SAGER GETS A THIRD MARROW TRANSPLANT
TNT basketball broadcaster Craig Sager received a rare third bone marrow transplant Wednesday as he continues his fight against cancer. "Okay, third time's the charm," Sager said moments after the process began.
Sager, 65, has battled acute myeloid leukemia since 2014, and he announced in March that he was no longer in remission.
His son Craig Sager II was the donor for his first two transplants, which put the elder Sager into remission for close to a year each time. This time, the anonymous 20-year-old donor was considered a perfect match.
MORTENSEN IMPROVING: ESPN NFL analyst Chris Mortensen said his throat cancer has been "virtually reduced to zero detection." Mortensen, 64, was diagnosed in January and had intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments. He said he anticipates returning to ESPN "on a limited basis" this season.
AWARD: Brent Musburger, a 40-year veteran of TV and radio, was selected to receive the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting.
Prospect roster set
The Lightning's roster for this month's prospect tournament will include seven of its 10 draft picks from June, including first-round forward Brett Howden. The tournament, held in Coral Springs from Sept. 17-20, also features the host Panthers, Predators and Capitals. A couple of key prospects, forwards Brayden Point and Adam Erne, join the 24-man roster. For full roster, go to tampabay.com/blogs/lightning. Games at Panthers IceDen are free and open to the public.
DRUG BANNED: The league added meldonium to its list of banned substances. Tennis star Maria Sharapova and swimmer Yulia Efimova have tested positive in recent months for the endurance-boosting drug.
HOWE'S ASHES: Gordie Howe's ashes will be interred in a statue at the arena in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Howe, who grew up in Saskatoon, died on June 10 at the age of 88.
New rules proposed
Top officials of the IOC and other sporting bodies would be banned from being members of anti-doping agencies, such as the World Anti-Doping Agency, under new proposals for tackling drugs in sports. Leaders of 17 anti-doping organizations met in Copenhagen this week to consider ways of fixing a "global anti-doping effort that has been deeply damaged" and to "ensure that the disturbing events of recent years are not repeated."
FOUR STRIPPED: Three Russians and an Armenian were stripped of medals they won in 2008. Tatyana Firova of Russia was part a second-place 1,600-meter relay team that was previously disqualified when the sample from another member, Anastasia Kapachinskaya, tested positive. The other sanctioned medalists were weightlifters Tigran Martirosyan of Armenia and Nadezda Evstyukhina and Marina Shainova of Russia.
CYCLING: Chris Froome won a thrilling uphill duel against climbing rival Nairo Quintana by a bike length to win the 11th stage of the Spanish Vuelta. Quintana held his race lead and now 54 seconds ahead of Froome.
OBITUARY: Vera Caslavska, a seven-time Olympic gymnastics gold medalist who stood up against the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, died in Prague late Tuesday. She was 74 and had cancer of the pancreas.
PARIMUTUELS: Derby Lane canceled two racing performances — Wednesday night and today's matinee — because of Tropical Storm Hermine. The track is open for poker and simulcast wagering.
SOCCER: President Gianni Infantino agreed an annual salary of the equivalent of $1.53 million with no bonus in 2016.
Joe Smith, Times staff writer; Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires