05.02.08 10 years ago 14 Comments

It's a great day in sports for disease and death.  ESPN has an exclusive interview with Tennessee shooting guard Chris Lofton in which the Volunteers' marksman reveals his private battle with testicular cancer.  Since a random drug test a year ago turned up positive — high levels of beta hCG can indicate either steroid use or cancer — Lofton kept his disease secret from his teammates and extended family.  Only now has he come forward to talk about the illness that has left him riddled with tired cliches:

"You're going to get knocked down. It's whether you stay down or whether you get back up and fight that counts."

In slightly less grave disease news, Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.  He will need daily insulin injections, but is expected to be able to continue disappointing Broncos fans.

And to cap things off on a more cheerful note, an obituary: former Dodgers executive Buzzie Bavasi died at 93.  Doctors believe the cause of death was being extremely old.

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