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Jim Pappin, the former NHL forward credited with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ last Stanley Cup-winning goal, has died. He was 82.

The Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks announced the death Wednesday on social media.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Pappin,” the Maple Leafs said. “Jim played five seasons in Toronto, winning the Stanley Cup in 1964 & ’67. Named one of the 100 Greatest Leafs, he scored the Cup-winning goal and led the team in scoring in ’67. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Later, the Blackhawks said: “The ‘P’ in the MPH Line tallied 444 points in 488 games in Chicago and ranks 17th all-time for franchise scorers with 216 goals. Our hearts go out to Jim’s family and friends.”

Pappin was given credit for Toronto’s second goal in a 3-1 series-ending victory over Montreal in Game 6 on May 2, 1967. Linemate Pete Stemkowski deflected it in, but allowed Pappin to take credit to earn a contract bonus.

Pappin also played on Toronto’s 1964 Stanley Cup championship team, spending part of five seasons with the Maple Leafs.

Traded to Chicago in 1968, he had his biggest offensive seasons with the Blackhawks with MPH Line mates Pit Martin and Dennis Hull, finishing with career highs of 41 goals, 51 assists and 92 points in 1972-73.

After seven seasons with Chicago, he spent the 1975-76 season with the California Seals and followed the franchise to Cleveland the following year for his final NHL season.

In 767 regular-season games in 14 seasons in the NHL, Pappin had 278 goals and 295 assists. In 92 playoff games, he had 33 goals and 34 assists.

Former Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Tony Siragusa has died at the age of 55, Colts owner Jim Irsay announced Wednesday.

“I’m heartbroken, as is all of Colts Nation,” Irsay tweeted.

A cause of death hasn’t been revealed.

“This is a tough one. I love ‘Goose’ like a brother,” Ravens legend Ray Lewis said in a statement, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. “From the first day we met, I knew that life was different. I knew he was someone who would change my life forever. He was a one-of-a-kind person who made you feel important and special. You can never replace a man like that.”

Lewis and Siragusa were teammates in Baltimore for multiple years.

Siragusa, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 1990, enjoyed 12 campaigns in the NFL. He played for the Colts from 1990-96, appearing in 96 regular-season games. Siragusa then joined the Ravens, where he made 73 appearances from 1997-2001. Siragusa helped Baltimore win Super Bowl XXXV as a starter for one of the greatest defenses in NFL history.

The Pitt product retired following the 2001 campaign with 564 tackles and 22 sacks on his resume across 169 regular-season games.

“Renee and I are stunned and heartbroken to learn about the sudden passing of Tony Siragusa,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in a statement. “He was a special person and clearly one of the most popular players in Ravens history. Tony’s larger-than-life personality made an enormous impact on our organization and throughout the Baltimore community.”

Bisciotti added: “This is a tremendously sad day for the Baltimore Ravens.”

After his playing career, Siragusa became an in-game analyst for Fox Sports from 2003-15.

Jeff Jarrett became one of Owen Hart’s closest friends before his tragic passing, but Jarrett didn’t realize how his friend’s death affected him so heavily until years later. Double J joined Steve Austin on the latest episode of “Broken Skull Sessions” to talk about the entirety of his pro wrestling journey up until this point. Halfway through the episode, Austin asked Jarrett about those moments surrounding that heartwrenching evening on May 23, 1999.

“I didn’t realize how bad it affected me until 19 years later when I got into the darkest part of my life and it all came out,” Jarrett said to Austin. “When it went down, cause I remember it like it was yesterday, he left his house on a Saturday. We were going to All-State Arena, Chicago live event, sold out … but he got there late.

“We were working against Edge & Christian. I’m dressed, Edge & Christian are dressed, we were supposed to go over the match. And Owen comes in and he hears it, and he says, ‘Jeff, come here.’ We get in a little bathroom stall, and he pulls out of his tights these red noses,” Jarrett said. “He wants to play a rib on these kids and throw this together, and me and him got red noses on.”

