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July 04, 2011
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July 04, 2011

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A single-engine plane crash last Friday in Charlevoix, Mich., Austin Hatch, 16, a standout high school forward from Fort Wayne, Ind. Hatch (above), who verbally committed to Michigan last month, had been flying to his family's summer home in northern Michigan with his father, Dr. Stephen Hatch, and stepmother, Kim, both of whom were killed in the crash. Stephen Hatch was the pilot of the plane, just as he had been in September 2003, when he and Austin survived a fiery accident in Uniondale, Ind., that took the lives of his wife, Julie, and their other children, Lindsay, 11, and Ian, 5. In the crash last week, Austin, a junior at Fort Wayne's Canterbury School, suffered brain bruising and swelling, as well as deep facial cuts, but was reportedly able to move his arms and legs. Doctors at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City placed him in a medically induced coma over the weekend in order to monitor the swelling of his brain.

Died

Of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Eric Swenson, 64, the skateboarding icon who cofounded the groundbreaking Thrasher Magazine in 1981. A former motorcycle mechanic, Swenson first stamped his name on the sport in 1978, when he cofounded Independent Trucks, which manufactures the metal connectors that attach the wheels of a skateboard to its deck. Swenson's flexible trucks made skateboards easier to turn, allowing boarders to mimic the moves of surfers. The innovation helped revive what had been a dying fad, and Swenson and his partners founded Thrasher to advertise their products to the country's growing legion of skateboarders. A private man, Swenson had long suffered severe pain from leg injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash when he was 20. On June 20 he shot himself in the head outside San Francisco's Mission Police Station—apparently, friends speculated, to spare his family the horror of finding his body.

Named

By club co-owner Mark Chipman at the NHL draft last Friday in St. Paul, the NHL's new franchise in Winnipeg. Bowing to the overwhelming opinion of the city's fans, Chipman announced that he was reviving the name Jets, which was held by the league's first Winnipeg franchise, from 1979 to '96, before it moved to Phoenix. The new Jets—who came to life when Chipman's True North Sports & Entertainment group acquired the Atlanta Thrashers last month—do not yet have jerseys and don't plan to go back to the team's original blue sweaters. Center Mark Scheifele, 18, the first draft pick in the new franchise's history, wore a black-and-gray sweater emblazoned with the NHL logo when the Jets took him seventh overall. "[Our new uniform] will be a very, very different look," promised Chipman.

Died

Of bladder cancer, broadcaster and original CNN sports anchor Nick Charles, 64, at his home in Santa Fe. A native of Chicago who worked for a time driving a cab, Charles (above) began his broadcasting career in Springfield, Ill., in 1970 before moving on to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. He debuted on CNN on June 1, 1980, the network's first day of broadcasting. He rose to national prominence as the cohost, along with Fred Hickman, of Sports Tonight, an evening sports news roundup and highlight show that, in its first years, often beat out ESPN's SportsCenter in the ratings. Charles also anchored Winter Olympics coverage for TNT in 1992 and '94, and remained at CNN—where for five years he was one of the faces of CNN/SI—until 2001. After leaving the network, he became best known for his boxing commentary on Showtime.

Filed

For bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court on Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Team owner Frank McCourt blamed MLB commissioner Bud Selig for forcing the measure, claiming that his refusal to approve L.A.'s proposed television deal with Fox, which McCourt claims had a potential value of $3 billion, put the future of his club in jeopardy. McCourt says that he has obtained $150 million in interim financing, and if the court approves the funds this week (a ruling that was scheduled to be announced on Tuesday), he will be able to meet the Dodgers' payroll deadline and could stay in control of the club for the duration of the bankruptcy proceedings. That would allow him to seek a TV deal that would appease the court by paying all creditors in full—including former outfielder Manny Ramirez, to whom the club owes $21 million.

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