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In this Oct. 31, 2016 photo provided by the Hand family, Grayson Hand, left, poses during a Halloween gathering with UConn pitcher Ryan Radue outside Hand's home in Sturbridge, Mass. Hand, a leukemia patient, became an honorary member of the University of Connecticut baseball team in 2015, months before Radue also was diagnosed with cancer. (Hand family via AP)
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  • In this Oct. 31, 2016 photo provided by the Hand family, Grayson Hand, left, poses during a Halloween gathering with UConn pitcher Ryan Radue outside Hand's home in Sturbridge, Mass. Hand, a leukemia patient, became an honorary member of the University of Connecticut baseball team in 2015, months before Radue also was diagnosed with cancer. (Hand family via AP)

    UConn pitcher, 6-year-old linked by cancer fights

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — It began for UConn pitcher Ryan Radue as a small role in a team effort to help a sick child. Now a cancer survivor himself, the graduate student says it’s the boy from Sturbridge, Massachusetts, who has showed him how to approach that battle. The Huskies held a signing ceremony in […]
  • FILE - This is a 2016 file photo showing Chad Bettis of the Colorado Rockies baseball team. Bettis vowed to be ready for spring training even after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in November and undergoing surgery and he will most certainly be ready to pitch next month. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    Chad Bettis now cancer-free, prepares for spring training

    DENVER (AP) — Always so optimistic, Chad Bettis vowed to be ready for spring training even after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in November and undergoing surgery. Now, he knows for sure: The Colorado Rockies right-hander will most certainly be ready to pitch next month. Cancer-free, too. On his drive home to Texas for the […]
  • Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski yells to his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec 31, 2016, at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va. Tech won 89-75. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

    Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski takes leave to have back surgery

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Hall of Fame Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is stepping away from the team to have lower back surgery. The school announced Monday that the procedure is scheduled for Friday, with an anticipated recovery time of four weeks. Krzyzewski will coach Wednesday night’s game against Georgia Tech before handing off to associate […]
  • This Dec. 18, 2016 photo shows Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Doug Martin (22) carrying the ball in the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. Martin has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances and said Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 he's entering a treatment facility rather than appeal the ban. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

    Bucs RB Martin suspended, entering drug treatment facility

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances and said Wednesday he’s entering a treatment facility rather than appeal the ban. The two-time Pro Bowl selection, slowed by a hamstring injury this season after rushing for 1,402 yards in […]