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    ^Thats young, heart attack i see

    A legend and nice guy, I washed his car once.

    RIP Cyrille

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    Dan Gurney: Pioneering F1 driver dies aged 86

    Dan Gurney, one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of the 1960s and a towering figure in motorsport, has died aged 86.
    The American was the first to spray champagne on the podium, and the first to wear a full-face helmet.
    He also took Porsche's first F1 victory, and was one of the leading members of a golden generation of drivers in the 1960s, including Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart.
    Gurney was also the second driver to win a grand prix in his own car.
    Gurney is the second most successful American driver in F1 history after Mario Andretti. But although he won only four grands prix, he is regarded as one of the greatest drivers of all time, and a talent of the standing of contemporaries such as world champions Clark, Stewart, Graham Hill and John Surtees.
    All of them regarded Gurney as one of their toughest rivals; Clark's father told Gurney at his son's funeral that he was the only driver he feared.
    Gurney's F1 career started with Ferrari in 1959 and he won his - and Porsche's - first grand prix in France in 1962, and won again at the same Rouen circuit two years later for Brabham, before deciding to follow the example of Jack Brabham and set up his own team.

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    Cyrille Regis, legend! RIP.

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    Graeme Langlands, rugby league Immortal, dies in Sydney






    Rugby league Immortal Graeme 'Changa' Langlands, who was capped 45 times for Australia, has died aged 76.


    He is one of only eight rugby league Immortals.

    He captained the Dragons from 1970 to 1976 and was captain of the Kangaroos from 1970 to 1975.

    “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago”

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    ^ Brilliant player met him in the Philippines once he didn't mind a beer.


    Graeme Langlands was modest, magnificent and Australia’s best to lace on a boot


    WHEN the elite rugby league stars of the time came in twos and threes to the centre of a deserted Sydney Cricket Ground in the 1980s for photos to celebrate their selection in a Masters Team chosen by a sporting magazine, they left one place vacant on the dais.

    The traditional captain’s position in the centre of the front row was empty. Until Graeme Langlands emerged from the dressing room and sat there — somewhat stunned.
    No captain had been chosen in a team that included Test and Kangaroo leaders like Bobby Fulton, Ron Coote, Bob McCarthy and Arthur Beetson but by tacit and genuine appreciation of Langlands’ career and status the players made their own choice.

    It remains one of the most genuine acknowledgments of a colleague’s sporting standing.
    “I didn’t know it was happening. I was a bit stunned,” Langlands always remembered. “That was nice.”


    That was often as close to fulsome praise as Langlands ever got. His unchallenged fluency of motion on a football field was not always duplicated away from it. He was as modest as he was magnificent.

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    I will never forget the white boot fiasco whereby he wore the boots in the grand final but also had pain killers which numbed his legs to the point he couldn't run.

    Yes a great player particularly his side step.

    RIP Changa.

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    Jimmy Armfield, the former England and Blackpool captain, dies aged 82

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    Jimmy Armfield, the former England and Blackpool captain, has died at the age of 82.
    Armfield is Blackpool's record appearance maker, playing 627 times across 17 years at Bloomfield Road, and he received 43 caps for England, captaining his country on 15 occasions.
    The Armfield family confirmed he passed away following a long battle with cancer at Trinity Hospice, a charity which he represented as its president, on Monday morning.
    "Blackpool Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of its record appearance holder and vice-president Jimmy Armfield," a Blackpool club statement read.
    "Voted Young Player of the Year in 1959, Jimmy was heralded as the best right-back in the world following the 1962 World Cup in Chile, and narrowly missed out on the FWA Player of the Year Award to his good friend and England team-mate Sir Bobby Charlton in 1966.

    "Jimmy was made a freeman of Blackpool in 2003 and later awarded an Outstanding Contribution honour at the Football League Awards in 2008, as well as a PFA Merit Award. He was also named a CBE on the New Year's Honours List in December 2009 for his services to the Lancashire community.
    "Our heartfelt condolences go out to Jimmy's wife Anne, his two sons, Duncan and John, and the rest of the Armfield family at this time."


