He was a rare talent: a run-stuffing defensive tackle who could also pressure the passer. The No. 2 pick in 1997, Russell had 28 1/2 sacks in five seasons with the Raiders and made the Pro Bowl in '98 and '99 before failing three drug tests. He died in a car accident on Dec. 15.
The control pitcher had a 3.44 ERA in 14 big league seasons and started for two World Series teams, the 1968 Cardinals and the '71 Pirates. A longtime Pirates executive, Briles was playing golf at a team alumni event in February when he suffered a fatal heart attack.
A professor at a Denver community college, she took a shot to the head from Heather Schmitz, fell into a coma and became the first woman to die in a sanctioned fight. Zerlentes had told her coach that she would retire from amateur boxing after the bout.