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At age 81 of congestive heart failure, former slugging first baseman Bill Skowron. Moose, as his family nicknamed him at age eight after he'd gotten a haircut that made him resemble Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, spent 14 years in the majors: nine with the Yankees (above), for whom he was a fan favorite, followed by shorter stints with the Dodgers, Washington Senators, White Sox and Angels. His Bronx teams won seven pennants and four World Series, and in 1963, after the Yankees traded Skowron to the Dodgers, he won another Series—a four-game sweep of New York. An All-Star every year from '57 through '61, and then again in '65, Skowron is one of only two players, along with teammate Yogi Berra, to have hit a home run in a World Series Game 7 three times.
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At age 83 of colon cancer, professional poker player Thomas Austin Preston Jr., better known to the card-playing world as Amarillo Slim (or the World's Greatest Gambler, as he often called himself). Slim first gained fame by winning the World Series of Poker in 1972, and he stayed in the headlines for an array of outrageous proposition bets. He used a broom handle to beat Minnesota Fats in pool, won a round of golf against Evel Knievel with a hammer instead of a club and played with a skillet to beat Bobby Riggs in a game of Ping-Pong. Seemingly always on the prowl for a patsy, Slim (above right) grew fond of telling his card-playing opponents, "Look around the table. If you don't see a sucker, get up, because you're the sucker."
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By the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday, British sprinter Dwain Chambers' lifetime Olympic ban for doping. The three-man Swiss CAS panel ruled that the ban, imposed by the British Olympic Association, was in violation of the World Anti-Doping Agency's code. Under WADA rules, an athlete can be suspended only for a specific period, so a lifetime Olympic ban is considered an extra and therefore illegal sanction. The ruling followed a similar decision last year in favor of U.S. runner LaShawn Merritt, who challenged the IOC rule whereby athletes banned for six months or longer had to miss at least one Games. This week's decision means that Chambers, who tested positive in 2003 for anabolic steroids, and British cyclist David Millar, who tested positive in '04 for blood boosters, can compete in London if they are selected to their national teams. The BOA has said that, despite the organization's feelings on the rule, the athletes will receive "100 percent support" if they make the teams.
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And charged with second-degree aggravated harassment and accused of a hate crime, Tigers outfielder Delmon Young. According to police, an intoxicated Young, outside his hotel during a road trip to New York City last Friday, yelled anti-Semitic slurs at a group of tourists who were giving money to a panhandler wearing a Star of David necklace and a yarmulke. After Young allegedly tackled one of the tourists, a security guard called police, who arrested Young in his room. The Tigers placed Young, 26, on the restricted list and announced that he would undergo alcohol and anger evaluation. On Monday, Young was suspended for seven days retroactive to April 27. He had been suspended for 50 games in 2006 as a minor leaguer, after he threw a bat at an umpire.
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By Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola (right), that he would leave the defending Champions League winners at the end of the season. The announcement came six days after a loss to Real Madrid that likely ended Barca's shot at a fourth straight Primera Division title and three days after a loss to Chelsea in the Champions League semifinals. Guardiola, 41, who played for the Blaugrana from 1990 through 2001, said that the demands of the job were getting to be too much and that he had made his decision last December. He exits as the most successful manager in the club's history, winning 13 major trophies in four years, including two Champions League titles. Assistant Tito Vilanova will take over.