Jarrett also recalls Hart having fun with Bradshaw and Steve Blackman that Sunday morning as well. He then goes into detail about a WWE ticket person named Matt Miller, whom Hart was friends with, letting him know that it was time to go up in the rafters. Hart left and Jarrett knew he had about 15 minutes to get ready for his match.

Earlier than expected, Miller came back to tell Jarrett that Hart fell and Jarrett’s time to go out was now. Jarrett initially thought that Hart just hurt his knee, and recalls doing his promo and getting to the ring for his mixed tag match.

“They wheel him back, and Francios is on top of him and there’s a whole mass of people going, and I finish the promo and Owen goes that way with the whole medical scene and they tell us to go this way. We go, Steve, go down the aisle. It’s all a blur, but the one thing I’ll never forget, [I] get up in the ring like we do and feel the ropes, but the top rope’s really loose, and I walk over in that corner and there was the divot, and that’s when the whole kind of thing went into, ‘He didn’t just break his knee.’ Cause I thought Matt Miller said, ‘Hey man, he fell,’ and I immediately go, ‘Oh man, his knee’s screwed up, they had to stop the match.’ I’m not thinking the worst at all,” Jarrett said.

“I come through the curtain and Matt and the police officer were there, and I said, ‘I want to go now,’ and they knew it, and I told the cop, ‘Where are you going to be?’ He said, ‘I’m right there.’ I ran up for whatever reason and grabbed my bag and jumped, and went back into the cop car and we’re hauling ass down the road, and I’m knocking on the plexiglass, ‘Officer,’ and he didn’t want to answer. ‘Hey dude, can you help me? I know you obviously can’t say anything but what am I stepping into here?’ Steve, he looked over his shoulder and that’s when he goes, ‘It’s not good.’”

Jarrett talked about the sadness of going through all the events of the week following Hart’s passing, including “WWE Raw” the night after and Hart’s funeral. All that being said, there was never any time to process the intense emotion of it all.

“In a week’s time, we were kind of all back to work. ‘You okay, Jeff?’ ‘Oh, I’m fine.’ Like, a lot of us, it’s what we did. Well, 19 years later when I get into treatment and they sort of drill down on that, man, a flood of emotions came out. So it affected me in so many ways that I had no idea,” Jarrett stated.

“Knowing Owen and the kind of guy he was, and it affected me for a lot of years that I had no idea. I can’t even imagine. It’s one thing [to Austin], you’re closing the show. There was not a right or wrong decision. I would have hated to be in Vince’s shoes. To be put in those circumstances on so many levels, it was – a night we’d all like to forget.”

WWE has announced that one of their long-time referees, Tim White, has passed away at the age of 68.

White spent decades working as a referee for the company, first debuting in 1985 and working his way up to major matches like the Hell in a Cell bout between Undertaker and Mankind at “King of the Ring” 1998. He was often booked as the main event referee until suffering a shoulder injury at “Judgment Day” 2002 during another HIAC match between Chris Jericho and Triple H.

White would eventually return to his preferred role in WWE, but at “WrestleMania XX” in 2004, during the match between Chris Jericho and Christian, he re-injured his shoulder during the final three-count of the match. Due to the recurrence of the should injury, he had to leave behind the role of refereeing for good and began a career as a backstage official and talent agent.

White’s final on-screen appearance was his role in the Andre the Giant episode of WWE’s “Hidden Treasures” series on A&E. He had developed an extremely close relationship with Andre at the genesis of his career in the 1980s, positioned as the handler for Andre as they were traveling. He became one of his closest friends and worked all over the world with the WWE Hall of Famer as he experienced major WWF moments and filmed “The Princess Bride”. With such a close bond, he was a natural choice to interview for the HBO documentary “Andre The Giant” that released in 2018

WWE issued the following regarding White’s passing:

WWE is saddened to learn that long-time referee Tim White has passed away.

