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    Dato Tan Chin Nam dies aged 92

    Four-time Melbourne Cup winning owner, Malaysian businessman and philanthropist Dato Tan Chin Nam has died aged 92.
    His Melbourne Cup winners - Think Big (twice), Saintly and Viewed - were all trained by his long-time friend, the late Bart Cummings, who also prepared his dual Cox Plate winner So You Think.
    The pair raced horses together for more than 30 years.

    Dato Tan's investment in Australian racing includes his Think Big Stud in the NSW Southern Highlands.
    The group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley, run in September as a lead-up race for the Cox Plate, is named in his honour.



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    Sporting hero??

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    He was great for the sport of kings in australia.

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    harry will have doug ellis up there now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobo746 View Post
    He was great for the sport of kings in australia.
    So much so that they named a Group 2 race after him.

    Not even a Group 1.

    Yeah, not a Sporting Hero, just a rich bastard who liked playing with his money.

    (Bit like Deadly Doug really <heh>)

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    Dual Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero Sinndar dies aged 21




    Sinndar, a brilliant winner of the Derby, Irish Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe during his stunning three-year-old season in 2000, has died at the age of 21.
    Speaking after his Arc triumph, master trainer John Oxx, who prepared Sinndar for all eight of his lifetime starts, said: "He's a great horse and a worthy winner of the Arc in the year 2000.
    "He's set a standard there that will be hard enough for others to match and I'm sure that when we get to the year 2099 they will still write about this horse. He's been a great horse."
    Bred and raced by the Aga Khan, Sinndar recorded seven wins from eight career starts, a run that included four successes at the highest level. He formed a formidable partnership with Johnny Murtagh, who was in the saddle for all eight races.
    Having made a winning debut in September of his two-year-old season, Sinndar gave the first indication of the true depths of his immense talent when he landed the Group 1 National Stakes on just his second outing, when a determined effort saw him hold off Murawwi by a head.
    His only defeat came on his three-year-old reappearance, when he had to give 7lb to Grand Finale in a tactical renewal of the Ballysax Stakes. However, he quickly atoned for that reversal by winning the Group 3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes.
    He would not be be beaten again, as he completed the Anglo-Irish Derby double by an aggregate of ten lengths.
    He was sent off joint-fourth favourite at 7-1 at Epsom, but there was an air of inevitability about the result once he angled to Sakhee's outer with around two furlongs to run and he eventually swept by that rival to prevail by a decisive length.
    Despite a paucity of opposition, he achieved his peak Racing Post Rating of 132 in the Irish Derby on his next start, which he won by no fewer than nine widening lengths.


    Having also landed the Group 2 Prix Niel by a yawning eight lengths, Sinndar brought the curtain down on his racing career with victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, a performance that bore all the hallmarks – namely an ample amount of class and an irrepressible level of determination – of his time on course.
    Having steered Sinndar to a length-and-a-half success over the likes of Egyptband, Volvorta and Montjeu at Longchamp, Murtagh said: "No horse can get by him. He's got speed, he's got staying ability and a great heart. He's the best horse. A true champion."
    Sinndar retired to the Aga Khan's Irish breeding arm at Gilltown Stud the following year, where he began covering at a fee of Ir£30,000. He spent five years on duty at Gilltown before he transferred to his owner's French farm, Haras de Bonneval, where he spent a further ten seasons.
    He rounded off his stud career with a two-year spell at Haras National du Lion d'Angers.
    During his time at stud, Sinndar supplied the Aga Khan with three homebred Group 1 winners, namely Rosanara, Shareta, Shawanda, but will probably be best remembered as the sire of Youmzain, a dual Group 1 winner who also memorably finished runner-up in three Arcs.
    Despite his exploits as a sire, his name looks most likely to be kept alive in pedigrees through his broodmare daughters, who have already produced the likes of Irish Derby winner Trading Leather, St Leger Stakes winner Encke and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Flotilla.



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    RIP to an England Legend.

    England World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies




    England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died, his family has said.
    Stoke City, one of Banks's former clubs, described itself as "devastated" at the footballer's death.
    Tributes poured in from the footballing world for Banks, who made one of his most famous saves against Pele at the 1970 World Cup.
    A Stoke City statement said: "It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight.
    "We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him."

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    ^ A Stoke legend, like Slapper, Withnall and Chittychangchang

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    having been a goalkeeper at 13yrs.old,a wbc.senior cap at 16,a request from Swansea town manager trevor morris to join their youth squad after putting on a great show against Swansea youth on the vetch but I cant recall the great save I made from georgio chinaglio?
    but the save that Gordon banks made from pele I can remember to this day.
    R.I.P.

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    Banks is a goalkeeping legend. Sad that he had to flog his WC medals after his career finished, they got paid FA back in those days compared to current wages..

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    Former world featherweight champion Eusebio Pedroza dies aged 62

    Friday, March 01, 2019 - 09:51 PM



    Eusebio Pedroza, the boxer Barry McGuigan defeated to memorably become world featherweight champion in 1985, has died, aged 62.


    The WBA announced the death of its former long-reigning champion, saying the Panamanian had been hospitalised as he battled pancreatic cancer.

    A statement on the governing body’s official website said: “The World Boxing Association, its president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, and all of its executive committee lament the death of former Panamanian world champion Eusebio ‘El Alacran’ Pedroza.


    “Pedroza died at 62 years of age. Initially he was confined in the hospital struggling with pancreatic cancer, but later he was sent home where he continued to fight until the final bell rang early this morning on the first of March.

    “The WBA sends its most sincere words and condolences to the family and friends of the Panamanian legend, who was a worthy world champion and above all a great human being.”


    Pedroza made a record 19 successful defences of his WBA featherweight crown between 1978 and 1985, when he was dethroned after being outpointed by Northern Irish fighter McGuigan.


    A UK television audience of 19 million tuned in to witness McGuigan realise his world title dream, with Pedroza losing a unanimous decision at Loftus Road.


    McGuigan wrote on Twitter: “A sad day for me as my rival and outstanding World Featherweight Champion Eusebio Pedroza passes away aged 62 RIP.

    “Pedroza is one of the longest reigning Featherweight Champion in history, it was a pleasure to share the ring with him.”


    After surrendering his belt and status as lineal champion to McGuigan, Pedroza had a further five bouts before retiring in 1992, ending a professional career that spanned nearly 20 years with a record of 41 wins, six defeats and a draw.

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    Barry McGuigan Vs Eusebio Pedroza

    WBA World featherweight title - 1985




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    That was such an amazing fight and a massive achievement against Pedroza. I still don't know why McGuigan subsequently threw his career away by going to fight in the Vegas heat.

    That was an idiotic decision whoever made it.

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    "Here we go, here we go, here we go."

    One definitely missed football chant from the 80s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    That was such an amazing fight and a massive achievement against Pedroza. I still don't know why McGuigan subsequently threw his career away by going to fight in the Vegas heat.

    That was an idiotic decision whoever made it.
    One of the worst decisions from a boxing manager ever. McGuigan was never the same fighter again after losing his title in a 110'F car park. He beat Juan Laporte in a brilliant fight to get the crack at Pedroza, catching the legend at the right time (back end) of his long reign, and threw it all away in Las Vegas.

    RIP Pedroza.

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    Tommy Smith: Liverpool great dies, aged 74




    Former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith, who helped the club to domestic and European success in the 1960s and 1970s, has died aged 74.

    Known as the "Anfield Iron", Smith had an 18-year career at Anfield, during which he won four league titles.

    He scored in the 1977 European Cup final as Liverpool beat Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 to win the trophy for the first time.

    Liverpool said that
    they were "deeply saddened" by his death.


    Smith, who made 638 appearances for the Reds between 1960 and 1978, had struggled with dementia and other ailments during his later years.


    His daughter, Janette Simpson, told the club website on Friday: "Dad died very peacefully in his sleep shortly after 4.30pm today at his nursing home.


    "He had been growing increasingly frail and suffering from a variety of ailments over the last three months especially.


    "We are obviously all devastated."

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    Former England international footballer Ivor Broadis has died aged 96.




    He won 14 caps for his country and scored twice in three appearances in the 1954 World Cup.

    During his club career he played as an inside-forward for Carlisle United, Sunderland, Newcastle United, Manchester City and Queen of the South.

    In a Twitter tribute
    , Carlisle described him as "a true gentleman, a fantastic athlete and sportsman, and a top quality journalist".


    Posted to RAF Crosby-on-Eden after World War Two, Broadis signed for Carlisle in 1946.


    Although he was only 23 years old, he was was offered the player-manager job and remains the youngest man to have held such a position in the English Football League.


    Broadis worked as a football reporter in the city following his retirement and was England's oldest surviving international footballer.

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    Billy McNeill: Former Celtic captain & manager dies aged 79




    Legendary former Celtic captain Billy McNeill - the first Briton to lift the European Cup - has died aged 79.


    McNeill led Celtic when they beat Inter Milan 2-1 in 1967 and captained the club to nine successive titles, seven Scottish Cups and six League Cups.


    In two spells as Celtic boss, he won four titles and four cups. He managed Clyde, Aberdeen, Manchester City and Aston Villa too.


    McNeill had been
    suffering from dementia since 2010.


    Celtic say he died on Monday night "surrounded by his family and loved ones".

    A statement from the McNeill family said he "fought bravely to the end, showing the strength and fortitude he always has done throughout his life".


    It added: "We would also like to note our love and appreciation to our mother, Liz, for the care, devotion and love she gave to our father throughout his illness. No one could have done any more.


    "Whilst this is a very sad time for all the family and we know our privacy will be respected, our father always made time for the supporters so please tell his stories, sing his songs and help us celebrate his life."

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    Blimey they're dropping like flies.

    Celtic's Lisbon Lion Stevie Chalmers dead




    The scorer of Celtic's winning goal in their European Cup triumph of 1967 has died aged 83.


