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June 23, 2008
Retired After 12 NFL seasons, Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden (above). An 11-time Pro Bowler, the 6'9", 345-pound Ogden, 33, was the Ravens' first draft pick, in 1996. Known for his quickness as well as his size, he could be part of a landmark Hall of Fame class in 2013, when he, Brett Favre, Michael Strahan and Warren Sapp will be eligible. Ogden said he quit because of the hyperextended left big toe he suffered last year. "I just wanted to be one of the most respected linemen that played the game," he said. "And I think I have done that."
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June 23, 2008

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Retired
After 12 NFL seasons, Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden (above). An 11-time Pro Bowler, the 6'9", 345-pound Ogden, 33, was the Ravens' first draft pick, in 1996. Known for his quickness as well as his size, he could be part of a landmark Hall of Fame class in 2013, when he, Brett Favre, Michael Strahan and Warren Sapp will be eligible. Ogden said he quit because of the hyperextended left big toe he suffered last year. "I just wanted to be one of the most respected linemen that played the game," he said. "And I think I have done that."

Died
Of a heart attack at age 58, NBC Washington bureau chief and Meet the Press host Tim Russert (below). Known for his sharp political insights, tough questions and affable nature, Russert, a Buffalo native, was also a rabid sports fan. During his 17-year tenure—he was the show's longest-running host—he ended many Meet the Press broadcasts with a "Go, Bills" sign-off, and he had been a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame board of directors since 2003.

Died
At age 88 of complications of pneumonia, Eliot Asinof (below, front row middle), the author of Eight Men Out and several other sports books. Asinof, who played first base in the Phillies' minor league system before serving in World War II, published his account of the 1919 Black Sox scandal in '63. In '88 Eight Men Out was made into a movie starring John Cusack and Charlie Sheen, and in 2002 SI ranked it as one of the top 50 sports books of all time.

Died
At age 77 of a heart attack, longtime ABC and NBC play-by-play man Charlie Jones. In 1960, the year the AFL debuted, Jones got his start at ABC on broadcasts of the upstart league's games. In '65 he moved to NBC, where over the next 32 years he became known for his smooth baritone and versatility. Before his retirement in '97 he broadcast 28 different sports, including football, golf, tennis, baseball and the 1988 and '96 Summer Olympics.

Died
At age 43 of heart failure, former Bills offensive lineman Mitch Frerotte. A star at Penn State from 1983 to '87, Frerotte played in three Super Bowls for Buffalo during his four-year NFL career, which he spent mostly as a reserve. Frerotte, a cousin of Vikings quarterback Gus Frerotte, sustained a career-ending neck injury in '93 while in training camp with the Seahawks. Last Friday the coroner in Kittanning, Pa., Frerotte's hometown, said Frerotte suffered from a thickening of the heart muscle.

Accelerated
By Major League Baseball, plans to institute instant replay for disputed home run calls. Last month MLB announced plans to test a replay system in the Arizona Fall League this year. But last week it was disclosed that baseball officials and the umpires' union are discussing using it in major league games beginning in August. A preliminary plan reportedly calls for the creation of a war room at the commissioner's office in New York City, where an umpire supervisor would review video and then confer with the umpire crew chief on the field to make the final call on whether a questionable home run cleared the wall or was fair or foul.

Won
The Republican primary for a spot on the Pickens County (S.C.) Council, former Bengals coach Sam Wyche. In March, Wyche, 63, who moved to Pickens County when his NFL career ended in 2006, declared that he was running for the seat held by fellow Republican Ben Trotter. Wyche, who campaigned on a promise to draw industry to Pickens County, won 60% of the 3,600 votes cast. He will face Democratic candidate Heywood Burbage in the November election.

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