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April 23, 2012

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At age 43 after a two-year fight with leukemia, basketball big man Dwayne Schintzius (above). Still the only player in SEC history with more than 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 250 assists and 250 blocked shots, Schintzius led Florida to the school's first three NCAA appearances, from 1986--87 through '88--89, and was an All-America as a junior, but his college career ended unceremoniously when he quit the team 11 games into his senior year, partly over a fight with his new coach, Don DeVoe, over the length of his hair. The Spurs selected him in the first round of the '90 NBA draft, and he spent eight injury-plagued years with six teams. He retired in '99 with the Celtics, his lasting legacy being his trademark mullet, which he called the Lobster.

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At age 73 of leukemia, four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Murray Rose of Australia. Rose—whose "special signature" was described in SI (Aug. 14, 1961; below) as "a split-second pause that occurs as he leans on his extended right arm and breathes on his left side, a pause during which he is absolutely relaxed. Then the right forearm drives downward, the legs thrash and the power surges"—began swimming at age 5. He won his first three golds at the '56 Melbourne Games and took gold, silver and bronze four years later in Rome. He also studied drama and television at USC, graduating in '62, and appeared in TV shows and movies, including '64's Ride the Wild Surf and '68's Ice Station Zebra, but he later explained that he was not passionate enough about acting to make a serious commitment. The roles did keep him from competing for a spot on the '64 Olympic team.


By the NCAA, penalties that Baylor self-imposed upon its basketball programs after it was revealed that both men's and women's coaches had committed major infractions. An internal investigation by the school turned up 738 impermissible text messages and 528 impermissible phone calls (to high school recruits and their families as well as non-scholastic coaches) over a 29-month span. As a result, men's coach Scott Drew will be suspended for two Big 12 games next season, and both he and women's coach Kim Mulkey face recruiting restrictions as well as the loss of scholarships. The punishments come on the heels of a 2011--12 season in which the men's team won a school-record 30 games and reached the regional finals and the women's team completed the first 40--0 season in NCAA history, en route to a national championship.

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At age 92, Emile (Butch) Bouchard, a four-time Stanley Cup--winning defenseman for the Canadiens. Bouchard, who wore the captain's C for eight of his 15 years in Montreal, caught the Canadiens' attention when he rode his bike 50 miles to his first training camp, in 1941; and he kept their interest when he stepped on the ice. Physically imposing at 6'2" and 205 pounds, Bouchard was one of the hardest hitters of the era. A four-time All-Star and Hockey Hall of Famer ('66), he was made a member of the Order of Canada and of the National Order of Quebec for his contributions to hockey and to his community, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League later named its defenseman of the year award after him.

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By Canada with a 5--4 upset victory in OT over the U.S., the women's world ice hockey championship in Burlington, Vt. Canada's 10th title snapped a streak of three golds for the U.S., which had beaten its neighbors to the north 9--2 in the first game of the tournament and had outscored them 38--2 in four previous games. Still, the Canadians were confident. "Based on our rich history and belief in ourselves, we never thought we were out of the game," said captain Hayley Wickenheiser. Canada opened the final with a goal 7:52 into the first period. The U.S. tied it five minutes later, and the teams traded leads until Canada took the gold 1:50 into overtime. The silver is the U.S. women's team's 10th.

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