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For Broncos, Taylor’s death conjures memories of Williams

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Broncos owner Pat Bowlen knows the anguish fellow owner Daniel Snyder is going through. Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall understands the grief the Washington Redskins players are experiencing. The death of safety Sean Taylor from a gunshot wound has stirred up memories of cornerback Darrent Williams for the Broncos players. Williams was killed in a drive-by shooting on Jan. 1 following an argument at a Denver nightclub. The mood in the Denver locker room was subdued Wednesday. “We dealt with this last year. We’re still dealing with it,” Marshall said. “It hit home.” Broncos offensive lineman Chris Myers heard his phone beep at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday and knew something was wrong. A text message from his agent informed him that Taylor had died. “It’s surreal,” said Myers, who played with Taylor at the University of Miami. “That’s someone you know. You never get over it and you never forget them. You pray no one has to go through it.” Bowlen called Snyder…

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We’re proclaiming Simone Biles the next winner of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Ladies and gentlemen, it seems we can announce the winner of the 24th season of “Dancing with the Stars.” Yes, that’s right. Although the cast was just revealed Wednesday morning,?I feel pretty confident in declaring Simone Biles as the show’s next champion. When you win FOUR Olympic gold medals (and a bronze for good measure), you get that kind of expectation. The gymnastics superstar is paired with professional Sasha Farber, and the duo already look like they are ready to go. And, as she looks to follow in the footsteps of teammate and friend Laurie Hernandez, who won last season, Biles was surprised by Hernandez on “Good Morning America” during the cast announcement. While she’s clearly the front-runner — OK, I already declared her the winner — for the season, Biles isn’t the only Olympic star to join the show. Former figure skating star Nancy Kerrigan also will be competing. …

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