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At age 64 of cancer, Jim Seymour, the Notre Dame receiver whose 48 catches and eight touchdowns in 1966 helped the Fighting Irish to a share of the national title and whose speed and size (6'4" and more than 200 pounds) provided the template for a new breed of fast, rangy receivers. Though Seymour (above) would briefly play professionally for the Bears, he was best known as a three-time All-America who averaged more than 15 yards a catch and scored 16 career touchdowns. (Seymour's 276 receiving yards against Purdue in his first college game, in '66, is still a Notre Dame single-game high.) More than his numbers, Seymour stood out for his stature, which was rare in the days before Calvin Johnson, Plaxico Burress and Randy Moss. In a '66 cover story, TIME depicted Seymour as being able to "leap four feet straight up and pluck a football out of the sky—with such tenderness that ... you can stand right next to him and never hear the ball hit his hands."
by Kyle Busch Motorsports, 2007 Formula 1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen. A native of Finland, Raikkonen, 31, will make his NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20. In '07, Raikkonen replaced seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher at Ferrari, and that season won the F1 title. Though Raikkonen has 18 career Grand Prix victories, he lost his ride with Ferrari after the '09 season, and for the last two years he has competed in the World Rally Car series. Nicknamed the Iceman because of his Nordic stoicism and his cool in the cockpit, Raikkonen will race in three to five events this season for Busch, one of the most tempestuous, fiery figures in NASCAR. This unlikely union could signal a career change for Raikkonen in '12. If he has moderate success in the Truck Series, the Iceman may soon cometh full-time to NASCAR.
For introducing Kegasus, a gut-bearing, nipple-ring-wearing centaur mascot for the Infield Fest activities that take place at Pimlico in May as part of the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, the organizers of the Preakness Stakes. Unveiled on March 29 by Maryland Jockey Club officials, the digitally rendered half-horse, half-man delivers a youth-skewed pitch for the Fest (where one can buy a $20 bottomless beer mug or participate in a bikini contest), which has angered the more traditional supporters of the 140-year-old racecourse. Baltimore City Health Department commissioner Oxiris Barbot blogged that the symbol detracts from the race, and Maryland delegate Pat McDonough labeled the campaign "infantile."
With hacking three men to death with an ax in South Africa, former professional rugby player Joseph Ntshongwana. The 33-year-old Ntshongwana, who played flanker for the Blue Bulls, a popular South African rugby outfit based in Pretoria, was charged on March 31 with three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of assault with intention to commit grievous bodily harm. The fourth potential victim, who escaped the attack, told police that Ntshongwana had accused him of being involved in a gang-rape of Ntshongwana's daughter. That claim, reported in newspapers, led to outcries of support for Ntshongwana. But police denied reports that the assaults were triggered by any such incident and have confirmed that Ntshongwana has no daughter.
At age 88, Hall of Fame boxing trainer, manager, matchmaker and TV commentator Gil Clancy. After a stint in the Army, Clancy found his calling teaching boxing to kids in New York City schools. It was there that he first encountered Emile Griffith, the fighter with whom he would become most closely associated. With Clancy in his corner, Griffith won five world titles—three as a welterweight and two as a middleweight. (Infamously, in the third of three title bouts with Benny Paret, in '62, Griffith delivered blows that led to Paret's death, by brain trauma.) Clancy managed Griffith over 19 years and 112 bouts, and also worked with Jerry Quarry, George Foreman, Gerry Cooney and Oscar De La Hoya. In '78, following Griffith's retirement, Clancy became a matchmaker for Madison Square Garden before embarking on a career in broadcasting, delivering award-winning boxing analysis in the '80s and '90s.