Man Whose Punch Killed Soccer Ref Sentenced To 8-15 Years In Prison

A Michigan man who punched and killed the rec league referee who was ejecting him was sentenced to 8-15 years in jail Thursday, after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter. A Lebanese national, Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad faces potential deportation after completing his sentence. The Dearborn auto mechanic punched… » 3/14/15 12:06pm 3/14/15 12:06pm

Anthony Mason, who suffered a heart attack two weeks ago, died earlier this morning. Mason began his career in foreign countries and the US minor leagues, but rose to become a key member of the successful Pat Riley-led Knicks teams of the early 1990s. He was 48. [New York Daily News] » 2/28/15 11:08am 2/28/15 11:08am

Reports: Longtime Trail Blazer Jerome Kersey Dead At 52

Former Trail Blazer (and Warrior, Laker, Supersonic, Spur, and Buck) Jerome Kersey passed away in Portland today, The Oregonian reports. CNNSW reports that he told coworkers he didn't feel well and was going home, before "collaps[ing] on the way to his car." » 2/19/15 12:12am 2/19/15 12:12am

Former Mavs Big Man Roy Tarpley Passes Away At 50

Roy Tarpley, the talented Dallas Mavericks power forward who flamed out of the NBA due to substance abuse issues, died Friday, at the age of 50. According to The Dallas Morning News there was no official cause of death, but multiple Mavericks officials were informed he had liver failure. » 1/09/15 9:06pm 1/09/15 9:06pm

Sy Berger, who worked for Topps for 50 years and designed the first "modern" baseball card in 1952, died over the weekend. The New York Times has a nice obituary of him, which also serves as an interesting look at the history of baseball cards. [New York Times] » 12/17/14 11:59pm 12/17/14 11:59pm

Israeli Cricket Umpire Dies After Deflected Ball Strikes His Chest

An Israeli cricket umpire has died after a ball came off a batsman's bat, hit the wicket, and then struck him in the chest and neck region, according to Haaretz. The amateur league umpire—Israel has no professional cricket league—was in the proper position behind the wicket, but unlike in baseball, cricket umpires… » 11/29/14 4:05pm 11/29/14 4:05pm

Australian Cricketer Phil Hughes Is Dead

Australian pro cricket player Phil Hughes is dead, days after suffering a severe head injury due to being struck by a bouncer thrown by New South Wales bowler Sean Abbott. » 11/27/14 9:51am 11/27/14 9:51am

Former Major Leaguer Brad Halsey Dies In Reported Climbing Accident

Former major league pitcher Brad Halsey died in rural New Braunfels, Texas last Friday under somewhat mysterious circumstances. A Comal County judge has ordered an autopsy, and shed some light on the situation. Via USA TODAY: » 11/05/14 9:32pm 11/05/14 9:32pm

St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Oscar Taveras Killed In Car Crash

St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras was reportedly killed in a car crash while driving to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. His girlfriend Edilia Arvelo, in the car with him, was also killed. Taveras's agent, Brian Mejia, confirmed the 22-year-old's death. » 10/26/14 8:33pm 10/26/14 8:33pm

Report: South African Keeper Senzo Meyiwa Shot Dead

South Africa national team captain and Orlando Pirates keeper Senzo Meyiwa was reportedly shot and killed in Vosloorus. He was 27. A spokesperson for the South African Football Association confirmed Meyiwa's death. » 10/26/14 6:09pm 10/26/14 6:09pm

University of Cincinnati RB Killed in Motorcycle Accident

University of Cincinnati redshirt freshman running back Chamoda Kennedy-Palmore was killed Thursday afternoon in a motorcycle accident. According to police, another vehicle turned across two lanes of traffic in front of Kennedy-Palmore, failing to yield the right of way, and was struck by his motorcycle. He was… » 9/25/14 9:22pm 9/25/14 9:22pm

Former Titans Kicker Rob Bironas Dies In Car Crash

Former Titans kicker Rob Bironas was killed in a single-car crash less than a mile away from his home in Nashville, Tenn. Saturday night. He was 36. » 9/21/14 9:31am 9/21/14 9:31am

What I've Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings

A few days ago, Deadspin's Kyle Wagner began to compile a list of all police-involved shootings in the U.S. He's not the only one to undertake such a project: D. Brian Burghart, editor of the Reno News & Review, has been attempting a crowdsourced national database of deadly police violence. We asked Brian to write… » 8/22/14 1:25pm 8/22/14 1:25pm

Kent State Lineman Dies In Apartment

Kent State starting center Jason Bitsko, 21 years old, died earlier today. He was found unresponsive in bed after failing to show for morning practice. According to an athletic department press release, police believe he died from an "undetermined medical issue." » 8/20/14 2:45pm 8/20/14 2:45pm

Conan O'Brien Found Out About Robin Williams's Death During His Show

As news of actor Robin Williams's death spread Monday night, Conan O'Brien was wrapping up his show, which would air a few hours later. When Conan learned what had happened, he took a couple of minutes before the taping finished, and broke the news to the audience. » 8/12/14 12:46am 8/12/14 12:46am

Police: Driver In Philip Lutzenkirchen Crash Was Drunk

Police have released blood toxicology reports from the car crash that killed former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen and former Georgia baseball player Jordan Ian Davis, and both of the men were drunk. » 8/06/14 4:02pm 8/06/14 4:02pm

Former MLB Player, Manager, And Coach Don Zimmer Dies At 83

Don Zimmer, a presence in MLB who had most recently served as a baseball advisor for the Tampa Bay Rays, has died. He was 83. » 6/04/14 9:20pm 6/04/14 9:20pm