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    Vic Keeble, Newcastle United's FA Cup winning hero, dies at the age of 87

    Tyneside is mourning the loss of the FA Cup legend Vic Keeble following the centre forward's death




    Goal ace Vic Keeble, the only surviving member of Newcastle United’s FA Cup winning squad of the early 50s, has died at the age of 87.
    Keeble was United’s centre-forward when they defeated Manchester City 3-1 in the 1955 final at Wembley, the last major domestic trophy claimed by the Magpies.
    Vic, who had a street in Ashington named after him following United’s third FA Cup victory in five years, remained a hugely popular figure on his many trips back to Tyneside.
    Keeble scored five goals en route to Wembley in 55 and overall his impressive record showed 69 goals from 121 matches in black-and-white.
    The final was mired in controversy – manager Dougald Livingstone was overruled by director Stan Seymour when he tried to drop the legendary Jackie Milburn a few days before Wembley.
    Wor Jackie was reinstated and scored the quickest ever goal at Wembley after only 43 seconds.
    City skipper Roy Paul was standing next to Milburn when Len White prepared to take a corner. Paul suddenly remembered that he had been delegated to mark Keeble, who was renowned for his prowess in the air, and he shot off to find Vic leaving Wor Jackie unmarked to head home the flag-kick.
    Keeble joined United from Colchester for £15,000 in 1952 after impressing United scout Bill McCracken, who in a distinguished playing career at Newcastle won three championships and the FA Cup.
    Vic enjoyed two outstanding seasons on Tyneside in 1954-55 and 55-56 when he netted 29 goals, once claiming four against Huddersfield Town.


    He left United for West Ham where he scored 49 times in 80 appearances before being forced to retire through injury.
    However his love of Geordies never waned and he regularly returned from Earls Colne near Colchester where he lived to be a guest of the Fairs Club, a band of United supporters who host a series of reunions throughout Tyneside.
    “Vic’s son James phoned to tell me the sad news,” said Fairs Club chairman Bill Gibbs. “We’re all devastated. Vic has been coming up since we first made contact with him in 2007 and his popularity amongst fans young and old was immense. He died surrounded by his family.
    “We will be running a coach from Newcastle to Colchester to take fans to his funeral.”

    I got to know Vic well over the years. He was a bubbly, friendly man who revelled in his time with United and his friendship with the likes of Wor Jackie. Vic visited Jackie’s widow Laura on a recent trip here.
    Keeble worked fleetingly as a journalist after retiring from playing and became development manager at his old club Colchester United before spending a considerable time in charge of administration at Chelmsford City.

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    Champion Australian javelin thrower Jarrod Bannister dies

    Australia's champion javelin thrower Jarrod Bannister has died suddenly overnight in the Netherlands.
    Bannister, who won gold in the javelin at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and was the national record holder, had been training and living in Holland with his girlfriend.

    There were understood to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. He was 33.
    The news has shattered the Australian athletics community as the charismatic Queenslander was a popular team member.


    Champion Australian javelin thrower Jarrod Bannister dies

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    Vale, Sir Nicholas Shehadie. A rugby giant both on and off the field

    The grand old man of Australian rugby, a man whose playing, administrative, and honorary career spanned no less than eight decades, has left us.
    Sir Nicholas Shehadie, aged 92, has passed away overnight.
    Vale, Sir Nicholas, you will long be warmly remembered by all those who had the privilege of playing with you and against you, all those who came across you around the rugby traps, all those who benefited from the extraordinary energy and wisdom you put into the game they play in heaven. (Tempo and Brockno doubt have you in the Wallaby side, this Saturday at 3pm, and you, of course, will be captain.)
    A measure of Sir Nicholas's playing prowess was the fact that the hulking prop was just – if you can believe it – fifteen years old when he turned out for his beloved Randwick Rugby Club in 1941, and only a year older when he took the field for the Waratahs for the first time, with rugby ranks admittedly severely depleted by so many being away for the Second World War.

