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Four deaths in the sports world that stood out in 2017:

› Roy Hal­la­day: The for­mer MLB pitcher died at age 40 when the plane he was pi­lot­ing crashed Nov. 7. An eight-time All-Star and a Cy Young win­ner in each league dur­ing his 12 sea­sons with Toronto and four with Philadel­phia, he had a ca­reer record of 203-105. There was that riv­et­ing sea­son in 2010 when he threw a per­fect game in May and a no-hit­ter in the NL Di­vi­sion Se­ries for the Phillies, only the se­cond post­sea­son no-hit­ter in MLB his­tory.

› Con­nie Hawkins: Hawkins, who died at 75 on Oct. 6, was wrongly im­pli­cated in a col­lege point-shav­ing scan­dal. The 6-foot-8 for­ward went to the Univer­sity of Iowa in 1960 but never played there, falsely ac­cused of ties to gam­blers. The NBA black­balled him un­til a law­suit forced its hand. Hawkins played with the Har­lem Glo­be­trot­ters and else­where be­fore get­ting to the NBA with the fledg­ling Phoenix Suns. He was an All-Star four straight sea­sons and also played for the Lak­ers and Hawks be­fore re­tir­ing in 1976.

› Aaron Her­nan­dez: The for­mer New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots star tight end died at 27, found hang­ing by a bed­sheet in his Mas­sachusetts prison cell on April 19 — the same day his for­mer team­mates cel­e­brated an­other Su­per Bowl ti­tle at the White House. His was a grim tale that be­gan with so much foot­ball prom­ise and then spun wildly with fights, drugs and fi­nally a mur­der con­vic­tion.

› Ara Parseghian: At Notre Dame, where foot­ball is in the school’s mar­row, they are known as the “Holy Trin­ity” of coaches. First came Knute Rockne, then Frank Leahy. Parseghian com­pleted the group. He went 95-17-4 lead­ing the Fight­ing Ir­ish, re­tired at just 51 and died at 94 on May 21. Notre Dame was in a bar­ren stretch when Parseghian got there in 1964, go­ing 2-7 the year be­fore, but he changed things in a hurry.

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