Chuck Noll, the only coach to win four Super Bowls, has died at age 82.
Noll has been in ill health for a number of years with Alzheimer's disease, a heart condition and back problems. The Pro Football Hall of Fame coach died Friday at home in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.
He coached the Pittsburgh Steelers for 23 years, starting in 1969. His first team went 1-13. His fifth won the Steelers first NFL title in Super Bowl IX. They'd win four Super Bowls in six years, culminating with a victory in Super Bowl XIV. Those teams forged a heated rivalry with the Oakland Raiders during that time.
Noll's record was 209-156-1, including 16-8 in the postseason.
"He was a hell of a man," longtime Steelers public relations director Joe Gordon said. "He was special. He was not your typical football coach, that's for sure."
Noll was hired only after Penn State's Joe Paterno turned down a $350,000, five-year offer. Asked at his first news conference if his goal was to make the Steelers respectable, Noll said, "Respectability? Who wants to be respectable? That's spoken like a true loser."
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Six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is still paralyzed a week after severing her spinal cord in an all-terrain vehicle accident, though doctors are not sure if it will be permanent. Van Dyken-Rouen, 41, was seriously injured when her ATV hit a curb and launched her over a drop-off June 6. She underwent surgery in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Roger Federer advanced at the grass-court Gerry Weber Open when Lu Yen-hsun pulled out of their quarterfinal with back problems in Halle, Germany. Federer will play Kei Nishikori on Saturday.
Former Stanford star Chiney Ogwumike had 20 points as Connecticut (5-6) posted a 83-75 win over New York (3-7).
The league ratified a five-year collective bargaining agreement with the players' association.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.