Phil Granovsky, a prominent businessman who owned a minority share of the Toronto Raptors, died in Toronto. He was 74.
Granovsky had leukemia and died of multiple causes at Mount Sinai Hospital on Christmas Eve.
Granovsky was the co-founder of Atlantic Packaging and was one of the original members of the group that earned the right to own the NBA expansion Raptors. He had a 1 percent stake in the team.
In Paris, Liberian-born forward George Weah was voted European Player of the Year, winning the Golden Ball in balloting conducted among soccer writers by the magazine France Football.
Weah, 29, has led AC Milan to first place in the Italian League this season. He received 144 points, easily topping Jurgen Klinsmann of Bayern Munich, who was second with 108.