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Former Kentucky player Beard dies at age 79

November 30, 2007

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— Ralph Beard left the University of Kentucky's basketball program having won national championships in 1948 and '49 and with a reputation as one of the all-time greats on the hardwood.

Beard's promising professional basketball career only lasted two years, though, brought down in a point-shaving scandal that saw him and several of his former teammates barred from the NBA for life.

Beard, 79, died Thursday at his home in Louisville after a series of illnesses in recent years, said his son, Scott.

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