    At 22 he was picked for the tour that would define his playing career, the magnificent 1947/1948 Wallabies – touring for nine months, through the then Ceylon, France, Britain, Ireland and the United States – where he made 24 appearances, including the last two Tests.
    A prop with skills but no frills, he was notable for his strength, endurance and sheer toughness. It was on that tour that he earned the deep respect of Wallabies as much as a decade older. For the rest of his life, the other 29 Wallabies on that tour were like his brothers, and as a group, they and their wives remained very tight ever after.
    Of Sir Nicholas, his rugby brothers had every reason to remain inordinately proud as he went on to greatness, including shining against the Lions in 1950, and captaining the Wallabies for a Test against South Africa in 1953. In 1957, he became the first Wallaby to double up and go on another tour of the British Isles and Europe.

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    Certainly a legend of Aussie sport and a great guy.

    RIP Sir Nic.

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    Former Canterbury player and coach Steve Folkes has died from a reported heart attack at the age of 59.
    Folkes, who played 245 games for the Bulldogs from 1978 to 1991, also represented NSW and Australia during a decorated career that included six grand finals, winning on four occasions.

    He later coached the club from 1998 to 2008 during a 288-game stint that included the 2004 NRL premiership.
    Bulldogs great Graham Hughes said Folkes embodied all the traits that made Canterbury "the family club".

    “If you really think about all the upheaval and what has transitioned at the club with a new board and everyone wanting to go back to what the club was - blue and white - here is your example, Steve Folkes," Hughes said.

    “It’s going to hurt a lot. He was just a remarkable doer. You have all of the sayings in the world about playing above your weight - and there have been giants that have played in his position - but none of them had a bigger motor inside than him.

    “He was just an achiever. The reason he overachieved is because he meant to. He had plenty of ability, but he wanted to prove to everyone that he could do more and always did.

    “He was a reserved guy, never looked for headlines. He had a mindset of doing whatever job he had as best as he could do it and he was like that off the field. He was a wonderful family man. He married my cousin Karen and it’s around the fifth anniversary of Karen’s passing. That makes it a lot worse."

    Folkes, a member of the undefeated 1986 Kangaroos touring team, was also an Australian Jillaroos coach.
    "The club is shocked and saddened at the news of the passing of Bulldogs legend Steve Folkes," Canterbury chief executive Andrew Hill said in a statement issued on the club's website.

    "Steve played such a major part in the history of the Bulldogs, both as a player and coach, and was without doubt one of the giants of the club.

    "Steve symbolised everything that the Bulldogs stand for and was respected throughout the game for his toughness and determination.

    "He never took a backward step and was loved by the fans for his courage and commitment to the club."
    NRL boss Todd Greenberg, a former Bulldogs chief executive, paid tribute to the four-time premiership winner.
    “Steve was incredibly successful as both a player and a coach," Greenberg said.
    “He won four premierships from six grand final appearances as a player, and coached the Bulldogs to a premiership in 2004.

    “I’ve known Steve for a long time. He was a good friend, and a very well respected and cherished part of the Bulldogs club.

    “He’ll be remembered as one of the Bulldogs’ greats, but more importantly a great man – a family man and someone who did wonderful things for rugby league.

    “Our thoughts are with Steve’s family and the Bulldogs at this time.
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    Folke's dead????

    What a loss.

    Steve thank you for your great commitment for the Doggies.

    RIP to a great player.

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    Sir Roger Bannister has died.
    Aged 88.
    RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Sir Roger Bannister has died.
    Aged 88.
    RIP

    SIR Roger Bannister.


    Sir Roger Bannister, first athlete to run a mile in under four minutes, dies aged 88



    Bannister set a record in 1954 by running a mile in three minutes 59.4 seconds




    Sir Roger Bannister, the first athlete to run a mile in under four minutes, has died aged 88 in Oxford, his family have said.

    A statement released on behalf of Sir Roger’s family said: “Sir Roger Bannister, died peacefully in Oxford on 3 March 2018, aged 88, surrounded by his family who were as loved by him, as he was loved by them. He banked his treasure in the hearts of his friends.”

    Bannister ran a mile in three minutes 59.4 seconds in Oxford in 1954, a record that secured his place in athletics history. He later became a neurologist.

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    I see dead people.

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    31, no age at all. RIP.



