Posted: Tuesday July 10, 2012 5:34 PM

Enlarged heart blamed in NY basketball death

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A medical examiner says an enlarged heart probably caused the death of a former Stanford University basketball player who collapsed during an adult league recreational game in New York.

Peter Sauer of Scarsdale died Sunday night in a park in White Plains. The 35-year-old had been a captain of the Stanford team that reached the Final Four in 1998. He played in four NCAA tournaments.

The Westchester County medical examiner's office issued the preliminary cause of death on Tuesday. There will be further examination of microscope slides.

The autopsy also showed a fractured skull. That apparently resulted from Sauer hitting his head when he fell to the basketball court.

The 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward from Pittsburgh averaged 7.9 points and 4.2 rebounds for his career.

 
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