Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Sports in brief

BROADCASTING

Related News/Archive

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.

NHL

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.

DOPING

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.

ET CETERA

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

Sports in brief 08/31/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 9:13pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays video tribute to ex-manager Joe Maddon upon return with Cubs

    Blogs

    Here is the Rays video tribute to former manager Joe Maddon, who returned to the Trop for the first time on Tuesday with his Cubs team:

  2. After Irma disruption, Miami eager to face Toledo

    College

    LAKE BUENA VISTA — Like thousands of other evacuees, Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz headed north to escape Hurricane Irma with his family, two suitcases and the anxiety of not knowing what would happen to everything he left behind.

    Miami coach Mark Richt watches during a victory over B-CU in the Sept. 2 opener. The Hurricanes haven’t played since.
  3. Joe Maddon on being back at Trop, Cash, a new stadium

    Blogs

    More to come later, but a couple of quick early highlights from former Rays manager Joe Maddon's return to the Trop with the Cubs:

    Joe Maddon, right, speaks with Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey before Tuesday's game at Tropicana Field.
  4. Former Lightning forward Brian Boyle diagnosed with cancer, expects to keep playing

    Lightning Strikes

    New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of bone-marrow cancer that the team's doctor said can largely be treated with medication.

    Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of bone-marrow cancer that the team's doctor says can be treated with medication, the Devils announced Tuesday. [AP photo]
  5. Lightning Strikes! podcast: Preseason storylines to watch

    Blogs

    In this episode of our Lightning Strikes podcast, Joe Smith and columnist Tom Jones set up the preseason with storylines to watch, as well as expectations for the season. Will defenseman Mikhail …

    Will defenseman Mikhail Sergachev make the Lightning?