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At age 71 of undetermined causes, former Duke basketball star Art Heyman. A fiery 6'5" swingman from Oceanside, N.Y., he originally committed to North Carolina and became a central figure in the rivalry between the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels. In his three varsity seasons, he averaged 25.1 points and 10.9 rebounds. As a senior captain in 1962--63, Heyman (above) earned NCAA player of the year honors and led Duke to its first Final Four appearance. "As much as any other human being, Art was responsible for Duke University becoming a national power in college basketball," said Vic Bubas, Heyman's coach with the Blue Devils, in a statement. The Knicks took Heyman with the first pick of the '63 draft, and he spent three years in the NBA and three more in the ABA.
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To 23 years in prison for the 2010 murder of ex-girlfriend Yeardley Love, former Virginia lacrosse player George W. Huguely V. Early in the morning of May 3, an intoxicated Huguely kicked in the apartment door of Love, 22, a standout player for the Cavaliers' women's lacrosse team, and beat her to death. The case brought national attention to the issues of domestic violence and alcohol abuse. State law requires that Huguely, 24, who was convicted of second-degree murder and larceny last February, and who has already served two years in jail, must finish at least 85% of his sentence—about 17½ more years.
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At age 43, Russian women's volleyball coach Sergei Ovchinnikov. Police have not released details of his death, but media in Croatia, where the Russian team was training, have reported that he hanged himself in his hotel room in the Adriatic port city of Porec, apparently distraught over Russia's fifth-place Olympic finish. Ovchinnikov took over the team on an interim basis last November and was named the full-time coach a month later. He came under heavy criticism for Russia's Olympic failure, with the press harping on his lack of top-level coaching experience. "He took [the Olympics] very personally," said Russian men's volleyball coach Vladimir Alekno, who led his team to gold in London. Ovchinnikov is survived by his wife and two children.
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From Fulham F.C. to Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League, American midfielder Clint Dempsey. The 29-year-old sniper, who scored 50 league goals in six years with Fulham, had refused to play for the club in anticipation of an expected transfer to Liverpool, but negotiations broke down when an agreement on an offer could not be reached. Dempsey (below) also turned down a move to Aston Villa. He signed with Spurs for three years and a reported $9.5 million.
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By more than an hour, the time of vice-presidential hopeful Paul Ryan in the 1990 Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minn., by the candidate himself. In a radio interview on Aug. 23 with conservative host Hugh Hewitt, Ryan gave his best marathon time as, "Under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something." Running journalists and aficionados investigated—breaking three hours in a marathon is no small feat, and most runners know their personal records to the second—and the inquiry soon forced a spokesman for Ryan's campaign to admit that the candidate had run just one marathon, when he was 20, and that his finishing time was 4:01:25. Ryan isn't the first politician to mess with the marathon: When Massachusetts senator John Kerry ran for president in 2004, he claimed to have run the Boston Marathon, but he declined to provide any details when journalists were unable to find his name on lists of finishers.