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michal-rojek/iStockBy ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- The skateboarding world is mourning one of the greats. Keith Hufnagel, who rose to prominence in the 90s, has died at the age of 46 following a battle with brain cancer.

Hufnagel is hailed as one of the most influential skateboarders and launched the successful HUF Worldwide skate shop brand in 2002. His company confirmed the passing on Thursday.

"We are absolutely heartbroken to deliver the news today that HUF founder Keith Hufnagel has passed away," HUF Worldwide announced via Instagram. "Keith battled brain cancer for the past 2.5 years. And though he beat the odds and fought back much longer than his diagnosis permitted, he ultimately and unfortunately lost the fight."

"Keith paved the way for all of us – as a respected professional skateboarder, shop owner, brand founder, footwear and apparel designer, creative director, and industry leader. He showed us how to do it, and how do it right," the brand continued, noting how "Keith loved skateboarding and the culture around it. He did things his way and did them for the right reasons."

HUF Worldwide offered more insight on Hufnagel's character, adding, "Keith loved and supported the people around him. He would do anything for his friends, family and children. He passionately wanted to see others succeed. And we all loved him for it."

"Keith’s legacy will continue to live on at HUF. Today, tomorrow and forever," the company concluded. "Rest in peace, Keith."

Hufnagel, a New York City-native born in 1974, was given his first skateboard when he turned 4 and went on to become a massive figure among pro skaters during the 90s and 00s.

He is survived by his wife Mariellen and their two children.

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE

LA Dodgers 5, Oakland 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland 5, Chi White Sox 4
Toronto 4, NY Yankees 1
Baltimore 13, Boston 1
Houston 12, Texas 4
Kansas City 8, Detroit 7

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 7, Chi Cubs 0
Colorado 5, San Francisco 4
NY Mets 3, Washington 2
Miami 4, Atlanta 2
St. Louis 4, Milwaukee 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
LA Lakers 114, Denver 108 (LA leads 3-1)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Miami 31, Jacksonville 13

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Seattle 89, Minnesota 79
Connecticut 77, Las Vegas 68

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE

LA Angels 5, San Diego 2
Arizona 7, Texas 3
Tampa Bay 8, NY Mets 5
Kansas City 12, St. Louis 3
Oakland 6, LA Dodgers 4

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland 3, Chi White Sox 2
Seattle 3, Houston 2
Toronto 14, NY Yankees 1
Boston 9, Baltimore 1
Minnesota 7, Detroit 6

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Philadelphia 12, Washington 3
Cincinnati 6, Milwaukee 1
Pittsburgh 2, Chi Cubs 1
Atlanta 9, Miami 4
San Francisco 7, Colorado 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Miami 112, Boston 109 (Miami leads 3-1)

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Tampa Bay 5 Dallas 2 (Tampa Bay leads 2-1)

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New England 3, Montreal 1
Atlanta 1, FC Dallas 0 Atlanta
Toronto FC 1, New York City FC 0
Orlando City 2, Sporting Kansas City 1
Columbus 2, Minnesota 1
Philadelphia 0, Cincinnati 0 (Tie)
Chicago 4, Houston 0
New York 4, Miami 1
Nashville 1, D.C. United 0
Colorado 5, San Jose 0
Real Salt Lake 2, LA Galaxy 0
Portland 1, Seattle 0
Los Angeles FC 6, Vancouver 0

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Bettmann / Contributor/Getty ImagesBy RYAN BURROW, ABC News

(CHICAGO) -- Gale Sayers, one of the greatest running backs in NFL history has died. He was 77.

Sayers' son Guy Bullard confirmed complications of dementia and Alzheimer's disease as the cause of death, according The New York Times.

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Sayers played football for the University of Kansas, where he was known as the "Kansas Comet." He later racked up just under 5,000 rushing yards and 56 touchdowns in his storied seven-year career with the Chicago Bears.  

He was a five-time All-pro, four-time Pro Bowler and first ballot Hall of Famer.

Sayers is perhaps best known for his close relationship with teammate Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer in 1970 at the age of 26. The two were believed to be the first interracial roommates for a major professional sports franchise. Their story was documented in a made for TV movie Brian's Song.

