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Sports in brief: Ex-Lightning coach Demers say he was near death after doctor's error


ex-lightning coach demers: i was near death after doctor's error

MONTREAL — A doctor's mistake during surgery for a hernia ended up nearly killing former Lightning coach Jacques Demers this summer, Demers says.

Demers, 66, told Canadian sports TV network RDS that he had surgery at an Ottawa-area hospital June 29 but continued to have stomach pains. Six days later, he said, he noticed dark-colored stains on his hospital gown. A doctor told him he had to immediately have another operation.

"Accidentally, through human error, the (first-surgery doctor) apparently cut a piece of plumbing — of the intestine — and (toxins) apparently spread through my body," Demers said. Demers said his family was told he was "between life and death." Demers, now a member of Canada's Parliament, said he is recovering at his Montreal-area home. His first thought after the second surgery was about his family, he said. His second was "to thank the good Lord for giving me a second chance."


Report: Ex-associates say Armstrong doped

Federal prosecutors have intensified their criminal investigation of Lance Armstrong since the Tour de France ended last month, questioning many former associates, including cyclists who have supported and further detailed claims that Armstrong and his former U.S. Postal Service team participated in systematic doping, the New York Times reported.

In May, former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis accused Armstrong and other team members of using performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions. Landis said Armstrong encouraged the doping. Armstrong has denied wrongdoing and said Landis, stripped of his 2006 Tour title for doping, has no credibility.


Phelps wins 2 titles at U.S. nationals

Michael Phelps won the 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. national championships in Irvine, Calif., with the fastest time in the world this year, 1 minute, 45.61 seconds, and then won the 200 butterfly.

In the 200 free, former Gator Ryan Lochte finished second in 1:45.78, the world's second-fastest time. World record-holder Aaron Peirsol lost the 100 backstroke to David Plummer, 24, from Minne­tonka, Minn., who won his first title. Natalie Coughlin won the 100 backstroke in her first major competition since the 2008 Olympics, where she won gold in the event.


tennis: French Open finalist and Tampa resident Samantha Stosur advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Melanie Oudin in the Mercury Insurance Open at Carlsbad, Calif. … Janko Tipsarevic upset sixth seed Sam Querrey 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 in Round 2 of the Legg Mason Classic in Washington.

Times wires

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