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May 09, 2011
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May 09, 2011

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At age 76, Henry Cooper, who was one of Britain's most popular sportsmen and its first knighted boxer. The wielder of a vicious left hook that U.K. boxing writers dubbed 'Enry's 'Ammer (an acknowledgement of his south London accent), Cooper's most memorable moment came in a 1963 bout at Wembley Stadium (above right) when he used that signature blow to knock down a 21-year-old Muhammad Ali. Then known as Cassius Clay, the up-and-coming contender—who was much larger than Cooper—was so rocked by the punch to the jaw that he later said it "not only shook me, it shook my relations in Africa." Ali came back to win that bout by TKO in the fifth round, despite trailing on the cards, and similarly won a '66 rematch. Cooper remained revered in Britain, where he was respected for his warm, gentlemanly manner as well as for his 40-14-1 record over 16 years.

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At age 62 of bile-duct cancer, Jim Mandich, who played tight end on the Dolphins' undefeated squad of 1972 and who later became the team's radio color commentator. At Michigan, in an era when tight ends were known more for blocking than receiving, Mandich set team position records for catches (119) and yards (1,494), earning him induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004. He carried those skills to the Dolphins, making 121 career catches for 1,406 yards and 23 touchdowns in eight years. Later, as an unapologetic Dolphins homer, Mandich's broadcasts were marked by his signature "Allll right, Miami" calls following big plays. In 2010, after he was diagnosed with cancer, Mandich traveled, against his doctor's wishes, to every Dolphins game, the final two of which he called while tethered to a feeding tube.

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