Obituaries

December 04, 2019 - 1:56 am
Must be the shoes. Well, this week at least, it is all about the shoes. More specifically, the cleats being worn by more than 900 players in Week 14 NFL games as part of the My Cause My Cleats program now in its fourth year. Their causes range from health and wellness to cancer awareness and...
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 1971, file photo, Auburn quarterback Pat Sullivan poses with his Heisman Trophy after the presentation at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York. Sullivan, the 1971 Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn who went on to coach TCU and Samford, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. He was 69. (AP Photo/Anthony Camerano, File)
December 01, 2019 - 7:11 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Pat Sullivan, the 1971 Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn who went on coach TCU and Samford, has died. He was 69. Sullivan’s family released a statement saying he “died peacefully at home” Sunday morning, surrounded by relatives. The former quarterback was diagnosed with throat...
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November 28, 2019 - 3:00 pm
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) — John McKissick, whose 621 victories at South Carolina’s Summerville High made him the nation’s winningest football coach at any level, has died at age 93. Dorchester County Coroner Paul Brouthers says McKissick had been in hospice care and died Thursday surrounded by family...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 1, 1970 file photo, Minnesota Vikings Fred Cox (14) kicks a field goal from near the twenty-eight yard line on score three points in first quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. Fred Cox, the former Minnesota Vikings kicker who co-created the Nerf football, has died. He was 80. The Vikings announced Cox’s death Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/File)
November 21, 2019 - 7:29 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Vikings kicker Fred Cox, one of the last of the straight-on placekickers and a standout on several conference championship teams, has died. He was 80. Cox’s wife, Bonnie, notified the Vikings’ alumni affairs office of his death. Cox had had been in hospice care...
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Denny Hamlin drives on the front stretch during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. Hamlin is one of four drivers running for the championship. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
November 17, 2019 - 8:52 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin's championship run was foiled by the tale of the tape. Hamlin's air of confidence came across the team radio when he boasted the race "ain't (bleepin') over" as he made a late push to the lead. Except it was, his Toyota stuck on pit road steaming like a kettle...
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Team owner Joe Gibbs watches practice for a NASCAR Cup Series auto race on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. Gibbs, soon to turn 79, won three Super Bowls coaching the Washington Redskins and can win his fifth NASCAR Cup Series championship if Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch or Denny Hamlin have the best finish. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
November 16, 2019 - 2:41 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Joe Gibbs keeps mementos of his late son on his office desk. There's a photo of a little girl who could barely walk but whose day brightened when J.D. Gibbs surprised her with a tour of the Joe Gibbs Racing shop. Hundreds of letters are stacked on the desk, written by fans,...
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Players line up for introductions before Game 1 of the baseball World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Tim Donnelly)
October 22, 2019 - 8:14 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the World Series (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Five-time Pro Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt from the Houston Texas wore a Jose Altuve jersey when giving an enthusiastic "Play Ball!" before the Astros opened the World Series against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night...
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October 22, 2019 - 3:36 pm
Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown, who provided the iconic play of the Oakland Raiders' first Super Bowl title, died on Tuesday. He was 78. The Raiders and Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Brown's death but did not reveal a cause. He had been dealing with cancer. "The entire Hall of Fame...
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FILE In this Dec. 22, 2003, file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif. When it comes to emotional games, his four-touchdown against the Raiders the day after his father’s death in 2003 stands out above all the rest. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
October 15, 2019 - 11:56 am
As part of its celebration of its 100th season, the NFL is designating a Game of the Week, each chosen to highlight a classic matchup. For this week, it is the Packers-Raiders game. To mark each Game of the Week, the AP will be reprinting its story of a classic matchup in the rivalry. The following...
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September 25, 2019 - 8:07 am
LEXINGTON, Okla. (AP) — A middle school football player in Oklahoma has died after competing in a game. Lexington High School football coach Dale Berglan told The Oklahoman that Riley Boatwright died Tuesday after playing a game in Stratford. A cause of death was not known and no other information...
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