A Sad Week In Sports

May 02, 1993

Tragic events involving sports figures last week:


* Eighteen members of the Zambian national soccer team and five team officials are among 30 people killed when a military plane crashes off Gabon.

* Anthony Francis Tornetta, owner of Wood Memorial winner and Kentucky Derby-bound Storm Tower, dies at age 63 after a long battle with lung cancer.


* Jim Valvano, who coached North Carolina State's men's basketball team to an improbable national championship in 1983 and also gained acclaim as a television analyst, dies at age 47 after a 10-month battle with cancer.

* Floyd "Ben" Schwartzwalder, who led Syracuse to a national championship and Ernie Davis to the Heisman Trophy in 25 years as the Orangemen's football coach, dies at age 83, one week after suffering a heart attack.

* Slobodan Jankovic, a Serbian basketball player with Panionios in the Greek league, is paralyzed after ramming his head into cement basket supports in protest of a referee's decision. Jankovic had just fouled out of the playoff game, which Panionios lost, 65-58, to Panathinaikos.


* Jim Finks, the general manager who helped build the New Orleans Saints into a powerhouse in the NFC West, is revealed to be suffering from lung cancer.

* One member of a British rugby team is killed, seven are hospitalized and nine others treated and released when the driver of their van falls asleep and the vehicle overturns on Interstate 85 in Grantville, Ga.


* Monica Seles, the world's top-ranked woman tennis player, is ++ stabbed in the back during a break in her match at the Citizens Cup tournament in Hamburg, Germany. Seles is hospitalized with a minor wound. Her attacker is apprehended.

Dave Waymer, 34, a veteran of 13 NFL seasons with New Orleans, San Francisco and the Los Angeles Raiders, dies of an apparent heart attack.

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