Talking Points: Death of Dan Wheldon

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What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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Those of us in the business of building newspaper sports sections can recall the day Dale Earnhardt died on the final lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001.

We knew something wasn’t right as that race ended, and then waited for the tragic announcement. Then we had to report the sad news.

This is playing out again with the tragic loss of IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon on Sunday in Las Vegas.

IndyCar is not even in the same solar system when it comes to the popularity of NASCAR. But by no means is this tragedy any different.

Wheldon won two Indy 500s including this year’s race. He was a known driver and his loss weighs heavy, not only in open-wheel racing, but in all of racing.

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Tough day for NFL coaches.

Detroit’s Jim Schwartz and San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh got into a mini-scrum following their game thanks to Harbaugh’s overexcitement and postgame handslap.

Then you have New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham accidentally rolling up coach Sean Payton’s leg on the sideline causing an MCL tear and fractured tibia ... to the coach.

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Not since June 2003 has Roger Federer been ranked below No. 3 in the tennis world. Don’t look now, but Andy Murray just sent the 16-time Grand Slam champion down a rung on the ladder.

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