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October 6, 2003

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (AP) _ Bobby Cox, a former University of Minnesota football star whom Sports Illustrated once declared the nation’s best college quarterback, died Friday of pancreatic cancer. He was 69.

Cox began his college football career at the University of Washington before transferring to Minnesota. He led the Golden Gophers to a 6-1-2 record and a No. 12 ranking in the final Associated Press poll in 1956.

Cox was pictured on the Nov. 4, 1957, cover of Sports Illustrated with the caption, ``Bobby Cox of Minnesota: Best College Quarterback.″

He was drafted in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1957 NFL draft but didn’t make the team’s final roster. He played in the Canadian Football League and played briefly with the Boston Patriots in 1960 before beginning a successful career in business.

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Dan Snyder

ATLANTA (AP) _ Dan Snyder, a professional hockey player with the Atlanta Thrashers, died Sunday, six days after sustaining massive brain injuries as a passenger in a one-car accident. He was 25.

Police said teammate Dany Heatley was driving his Ferrari at about 80 mph on a narrow two-lane road last Monday night when he lost control, spun off the road and smashed into a brick and wrought iron fence. The car split in half, throwing both players into the road.

Heatley already was facing several charges, including a felony.

Snyder underwent surgery for a skull fracture but remained in a coma until his death.

Snyder had 10 goals and four assists in 36 games for Atlanta last season. He signed with the Thrashers as a free agent in 1999 after playing four seasons of junior hockey for Owen Sound in the Ontario Hockey League.

Snyder spent most of his first three professional seasons in the minor leagues, helping Orlando win the International Hockey League title in 2000-01 and playing on the Chicago Wolves’ American Hockey League championship team in 2001-02. He also played 35 games for Chicago last season, getting 11 goals and 12 assists.

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