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October 08, 2012
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October 08, 2012

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At age 91, renowned motor sports journalist and broadcaster Chris Economaki. The son of a Greek immigrant, he was born in Brooklyn and saw his first race in Atlantic City when he was nine years old. He got his start in motor sports as a teenager selling copies of National Speed Sport News—which, following a stint in the Army during World War II, he eventually owned, published and edited, and to which he continued to contribute until his death. Economaki (above, right, with driver Dale Earnhardt) covered races for ABC starting in 1961, and frequently appeared on Wide World of Sports. He also called races on CBS and ESPN. Economaki was regarded as the dean of American motor sports journalism. If he hadn't heard of you, Mario Andretti once said, "you simply were not a factor in the sport."


His retirement, effective this January, Nebraska athletic director and former football coach Tom Osborne, 75, after five years in his current position and 42 with the school. From 1973 through '97, Osborne (below) won 255 games as the Cornhuskers' coach and led them to three national titles. He returned to Lincoln to oversee the athletic department in 2007 after six years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. "At some point, whether you're able to function or not, the perception that you're getting old gets in the way," said Osborne. "I don't want to be one of those guys everybody is walking around wringing their hands trying to figure out, What are we going to do with him? That happens sometimes." He will become the school's athletic director emeritus.


A Himalayan avalanche that killed at least eight people, American extreme skier Glen Plake. Known for his high Mohawk and his frequent appearances in movies about the sport, Plake, 48, was climbing Nepal's Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world (26,781 feet), along with two friends, with plans for the trio to ski down the mountain together. (His friends are still missing.) Plake was in his tent at approximately 23,000 feet when the avalanche struck. "It was like an earthquake; it was like a tsunami," Plake said, before adding that he was "probably the luckiest person in the world" for making it out safely.

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The Milano-Torino road race on Sept. 26, his second title since returning from his two-year doping ban in August, cyclist Alberto Contador of Spain. Contador, who won the Vuelta a España earlier last month, was stripped of his 2010 Tour de France victory in September of that year because he had tested positive for clenbuterol two months earlier, during one of the race's rest days. At the time he attributed the test result to contaminated meat.

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The NHL Players' Association, for $9.8 million by the parents of former NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard, who committed suicide in May 2011 at age 28. Len Boogaard, an officer in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and his wife, Joanne, claim that the union failed to file simple paperwork that would have allowed them to collect the $4.8 million left on the contract Derek had with the Rangers at the time of his death. They are asking for the remaining money, plus $5 million in punitive damages. The union released a statement saying that it had not seen the lawsuit but believed it was without merit.

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