Former Indian hockey forward Mohammad Shahid died aged 56 on Wednesday. He had been ailing for the last few months due to kidney and lung complications. He was being treated at a hospital in Gurgaon.Known for his quick footwork and dribbling, Shahid was a member of the last Indian hockey team to have won an Olympic gold -- at the 1980 Moscow Games, where he scored the winning goal against Spain in the final. He participated in two more Games, belonging to the generation of Indian hockey players who had to transition from grass to astro turfs.?A product of Sports College Lucknow, Shahid was well known for his half push-half hit; with his left hand on top of the handle and his right half low down around the centre of the stick, he would slam the ball towards a team-mate with minimum back-lift.He was part of the Indian team that won the Asian Games silver medal in New Delhi in 1982, and the Asian Games bronze in Seoul in 1986, following which he became a member of the Asian All Star team. Shahid also had a brief stint as Indias captain, between 1985 and 1986.?Born on April 14, 1960 in Varanasi, Shahid made his debut for India at the age of 19; he played in the Junior World Cup in 1979, against France. Shahid then came into the limelight in 1980 when he made his debut with the senior side in a four-nation tournament in Kuala Lumpur under the captaincy of Vasudevan Baskaran.Shahid was awarded the Best Forward player at the 1980 Champions Trophy in Karachi, though India had a disappointing tournament and finished fifth. He received the Arjuna Award in 1981, as well as the Padma Shri in 1986. Shahid also represented the Indian Railways hockey team in a number of National Hockey Championships, and even won a title in Delhi, in 1988.Overall, Shahid played 167 times for India and scored 66 goals. His last international game was in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing.?After his retirement, Shahid joined the Indian railways in Varanasi. He is survived by his wife Parveen Shahid, and twin children, son Mohammad Saif and daughter Heena Shahid.?(Stats courtesy BG Joshi) Will Richardson Jersey . Vettel was 0.168 seconds faster than Red Bull teammate Mark Webber around the Suzuka circuit. 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STORRS, Conn. -- UConn coach Kevin Ollie is hoping his young Huskies can gel early and peak late.The defending American Athletic Conference tournament champions have added a highly touted recruiting class of five freshmen and VCU transfer Terry Larrier to a solid core returning from last years 25-11 squad.But the Huskies roster includes just three players -- seniors Rodney Purvis, Kentan Facey and Amida Brimah -- who have played more than one season for Ollie.The fifth-year head coach said that means his biggest challenge is getting everyone to mesh before a tough non-conference schedule in November and December.I dont want to throw away games early in the season, like we did last year, Ollie said.About 60 percent of the Huskies scoring from 2015-16 is gone with the departure of seven players, including Daniel Hamilton for the NBA draft and Sterling Gibbs and Shonn Miller, the former graduate transfers who used up their eligibility.This years backcourt is expected to pick up much of that scoring slack. The preseason conference freshman of the year, Alterique Gilbert, joins Jalen Adams, who received the same honor last year, and Purvis.Purvis, who averaged just under 13 points a game last season, said he believes there will be many times when all three guards will be on the court at once.We dont have positions, Purvis said. Once we get in the flow of the game and coach gets to throwing different lineups out there, your position dont really matter.The Huskies could also go big, with the 6-foot-8 Larrier at small forward, joining 6-10 Facey or 6-11 sophomore Steven Enoch and the 7-foot shot blocker Brimah down low.Freshmen Christian Vital, Vance Jackson, Mamadou Diarra and Juwan Durham are also expected to compete for playing time.Here are some other things to watch for as the Huskies defend their conference championship:OUT OF CONFERENCE TESTSThe early season includes a trip to the Maui Invitational, with first--round opponent Oklahoma State and North Carolina on the Huskies side of the bracket.dddddddddddd. Oregon, Tennessee, Georgetown and Wisconsin are on the other side. 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The two were to meet on the court in November at the Maui Invitational.ARMENIAN STAR?Enoch spent part of the summer playing for the Armenian national team. The Norwalk native has no Armenian ancestry, and had never been overseas before this summer. He received dual citizenship in order to play at the FIBA Under-20 Division B European Championships, were he averaged 17.2 points and 15.3 rebounds in six games.BRIMAHS BACKBrimah, UConns center, played just 25 games last season because of injuries. But he still managed to black 67 shots, giving him 280 for his career. That is third in program history behind Emeka Okafors 441 and Hasheem Thabeets 417. Brimah also shot 66 percent from the floor last season, in large part because of his ability to catch and dunk lob passes. Cheap Jerseys Store Discount NFL Jerseys Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2018 Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '