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ESPN(NEW YORK) -- It wouldn't be the ESPYS without the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, and this year's recipient couldn't be more deserving.

Craig Sager, 64, was diagnosed with leukemia just two years ago and has shared his battle with the sports world while still working on the sidelines at TNT.

“Over the last two years, I’ve done everything in my power to live my life as normally as possible. But at times, you need support and I’m so thankful to everyone who has been there for me," the 2016 honoree said Tuesday in a press release from ESPN.

Sager -- who has gotten love and support not only from his co-workers these past two years, but also the players and coaches he covers daily -- will join the likes of the greats, George Karl, Stuart Scott and Leah and Devon Still, all past Jimmy V Award winners.

The announcement fittingly was made Tuesday night during game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, which Sager is covering.

The Jimmy V Award is named in honor of the late, great Jim Valvano, who gave his iconic "never give up" speech at the ESPYS more than 20 years ago.

"I have his speech saved on my phone and, now 23 years later, its impact lives on with me and countless others. There is no greater honor than receiving this award and I am very humbled," Sager added.

Senior Vice President of ESPN Films Connor Schell said Sager's "dedication to continuing the career he loves in spite of this difficult illness is the very definition of perseverance and we’re proud to honor Craig at this year’s ESPYS."

The ESPYS air July 13 on ABC.

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Leon Bennett/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The University of California, Los Angeles, has reached an endorsement deal with Under Armour worth a record $280 million over 15 years.

The deal, which begins July 1, 2017, is the largest apparel deal in the history of the NCAA according to the Los Angeles Times, and it comes after UCLA's Adidas deal was set to expire.

"UCLA has always been about challenging the status quo and breaking through barriers,'' UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement according to ESPN. "Under Armour shares those core values. They are about more than simply making athletes look good, they constantly pursue innovation in order to make athletes better."

Under Armour is the latest athletic brand to sign a record sponsorship deal. Nike has signed deals with Ohio State and Texas worth about $250 million each, and Michigan switched from Adidas to Nike in a deal worth about $16 million per year for 11 years.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- It's official.

The National Football League announced the sites for Super Bowls 53, 54, 55 on Tuesday during the owners' meetings in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Super Bowl LIII is scheduled to be in Atlanta for the 2019 season, South Florida will host Super Bowl LIV (2020), and Super Bowl LV will be in Los Angeles for 2021.

All three of the cities have upgraded their stadiums or will have new stadiums in time for the hosting gigs.

Los Angeles will be hosting a Super Bowl for the first time since 1993 as the relocated Los Angeles Rams will be in the new Inglewood stadium scheduled to open in 2019.

South Florida last hosted a Super Bowl in 2010 and Atlanta last hosted the game in 2000.

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Justin Berl/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with facial fractures, the team announced Tuesday.

Vogelsong was sent to the hospital Monday after he was hit in the head by a pitch from Colorado Rockies starter Jordan Lyles.

According to the team, Vogelsong suffered a left eye injury and was admitted to Allegheny General Hospital.

After the hit in the second inning, Vogelsong fell to the ground covering his left eye. Pittsburgh head athletic trainer Todd Tomcyzk was able to sit him up and according to ESPN, there was blood coming out of Vogelsong's nose.

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Rob Carr/Getty Images(ELMONT, N.Y.) -- Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will not make an appearance in the Belmont Stakes.

A few days after the colt lost his bid for a Triple Crown when he ran third in the Preakness Stakes, Nyquist is said to not be competing in Belmont on June 11 because of illness.

Trainer Doug O’Neill told the Daily Racing Form Tuesday that Nyquist had an elevated white blood-cell count and his temperature was 101.2 degrees, a full degree above normal.

“We’re going to put him on stronger antibiotics, get him right, get him back to California and let him relax and recover from the trip,” O’Neill told the Daily Racing Form.

Nyquist, who was undefeated until last weekend, will not have a rematch with Preakness winner Exaggerator in June, but O'Neill said he hoped the colt would be able to return to racing sometime this summer.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(TORONTO) -- Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love says he won't sit out the next game against the Toronto Raptors despite injuring his knee on Monday.

Love said he hurt himself towards the end of the third quarter after stepping on a referee's foot.

"I think Kyrie [Irving] was shooting towards the end of the third quarter, and I stepped on the official's foot, and it didn't feel too great," he said after the game.

But that won't keep him from playing in Game 5 on Wednesday.

"Will be sore tomorrow, but nothing that will prevent me from playing," Love said after Monday's game.

Love was sidelined for the fourth quarter in Game 4 as his team lost 105-99 to Toronto. The Eastern Conference Finals are now tied 2-2.

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MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- Tony Gwynn's family is reportedly suing the tobacco industry over the baseball Hall of Famer's death.

The New York Times reports Gwynn's son Tony Gwynn Jr., widow Alicia Gwynn and daughter Anisha Gwynn-Jones filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday in San Diego against tobacco giant Altria Group Inc. and other defendants. The family says the defendants urged Tony Gwynn to start using smokeless tobacco during his time at San Diego State University.

Gwynn became addicted to dip after being introduced to it in 1977, using up to two cans of it per day for 31 years, the suit says. The 15-time All-Star died in 2014 of salivary gland cancer. He was 54 years old.

“Now that the family understands how he was targeted, they understand that the industry knew they had this highly carcinogenic product and they were marketing it to people like Tony,” David S. Casey, the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs, told the Times. “They want to hold them accountable and let a jury make a decision as to what is proper in this case.”

Gwynn's son said tobacco companies were using his father's addiction to "turn him into their ultimate walking billboard."

"He never knew it, but they were using him to promote their dip to the next generation of kids and fans who idolized him," Tony Gwynn Jr. told the newspaper.

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Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ryan Newman's primary sponsor at this weekend's Sprint Cup race will be Whelen Engineering Co.

Richard Childress Racing announced Monday that Whelen Engineering, the "Official Warning Lights of NASCAR," will serve as primary sponsor for the No. 31 Chevrolet SS for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway this Sunday.

This is the first time RCR has partnered with Whelen in the Cup Series.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


Detroit 5, Philadelphia 4
Miami 7, Tampa Bay 6


Kansas City 10, Minnesota 4
Chi White Sox 7, Cleveland 6
Oakland 5, Seattle 0
Chi White Sox 7, Cleveland 6
L.A. Angels 2, Texas 0


L.A. Dodgers 1, Cincinnati 0
San Francisco 1, San Diego 0
Pittsburgh 6, Colorado 3
N-Y Mets 7, Washington 1
St. Louis 4, Chi Cubs 3


Toronto 105, Cleveland 99


San Jose 6, St. Louis 3

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Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Golden State Warriors' guard Draymond Green will not be suspended for Game 4 after he kicked the groin of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams.

Green reiterated Monday that the kick in the second quarter of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals was accidental, and denied allegations from Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook that it was intentional.

"You know, Russell said I did it on purpose, but he's a part of the superstar group that started all this acting in the NBA," Green said Monday according to ESPN. "I didn't. So, I sold the call. [The official] called me that way. I sold the call."

He was given a Flagrant-1 foul for the kick.

Green has been compared to Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones, who was recently suspended for one game after he struck Raptors center Bismack Biyombo in the groin during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

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