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Earl Lloyd, NBA's First African-American Player, Dies at 86

Earl Lloyd, who broke U.S. professional basketball's color barrier when he became the first African-American to play in the National Basketball Association, died Thursday at age 86. The cause of his death was not disclosed. Lloyd, a Virginia native who lived in Crossville, Tennessee, made sports history when he entered a game for the now-defunct Washington Capitols on October 31, 1950. The game failed to make any headlines because pro basketball was a young sport in 1950,...

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