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Craig Sager’s son tweets his father will begin treatment for acute Leukemia

Craig Sager Gregg PopovichThe NBA playoffs will get underway this weekend. As usual, TNT will be front and center as it will be carrying three series in the first round.

Unfortunately, it appears one of the network’s more well known personalities will not be present.

Craig Sager’s son tweeted on Thursday that his father, who was thought to be Leukemia free, will begin treatment for the cancer on Friday and that it will likely last 3-4 weeks.

LBS sends prayers to Craig Sager and his family.

H/T Deadspin

Eric Wood autographed the jockstrap a fan sent to him

eric-woodAfter being selected in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Eric Wood has played five seasons for the Buffalo Bills.

Offensive linemen generally aren’t the most popular players on the team, but they still sign more than their fair share of autographs for fans. Footballs, helmets, jerseys, and photos are a few items you would expect Wood to regularly sign his name on.

Not among the items listed above are jockstraps. But, that’s exactly what Eric Wood recently received and he obliged the fan’s request by autographing it.

Now that the foundation has been laid, Wood wants to see the bar raised.

Ok, Bills fans. Let’s see what you’ve got.

Tracy McGrady starts, pitches one inning for Sugar Land Skeeters in exhibition game

tracy-mcgrady-pitching1When former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady confirmed his intentions to give baseball a go, more than a few people probably shrugged it off. But, this is a real thing that is happening.

The Sugar Land Skeeters, who finished first in the Freedom Division of the Atlantic League last season, get their 2014 season underway next Thursday.

Leading up to opening day, the team has a few exhibition games scheduled. On Wednesday, the Skeeters welcomed Alvin Community College to Constellation Field and their starting pitcher for the game was none other than T-Mac himself.

Because you want to see Tracy McGrady’s name on the lineup card, here it is.

Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston has a few stats from McGrady’s outing.

The Skeeters currently have 34 players in camp and must trim the squad to 27 by next Thursday, so Tracy McGrady has a week to prove he belongs.

Rolando McClain was late to workout with Ravens, did not complete conditioning test

Rolando McClainA little over a month ago, it was reported Roland McClain was going to attempt to make a comeback and continue his NFL career.

The eighth overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft was signed by the Baltimore Ravens last year after being cut by the Oakland Raiders. Within two weeks, McClain was arrested for the third time in 17 months. Shortly after, he decided to retire.

Now apparently ready to get back to playing football, Rolando McClain was scheduled to hold a workout with the Ravens on Tuesday. Unfortunately, it did not go well.

For starters, McClain was late arriving, according to NFL.com’s Aditi Kinkhabwala. Then, he did not complete the conditioning test.

Obviously, this is less than ideal for a guy who hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since November 2012 and is trying to earn himself a place on a roster.

It sounds as though Rolando McClain has taken steps to get his life back on track, enrolling at the University of Alabama to continue his education. We can only hope if the attempt at an NFL comeback falls short that McClain’s life away from the football field continues down a positive path.

Empire State Building lit Dodgers blue in honor of Jackie Robinson Day (Photo)

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Each year on April 15, Major League Baseball remembers and celebrates the life and impact of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson.

The New York Yankees had a ceremony planned to honor both Robinson and Nelson Mandela on Tuesday that was to be attended by Robinson’s widow Rachel and daughter Sharon. Unfortunately, rain forced the postponement of the Yankees’ against the Chicago Cubs and pushed the events to Wednesday.

A tribute that did go on as planned in New York on Tuesday was the tower of the iconic Empire State Building being lit in blue and white in honor of the former Brooklyn Dodgers great.

Curtis Granderson wears ‘Thank You Jackie’ cleats on Jackie Robinson Day (Photo)

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Jackie Robinson Day is among the more special dates on Major League Baseball’s calendar.

Each player wearing uniform No. 42 has become synonymous with April 15. So have special patches on the sleeves of jerseys and ceremonies held at ballparks across the country.

On the day set aside to celebrate the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson, many players honor the man who broke baseball’s color barrier in their own way. Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets is among them.

Granderson, who left Monday’s game early after colliding with the outfield wall, is not in the team’s lineup on Tuesday. He will, however, be wearing the above pictured shoes with a message that will be a shared sentiment throughout the day.

Photo via Twitter/MarcCarig

DeMar DeRozan dunks all over Kyle Singler (Video)

DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors is one of the more explosive leapers in today’s NBA. Attempting to take a charge when he takes flight or trying to block one of his dunks generally doesn’t end well for the defender.

Timofey Mozgov found that out last year.

Late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game between the Raptors and Detroit Pistons, it was Kyle Singler who ended up on the wrong end of a highlight when (for some unknown reason) he decided it would be a good idea to jump with DeMar DeRozan. The result was DeRozan dunking all over the former Duke star and an excited broadcast team of Jack Armstrong and Matt Devlin.

At this point, it was already too late to reconsider.

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