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DALLAS - Roy Tarpley, the former Dallas Mavericks star centre whose NBA career was cut short by drug abuse, died Friday. Pirates Kent Tekulve Jersey . He was 50.According to a Tarrant County medical examiners report, Tarpley died at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington, near Dallas. No cause of death was given in the online report.If Roy had stayed healthy, he could have been one of the top-50 players ever, Brad Davis, the Mavericks radio analyst and player-development coach who played with Tarpley, told The Dallas Morning News. He could do it all — shoot, score, rebound, pass and defend. Were all sorry to hear of his passing.The 7-foot Tarpley was the seventh overall pick in the 1986 NBA draft out of Michigan. He played for the Mavericks until October 1991, when he was kicked out of the NBA for using cocaine.Norm Sonju was the Mavericks chief executive when he drafted Tarpley. He remembers Tarpley as likable. He was witty. He was funny.Its sad. What breaks your heart is he was just 50 years old, Sonju told The Associated Press. He potentially could have been just an incredible player.Sonju remembered that cocaine was a pervasive threat in all big-time athletics in the 1980s, so the Mavericks did all they could in researching Tarpleys background at Michigan. We had people tell us to our face that he had no problems when he was at Michigan, he said.Temptation by cocaine and alcohol, however, was already near, he said.After the first ban, Tarpley played in Greece until the NBA reinstated him in 1994. He signed a six-year, $20 million contract with the Mavericks but was permanently banned from the NBA in December 1995 for using alcohol and violating the terms of a court-imposed personal aftercare program.Tarpley averaged 12.6 points and 10.0 rebounds in 280 regular-season games.Our condolences go out to the family of Roy Tarpley, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tweeted. RIP Roy. Mavs fans everywhere will remember you fondly.In 1987-88, he averaged 17.1 points and 15.0 rebounds in a career-high 81 games and was the NBAs Sixth Man of the Year. He helped Dallas reach the Western Conference finals that season, averaging 17.9 points and 12.9 rebounds in 17 playoff games. Dallas lost to the eventual-champion Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.The Dallas Mavericks organization is deeply saddened upon hearing the death of former Sixth Man of the Year Roy Tarpley. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, the team said in a statement.In four seasons at Michigan, Tarpley averaged 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds. As a junior in 1984-85, he averaged 19.0 points and 10.4 rebounds. He starred at Cooley High School in Detroit.After his NBA career ended, he returned to Greece and also played in Cyprus, Russia and China. He also spent time with Wichita Falls, Sioux Falls and Michigan in the Continental Basketball Association and Miami and Dodge City in the U.S. Basketball League, last playing in 2006 with Michigan.In September 2007, Tarpley sued the NBA and the Mavericks, alleging they discriminated against him on the basis of his disability as a recovering drug and alcohol abuser. Tarpley argued his ban should have been lifted because he had successfully completed the one year of drug and alcohol testing the league requested.The lawsuit was settled in January 2009, but terms were not disclosed.___AP Sports Writer Schuyler Dixon contributed to this report. Pirates Ryan Lavarnway Jersey . Jannero Pargo scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to help the Charlotte Bobcats erase a 21-point deficit and rally for an 83-76 preseason victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. Pirates Francisco Cervelli Jersey . - The Baltimore Ravens and tight end Dennis Pitta reached agreement on a five-year contract Friday. http://www.cheappiratesjerseysauthentic.com/?tag=pirates-max-moroff-jersey .ca! There is plenty of blame to be shared as a result of the most recent NHL player (Pittsburghs Brooks Orpik) to be evacuated from the ice on a stretcher following an ugly incident Saturday night in Boston.CHICAGO - Mike Scioscia could sense the opener of the Los Angeles Angels series against the Chicago White Sox would be affected by the storm in the area Monday night. "Im sure were gonna be dealing with some rain at some point," Scioscia said about two hours before the scheduled first pitch. "Whether it impacts the game, I dont know. "I dont know if you ever know in Chicago, do you?" The game was postponed because of rain and rescheduled as part of a traditional doubleheader on Tuesday starting at 4:10 p.m. Angels right-hander Garrett Richards (8-2, 2.76) and Chicagos Hector Noesi (2-4, 4.18) — the scheduled starters Monday — will pitch Game 1, with Los Angeles Jered Weaver (8-6, 3.33) and Scott Carroll (2-4, 4.76) pitching the nightcap. The Angels had been undecided for the series finale on Wednesday, but named left-hander Tyler Skaggs (4-4, 4.34) to pitch that game following the postponement. Skaggs currently is on the disabled list since June 10 with a strained right hamstring. The White Sox will start left-hander John Danks (7-6, 4.26). With the addition of Skaggs, the Angels would have six starters, but Scioscia declined to say what move would be made from there. "Skaggs on Wednesday, and well let you know the rest," he said. "Well get through tomorrow and see where we are." The White Sox thought there would be a window to play Mondays game though the storm was expected to hit the ballpark around game time. It wasnt raining at 7:10, the time of the scheduled first pitch, but the rain bbegan a few minutes later. Authentic Pirates Jerseys For Sale. The game surprisingly was called after just a 20-minute delay because the forecast changed and the rain was supposed to last longer. The extra time off was probably welcome for Albert Pujols, who is dealing with a groin injury, but was in the lineup Monday at first base. "He feels good," Scioscia said of Pujols. "Its not really anything thats muscular or anything were worried about being a pull. Its really just somethin
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