Sports Writer Jeff Denberg Dies at 62

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(AP) Jeff Denberg, longtime Atlanta Hawks beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, died Thursday of complications from brain cancer.

Denberg, 62, began his writing career at 16 with The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. He later was a basketball writer for Long Island’s Newsday and sports editor of the Miami News before he returned writing for the Journal-Constitution in 1979.

“”He knew the NBA as well as any journalist in the nation,”” said Don Boykin, a deputy managing editor at the Journal-Constitution. “”Jeff made the sports section better every day.””

Denberg had fond memories of a trip to Russia with the Hawks, covering the 1992 Olympics and the 1996 Atlanta Games. Coaching youth league soccer was one of his favorite activities.

A graveside service will be at noon Sunday at the Synagogue B’rith Shalom Beth Israel cemetery in Charleston, S.C.

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