Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Taliaferro, first black NFL draft pick, dies at 91
George Taliaferro, a three-time All-America running back at Indiana who became the first black player to be selected in an NFL draft, died Monday night in Mason, Ohio, at the age of 91. The Chicago Bears picked Taliaferro in the 13th round of the 1949 NFL Draft, but he decided to stick with his earlier decision to play for the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference.
Boxing: Saunders denied a license to fight Andrade in Boston
British WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, who failed a doping test in August, has been denied a license by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission to face American Demetrius Andrade in Boston this month. Saunders had tested positive for oxilofrine in a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association test (VADA). The stimulant is banned by VADA while it is prohibited only during competition by World Anti-Doping Agency and UK Anti-Doping.
Refugee team to take part at Tokyo 2020 Olympics: IOC
Refugees will take part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday said it would form a refugee team for the second consecutive Summer Games. IOC President Thomas Bach asked members of the Olympic body at its session in Buenos Aires to support the creation of a refugee team, along with the lines of the one that competed at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. The members responded with applause.
Excluded AIBA presidency candidate lodges CAS appeal
Kazakhstan's Serik Konakbayev, a vice president of the international boxing association (AIBA), has filed an urgent appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against his exclusion as a presidential candidate, CAS said on Tuesday. Konakbayev, who also heads the Asian boxing confederation, had planned to run against interim president Gafur Rahimov -- currently the only candidate -- at AIBA's elections next month.
Koepka named PGA Tour Player of the Year
Brooks Koepka added another accolade to a sensational season on Tuesday when, as had been widely expected, he was named PGA Tour Player of the Year following a 2017-18 campaign highlighted by two major victories. Koepka landed the coveted honour despite missing nearly three months with a wrist injury as he would go on to become the first repeat U.S. Open winner in 29 years and then triumphed at the PGA Championship for his third career major title.
Reports: Steelers wide receiver Brown faces two lawsuits
Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown is facing two lawsuits stemming from an alleged incident in April, according to multiple reports Tuesday. The lawsuits are for "damages in excess of $15,000," according to ESPN.
Cormier-Lewis to headline UFC 230
Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis will headline UFC 230 in a heavyweight title fight on Nov. 3, UFC president Dana White told ESPN on Tuesday. The event will take place at New York's Madison Square Garden. The co-main event will be a lightweight fight between Nate Diaz (20-11) and Dustin Poirier (24-5).
NHL roundup: Streaking Hurricanes trip Canucks
The Carolina Hurricanes were fast starters and had five different players score in a 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night in Raleigh, N.C. Jordan Staal, Brett Pesce, Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov and Warren Foegele scored for the Hurricanes, who have won three in a row.
NFL notebook: Chargers owner Spanos dead at 95
Los Angeles Chargers owner Alex Spanos died Tuesday at age 95. The team announced Spanos' passing in a statement Tuesday morning.
New Jersey gaming regulator mea culpa for FanDuel sports bet glitch
New Jersey's head gaming regulator on Tuesday took responsibility for a sports betting glitch that cost FanDuel Group $82,000 on a wager, saying that new internal company controls have been put in place to prevent similar future problems. In September, one extremely lucky New Jerseyan bet $110 on a Denver Broncos football game at the same moment that an error had incorrectly warped FanDuel's live-odds feed during a brief update.
(With inputs from agencies.)