Craig Sager Jr. runs in 10K race day after donating bone marrow to dad

Craig Sager Jr race

Craig Sager Jr. sure represents a lot of what being a great American is all about.

On July 4, Sager Jr. ran in the AJC Peachtree Road Race — a 10K race — less than a day after donating 1.5 liters of bone marrow to his father, Craig Sr., who is battling leukemia.

Craig Jr. finished with a time of 1:19:42, which is 37 minutes slower than his time of around 42 minutes last year. But his time was insignificant when you consider all that he accomplished.

On Thursday, Sager Jr. checked into Northside Hospital at 7:30 a.m. for the bone marrow procedure. 1.5 liters of bone marrow were extracted from two holes in his lower back. He was in the hospital most of the day but managed to get released at 6:00 p.m. so he could go home and rest to prepare for the race.

Running in the Peachtree Road Race is a family tradition for the Sagers, and Craig Jr. did not want to miss it. His dad had done 32 consecutive races, while this was his 10th year in a row doing it. Sager Jr.’s mother and two sisters also ran in the race.

Sager Jr. ran the race while wearing his hospital ID bands and a compression band around his back. He still managed to complete it despite how uncomfortable he felt.

Sager told a family member that running the race in his condition felt “Like I have 2 holes in my back!”

After finishing despite his grueling condition, Sager Jr. headed back to the hospital for a follow-up appointment and to have a bandage removed.

Sager Jr. tweeted about the entire experience from the time of the surgery to after the race. Take a look at all his tweets and photos from the surgery and race below.

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Stephon Marbury reportedly has lien filed against him over $20 million debt

Stephon MarburyStephon Marbury’s financial situation does not appear to be in a good place.

MediaTakeOut reports that one of Marbury’s creditors filed a lien against him in late May over the $20-plus million he owes them. They essentially plan to raid his home in order to collect.

From MTO’s report:

According to docs filed in Westchester County, NY …. the company New Freedom Ventures II filed a lien against Marbury over a debt he owes to them. The lien was filed on May 27th and states that they will be taking as collateral for the debt owed …. all fixtures & personal property inside his New York home in Purchase, NY … which he shares with his wife and Basketball Wives star Tasha Marbury.

The doc states that they will be taking all boilers, furnaces, radiators, sprinkler systems, air conditioning systems, sinks, gas and electric fixtures, window shades, plants, stoves, refrigerators, elevators, kitchen cabinets, appliances, medals of any kind, furniture, consumer goods, jewelry, paintings and other personal belongings … until the debt is paid off.

This is the latest in a long line of financial problems for Starbury. As of last year, Steph still owed his former chef $300,000 in hush money payments for their affair. In September, it was reported that Marbury was facing foreclosure on his NYC condo. He lost a home in LA to auction the year before. In January, he was being sued for not making payments on his Land Rover.

Marbury has been enjoying a successful second career in China and clearly doesn’t seem to care about his financial empire and credit score crumbling in America. What’s he going to do when it’s time to come home permanently?

LeBron James’ agent Rich Paul meets with Rockets, Mavs, Suns and Cavs

LeBron Is LeBron James serious about leaving the Miami Heat in free agency? It seems like he is at least willing to listen to what other teams have to offer.

According to a report from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein, LeBron’s agent Rich Paul has been meeting with teams this week to hear their pitches on signing LeBron. The report says Paul has met with the Rockets, Mavericks, Suns and Cavaliers.

The report about the Suns pursuing James was already published Wednesday. Phoenix is making a push to sign either Chris Bosh or Carmelo Anthony in addition to LeBron.

Working off the ESPN report, Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski says three teams could return to Cleveland next week to present to LeBron and Paul. LeBron has been vacationing with his family and taking in the World Cup.

Woj also reports that LeBron is not on the same page as Bosh and Dwyane Wade:

ESPN’s Chris Broussard has been reporting the same thing.

I still believe LeBron will end up back with Miami. My guess is that they leaked this news in order to scare the Heat/Pat Riley into making a big move.

Dirk Hayhurst implies David Price and Evan Longoria are potheads

Evan-Longorioa-David-Price-Reid-Brignac-RobbedFormer MLB pitcher turned broadcaster/writer Dirk Hayhurst wrote a column about the popularity of marijuana throughout MLB and, in the article, he implied there are several potheads on the Tampa Bay Rays.

Hayhurst’s column was inspired by Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan’s recent column about the disparity between drug punishments for MLB and minor league players. Passan’s argument is that because of the lax drug penalties on MLB players, minor leaguers who love weed can smoke their way onto a 40-man roster. It’s a really interesting read.