For more than two decades, Tim White was a dedicated WWE referee and official. White began his illustrious career in 1985 working with Andre the Giant and as a part-time referee.

During his tenure, he was the referee for some of WWE’s biggest matches, including the infamous Hell in a Cell Match between Undertaker and Mankind at King of the Ring 1998.

A shoulder injury effectively ended White’s in-ring career, but White still remained a major part of WWE working behind the scenes as an official and talent agent until 2009.

WWE extends its condolences to White’s family, friends and fans.


Marion Barber III, the former Dallas Cowboys running back who scored plenty of touchdowns without recording a 1,000-yard season, has died, the team said Wednesday. He was 38.

Barber played a final season with Chicago in 2011 after spending his first six years with the Cowboys. He had issues with mental health after his career.

Police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco said Wednesday they made a welfare check at an apartment “believed to be leased” by Barber and were investigating an unattended death there.

The Cowboys, who have their headquarters in Frisco, said they were “heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III.”

“Marion was an old-school, hard-nosed football player who ran with the will to win every down,” the team said. “He had a passion for the game and love for his coaches and teammates.”

Barber’s father, Marion Barber Jr., played seven seasons with the New York Jets in the 1980s.

The younger Barber is fourth on Dallas’ career list for rushing touchdowns with 47 after getting passed in 2021 by two-time NFL rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott. He finished with 53 and never had fewer than four in any of his seven seasons.

The former Minnesota player, a fourth-round draft pick by Dallas in 2005, had 24 touchdowns in 2006-07 despite starting just one game those two seasons. Barber’s career high was 14 TDs in 2006, when he rushed for just 654 yards.

Barber had a career-high 975 yards rushing and 10 TDs in 2007, when he made his only Pro Bowl. His role and production declined from there, and he had careers lows in carries, yards and touchdowns in his final year in Dallas in 2010.

Three years after his career ended, Barber was detained and taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. Police in Mansfield, another Dallas suburb, said it wasn’t clear what led to the calls that prompted their response.

Barber and his father both played for the Golden Gophers, and the younger Barber is second on the school’s career list with 35 rushing touchdowns.

Barber and Laurence Maroney, a first-round pick by New England in 2006, were the first pair of NCAA backs to produce two 1,000-yard seasons in consecutive years on the same team. They did it in 2003-04.

Barber’s younger brothers, Dom Barber and Thomas Barber, also played for the Gophers. Dom Barber spent four years as a defensive back with the Houston Texans.

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jeff Gladney died in a car accident Monday morning at the age of 25, his agent Brian Overstreet told Drew Davison and Clarence E. Hill of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

“We are devastated to learn of Jeff Gladney’s passing. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and all those who are mourning this tremendous loss,” the Cardinals said in a statement.

The Minnesota Vikings selected Gladney with the 31st overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The TCU product started 15 games in his rookie season and recorded 81 tackles, though he didn’t grab an interception.

Minnesota released Gladney last August after police charged him with felony assault. He was found not guilty earlier this year.

Gladney, who remained unsigned for the entire 2021 campaign, inked a deal with the Cardinals in March.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Bob Lanier died Tuesday at age 73 following a short illness, the NBA confirmed.

Choosing to play collegiately at St. Bonaventure due to the school’s proximity to his hometown of Buffalo, the 6-foot-11 center was the crown jewel of a program that advanced to a national semifinal game in 1970.

The Bonnies fell short of competing for the championship that year largely due to Lanier suffering a season-ending knee injury, his first of many that hampered a still-dazzling pro career.

Despite the injury, the Detroit Pistons selected Lanier with the first overall pick in the 1970 draft, and he played parts of 10 seasons with the franchise.

The Pistons traded Lanier to the Milwaukee Bucks in February 1980, and he retired in 1984 with career averages of 20.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.1 steals per game. He was named to the All-Star Game on eight occasions, winning MVP honors in the 1974 exhibition.