    Fiorentina captain Astori dies at 31


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    UDINE, Italy — Fiorentina captain Davide Astori was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday at the age of 31 after a suspected cardiac arrest before an Italian league match.
    The defender, who has also played 14 times for Italy's national team, was discovered by Fiorentina staff when he failed to show up for breakfast at the hotel in Udine. Fiorentina's game at Udinese in northeast Italy was called off, along with all fixtures in the country's top two divisions.
    Astori's body was taken to the Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital for an autopsy.
    "The belief is that the player died of a cardiac arrest by natural causes," Udine prosecutor Antonio De Nicolo said. "It is strange that such a thing should happen to a professional who is so closely monitored without there being any warning signs."
    Fiorentina said Astori, who had played for the club since 2015, was "hit by a sudden illness." Club President Andrea Della Valle said Astori had been due to sign a new contract on Monday and that it would have tied him to the club "for life."
    "For this terrible and delicate situation, and above all out of respect for his family, we appeal to the sensitivity of everyone," the team said in a statement.
    Astori leaves behind his wife, Francesca Fioretti, and their 2-year-old daughter.
    His wife was informed of the news by Fiorentina directors who visited her personally, while Astori's parents, who live in Bergamo, were told on the telephone.
    In Florence, fans attached scarves, flowers and messages to the gates of the team's stadium, while banners paying tribute to him were put up outside several other stadiums.
    There was an outpouring of shocked reaction across the soccer world. The English Football Association said it plans to honour Astori when it hosts Italy at Wembley on March 27 in a friendly.
    Genoa and Cagliari were preparing to play in Serie A's early game when the players were told of Astori's death. Several — many of whom had played with Astori for Italy — walked off in tears and, when the match was officially called off, a picture of Astori was shown on the giant screen, leading to applause throughout the stadium.
    Cagliari coach Diego Lopez, who played and coached Astori at the Sardinian club, had to receive medical treatment after finding out the news.
    "I'm shocked, it's an absurd tragedy," said Giovanni Malago, the president of Italy's national Olympic committee. "The football world is deeply affected by what has happened. Words mean nothing, the decision to postpone the matches is the right one.
    "Often people say 'the show must go on' but that's not always right for me. Football is the most popular sport but also the one that has to give special signs at this time."
    Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon, a former Italy goalkeeper, posted a picture of himself with Astori on Instagram.
    "Ciao dear Asto," Buffon wrote in Italian before going on to say that he rarely talks publicly about people but was making an exception "because you have a young wife and family who are suffering, but above all your little daughter, deserves to know that her father was in every way a GOOD PERSON. a TRULY GOOD PERSON."
    Chelsea coach Antonio Conte, who coached Italy from 2014 to 2016, struggled to hold back the tears as he reacted to the death before a Premier League game at Manchester City.
    "This is a tragedy," Conte said. "This news really hurt me and it's very difficult in this moment to find the right words for the family. ... He was a great player, especially a fantastic guy."
    Astori made his Italy debut in 2011 and played at the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil where he scored against Uruguay.
    "You were the best expression of an old-fashioned world," Buffon said, "one that people have left behind, and which was governed by values like altruism, elegance, politeness and respect toward others.
    "Genuine compliments, you were one of the best sporting figures I ever came up against."
    Astori started out in the Milan youth academy but never played a senior match for the Rossoneri, making his Serie A debut with Cagliari in 2008.
    He spent six years at the Sardinian club before loan spells at Roma and Fiorentina, where he was signed on a permanent basis in 2016.
    "Davide was always the epitome of great professionalism and reliability," Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco tweeted. "An amazing person. I too feel the grief of all his loved ones."
    Italian soccer has more stringent rules and tests than many other countries, with professional athletes in Italy required to undergo certain checks every six months.
    "Risk of sudden death goes right down with all the checks but you can't avoid it completely," said Carlo Tranquilli, a specialist in sports medicine and former doctor for Italy's under-21 team for 18 years.
    "In our country we have a lot more checks and there are few like us in the world."

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    SIR Roger Bannister
    As a young lad of 13 I was amazed when he broke the "unbreakable" 4 min barrier.
    RIP Roger. Your achievement will remain one of the greatest in the annals of sport history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    As a young lad of 13 I was amazed when he broke the "unbreakable" 4 min barrier.
    RIP Roger. Your achievement will remain one of the greatest in the annals of sport history.
    Well in fairness the first one that was timed.

