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2006 | THE YEAR IN REVIEW

Prominent sports deaths

December 31, 2006

* Kirby Puckett: Baseball Hall of Famer, 45, stroke.

* Floyd Patterson: Heavyweight boxing champion, 71, Alzheimer's disease and prostate cancer.

* Curt Gowdy: Preeminent sportscaster, 86, leukemia.

* Steve Howe: Former Dodgers reliever, 48, car accident.

* Byron Nelson: Golfing legend, 94, natural causes.

* Red Auerbach: Longtime Boston Celtics coach, general manager, 89, heart failure.

* Bo Schembechler: Former Michigan football coach, 77, heart attack.

* Lamar Hunt: American Football League founder, 74, prostate cancer.

* Maggie Dixon: Army women's basketball coach, 28, heart arrhythmia.

* Rod Dedeaux: Legendary USC baseball coach, 91, complications from a stroke.

* Ryan Francis: USC freshman point guard, 19, gunshot wound.

* Bob Mathias: Two-time Olympic champion in the decathlon, 75, cancer.

* Ted Schroeder: 1949 Wimbledon tennis champion, 84, cancer.

* Mike Quarry: Light-heavyweight boxer, 55, boxing-induced dementia.

* Randy Walker: Northwestern football coach, 52, heart attack.

* Susan Butcher: Four-time Iditarod champion, 51, leukemia.

* Patty Berg: One of the founders of the LPGA, 88, Alzheimer's disease.

* Buck O'Neil: Former Negro leagues player, 94, heart failure and bone marrow cancer.

* Marlin McKeever: Two-time All-American at USC and 13-year NFL player, 66, head injuries from a fall.

* Marcus Cassel: Former UCLA cornerback, 23, car accident.

* Willie Pep: Hall of Fame boxer, 84, Alzheimer's disease.

* Larry Sherry: World Series MVP for Dodgers in 1959, 71, cancer.

* Cory Lidle: Major league pitcher, 34, airplane crash.

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