Lanier was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the 1992 class.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that Lanier’s “impact on the league went far beyond what he accomplished on the court,” noting his 30 years as the league’s global ambassador and special assistant to Silver and his late predecessor David Stern.

“I learned so much from Bob by simply watching how he connected with people,” Silver added. “He was a close friend who I will miss dearly, as will so many of his colleagues across the NBA who were inspired by his generosity.”

Gino Cappelletti, a former AFL Most Valuable Player and original member of the Boston Patriots who was part of the franchise for five decades as a player, coach and broadcaster, has died. He was 89.

Cappelletti died Thursday at his home in Wellesley, Massachusetts. His death was announced by the New England Patriots on Thursday. No cause of death was given.

“My heart aches after learning of Gino Cappelletti’s passing this morning. For the first 51 years of this franchise’s history, Gino contributed as an all-star player, assistant coach and broadcaster. You couldn’t be a Patriots fan during that era and not be a fan of Gino’s,” New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. “As great of a player as he was, he was an even better person and storyteller.”

Known as “The Duke,” Cappelletti played receiver and kicker and scored the first regular-season points in AFL history, a 35-yard field goal in the first quarter of the Patriots’ 13-10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sept. 9, 1960.

He went on to be the league’s MVP in 1964 and was one of three players to play in every game in the AFL’s 10-year history, along with Jim Otto and George Blanda.

Cappelletti spent his entire career in Boston from 1960-70, ending it as the AFL’s all-time leader in points (1,100) and field goals (170). He was honored as the second Patriots player inducted into the team’s hall of fame in 1992, joining guard John Hannah.

Following his playing days Cappelletti spent seven seasons in the radio booth (1972-78) before joining Patriots coach Ron Erhardt’s staff in 1979, serving as the team’s special teams coach until 1981. He returned to broadcasting for the Patriots in 1988 as a radio analyst and remained in that job through the 2011 season.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy, daughters Gina, Cara and Christina, and 10 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

WWE Hall of Famer Tammy ‘Sunny’ Sytch and boyfriend James F. Pente have had a lawsuit filed against them following a three-car accident that led to 75-year-old Julian L. Lasseter’s death on 25 March.

PWInsider note that the suit was filed on 12 April. It alleges negligence on Sytch’s behalf, with Pente “vicariously liable”, as the accident occurred when the former Sunny was driving his vehicle, which he had given her permission for.

Lasseter’s estate are claiming damages “in excess of” $30,000 for medical and funeral expenses as a result of Syth’s actions. In addition, the lawsuit notes Lasseter’s daughter “has suffered, and will suffer into the future, the loss of her father’s companionship, instruction, guidance, and mental pain and suffering as a result of her father’s death.”

Sytch and Pente are yet to respond to the suit.

Although Sytch had not been arrested for her role in the crash, police reports indicate that she had driven her 2012 Mercedes into the rear of a 2013 Kia Sorrento that was stationary at a stoplight, with the Kia then crashing into a 2011 GMC Yukon, which was also stopped at the light. Lasseter, the Kia driver, was transported to a hospital for injuries suffered in the crash, then later passed away.

Police believe that Sunny was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident, though the results of a blood test taken at the time are yet to be revealed.

Montreal Canadiens icon Guy Lafleur died at the age of 70, his family announced Friday.

The cause of death was not immediately made known. On Tuesday, the Canadiens acknowledged reports of his health, asking for fans to respect the privacy of LaFleur and his family.

Nicknamed “The Flower,” he helped lead the Canadiens to five Stanley Cups in the 1970s, including four consecutive championships from 1976-79. He also won three straight Art Ross Trophies during that span.

LaFleur is the franchise’s all-time assists and points leader with 728 and 1,246, respectively. He also ranks second in career goals for Montreal behind Maurice Richard.

The Hockey Hall of Fame inducted LaFleur in 1988.