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November 30, 1995 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No, Gabriel Ruelas kept telling himself, it was all wrong. Jimmy Garcia wasn't supposed to die. He, Ruelas, was the one who was supposed to die young. That's the way it had always been in the dreams. Night after night they would come to him in his restless sleep. The circumstances were different, but the result was always the same. Gabe Ruelas dead before his time. Although he has been a boxer since age 12, he never died in the ring in the dreams. Often it would be in a car accident.
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February 13, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
There were supposed to be eight athletes from the country of Georgia in the 21st Winter Olympics. One is missing. That left the Georgian delegation in Friday's opening ceremony to wear black armbands as they mourned their missing teammate, Nodar Kumaritashvili, 21, who died in a horrifying crash during a luge training run barely eight hours earlier. The athletes followed a flag with a black streamer carried by Alpine skier Iason Abramashvili. The 60,600 people at BC Place stood to applaud their entry in a ceremony that became an often jarring mixture of celebration and grief.
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January 21, 1992 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Earnest Killum, a Southland high school basketball star who was playing with Oregon State University, died Monday, three days after suffering his second stroke in six months. Killum suffered a massive stroke Friday shortly after concluding an interview in which he talked about a mild stroke he suffered in July. He was cleared on Dec. 27 to join the basketball team.
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December 31, 2009 | By Jim Peltz
Notable sports deaths of 2009: Preston Gomez The longtime Angels scouting consultant who had been a third base coach for the Dodgers when they won the 1965 World Series died Jan. 13 at 86 after being seriously injured in a freak accident at a gas station. Ingemar Johansson The Swede stunned the boxing world by knocking out Floyd Patterson in 1959 to win the heavyweight title. He died Jan. 30 at age 76. Jeremy Lusk The star of freestyle motocross died at 24 on Feb. 10 of head injuries after a crash in a competition in Costa Rica.
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January 2, 1994 | MARK HERRMANN, NEWSDAY
Remembering . . . " Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever. " --JIM VALVANO In some way, that spirit applies for some of the sports people who died in 1993, either in their prime or still at the height of their influence and popularity: --Davey Allison, 32, NASCAR driver, of injuries sustained in a helicopter crash July 13.
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February 11, 2001 | ED HINTON, TRIBUNE MOTOR SPORTS WRITER
About the Project This is the result of six months of research and reporting by Tribune Auto Race Writer Ed Hinton, with help from staffers at other Tribune papers, among them Darin Esper of the Los Angeles Times. It sheds new light on the decline of traditional fatalism among race drivers and the need for more research and action to prevent the violent deaths the sport has come to accept.
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March 1, 2003 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
In 1996, the Food and Drug Administration warned against using products containing ephedra -- a message that failed to resonate with much of the public. Then, in 2001, football players Rashidi Wheeler, Korey Stringer, Devaughn Darling and Curt Jones collapsed and died. Ephedra has been under scrutiny ever since. When Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler died Feb.
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July 25, 1994 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wangila Napunyi, who struggled as a professional after winning the first Olympic boxing gold medal for an African nation, died Sunday morning in a Las Vegas hospital two days after suffering head injuries in a knockout loss. He was 26. Napunyi, who fought for Kenya under the name Robert Wangila in the 1988 Games at Seoul, was stopped in the ninth round by welterweight David Gonzales, ranked No. 10 by the World Boxing Council, in a bout Friday night at the Aladdin Hotel.
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February 8, 1999 | PETE THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fishing trip from hell finally came to an end Sunday morning. Never were 15 people so relieved to step off a boat. Sadly, one of them didn't. James "Rollo" Heyn, 39, the "second skipper," had died three days before when a powerful explosive device he was handling blew up. The tragedy left a tight-lipped, solemn bunch, who spent the final days of the trip with nothing to dwell on but a senseless incident and how it might have been avoided.
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February 23, 1992 | LANIE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Half a dozen racers were waiting at the top of a steep hill called Big Bowl in Running Springs while veteran speed skier David James Erikson tore through the course. "We heard the time. The speed came over the radio at 84 m.p.h. And after that I heard a real loud noise," said Brad Daniels, 29, a racer from Laguna Niguel who shuddered at the memory. "I thought in my own head, maybe he hit a lift tower or something, I hope he didn't," Daniels recalled Saturday.
