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Feb. 22, 2005 at 5:48 PM
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Former NFL punter Reggie Roby dies at 43

NASHVILLE, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Former all-pro NFL punter Reggie Roby died in Nashville Tuesday at the age of 43.

A statement from Roby's family said he was found unconscious in his home by his wife, Melissa, and was pronounced dead at 8:35 a.m. at St. Thomas Hospital.

The cause of death was not reported.

Roby played 16 years in the NFL, including 10 with the Miami Dolphins. He also played for Washington, Tampa Bay, Houston, Tennessee and San Francisco, retiring in 2002.

The three-time Pro Bowler was the father of six children and an officer of Backfield in Motion, a non-profit organization that helps inner city boys, a report from the Dolphins said.

"Reggie was a kind, loving, sweet person with a huge heart," said Michael Brown, CEO of Backfield in Motion. "Reggie was the ultimate package as far as I was concerned. In this type of work that we are in, there is no question that it was his calling. He had such appeal with the kids."


Broadcaster Jerry Coleman wins Frick award

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Longtime San Diego Padres play-by-play announcer Jerry Coleman is the winner of the 2005 Ford C. Frick Award for his contributions to baseball broadcasting.

The announcement was made Tuesday in Cooperstown, N.Y., where Coleman will be inducted into the broadcasters wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Coleman, 80, who was an infielder for the New York Yankees from 1949 to 1957, has been in broadcasting for more than four decades, announcing for the California Angels, Yankees and 32 years with the Padres. He also called games for CBS Radio.

Coleman is known for his trademark calls "Oh, doctor!" and "You can hang a star on that one."

"Jerry Coleman's name is synonymous with baseball in San Diego after 32 years of calling Padres games," Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey said.

"He has a strong and concise play-by-play calling style, which he effectively mixes with malapropisms, much to delight of his listening audience."


NHL coaches, GMs may work in World Event

NEW YORK, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The NHL announced Tuesday its coaches may participate in the World Championships, where they could coach players who have been locked out all season.

The International Ice Hockey Federation competition is scheduled April 30-May 15 in Austria.

Reports recently suggested that NHL coaches and other management personnel would be banned from the event because of the long-running labor dispute that shut down the league's 2004-05 season.

But Bill Daly, the NHL's executive vice president, said head and assistant coaches, general managers and others from NHL management "will be entirely free" to participate in the event subject to the consent of the teams involved.

Many top NHL stars are expected to play in the world championships.

No NHL games have been played this season. Negotiators failed to work out a new collective bargaining agreement and players were locked out in mid-Sepember. Recently, after last-ditch talks failed, the NHL canceled the entire season.

Nearly 400 players have joined European teams since the lockout began.


Bears cut Jonathan Quinn

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Backup quarterback Jonathan Quinn was released Tuesday by the Chicago Bears.

Quinn started three games, all losses, last season after Rex Grossman was injured.

The 29-year-old Quinn has also played for Jacksonville and Kansas City.

Quinn has passed for 1,611 yards with four touchdowns and seven interceptions in the NFL.

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