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Russian Basketball Player Sizonenko Dies

Former Soviet basketball star Aleksandr Sizonenko, who was also Russia's tallest man at 2.45 meters, has died at the age of 52.

Russian media reports say that Sizonenko died in St. Petersburg after a long illness.

After playing for the St. Petersburg-based Spartak club from 1976-79, Sizonenko joined Stroitel in what is now Samara after the fall of the Soviet Union. He finished his career there.

compiled from agency reports