Dallas Denver Bixler, who won a gold medal in gymnastics in the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, died Monday in Buena Park, Calif. He was 80. Bixler was the only U.S. male gymnast to win an Olympic gold medal until 1984, when Peter Vidmar did so. Bixler used a new dismount, the reverse giant, in his last horizontal bar routine to pass two Finnish athletes and claim the gold.


Samford -- Kevy J. McInnis, 19, leading scorer on school's basketball team last season, died when the car he was driving ran off a Mississippi road and flipped six times, authorities reported.

Louisiana State -- Jamie Brandon, Illinois high schools' "Mr. Basketball" for 1990, reportedly will enroll at the school after dropping out of a University of Illinois summer school program. He will not be able to play his freshman year because he failed to meet NCAA eligibility requirements.

North Carolina State -- Reported that Anthony Barbour, football team's leading rusher last year, will be redshirted because of a pulled hamstring.


New York Giants -- Offered LB Lawrence Taylor, 31, a new three-year contract. According to New York Daily News, the team is willing to pay the nine-time All-Pro $4.25 million for three years. Taylor and his agent, Joe Courrege, want more. "We're holding to the principle that L.T. is a legitimate 2-million-dollar-a-year player," said Courrege.

San Francisco 49ers -- Signed ex-Minnesota K Chuck Nelson to help injured Mike Cofer in Monday's exhibition against Denver. Nelson will handle kickoffs and Cofer placekicks.