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE

NY Mets 5, Tampa Bay 2
St. Louis 5, Kansas City 0
Arizona 7, Texas 0
LA Angels 4, San Diego 2
LA Dodgers 7, Oakland 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland 5, Chi White Sox 3
NY Yankees 12, Toronto 1
Boston 8, Baltimore 3
Minnesota 5, Detroit 4
Houston 6, Seattle 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 5, Philadelphia 1
Milwaukee 3, Cincinnati 2
Washington 8, Philadelphia 7
Pittsburgh 3, Chi Cubs 2
Atlanta 11, Miami 1
San Francisco 5, Colorado 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Denver 114, LA Lakers 106 (LA leads 2-1)

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Las Vegas 83, Connecticut 75
Seattle 88, Minnesota 86

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ABC NewsBY: JULIE SONE, ALEX STONE, and LESLEY MESSER, ABC News

(NEW YORK) --  Vanessa Bryant filed a lawsuit last Thursday against Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva over "gratuitous" photographs that sheriff's deputies allegedly took at the site of the January helicopter crash that claimed the lives of nine people, including Kobe and Gianna Bryant.

Citing negligence, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress, Bryant's lawsuit states that in the immediate aftermath of the helicopter crash, at least eight sheriff's deputies at the scene used their cell phones to take personal photos of the victims, three of whom were children.

The filing adds that one of the deputies later showed the images to a woman at a bar, and a bartender who overheard the conversation alerted the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. However, according to the lawsuit, Villanueva did not follow LASD protocol, and instead told the deputies involved that if they deleted the images, which were not taken for official purposes, they wouldn't be disciplined.

"The Sheriff's Department's outrageous actions have caused Mrs. Bryant severe emotional distress and compounded the trauma of losing Kobe and Gianna," the lawsuit states. "Mrs. Bryant feels ill at the thought of strangers gawking at images of her deceased husband and child and she lives in fear that she or her children will one day confront horrific images of their loved ones online."

Representatives for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Villanueva had no immediate comment.

Kobe, 41, and Gianna, 13, were on their way to a basketball game with six others when their helicopter crashed on Jan. 26. Everyone on board, including the pilot, was killed.

In February, the Los Angeles Times broke the news that deputies took photos at the crash site, and Villanueva later apologized to the victims' families. The sheriff told NBC4 in Los Angeles at the time that his "number one priority was to make sure those photos no longer exist," rather than punish the deputies who took them.

"Had we done the original, usual routine, which was relieve everybody of duty and everybody lawyers up and all that, that would increase the odds tenfold that those photos would have some how made their way into the public domain. And that's definitely what we do not want," he said.

He added that he also planned to institute a policy that would criminalize the taking of "unauthorized photos of accident scenes that depict the remains of those deceased." In August, the California Senate approved a bill that does just that, according to the Los Angeles Times. The bill is now with California Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign.

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ABC NewsBy JEANETTE TORRES-PEREZ, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders is making a historic move to the sidelines.

The two-time Super Bowl winner has been named the head coach of Jackson State University’s football program.

Sanders, 53, appeared on ABC News’ Good Morning America Tuesday to discuss the move and how he plans to make an impact at the HBCU in Mississippi:

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Aurelien Meunier/Getty ImagesBy KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- The greatest of all time on the basketball court is getting closer to his North Carolina roots and gearing up for a new venture on the racetrack.

Michael Jordan has "agreed to purchase a NASCAR Cup Series Charter and Bubba Wallace will be the driver for 'His Airness' with partner Denny Hamlin when the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season begins," NASCAR announced Monday.

Jordan's entry into the sport marks the first Black principal owner of a full-time Cup series team since 1973, when Hall of Famer Wendell Scott drove his own race car in 495 races over 12 years.

Jordan, the current owner of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, said he has been a lifelong race fan and felt like this was the perfect time to get involved in the sport.

