NEW YORK (AP) — Craig Sager’s fight with leukemia will prevent the basketball sideline reporter form covering the Rio Olympics for NBC. NBC said Thursday in a statement that the 65-year-old Sager is preparing for a third bone marrow transplant at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Sager was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2014 and announced in March that he was no longer in remission. The Rio Games would have been Sager’s fifth Olympics. Sager has worked for Turner Sports for 34 years. At the ESPY Awards this month, Vice President Joe Biden presented Sager with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.
Arn Tellem, vice chairman of Palace Sports and Entertainment and the Detroit Pistons, is planning to enjoy himself this weekend. He plans to get in a little golf. He also is planning to attend Saturday’s International Champions Cup soccer match between Real Madrid and Chelsea in Ann Arbor (3 p.m., ESPN). But Tellem’s own soccer business is about to ramp up, too. Tellem told the Free Press today that the joint venture between billionaires Dan Gilbert and Tom Gores to bring Major League Soccer to Detroit is entering into a period of activity. The group should receive a clarified timetable on its MLS expansion process soon. And Tellem says that the commitment remains to build a soccer stadium at