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Colts’ coach sidelined for leukemia treatments

INDIANAPOLIS – Colts coach Chuck Pagano has been diagnosed with leukemia and is expected to be hospitalized six to eight weeks as he undergoes treatment.

He will be replaced on an interim basis by offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.

Team owner Jim Irsay made the announcement Monday during a somber and sometimes emotional news conference at the team complex.

“I think it’s unlikely he’ll be all in as the head coach the rest of this season,” Irsay said. “He may be able to come back and be in the press box or something.”

The 51-year-old Pagano is in his first season with the Colts (1-2). He was hired in January after serving as the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive coordinator.

Dr. Larry Cripe, the physician treating the coach at Indiana University’s Simon Cancer Center, said Pagano has acute myeloid leukemia, where the bone marrow is producing abnormal white blood cells that interfere with healthy blood cells. Symptoms can include weakness, weight loss and easy bruising or bleeding. Treatments can include chemotherapy, drugs and radiation therapy.

Irsay said Pagano’s wife pushed him to see the doctor after noticing unusual bruising on the coach’s body.

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CSU board to consider on-campus football stadium

FORT COLLINS – Colorado State University’s president is recommending that the university start raising funds for a new football stadium on campus, but he said the idea will have to be suspended if a viable financing plan can’t be found within two years.

CSU has been examining since February whether replacing the aging, off-campus Hughes Stadium is feasible.

Consultants hired by the school and by opponents of a new stadium have disagreed about how much revenue would be generated by a new on-campus facility, whose costs are estimated at $246 million.

University President Tony Frank said in a written statement Monday that he envisions at least $125 million of the cost being funded by donations.

CSU’s Board of Governors is scheduled to consider Frank’s recommendation Thursday.


Ryder Cup TV ratings match 1999 comeback numbers

NEW YORK – The Ryder Cup’s final day drew its highest preliminary television rating since the last big comeback 13 years ago.

Sunday’s coverage on NBC earned a 4.1 overnight rating and 9 share. The network said Monday that was the best since a 6.3/15 for the U.S. comeback in 1999 in Brookline, Mass.

This time, the Europeans rallied from the same 10-6 deficit to win 14½ -13½.

The rating was up 21 percent from the last Ryder Cup in the U.S., a 3.4 for the event in Louisville, Ky., in 2008.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned to a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time. Overnight ratings measure the country’s largest markets.


Canadian Olympic biathlete hit by vehicle while cycling

CALGARY, Alberta – Former Olympic biathlete Robin Clegg of Canada broke his elbow when he was knocked off his bike by a vehicle while cycling outside Calgary.

Ex-Olympian Jason Myslicki said Clegg had surgery Monday to insert a plate into his right elbow.

Myslicki said a driver accelerated into the 35-year-old Clegg. Also cycling at the time Sunday was Canadian Olympic cross-country skier Sean Crooks, who called emergency services.

Myslicki said police questioned a male driving a sport utility vehicle. A message left with Cochrane RCMP was not immediately returned.

Associated Press