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Gladys Heldman

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gheldman.jpgTennis was a major part of Gladys Heldman’s life.
She married former U.S. Junior Champion Julius Heldman. She founded and edited World Tennis magazine. Her daughters both played the game (Julie Heldman was once ranked No. 5 in the world). She even helped launch the Virginia Slims Circuit.
In response to her tireless efforts, Heldman was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1979.
Heldman died Sunday in New Mexico. Cause of death was not released. She was 81.

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Leon Uris

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Best-selling novelist Leon Uris died on Saturday of congestive heart failure. He was 78.
Uris wrote dozens of books, including spy thrillers, courtroom dramas and historical fiction, but he was best known for “Exodus,” which was published in 1958 and adapted into a film starring Paul Newman.
Dr. Wladislav Dering, who was identified as a war criminal in “Exodus,” sued Uris for libel. A London court ruled in Dering’s favor in 1964, but awarded him minimal damages.
HarperCollins will publish Uris’ latest book, “O’Hara’s Choice,” in October.

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Leonard Koppett

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lkoppett.jpgLeonard Koppett, a veteran sports writer who was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame, died of an apparent heart attack on Sunday. He was 79.

Koppett worked for the New York Herald Tribune and New York Post before moving to The New York Times in 1963. Ten years later, he became the Times’ first West Coast sports correspondent. Koppett also worked as the editor of the Peninsula Times Tribune, and wrote baseball columns for U.S. newspapers.
Koppett wrote 15 sports books, including “The Rise and Fall of the Press Box,” which will be released in October with Sportclassic Books.

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