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2014: Notable Deaths In The World Of Sports

Cashmere Jackson, 26, former national boxing champion. She won the national light welterweight titles in 2010 and 2011 and a bronze medal in 2010 at the world boxing championships

97.1 The Ticket–12/28/2014

AUBURN HILLS, MI - DECEMBER 26: The Detroit Pistons clap after a play from the sidelines during the game against the Indiana Pacers on December 26, 2014 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Monroe, Drummond Lead Pistons Over Pacers, 119-109

Greg Monroe had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Andre Drummond scored 20 points and the Pistons ended a four-game skid with a 119-109 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

97.1 The Ticket–12/27/2014

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 29:  Josh Smith #6 of the Detroit Pistons looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on October 29, 2014 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)

Houston Rockets Officially Add Josh Smith

Smith was let go by the Pistons after signing a four-year, $54 million contract in July 2013. He has averaged 15.4 points and 7.8 rebounds during his 11-year career.

97.1 The Ticket–12/26/2014

Adreian Payne #5 of the Michigan State Spartans walks on the floor for Senior night with Lacey Holsworth, a 8-year-old from St. Johns Michigan who is battling cancer, after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes 86-76 at the Jack T. Breslin Student Events Center on February 6, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Sports Stories We Want To Remember From 2014

Here are some sports stories that helped remind us why we watch.

97.1 The Ticket–12/25/2014

AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 26: Josh Smith #6 and Stan Van Gundy of the Detroit Pistons speak during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers on November 26, 2014 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Van Gundy On Smith: Reduced Role ‘Wouldn’t Have Been Fair To Him’

Pistons president and coach Stan Van Gundy, along with ownership, decided that waiving the

97.1 The Ticket–12/22/2014

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 03: Josh Smith #6 of the Detroit Pistons reacts to a play during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on December 3, 2013 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice:  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

What People Don’t Realize About The Pistons Waiving Josh Smith [BLOG]

As bad as Josh Smith has been with the Pistons, this decision to part ways with him goes beyond simply wanting him out of town.

97.1 The Ticket–12/22/2014

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 15:  Josh Smith #6 of the Detroit Pistons handles the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers during the game on December 15, 2014 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Pistons Release Josh Smith; ‘Shifting Priorities’ Cited

“In fairness to Josh, being a highly versatile 10-year veteran in this league, we feel it’s best to give him his freedom to move forward.”

CBS Detroit–12/22/2014

DETROIT, MI -  DECEMBER 19: Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors looks to move the ball against Brandon Jennings #7 of the Detroit Pistons during the game on December 19, 2014 at Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Raptors Hand Pistons 12th Straight Home Loss

Brandon Jennings scored 22 points to lead Detroit, which extended its single-season franchise record for consecutive home losses and moved within seven of the NBA record set by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks.

97.1 The Ticket–12/19/2014

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Darko Milicic Makes His Kickboxing Debut [VIDEO]

Everyone’s favorite “human victory cigar,” Darko Milicic, has made his professional kickboxing debut.

97.1 The Ticket–12/19/2014

AUBURN HILLS, MI - DECEMBER 17: Andre Drummond #0 of the Detroit Pistons grabs a rebound against the Dallas Mavericks on December 17, 2014 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Parsons Scores 32, Mavs Beat Pistons 117-106

Chandler Parsons hasn’t adjusted to the Dallas Mavericks as quickly as he would have liked.

97.1 The Ticket–12/18/2014

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