"Growing up in North Carolina, my parents would take my brothers, sisters and me to races, and I've been a NASCAR fan my whole life," Jordan said in a news release. "The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend, Denny Hamlin, and to have Bubba Wallace driving for us, is very exciting for me. Historically, NASCAR has struggled with diversity and there have been few Black owners. The timing seemed perfect as NASCAR is evolving and embracing social change more and more."

Hamlin shared a full statement on Twitter alongside a photo of himself in a firesuit standing next to Jordan inside a motorhome at a NASCAR track.

"Eleven years ago, I met Michael Jordan at a then-Charlotte Bobcats game, and we became fast friends," Hamlin wrote. "Not long after, I joined Jordan Brand as their first NASCAR athlete. Our friendship has grown over the years, and now we are ready to take it to the next level."

Tonight, I’m excited to announce MJ and I are starting a new, single car @NASCAR Cup Series team for 2021. Deciding on a driver was easy - it had to be @BubbaWallace. pic.twitter.com/nIJv0X6ZOX

— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) September 22, 2020

The three-time Daytona 500 winner said he remains focused on winning this year's Cup title but shared the exciting news about the next step with the Cup Series' only full-time Black driver.

"Deciding on the driver was easy -- it had to be Bubba Wallace," Hamlin wrote.

Wallace, 27, made headlines in his push for racial equality and successfully got NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at all events.

Wallace also had his career best season in the Cup Series this year and announced earlier this month that he would not be returning to Richard Petty Motorsports, who hired him full-time for the 2018 season.

"This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I believe is a great fit for me at this point in my career," Wallace said in a statement Monday. "Both Michael and Denny are great competitors and are focused on building the best team they possibly can to go out and compete for race wins. I'm grateful and humbled that Michael and Denny believe in me and I'm super pumped to begin this adventure with them."

This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I believe is a great fit for me at this point in my career. I’m grateful and humbled that they believe in me and I’m super pumped to begin this adventure with them.

🤘🏾

BW https://t.co/q5tCyiurpi

— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) September 22, 2020

Jordan joins former NBA player Brad Daugherty, a partner at JTG Daugherty Racing, as the only Black owners at NASCAR's elite Cup level.

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE

Tampa Bay 2, NY Mets 1
Kansas City 4, St. Louis 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
LA Angels 8, Texas 5
Cleveland 7, Chi White Sox 4
Toronto 11, NY Yankees 5
Seattle 6, Houston 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Cincinnati 6, Milwaukee 3
Washington 5, Philadelphia 1
Chi Cubs 5, Pittsburgh 0
Atlanta 5, Miami 4
Colorado 7, San Francisco 2

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Tampa Bay 3, Dallas 2 (Series tied 1-1)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Las Vegas 34, New Orleans 24

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE

Cincinnati 7, Chi White Sox 3
Milwaukee 5, Kansas City 3
Houston 3, Arizona 2
Toronto 6, Philadelphia 3
San Francisco 14, Oakland 2
San Diego 7, Seattle 4
Minnesota 4, Chi Cubs 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Baltimore 2, Tampa Bay 1
Cleveland 7, Detroit 4
Boston 10, NY Yankees 2
Texas 7, LA Angels 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 2, Washington 1
Washington 15, Miami 0
Atlanta 7, NY Mets 0
Colorado 6, LA Dodgers 3
St. Louis 2, Pittsburgh 1

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
LA Lakers 105, Denver 103 (LA leads 2-0)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Tennessee 33, Jacksonville 30
Chicago 17, NY Giants 13
Green Bay 42, Detroit 21
Tampa Bay 31, Carolina 17
Buffalo 31, Miami 28
San Francisco 31, NY Jets 13
LA Rams 37, Philadelphia 19
Dallas 40, Atlanta 39
Pittsburgh 26, Denver 21
Indianapolis 28, Minnesota 11
Arizona 30, Washington 15
Baltimore 33, Houston 16
Kansas City 23, LA Chargers 20 (OT)
Seattle 35, New England 30

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Connecticut 87, Las Vegas 62
Minnesota at Seattle (Postponed)

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Philadelphia 4, Montreal 1
Seattle at FC Dallas (Canceled)
D.C. United at Los Angeles FC (Canceled)

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