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Stanley Cup Playoffs

Passings: Jonah Lomu, rugby great; Bert Olmstead, played on Stanley Cup championship teams

Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu, a New Zealand rugby great who bulldozed opponents with his size and blistering speed, died Wednesday at his home in Auckland. He was 40.

Nadene Lomu, the wife and manager of the All Blacks player, confirmed his death but did not specify the cause. Lomu had struggled with a kidney illness for 20 years.

"He was a bloomin' nightmare to play against," former England fly-half Rob Andrew told the Daily Telegraph this week. "He was intimidating and he had a smile on his face when he did it, which made it even worse. We all just chased around after him like kids in the playground."

The son of immigrants from...