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Ex-Bear Roosevelt Taylor dies...Floyd Little fighting cancer...Florida’s Nembhard withdraws from NBA draft

UNDATED (AP) — Former Chicago Bears star safety Roosevelt Taylor has died. The team says he died yesterday but didn’t provide details. Taylor was an All-Pro in 1963 when the Bears won the NFL championship. He led the league in interceptions that year. Chicago was 11-1-2 in that championship season, winning all eight games in which Taylor had an interception. He also made the Pro Bowl in 1968. Taylor played his first nine NFL seasons with Chicago, starting in 1961 and appearing in every game. Roosevelt Taylor was 82.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Famer Floyd Little has been diagnosed with cancer, according to a former Syracuse Orange teammate who has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for treatment costs. Pat Killorin, a center for Syracuse in the mid-1960s, created the Friends of Floyd page last Sunday to help raise money for costs associated with curing what he calls “a treatable but aggressive form of cancer.” Little was selected sixth overall in the 1967 combined AFL-NFL draft by the Denver Broncos and spent his entire nine-year career with the franchise. He rushed for 6,323 yards and 43 touchdowns.  

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida point guard Andrew Nembhard is removing his name from the NBA draft and returning to school — just not in Gainesville. A team spokesman says Nembhard plans to transfer and will have two years of college eligibility remaining. Nembhard entered the NBA draft last month and hired an NCAA-certified agent so he could retain his college eligibility. He took a similar approach after his freshman year and eventually returned to Florida after not getting invited to the NBA scouting combine.

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — NASCAR’S next stop is Bristol Motor Speedway, where the Cup Series races tomorrow for the fifth time in 14 days. NASCAR is trying to make up eight points races postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The field was set by a random draw and Brad Keselowski has the pole. He will start first for the second time in five races.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley meets rising contender Gilbert Burns in the main event of the UFC’s return to its hometown. There won’t be any fans in attendance for tonight’s show at the UFC Apex arena on its expansive corporate complex in Las Vegas. It’s the first of several shows to be held at the mostly empty gym.

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