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Goodell: Need for action after Floyd

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NEW YORK (AP) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says “there remains an urgent need for action” following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the protests around the country that have followed.

From New York to Los Angeles and several cities in between, thousands protested Floyd’s death and repeated police killings of black men. Floyd was a handcuffed black man who died Monday after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air.

Officer Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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Ex-Bears All-Pro S Taylor dies at 82

Roosevelt Taylor, a star safety on the Chicago Bears' 1963 NFL championship team, has died. He was 82.

The team said he died Friday but did not provide details.

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Hall of Fame RB Little fighting cancer

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Pro Football Hall of Famer Floyd Little, who starred in the NFL for the Denver Broncos, 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 fundraiser last Sunday.

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Mass. Gov. OKs pro practices for June 6

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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Browns add ex-Colts GM Grigson to office

CLEVELAND (AP) Former Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was hired Friday as a senior adviser for the Cleveland Browns, reuniting with general manager Andrew Berry.

Berry, a first-time GM and the NFL's youngest, has now filled out his front office in four months.

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Ford eyes healthy 2nd season with 49ers

San Francisco edge rusher Dee Ford had an “extensive cleanup” operation for the tendinitis in his left knee that limited his effectiveness in his first season with the 49ers.

Ford said Friday that Dr. James Andrews performed the operation a few weeks after San Francisco lost the Super Bowl and that he feels in much better condition heading into his second year with the Niners after playing with what he described as a “blown tire” for most of last season.

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NFL virtual offseason to go 2 more weeks

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week.

Goodell said Thursday following an owners conference call that the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. In a memo sent to the 32 teams and obtained by The Associated Press, he outlined the next phase of reopening of club facilities, which can begin Monday.

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Browns remain interested in Clowney

CLEVELAND (AP) Myles Garrett on one end. Jadeveon Clowney on the other.

Just the thought of it elicited a quick smile from new Browns coordinator Joe Woods, who oversaw a star-studded defensive front in San Francisco and could have a similar one in Cleveland.

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Panthers agree to terms with CB Apple

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Eli Apple.

The move gives the Panthers the experienced cornerback they coveted after James Bradberry signed as a free agent with the Giants.

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Texas to allow limited fans outdoors

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas will soon allow outdoor pro sports events to have spectators, but the numbers will be strictly limited, under a new order Thursday from Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

Abbott revised a decision to let pro sports leagues host events without fans starting in June as part of the state's move to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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