Cam Newton, Sparky Anderson and Thursday's Late Sports News

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Cam Newton, Sparky Anderson and Thursday's Late Sports News
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Sparky Anderson died today at the age of 76, one day after his family announced he had been placed in hospice care after suffering from dementia.

The former Major League skipper was known as a kind, caring man who still had love for the game.

Anderson won three World Series titles, including two with the Cincinnati Reds "Big Red Machine" featuring the likes of Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan.

Elsewhere in sports, LeBron James is dealing with a deep shin bruise and was held out of practice today.

James sustained the injury Sunday in the rout over the New Jersey Nets.

Here's a closer look at those stories and other sports news Thursday evening.

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