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This is an article from the April 23, 2012 issue
At age 43 after a two-year fight with leukemia, basketball big man Dwayne Schintzius (above). Still the only player in SEC history with more than 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 250 assists and 250 blocked shots, Schintzius led Florida to the school's first three NCAA appearances, from 1986--87 through '88--89, and was an All-America as a junior, but his college career ended unceremoniously when he quit the team 11 games into his senior year, partly over a fight with his new coach, Don DeVoe, over the length of his hair. The Spurs selected him in the first round of the '90 NBA draft, and he spent eight injury-plagued years with six teams. He retired in '99 with the Celtics, his lasting legacy being his trademark mullet, which he called the Lobster.
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At age 73 of leukemia, four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Murray Rose of Australia. Rose—whose "special signature" was described in SI (Aug. 14, 1961; below) as "a split-second pause that occurs as he leans on his extended right arm and breathes on his left side, a pause during which he is absolutely relaxed. Then the right forearm drives downward, the legs thrash and the power surges"—began swimming at age 5. He won his first three golds at the '56 Melbourne Games and took gold, silver and bronze four years later in Rome. He also studied drama and television at USC, graduating in '62, and appeared in TV shows and movies, including '64's Ride the Wild Surf and '68's Ice Station Zebra, but he later explained that he was not passionate enough about acting to make a serious commitment. The roles did keep him from competing for a spot on the '64 Olympic team.
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By the NCAA, penalties that Baylor self-imposed upon its basketball programs after it was revealed that both men's and women's coaches had committed major infractions. An internal investigation by the school turned up 738 impermissible text messages and 528 impermissible phone calls (to high school recruits and their families as well as non-scholastic coaches) over a 29-month span. As a result, men's coach Scott Drew will be suspended for two Big 12 games next season, and both he and women's coach Kim Mulkey face recruiting restrictions as well as the loss of scholarships. The punishments come on the heels of a 2011--12 season in which the men's team won a school-record 30 games and reached the regional finals and the women's team completed the first 40--0 season in NCAA history, en route to a national championship.
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At age 92, Emile (Butch) Bouchard, a four-time Stanley Cup--winning defenseman for the Canadiens. Bouchard, who wore the captain's C for eight of his 15 years in Montreal, caught the Canadiens' attention when he rode his bike 50 miles to his first training camp, in 1941; and he kept their interest when he stepped on the ice. Physically imposing at 6'2" and 205 pounds, Bouchard was one of the hardest hitters of the era. A four-time All-Star and Hockey Hall of Famer ('66), he was made a member of the Order of Canada and of the National Order of Quebec for his contributions to hockey and to his community, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League later named its defenseman of the year award after him.
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By Canada with a 5--4 upset victory in OT over the U.S., the women's world ice hockey championship in Burlington, Vt. Canada's 10th title snapped a streak of three golds for the U.S., which had beaten its neighbors to the north 9--2 in the first game of the tournament and had outscored them 38--2 in four previous games. Still, the Canadians were confident. "Based on our rich history and belief in ourselves, we never thought we were out of the game," said captain Hayley Wickenheiser. Canada opened the final with a goal 7:52 into the first period. The U.S. tied it five minutes later, and the teams traded leads until Canada took the gold 1:50 into overtime. The silver is the U.S. women's team's 10th.
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At age 43 after a bout of fainting spells accompanied by low blood pressure, U.S. Olympic gold medal diver Mark Lenzi (left). A wrestler in high school, Lenzi tired of starving himself to make weight and switched to diving after watching Greg Louganis win gold at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. At Indiana, Lenzi twice won NCAA diver of the year, and he went on to win 18 international competitions. In '92 he surprised everyone to take the three-meter springboard gold at the Barcelona Olympics, and, after a brief retirement, he came back to take bronze in Atlanta in '96. Of his Olympic gold, Lenzi marveled, "It's the strangest thing, but ever since I saw the Olympics in '84, I just knew I could do it."
Consecutive seasons in which the NHL's No. 1 overall draft pick has been held by the Oilers, who won the April 10 lottery. In the big four North American sports leagues, only the Nordiques (1989--91) have matched that.
Serie A games postponed in honor of the passing, last Saturday, of Livorno's Piermario Morosini, a 25-year-old midfielder in the Italian soccer league's second division, who died on the pitch of a heart attack.
Consecutive batters struck out by the Dodgers' Aaron Harang against the Padres last Friday, one shy of Tom Seaver's 42-year-old MLB record. Only Mickey Welch (1884), Jake Peavy (2007) and Ricky Nolasco ('09) have come as close.
Discount on food and beverages that will be given next season to Pistons fans who swipe a microchip contained in the sleeve of a team jacket that will be issued only to season-ticket holders.
Years and days since the Panthers last won an NHL playoff game before they broke that record stretch on Sunday with a victory over the Devils in Game 2 of their series.
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NBA PLAYERS POLL
Which coach would you like to play for the...
DOC RIVERS, CELTICS 22%
MIKE D'ANTONI 21%
GREGG POPOVICH, SPURS 16%
RICK CARLISLE, MAVERICKS 6%
RICK ADELMAN, T-WOLVES 5%
STAN VAN GUNDY, MAGIC 22%
SCOTT SKILES, BUCKS 14%
BYRON SCOTT, CAVALIERS 9%
FLIP SAUNDERS 6%
MIKE D'ANTONI 4%
The active coach with the best winning percentage, the Bulls' Tom Thibodeau (.767), was sixth (4%) on the most list.... The Pistons' Lawrence Frank and the Lakers' Mike Brown also received 4% of the least vote.... Saunders was fired by the Wizards (for whom he was 51--130) on Jan. 24; D'Antoni resigned from the Knicks (121--167) on March 14.... Van Gundy also finished eighth (3%) on the most list. Rivers didn't receive a single least vote.
BASED ON 134 NBA PLAYERS WHO RESPONDED TO SI'S SURVEY