Sylvia Hatchell went to sleep on Monday night knowing that one of her dearest friends, Pat Summitt, likely wouldn’t survive the night. Hatchell awoke to the news on Tuesday morning: Summitt was gone, dead at 64 after suffering for years from dementia.
Former N.C. State star Trea Turner, spoken of by those in and outside the organization as the Nationals’ shortstop of the future since they acquired him last offseason, played in center field for Class AAA Syracuse this week. He had never played a professional game at a position other than shortstop or second base.
Blindness caused by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan changed nearly everything for Navy veteran and Paralympian Brad Snyder, but not his love of swimming. He’ll compete in Charlotte this weekend for a spot in September’s Paralympics in Brazil.
Few people dominate the landscape of a sport so as to become synonymous with it, inseparable from it even after they’ve left the scene as an athlete or coach. To lose three of them in the space of a month is unfathomable. First it was Gordie Howe. Then Muhammad Ali. And Tuesday morning, Pat Summitt at only 64, taken so quickly by Alzheimer’s disease, only four years after it forced her to retire as the winningest college basketball coach.
Only one Division I college basketball coach won more games than Mike Krzyzewski. But that only explains part of the admiration the Duke men’s coach had for Pat Summitt, the Tennessee women’s coach who passed away on Tuesday.
Pat Summitt put women's basketball on her back, breaking down barriers with her indomitable spirit and demanding respect for female athletes on her way to becoming the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history.
It's tough to call $60 million in guaranteed money a bargain, but that seems to aptly describe Carolina Panthers star Cam Newton's deal in light of the mega-contract Colts quarterback Andrew Luck signed Wednesday.