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June 18, 2012

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At 52 after being hospitalized with stomach bleeding, Vladimir Krutov, the K in the Soviet hockey team's famed KLM Line, who had 156 goals and 174 assists in international competition from 1981 through '89. Krutov (above) helped lead his team to the '84 and '88 Olympic golds and five world titles in the '80s. He was one of the first Soviets to cross over to the NHL, spending the '89--90 season with the Canucks. After retiring from playing, he coached Moscow CSKA and worked as director at a state sports school, and he was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2010. "Volodya was such a dependable and steadfast man that I would have gone anywhere with him—to war, to espionage, into peril," said Russian hockey federation president and former Soviet goalie Vladislav Tretiak.

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At 65 of cancer, former Reds reliever Pedro Borbon. A key cog in the Big Red Machine, the Cincinnati teams that won five division titles, four pennants and two World Series between 1970 and '76, the rubber-armed righthander pitched in six of seven games in the '72 World Series and tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings in the '76 NLCS. He remains the Reds' leader in career appearances with 531 and led the NL in total appearances between '70 and '78. Borbon (right) spent 9½ years in Cincinnati and was reported to have put a voodoo curse on the Reds when they traded him to the Giants in '79. In '90, the year the Reds won their first title since Borbon left, he said he removed the curse. Later he insisted that it never existed at all.


After an 18-year boxing career, three-time welterweight world titleholder Antonio Margarito. The Tornado de Tijuana finishes his career with a record of 38--8 with 27 KOs and was at times dominant—but he will be best remembered for a 2009 scandal in which he was found before a title defense against Shane Mosley to have illegal knuckle pads coated with a plasterlike substance under his gloves. (He claimed not to have known of the loaded gloves and insisted that he had never before fought with them, but he and his trainer were suspended for a year.) Margarito was knocked out by Mosley in the ninth, losing the WBA super welterweight title. He went 1--2 afterward before announcing his retirement in advance of what was to be a middleweight bout against Abel Perry. Margarito said that he did not feel physically prepared to continue to compete at an elite level but that he would remain involved in boxing in some capacity.


In Auburn, Ala., former Tigers football players Edward Christian and Ladarious Phillips, both 20. At 10:03 p.m. last Saturday police on campus received a report of gunshots fired at the University Heights apartment clubhouse, where a pool party was being held. Minutes later officers found Christian, an offensive lineman who was off the team because of injury, dead on the scene. Phillips, a sophomore fullback who had quit football, and another 20-year-old, Demario Pitts, died later at the hospital. Three other people—including Eric Mack, 20, a current Auburn offensive lineman—were hospitalized in nearby Opelika. (Mack is expected to recover.) As of Monday, police were offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Desmonte Leonard, 22, who is charged with three counts of capital murder.


By fans' racial slurs, Euro 2012. Three racially motivated incidents were reported during the soccer tournament's first week. On June 6, black Netherlands players were subjected to monkey chants during an open practice session. Last Friday, fans were heard shouting racial slurs at Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie, the only black player on the team, during a loss to Russia. And on Sunday, during an Italy-Spain draw, photographers reported hearing more monkey calls directed at Azzurri striker Mario Balotelli, who had threatened before the games to walk off the pitch if he was abused. (Instead, he ignored the harassment.) UEFA has vowed to investigate the two game-related incidents.

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