Hank Stram, who took the Kansas City Chiefs to two Super Bowls and was known for his inventive game plans, died yesterday, his son said. He was 82.
Stram had been in declining health for several years and Dale Stram attributed his father's death to complications from diabetes. He died at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, near his home in Covington, La., across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans. He had built a home during his two-year stint as coach of the Saints and retired there.
Stram was the Chiefs' first and winningest coach. He took over the expansion Dallas Texans of the upstart AFL in 1960 and coached them through 1974, moving with them to Kansas City where they were renamed the Chiefs in 1963.
The gregarious, stocky, blazer-wearing Stram carried a rolled-up game plan in his hand as he paced the sideline. He led the Chiefs to AFL titles in 1962, '66 and '69 and to appearances in the first Super Bowl, a 35-10 loss to Green Bay, and the fourth, a 23-7 victory over Minnesota in 1970.
He had a 124-76-10 record with the Chiefs and in 17 seasons as a head coach went 131-97-10 in the regular season and 5-3 in the postseason.
Stram was the first coach to wear a microphone during a Super Bowl and his sideline antics, captured by NFL Films, helped bring the league into the video age.
Stram later coached two seasons with the Saints and enjoyed a successful second career in the CBS television and "Monday Night Football" radio booths as an analyst.
Stram was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003.
* OLYMPICS: With one day left before the International Olympic Committee elects the 2012 host city, Sen. Hillary Clinton and boxing legend Muhammad Ali were to arrive in Singapore today in a burst of star power aimed at propelling New York's quest for Olympic gold.
Clinton was to join Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a news conference this morning. She will spend the remainder of the day meeting with a slew of IOC members in a final effort.
Later in the day, Bloomberg will greet Ali, who wowed the world when he lit the Olympic cauldron at the Atlanta Games nine years ago. Ali is heading the city's athlete delegation here.
Yesterday, Bloomberg and the city's top bid officials spent the day meeting with IOC members and rehearsing their final presentation, which was expected to stress New York's diversity.
* GOLF: Jack Nicklaus, weeks away from his final British Open appearance, rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the fourth hole in Whistler, British Columbia, to win four skins worth $48,231 and take the first-day lead at the Canadian Skins Game.
Canada's Stephen Ames collected two skins worth $28,135, while John Daly won one skin worth $12,058. Vijay Singh missed two short birdie putts and was shut out.
* SOCCER: Mexico's federation voted unanimously to suspend defenders Salvador Carmona and Aaron Galindo for one year after the pair tested positive for a banned substance.
Federation president Alberto de la Torre said both players took norandrosterone, a prohibited anabolic steroid. He said the players may have gotten it from a trainer at a gym controlled by the Mexican League squad Cruz Azul, for which both play professionally.
Carmona and Galindo were sent back to Mexico from the Confederations Cup tournament in Germany on June 21 for what national team coach Ricardo Lavolpe originally termed "disciplinary reasons." But after rumors swirled that both were dismissed for doping, soccer's world-governing body, FIFA, called for an investigation and Mexican officials confirmed they had used banned substances.
The positive tests were confirmed by the UCLA Analytical Laboratory in Los Angeles. FIFA stressed the positive results did not take place during the Confederations Cup.
-- From News Services