    For all we know some Kenyan running from a pack of hyenas broke it several years earlier.


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    Former All Blacks and Samoa flanker Dylan Mika dead at 45

    NEW Zealand rugby was reeling on Wednesday at the sudden death of former All Blacks and Samoa flanker Dylan Mika at the age of just 45.
    “It’s with sadness we confirm that the former All Black & Manu Samoa star passed away suddenly,” New Zealand Rugby tweeted late Tuesday.
    Mika, who played seven Tests for the All Blacks in 1999, was an insulin dependent diabetic and local media reports said he suffered a heart attack related to the condition.
    A statement from his family said he died “suddenly and unexpectedly.”


    Dylan Mika dead at 45: Tributes for former All Blacks and Samoa flanker

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    Ray Wilkins has died after his heart attack and fall last week. He was 61.

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    Shame. He was one of the more erudite analysts even if a tad one dimensional as a player.

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    Crafty Cockney Eric Bristow Has Checked Out


    Darts legend Eric Bristow dies aged 60 following heart attack




    Five-time world darts champion Eric Bristow has died at the age of 60 following a heart attack.

    The news of Bristow's death was announced by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC).
    Bristow, who was born in east London and was known as the Crafty Cockney, has been called a "tremendous player and a huge character" who was "honest and straightforward".
    During his career, he also five world masters titles.
    Bristow was one of the founder players when the PDC was formed in 1993 as the sport's leading stars broke away from the British Darts Organisation.
    The 60-year-old was inducted into the PDC hall of fame in 2005 alongside close rival John Lowe.
    And since retiring from competition at the end of 2007, he remained a popular figure on the exhibition circuit

    PDC chairman Barry Hearn said: "Eric will always be a legend in the world of darts and British sport.
    "He was a tremendous player and a huge character and even after his retirement fans would travel for miles to meet him and see him play.
    "Eric was never afraid of controversy, but he spoke as he found and was honest and straightforward which is what people admired about him.
    "The PDC, and the sport of darts, will miss him."
    Bristow also worked as a TV pundit for Sky Sports and was awarded the MBE for his services to sport in 1989.
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    Fergie McCormick dies aged 78
    1:40 pm today




    The former All Black fullback Fergie McCormick has died aged 78.


    He died in Christchurch Hospital this morning after a battle with cancer.


    McCormick played 28 times for the All Blacks between 1965 and 1971, including 16 tests.


    He debuted for his country against the Springboks at Eden Park in 1965 and his final test was against the British and Irish Lions in Dunedin in 1971.


    He played for Canterbury a record 222 times between 1958 and 1975.


    The former All Black player and coach Alex Wyllie said McCormick will be remembered for his love of a challenge, but he was also a very humble man.


    Wyllie said he was a character both on and off the field, and made a strong mark on Canterbury rugby.


    Fergie McCormick dies aged 78 | Radio New Zealand News
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    New Zealand speedway legend Ivan Mauger passes away

    New Zealand's Ivan Mauger, regarded by many as the world's greatest speedway rider, has died at the age of 78.
    The six-time world champion died in Queensland on Monday from cognitive aphasia.
    He retired to the Gold Coast in 1987 but maintained his connections with motorcycling as a promoter and mentor for young riders.
    Christchurch-born Mauger won 15 world titles, mostly in the 1970s, along with countless other events and enjoyed international celebrity status.

    He was crowned New Zealand sportsman of the year in 1977 and 1979 and was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.
    His six solo world titles - in 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1977 and 1979 -is matched only by Swedish great Tony Rickardsson, while he was also a runner-up three times.
    Mauger was a three-time long-track world champion, two-time pairs champion and four-time World Team Cup winner.
    The first three team titles came with Great Britain before the last came with New Zealand, in 1979.
    He represented Great Britain after venturing to England to race as a teenager.
    He rode for numerous British speedway teams in a sport which rode a golden wave of popularity.
    Mauger is survived by Raye, his wife of 61 years, and three children.



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