After 12 NFL seasons, Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden (above). An 11-time ProBowler, the 6'9", 345-pound Ogden, 33, was the Ravens' first draft pick, in1996. Known for his quickness as well as his size, he could be part of alandmark Hall of Fame class in 2013, when he, Brett Favre, Michael Strahan andWarren Sapp will be eligible. Ogden said he quit because of the hyperextendedleft big toe he suffered last year. "I just wanted to be one of the mostrespected linemen that played the game," he said. "And I think I havedone that."
Of a heart attack at age 58, NBC Washington bureau chief and Meet the Presshost Tim Russert (below). Known for his sharp political insights, toughquestions and affable nature, Russert, a Buffalo native, was also a rabidsports fan. During his 17-year tenure—he was the show's longest-running host—heended many Meet the Press broadcasts with a "Go, Bills" sign-off, andhe had been a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame board of directorssince 2003.
At age 88 of complications of pneumonia, Eliot Asinof (below, front rowmiddle), the author of Eight Men Out and several other sports books. Asinof,who played first base in the Phillies' minor league system before serving inWorld War II, published his account of the 1919 Black Sox scandal in '63. In'88 Eight Men Out was made into a movie starring John Cusack and Charlie Sheen,and in 2002 SI ranked it as one of the top 50 sports books of all time.
At age 77 of a heart attack, longtime ABC and NBC play-by-play man CharlieJones. In 1960, the year the AFL debuted, Jones got his start at ABC onbroadcasts of the upstart league's games. In '65 he moved to NBC, where overthe next 32 years he became known for his smooth baritone and versatility.Before his retirement in '97 he broadcast 28 different sports, includingfootball, golf, tennis, baseball and the 1988 and '96 Summer Olympics.
At age 43 of heart failure, former Bills offensive lineman Mitch Frerotte. Astar at Penn State from 1983 to '87, Frerotte played in three Super Bowls forBuffalo during his four-year NFL career, which he spent mostly as a reserve.Frerotte, a cousin of Vikings quarterback Gus Frerotte, sustained acareer-ending neck injury in '93 while in training camp with the Seahawks. LastFriday the coroner in Kittanning, Pa., Frerotte's hometown, said Frerottesuffered from a thickening of the heart muscle.
By Major League Baseball, plans to institute instant replay for disputed homerun calls. Last month MLB announced plans to test a replay system in theArizona Fall League this year. But last week it was disclosed that baseballofficials and the umpires' union are discussing using it in major league gamesbeginning in August. A preliminary plan reportedly calls for the creation of awar room at the commissioner's office in New York City, where an umpiresupervisor would review video and then confer with the umpire crew chief on thefield to make the final call on whether a questionable home run cleared thewall or was fair or foul.
The Republican primary for a spot on the Pickens County (S.C.) Council, formerBengals coach Sam Wyche. In March, Wyche, 63, who moved to Pickens County whenhis NFL career ended in 2006, declared that he was running for the seat held byfellow Republican Ben Trotter. Wyche, who campaigned on a promise to drawindustry to Pickens County, won 60% of the 3,600 votes cast. He will faceDemocratic candidate Heywood Burbage in the November election.
They Said It
Former heavyweight champ, on why he dislikes the George Foreman Grill:
"If you don't want your hamburgers to be greasy, you're crazy.... I don'twant no damn dried-up burger."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
More than 4,000 baby boys and girls in China have beennamed Aoyun, the Chinese word for Olympic Games.
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