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June 11, 2012

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At 52 while under hospice care for a chronic heart condition, former NBA star Orlando Woolridge. Following a Notre Dame career that included four NCAA tournament appearances, one Final Four and a memorable last-second fadeaway jumper that ended No. 1 Virginia's 28-game winning streak, Woolridge was selected sixth overall in the 1981 draft, by the Bulls. He spent five years in Chicago and had stints with the Nets, Lakers, Nuggets, Pistons (above), Bucks and 76ers, making a name for himself with his flashy lob passes and thundering dunks. Woolridge ran into trouble off the court in '88, spending time in a treatment facility for cocaine use. He later spent two years playing in Italy before coaching in the WNBA, where he led the L.A. Sparks to their first playoff appearance, in '99.

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At 78 of complications from blood cancer, Basketball Hall of Famer Jack Twyman. A second-round pick of the Rochester Royals in 1955, out of Cincinnati, Twyman (below) spent his entire 11-year career with the team, earning six NBA All-Star selections and averaging 19.2 points per game (including one 59-point showing). But he was equally famous for his off-court kindness. When teammate Maurice Stokes, then 24, was paralyzed in a game, 23-year-old Twyman became his legal guardian, helping Stokes keep his affairs in order. Twyman translated for his friend, whose initial means of communication involved blinking, and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for medical costs through Maurice Stokes Foundation fund-raisers. (Stokes died of a heart attack in 1970.) One of Twyman's three daughters, Lisa Twyman Bessone, was a reporter for SI in the 1980s.


By Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, reports that he plans to sit out next season. In a Facebook message on Sunday, Thomas wrote, "The most important thing I can do in my life is to reconnect with the three F's. Friends, Family and Faith. This is what I plan on doing over the course of the next year." Thomas, 38, has spent his entire eight-year NHL career with Boston, winning the Vezina Trophy in 2009 and again in '11, when he led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup, but he had warned Boston G.M. Peter Chiarelli that he might take the '12--13 season off. "These things happen, and you have to roll with them," Chiarelli said a few days before Thomas's announcement. "When someone talks about their family, you have to respect that." If Thomas indeed sits, that would leave Tuukka Rask, an unsigned restricted free agent, as Boston's likely starting goaltender.


By police as part of a yearlong match-fixing probe, the training camp near Florence of the Italian national men's soccer team. The arrest of 14 people last week, including Lazio captain Stefano Mauri, brings to 50 the number of apprehensions in the case since police executed warrants for 16 people a year ago. In the wake of the sweep, which came a day before the roster deadline for Euro 2012, Italy announced that it had dropped defender Domenico Criscito, whose home was searched but who has not been charged. The Azzurri are still scheduled to open the Euro against Spain on June 10, although prime minister Mario Monti considered withdrawing the team, a decision that manager Cesare Prandelli said he would support.

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At 72 of prostate cancer, former St. John's and NBA player LeRoy Ellis. After starring for the then Redmen, for whom he still holds rebounding records for a single game (30) and season average (16.5), Ellis went sixth overall to the Lakers in the 1962 draft. He later moved on to the Baltimore Bullets, Trail Blazers and, after winning the '71--72 NBA title in a second stint with the Lakers, the 76ers. Ellis finished his career with averages of 9.7 points and 8.3 rebounds over 14 seasons. After the pros he worked in property management and kept up his game in AAU ball, winning nine masters national championships with his over-45, over-50 and over-55 teams and was tournament MVP eight times. One of his three sons, LeRon, played three seasons in the NBA.

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