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May 6, 2008 | Bill Dwyre
On the Monday after, when it should have been just the opposite, the sport of horse racing was riding low in the saddle. Saturday, at the grotto of the sport, a star named Big Brown was born into public consciousness by storming down the homestretch, under the twin spires of Churchill Downs, and winning the Kentucky Derby in dominating fashion. It was what racing wanted, needed, lusts after.
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December 7, 2007 | Pete Thomas, ON THE OUTDOORS
A surfer's biggest worry in large waves, such as those that have been pounding Southland shores this week, is getting caught in the impact zone and held under for an excruciatingly long time. Many have wiped out, then flailed mightily against the downward churning surf, thinking they might drown, only to poke their heads above water at the last possible moment, gasping for air. Perhaps because of this fear, most surfers know their limits.
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November 4, 2007 | Philip Hersh, Special to The Times
NEW YORK -- Five-time U.S. distance running champion Ryan Shay collapsed and died during the men's U.S. Olympic marathon trials Saturday, leaving race winner Ryan Hall mourning the loss of a friend and former training partner whose wedding Hall had attended four months ago. "I can't think about the race right now," Hall said. "I've trained with him, and he has inspired me. I will dedicate my race in Beijing [the 2008 Olympics] to him and Alicia [his wife] and his family."
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September 25, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The California State Athletic Commission on Monday said it will conduct an inquiry into last week's death of boxer Jackson Bussell after his sanctioned, six-round bout outside a Calabasas restaurant. Bussell, 28, a light-welterweight from Reno, fought opponent Javier Garcia to a draw in an undercard bout Thursday night, a decision that was announced just after Bussell collapsed in the ring after congratulating and hugging Garcia.
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March 2, 2007 | Lauren Peterson, Times Staff Writer
As the runners, one by one, crossed the finish line at last year's Los Angeles Marathon, Terry Reyna waited for her husband, Raul, to join them. But there was no Raul, and each passing minute fueled her uneasiness. "He was going for the five-hour mark. At about 1 p.m., I knew he had to have been in by then," she said. "It's easy to get lost in that crowd, though, and I was just about to go to try to find out where he was, when I got the phone call."
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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.
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July 22, 1990
Rich Vogler, five-time United States Auto Club midget champion, was killed Saturday night when he crashed during a sprint car race at Salem (Ind.) Speedway. Dr. Dan Anderson pronounced Vogler dead at 11:40 p.m. EDT at the Washington County Memorial Hospital in Salem, according to Bill Marvel, vice president of USAC. The crash occurred about 40 minutes earlier. Tony Floyd, an ambulance medic for the hospital, described the 39-year-old Vogler as having a "severe head injury."
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October 7, 1991 | JOHN GEIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the second time in two years, tragedy struck the racing family of Arthur Hendrick of Chino. Hendrick's daughter, Kara, 22, was killed in a crash during a U.S. Auto Club midget car race Saturday night at the Cajon Speedway. She was pronounced dead at 11:17 p.m. at Sharp Memorial Hospital in nearby San Diego. An autopsy Sunday found head injuries to be the cause of death.
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September 27, 2005 | Mike Terry, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Shawntinice Polk, center on the University of Arizona's women's basketball team, died Monday after collapsing on the court of the school's arena. Richard Paige, associate media relations director, said Polk, 22 and a senior, was not working out or practicing in McKale Center when she collapsed. Polk was taken to the University Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead. The cause of death was not immediately known and an autopsy will be performed.
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July 31, 2005 | Bill Plaschke
Sixteen million dollars. Jiggle that number around in your deepest pocket, see how it feels. It's lottery money, lifetime money, 1,056 games worth of Monopoly money, a stack-of-one-dollar-bills-reaching-more-than-6,000-feet-high money. Now, carry that thought to the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Covina, to a patch of grass in front of the Mausoleum of Christian Heritage. The young football player whose death produced $16 million is buried here.
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