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Jay Wright, Steve Lappas, John Calipari, others react to Rollie Massimino's passing

Jay Wright, Steve Lappas, John Calipari, others react to Rollie Massimino's passing

The sports world lost a legend on Wednesday when Rollie Massimino passed away at the age of 82. Rollie was the man who led the 1985 Villanova Wildcats to the biggest upset in Final Four history and brought a championship back to the Main Line after defeating the Georgetown Hoyas in Cinderella fashion.

Massimino was well respected in the sports world and many shared fond remembrances of him on social media.

Current Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright, like all in the 'Nova community, was touched by Rollie.

"The Nova Nation has lost a legend and great leader," Wright said (more from him here). "Coach's love of family, community, and teamwork were evident in every game his teams ever played. All of us, as coaches and players, idolized Coach Mass. He inspired and impacted all of our lives. He never stopped being a cherished mentor and friend."

Former Villanova coach Steve Lappas:

Kentucky coaching legend John Calipari:

Others in the sports world:

Sixers players react to Gordon Hayward's horrific leg injury

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Sixers players react to Gordon Hayward's horrific leg injury

You absolutely hate to see it.

That's how the sports world felt Tuesday night when Celtics small forward Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome leg injury during the NBA opener against the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.

The injury, which is graphic, can be seen here. Hayward has been diagnosed with a fractured left ankle.

Instantly, an outpouring of support spread across the NBA.

Here is some reaction from Sixers players:

Eagles rookie Sidney Jones knows about tough injuries. He's recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.

And the terrible injury produced some powerful scenes and images.

Nolan Patrick shows his wizardry with through-the-legs pass for goal

Nolan Patrick shows his wizardry with through-the-legs pass for goal

We've heard so much about Nolan Patrick's vision and passing ability.

Now we know why.

Patrick on Tuesday delivered the first jaw-dropping highlight of his NHL career when he slickly dropped a pass through his legs for a trailing Dale Weise, who finished the play with the Flyers' fourth second-period goal of the night (see observations).

You can watch the play in the video above … and just, wow.

Patrick, only 19 years old, does it so naturally and without even looking — at all — in Weise's direction.

Some Flyers were seen on the bench smiling in amazement of the teenager.

And it probably won't be the only time.