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Suns Hall of Famer Hawkins dies at age 75

Undated, Oct 7 (REUTERS) Hall of Famer and Phoenix Suns star forward Connie Hawkins, who played seven seasons in the NBA, has died at the age of 75.
Hawkins, nicknamed "The Hawk" and a Brooklyn playground legend, played four All-Star seasons with the Suns from 1969 to 1973. He also played for the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks.
The Suns, who retired Hawkins' number 42 jersey, announced Saturday that he passed away on Friday.
"'The Hawk' revolutionized the game and remains to this day an icon of the sport and one of basketball's great innovators," the Suns said in a statement. "His unique combination of size, grace and athleticism was well ahead of its time and his signature style of play is now a hallmark of the modern game.
"Connie's passion for the game was only matched by his desire to give back to the Phoenix community, a role which he played proudly as a Suns community ambassador, spreading warmth and kindness to everyone he encountered. We will miss Hawk dearly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends as we mourn the passing of a true Suns legend."
The 6-foot-8 Hawkins averaged 16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.2 steals during his NBA career.
Before joining the NBA at age 27, Hawkins played two seasons in the American Basketball Association, winning the league title and MVP honors with the Pittsburgh Pipers in 1967-68. He also played four seasons with the Harlem Globetrotters in the 1960s.
He became the first Suns player to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.
Suns great Steve Nash tweeted: "Gonna miss the Hawk! Legend! RIP."
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T20 Mumbai League Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar hails Mumbai as Heart of Indian Cricket

22 Feb 2018 | 8:16 PM

Mumbai, Feb 22 (UNI) With a fortnight to go for the much-awaited T20 Mumbai League,
Sachin Tendulkar, League Ambassador was part of a celebratory atmosphere at Taj
Lands End here today.

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Aizawl FC host Indian Arrows tomorrow in I-league

22 Feb 2018 | 8:09 PM

Aizawl, Feb 22 (UNI) Aizawl FC will host All India Football Federation’s development squad
Indian Arrows at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium tomorrow here which is going to be their newly
appointed coach Santosh Kashyap’s first home match in this Hero I-League season.

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GAIL Indian Speed Star Season III concludes in Delhi

22 Feb 2018 | 8:02 PM

New Delhi, Feb 22 (UNI) The nationwide trial to identify budding athletes for the GAIL Indian Speed Star Season III culminated in a grand finale held on Thursday at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex in the presence of Union Sports Minister Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

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Domracheva claims relay gold for Belarus

22 Feb 2018 | 7:58 PM

By Philip O'Connor
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 22 (Reuters) Darya Domracheva overcame errant shooting by skiing a perfect final leg to claim the women's Olympic 4x6km relay gold for Belarus in a see-saw race held in swirling snow on Thursday.

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Mercedes and Hamilton hope to start season with new deal done

22 Feb 2018 | 7:06 PM

By Alan Baldwin
SILVERSTONE, England, Feb 22 (Reuters) Four times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes hope to have a new long-term deal wrapped up before the season starts in Australia next month, both parties said on Thursday.

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