    Stevie Chalmers, who wore number 9 in the Lisbon Lions' win against Inter Milan, passed away, with the news Celtic have confirmed.

    Reports of his death surfaced on Monday morning, with the club confirming the news on Monday morning.


    A statement on the club's website read: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Stevie Chalmers, our loving father and devoted husband to Sadie. The Celtic legend was surrounded by family when he sadly passed away.


    "In recent times Stevie endured the toughest of battles, but just as he approached every game in a green and white jersey, he tackled his long-term illness with much bravery and dignity.


    "Stevie, first and foremost, was a family man to his loving wife Sadie; their children, Stephen, Carol, Paul, Ann, Martin, Clare, grandchildren, great grandchildren and wider family members."



    The club added: "He was also part of a wider family and community. His place in history is assured as one of the famous Lisbon Lions who lifted the European Cup for Celtic in 1967 when Stevie scored the winning goal to defeat Inter Milan 2-1 in Portugal. He felt honoured and privileged to have played alongside the Lisbon Lions, and this camaraderie and friendship carried on long after their playing days as the team became lifelong friends.

    "Celtic was an integral part of Stevie’s life and he devoted much of his career to the famous Glasgow club. He was adored by Celtic supporters in Scotland and around the world, especially for his passion, loyalty and integrity. He felt humbled and honoured when inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

    "Stevie was a role model for all, especially to his children growing up. In later years, he doted on his grandchildren and they, too, were a great source of love and laughter for Stevie.


    "In such times of sadness, we must celebrate a life lived to the full. As a family we ask that you remember Stevie with love and affection and take pleasure when recalling the many wonderful times he and his team-mates gave to us all through their wonderful skills on the pitch.


    "A true gentleman, who will be sadly missed by so many, but will never be forgotten... The legend lives on."

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    World Cup-winning Springbok James Small dies aged 50




    FORMER SPRINGBOK JAMES Small, a member of South Africa’s 1995 World Cup-winning side, has passed away suddenly at the age of 50.

    South Africa Rugby has today confirmed Small was rushed to hospital in Johannesburg on Tuesday night after suffering from a suspected heart attack.

    The former wing made his Springboks debut against New Zealand in 1992, before going on to play in 47 Tests for South Africa.


    Small scored 20 Test tries, with the last of those in his final match in the Green and Gold, against Scotland — a try which, at that stage, broke Danie Gerber’s Test record to become South Africa’s leading try-scorer.


    He started the 1995 World Cup final against the All Blacks and helped the host nation keep Jonah Lomu, who had scored four tries in New Zealand’s semi-final win over England, scoreless.


    Small represented the Lions, Sharks and Western Province at club level during his career.


    “James, as a member of the triumphant Rugby World Cup squad from 1995, will always have a special place in the hearts and minds of the South African public and we were devastated to hear of his passing,” SA Rugby president, Mark Alexander, said.

    “He always played with the type of passion and courage that encapsulate what Springbok rugby stands for, and he lived his life in the same way.


    “At 50 years old, James Small died too young. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends during this very sad time.”


    Small is the third member of South Africa’s 1995 squad to pass away, following Ruben Kruger in 2010 and Joost van der Westhuizen in 2017.

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    Boxing news: Legendary four-weight world champion Pernell Whitaker dies aged 55 after being hit by car



    Boxing legend Pernell Whitaker has died aged 55 after being hit by a car on Sunday night in Virginia, USA.

    The former four-weight world champion held titles from lightweight to super-welterweight and reigned as pound-for-pound king in the mid-1990s.

    After winning gold as a lightweight at the 1984 Olympics, Whitaker turned professional and, despite controversially losing his first world title bout to Jose Luis Ramirez, soon became a champion.

    He subsequently collected all of the major lightweight titles at the time to be recognised as undisputed champion.


    The American then began to rise up through the weight classes and put together an astonishing unbeaten run between his controversial first loss in March 1988 and his disputed second in April 1997 to
    Oscar De La Hoya.


    During this time he won titles at super-lightweight, welterweight and even super-welterweight, becoming recognised as pound-for-pound king between 1993-1997.


    The draw he was awarded after fighting Julio Cesar Chavez will forever go down as one of the biggest robberies in boxing history, while ‘Sweet Pea’ himself will go down as arguably the greatest defensive fighter of all time.

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    ^Jeez. That's a shocker. "Sweet Pea" is one of my favourite boxers of all time. Off-the-charts speed, reflexes and agility. Unfortunately his team lacked the Mayweather-type promotional clout that would see him get the short end in big fights, and thus robbed against the likes of De la Hoya and Chavez, even though he was acknowledged as the pound for pound best boxer out there. Certainly a much more entertaining fighter than Mayweather ever was, either. Absolute magician in the ring.
    Here's a 'best of' compilation of Whittaker:
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    Crikey....he looked like a mongoose fighting snakes.

    The only other guy I have seen who looked (slightly) like that was Sugar Ray Leonard in his prime.

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