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mortensen to take leave from espn to treat throat cancer

BRISTOL, Conn. — ESPN's Chris Mortensen said Friday he is temporarily stepping away from his NFL coverage duties while receiving treatment for Stage IV throat cancer.

Mortensen, 64, who joined ESPN in 1991, said in a statement he was diagnosed more than a week ago and the diagnosis was confirmed Friday.

"There is another test remaining that will determine the best possible treatment plan that will commence in the very immediate future," he said.

ESPN President John Skipper said in a statement that the network looks "forward to his return whenever he chooses."

horses

Pharoah theme ahead of Eclipse Awards

HALLANDALE BEACH— Even though American Pharoah's racing career is over, a couple of more accolades almost certainly await. Last year's Triple Crown winner is the overwhelming favorite for horse of the year and 3-year-old male honors when the Eclipse Awards are handed out tonight at Gulfstream Park. American Pharoah became the first horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes since 1978. His career-ending convincing win in the Breeders' Cup Classic completed thoroughbred racing's Grand Slam. "I was privileged to train a horse like that," Bob Baffert, who trained American Pharoah, said. "He was a gift from God. That's what I would call him." Baffert is up for trainer of the year, which he won in 1997, 1998 and 1999. Owner-breeder Ahmed Zayat and jockey Victor Espinoza are Eclipse nominees as well, meaning American Pharoah and his connections could win six of the 17 primary awards that make up the program tonight.

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Soccer: Brazilian legend Pele, 75, is recovering well from a corrective hip surgery he had Dec. 3 in New York City, his spokesman said. Pele was discharged Dec. 7 and is undergoing physiotherapy sessions in New York, Jose Fornos Rodrigues said.

BROADCASTING: Major League Baseball fans are already the winners in a lawsuit scheduled for trial next week over how league broadcast rights are distributed. MLB lawyers have told a Manhattan federal court judge that fans can buy single-team TV packages if they don't live in their favorite team's market. The lawyers noted in court papers submitted last week that the desire for single-team packages seemed to be the driving force behind the 2012 class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of fans. The decision to enable single-team TV package purchases came after lawyers for the NHL last year settled their side of the court case. The NHL agreed to let fans buy single-team packages.

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For starters: Rays vs. Orioles; Ryne Stanek makes first start, Carlos Gomez returns

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays' bullpenning experiment continues, with right-hander Ryne Stanek to open this afternoon's game against the Orioles at Tropicana Field. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10.It is the first career start for Stanek, who has ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

What in the name of the 0-26 Bucs is going on here?The breathtaking Vegas Golden Knights are the greatest expansion team in professional sports history. They are the best (or worst) thing to ever happen to our games, having won 51 times during the re...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

ST. PETERSBURG – In January, sure.In July, absolutely.But, now?And, once again, for someone who they hope helps in the future.The Rays made a shocking trade at a surprising time of year Friday, dealing All-Star closer Alex Colome and Tampa...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Andre Dawson’s new and sometimes awkward career: funeral home owner

Andre Dawson’s new and sometimes awkward career: funeral home owner

By DAVE HYDESun Sentinel (TNS)The first time Andre Dawson drove a hearse, he turned to the woman in the casket and said, completely serious, "I'll do my best to make sure this isn't bumpy."The first time he told Hall of Fame baseball friends Tim Rain...
Published: 05/25/18
Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

By Joey JohnstonTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — Rays LHP Ryan Yarbrough deserved better Friday. But the offense didn't offer much, allowing the Orioles to escape with a 2-0 victory before an announced crowd of 11,354 at Tropicana Field."It ...
Published: 05/25/18
Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

TAMPA — Captain Steven Stamkos said the Lightning's window for contending for a Stanley Cup championship is not closing."I think it's wide open," he said Thursday, one day after the Lightning lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final to the C...
Published: 05/25/18
The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Stanley Cup final begins Monday in the unlikeliest of places: a city new to major pro sports and suddenly the center of the hockey world, Las Vegas, whose Golden Knights could become the first first-year expansion team to win a championship.And t...
Published: 05/25/18
Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Before we even get going, let me be clear about something.This is not a column making an argument about whether or not NFL players should be able to kneel in protest during the national anthem.That topic has been debated repeatedly, loudly and passio...
Published: 05/25/18
Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

The Rays made a major trade Friday afternoon, sending All-Star closer Alex Colome and OF Denard Span to the Mariners.The return is two minor-leaguers, RHP Andrew Moore and RHP Tommy Romero. The Rays also sent cash to the Mariners.Span, a Tampa produc...
Published: 05/25/18
Stand down on anthem, NFL

Stand down on anthem, NFL

Before we even get going, let me be clear about something.This is not a column making an argument about whether or not NFL players should be able to kneel in protest during the national anthem.That topic has been debated repeatedly, loudly and passio...
Published: 05/25/18