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November 25, 2012

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Kevin McHale’s daughter Alexandra “Sasha” McHale has died at 22 years old.

McHale is the coach of the Houston Rockets and a former Celtics great who was inducted into the Hall of Fame after averaging 17.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game during his career.

Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander released the following statement:

“I extend my deepest condolences to Kevin and Lynn for the loss of their beautiful daughter, Sasha, on Saturday afternoon. Kevin and Lynn are loving and dedicated parents who will need our continued support throughout this very difficult time. Our entire organization is mourning the McHale family’s loss and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”


New Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes certainly has taken an interesting path to the majors. He, his mother and brother lived in a homeless shelter for about a month when Gomes was a teenager.

He also suffered a heart attack on Christmas Eve in 2002 at just 22 years old.

Gomes batted .262 with 18 homers and 47 RBIs and a .377 on-base percentage for the Oakland Athletics this past year.

Gomes has power. He has belted 136 homers over his eight-plus major league seasons.

The right-handed batter is hitting .284 with a .382 on-base percentage, .512 slugging percentage and .894 OPS in his career vs. lefties as opposed to .223/.307/.425/.732 against right-handers.

He is expected to be a platoon player for Boston.


Two Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders, Megan M. and Crystal B., got their heads shaved in during halftime of yesterday’s Colts/Bills game.

Megan had agreed to have her head shaved if Colts fans donated more than $10,000 to cancer research. Fans donated more than twice that much. So Megan went through with it and Crystal also agreed to do it.

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano is undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia.

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