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Press box: Lakers' owner hospitalized; Mayweather to train son

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Lakers owner Jerry Buss reportedly has an undisclosed form of cancer and has been hospitalized.

Citing multiple team personnel, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday that Buss, 79, has been spending time in the intensive care unit of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for his condition. A Lakers spokesperson would not comment on Buss' condition.

The Times reported many current and former Lakers players, including Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, have visited Buss. Radaronline.com reported the players were paying their last respects to him.

Buss has been hospitalized often during the past two years, including a surgery last August and blood clots for his legs 14 months ago.

Despite the recent medical issues, Buss has been involved in decisions around the team. The Times said he participated in the decision to hire coach Mike D'Antoni in November as well as last summer's acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.

Buss bought the Lakers, the Los Angeles Kings and the Forum from Jack Kent Cooke in 1979 for $67.5. He built the franchise into one of the most iconic in sports, winning 10 NBA championships since he bought them. Last year, the team signed a $1 billion TV deal.

In the past few years, son Jim Buss and daughter Jeanie Buss have taken more control of the team.

---The Houston Rockets recalled forward Terrence Jones and center/forward Greg Smith from Houston's their D-League partner Rio Grande Valley, general manager Daryl Morey announced Thursday.

Jones has averaged 18.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 15 starts with the Vipers in 2012-13.Smith has averaged 12.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in three games with Rio Grande Valley this season.

BOXING

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced on Twitter Wednesday that his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., will train him for his May 4 fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

"Me & my trainer (my dad) back working together getting ready for May 4th," Mayweather tweeted along with a link to a photo of them together.

Mayweather Sr. trained his son in the early days of his career before going to jail. Mayweather Jr.'s uncle, Roger Mayweather, then trained the fighter.

Floyd Sr. has also trained several notable fighters in recent years, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Chad Dawson.

AUTO

Michael Waltrip will drive a No. 26 car adorned with a Sandy Hook School Support Fund paint scheme for the Feb. 24 Daytona 500, as part of an effort to raise awareness and contributions for the tragedy.

The No. 26 car, supplied by Swan Racing, is meaningful because it represents the 20 children and six adults who were killed by gunman Adam Lanza at an elementary school Dec. 14 in Newtown, Ct.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The mother of South Carolina defensive end and possible 2014 No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jadeveon Clowney told SI.com Thursday that she expects her son to play a third season, rather than skip the season to avoid injury.

"I talked to him this week, and he wants to play," Josenna Clowney told the web site. "I don't think he has it in him to sit out. He loves to play football. I know I want him to play."

Clowney's status has been uncertain since Charlotte Observer columnist Tom Sorensen suggested Feb. 10 that Clowney think about sitting out his junior year to train for the pro draft. Per NFL rules, players can't declare for the draft until three years after graduating from high school.
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