that we hear of his passing today,” Eels interim chairman Max Donnelly said.
    “Along with his brother Dick, Ken made the Eels a competitive force during his time becoming one of the most feared fullbacks in the 1960s and instilling a professionalism that was the forerunner for our success in the 1970s and 80s.” He hailed from a talented sporting family. Younger sibling Dick played for both the Kangaroos and Wallabies and represented Australia at the Olympics in water polo.




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    Norman May: Legendary ABC broadcaster dies aged 88

    Legendary ABC broadcaster Norman May has died, aged 88.
    It was thanks to May that the gold medal call of Australia's men's 4x100 metres medley relay team at the 1980 Moscow Olympics became an indelible moment in this country's history.
    "Fifteen metres from the gold medal for Australia ... 10 metres now, Brooks in front. Five metres now, four, three, two, one ... Gold! Gold to Australia! Gold!"
    Apt, for a man affectionately known as "Nugget".
    That nickname was bestowed on him because of his stout body type as a youngster but along with the tale of that call, it grew with him in stature as the years rolled by.
    In his younger days May was a talented surfer, rugby player and cricketer growing up on the northern beaches of Sydney.
    Doing what most with considerable athletic ability do at a young age he played as much sport as he could
    He went to work as an insurance clerk and continued to follow one his favourite sports, cricket, before his life's calling came in 1957.
    May recounted the chance opportunity, in an interview with George Negus on the ABC in 2004.
    "I lived at a place called North Curl Curl in Sydney, which is a beach out from Manly on the south side of Dee Why," May said.



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    Champion Bart Cummings-trained mare Let’s Elope dies at 29

    SUPERSTAR mare Let’s Elope, the winner of the 1991 Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, has passed away at the age of 29.

    Let’s Elope died on Sunday at Lauriston Park, Euroa.
    Chris and Kathie Bakker who run Lauriston Park said the mare passed away peacefully in her sleep lying underneath an old gum tree in her favourite paddock.
    Jockey Steven King said it was sad to hear of her passing saying she put him on the map.
    “It seems like a lifetime ago but it was an incredible time winning the Turnbull, the Caulfield Cup, the Mackinnon and the Melbourne Cup on her in one spring,” King said.
    King said last year he took his family to see Let’s Elope at Lauriston Park.
    “I knew she was getting on but I thought it was important that they see a great horse like her who meant so much to me,” King said.
    Nigel Blackiston also said it was a sad time. Blackiston was foreman for Bart Cummings when Let’s Elope came from New Zealand to join his stables.
    “I was the first person to handle her when she came to the stable. She got to a lovely age and she had a wonderful life,” Blackiston said.
    “She was a superstar. A champion mare. No horse could do what she did in that spring.”
    Let’s Elope began her stud career in the Northern Hemisphere and was the dam of Ustinov. Back in Australia she produced Adelaide Cup winner Outback Joe and is the grand-dam of Let’s,Make A Deal who Blackiston trained.
    Blackiston said he has a two-year-old grand-daughter of Let’s Elope by High Chaparral in his stables.
    Let’s Elope had been a nanny in recent years at Seven Creeks Stud and then at Lauriston Park.




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    Mel Charles dies aged 81: Tributes to Swansea and Wales football legend
    By South Wales Evening Post | Posted: September 25, 2016



    TRIBUTES have been paid to Swansea football legend Mel Charles who died last night at the age of 81.

    His friend on and off the field, Mel Nurse, described him as a "big character".

    When he played for Wales in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, alongside his brother, the legendary John Charles, Pele described him as the best defender of the tournament.

    He could play centre-half, right-half or centre forward. He turned out 233 times for Swansea Town, scoring 69 goals, before a big move to Arsenal in 1959 where he scored 26 goals in 60 appearances.

    After that he played for Cardiff City, Porthmadog, Port Vale, Owestry Town and Haverfordwest.

    Mr Charles scored six goals in 31 appearances for Wales from 1955 to 1962.

    Former Swansea Town great and ex-Wales international Mr Nurse said today: "We were brought up together with his brother John . We went to Cwmbwrla and Manselton schools. He was two years younger than me. I followed him on and off the field. I will miss him. We used to socialise together. We went to functions and dinners together.

    "In the 1958 World Cup he stood out. In those days players didn't ask for transfers. Clubs sold them. They sold him to Arsenal, a top club in the country and Spurs, another top club, were interested. If he had been playing today he would have been worth millions.

    Mr Nurse said his friend had not been in good health in recent times and was at the April Court Care Home in St Helen's Avenue.

    "I had a phone call within 10 minutes of his passing," he said. "I was gutted. He was a big character. Swansea has lost a legend. Anyone who had anything to do with Mel knew he was a big personality. He will be sorely missed."



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    Golfing legend Arnold Palmer dies



    The golf world is in mourning after the death of one of the legends of the game, Arnold Palmer. Photo / Photosport.co.nz

    The golf world is in mourning after the death of one of the legends of the game, Arnold Palmer.

    A family source told US website Golfweek that he died in Pittsburgh. Palmer won seven majors, including the Masters five times, and 62 events on the PGA Tour.

    He was inducted into golf's Hall of Fame in 1974.

    The US professional golfer - widely regarded as one of the greatest players to pick up a set of clubs - died aged 87.

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    Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez killed in boating accident






    Miami Marlins pitcher Josť FernŠndez, who defected from Cuba at 15 and went on to become one of baseball's brightest stars, was killed early Sunday in a boating accident, Florida authorities said.


    FernŠndez, who was 24, and two other men were found dead after their boat was discovered at the entrance of Miami Harbor, said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Lorenzo Veloz.

    Coast Guard personnel on patrol noticed the vessel upside down on the north end of a rocky jetty shortly after 3:15 a.m., Veloz said at a news conference.

    Divers recovered two bodies under the boat, and a third victim was found on the rocks. The names of the two other victims -- also in their 20s -- are being withheld until relatives are notified. The men were Fernandez's friends, Veloz said.



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