In response, Hayhurst wrote on Sports on Earth about how widespread marijuana is and has been throughout MLB. Here’s a sampling of what he had to say:

As far back as I can remember, players were getting high. Guys in the minors, on or off the 40-man, would take apples from the locker-room spread, hollow them out and then sneak behind dumpsters and smoke an apple pipe. In Triple-A, the now-defunct Portland Beavers would hide in stadium supply tunnels doing the old puff-puff-pass before jumping a knuckleball fight over the Rocky Mountains. I’ve even seen coaches toking up with their players.

You really should read the whole thing to get the full flavor, but that’s a nice sampling.

Anyway, Hayhurst then decided to share a story about a time when he was in spring training with a team and a group of players got robbed. All of the details point to a 2011 robbery involving three Rays players.

Hayhurst was a spring training invitee of the Rays in 2011. In March 2011, a Port Charlotte home being rented by Evan Longoria, David Price and Reid Brignac was robbed.

The Tampa Bay Times says police estimated $56,000 in valuables were stolen, including “a 60-inch flat-screen TV, three iPads, two Xbox game systems, cash, Price’s laptop and several of Price’s fancy watches.” It later came out that Longoria had an AK47 stolen as well.

Now here’s what Hayhurst wrote. See if it matches up with the robbery story.

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Steve Spurrier claims he has never lost a round of golf to a player

Steve-Spurrier-South-CarolinaWhen Steve Spurrier isn’t coaching football, he likes to get out on the golf course. They say the Ole Ball Coach has gotten pretty good at hitting the little white ball around over the years. In fact, Spurrier is such a good golfer that he has supposedly never been beaten by one of his players in over 30 years of coaching.

As ESPN.com’s David M. Hale revealed in a recent feature about college football coaches who have a love for the links, Spurrier only gives players one shot to challenge his undefeated record. The last player to give the 69-year-old a scare was former South Carolina kicker Ryan Succop, who now plays for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Succop is a very good golfer himself, and Spurrier knew that when he challenged him. That’s why Spurrier intentionally set the match for right after spring practices ended. While the OBC had already gotten out to play a few rounds, Succop had no time in his busy schedule to practice.

“You have to pick your sports when you play someone who’s a lot better than you,” Spurrier admitted.

Succop shot a 79 and still lost to Spurrier, who shot a 77 on what he described as one of his best days. And like every loser before him, Succop never got a shot at revenge.

“All of them say, ‘Coach, when are we going to play again?'” Spurrier added. “And I say, ‘No, no, you had your chance.'”

If that’s not classic Ole Ball Coach, I don’t know what is.

H/T College Football Talk

Mark Mulder watches ‘Moneyball’ for first time, adds great commentary

Mark MulderFormer Oakland A’s all-star pitcher Mark Mulder on Wednesday watched “Moneyball” the movie for the first time, and he decided to add some amazing insight via Twitter.

Mulder, who went 81-42 over five seasons with the A’s, has expressed some skepticism over the movie in the past. Apparently Tim Hudson couldn’t believe that he hadn’t seen it, so he decided to watch finally and share his opinions.

The result was some fantastic running commentary. Below are his tweets:

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OKC Thunder the frontrunner to sign Pau Gasol?

Pau GasolHave the Oklahoma City Thunder emerged as the frontrunner to sign Pau Gasol?

Gasol is a top free agent and has been talking with teams since free agency began at midnight Tuesday. He met with the Lakers and is set to meet with the Chicago Bulls on Thursday. Even the Miami Heat have spoken with him. But another contender may be the favorite to sign him.

ESPN LA’s Ramona Shelburne says a source described the Thunder as the “frontrunner” to sign the forward. Earlier, Marc Stein reported that the Thunder had engaged both Gasol and Mike Miller since the start of free agency. Stein also says Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook met with Gasol Wednesday in LA to pitch him directly.

The Lakers appear pretty desperate to re-sign Gasol, as he is one of their top priorities. The Warriors and Mavericks have also reached out to Gasol.

Oklahoma City already has Durant, Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins taking up a big chunk of their salary cap, so they don’t have a whole lot to offer. But if Gasol likes their presentation and team, he might have to think about taking a lot less to help them win, or the team could give him a solid deal in a sign-and-trade.

As stated before, it’s nice for Gasol to be empowered for a change after facing all the trade rumors the past several years with the Lakers. Oh, and that picture at the top is of Pau telling the Lakers “peace.”