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At age 87 after a history of heart problems, former Browns and Ravens owner Art Modell. The son of a Brooklyn wine salesman, Modell (above) dropped out of school at 15 to help support his family after his father's death. After a successful career in advertising and public relations, he bought the Browns in 1961 for $4 million—only $250,000 of which he put up himself. He was one of the first owners to be active in his team's affairs, sometimes dictating draft picks, and Cleveland did well, winning the '64 NFL title and making 15 playoff appearances. Modell was a champion of such initiatives as expansion, preseason games and Monday Night Football, but his Browns lost money. In '96 he moved the team to Baltimore. Clevelanders were furious, and Modell never returned to the city. The Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, and he sold the team in '03. His wife, Patricia, died last October.
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As an adviser to the U.S. Ryder Cup team by captain Davis Love III, NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan. The five-time MVP was an assistant captain to Fred Couples at the 2009 Presidents Cup, won by the American team, and is an avid amateur golfer. Jordan (right) has attended past Ryder Cups, and Love can remember being motivated by Jordan's presence in the gallery. "I want my team...to get to see Michael," said Love. "I want him to be in our team room, be hanging around and be a great influence."
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By the Nationals, the season of starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg. With the 24-year-old righthander's limit of 160 innings pitched approaching, Washington, which is leading the NL East, shut him down after he allowed five runs in three innings against the Marlins last Friday. Strasburg, who underwent Tommy John surgery a year ago, was upset about the decision. "I don't know if I'm ever going to accept it, to be honest," he said. "You don't grow up dreaming of playing in the big leagues to get shut down when the games start to matter."
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To have named as a historic landmark the Philadelphia gym where former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier trained for his 1971 title fight against Muhammad Ali, a Temple architecture class, with help from the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The gym's ground floor houses a discount furniture store, but the two upper floors are vacant. Frazier, who died last year at 67, kept the gym open after he retired so that young boxers who could not afford gym fees would have a place to train. He lost it to back taxes in 2008.
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With Dial Books for Young Readers, by Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, a deal to write three children's books. The righthander's recently published autobiography—Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball (written with Daily News reporter Wayne Coffey)—received wide acclaim. Dickey's first book for kids, due out next fall, will be an adaptation of his memoir for eight- to 12-year-old readers.