Two-time major champion John Daly revealed that he has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, but remains upbeat about his prognosis and potential recovery.
Speaking to Golf Channel on an episode of PGA Tour Champions Learning Center, the 54-year-old revealed that he had been battling kidney stones and back pain in recent weeks, ailments that led him to withdraw from last month’s Charles Schwab Series event in Missouri after two rounds. But after consulting with doctors, it was determined that the kidney stones had passed and that he now faced a more daunting condition.
“(The urologist said) it doesn’t look like any stones are in there. But unfortunately, you have bladder cancer,” Daly said. “After I did the CT (scan) I was fixing to sip on my Diet Coke and he said, ‘Don’t drink anything. We have to get you back in here and get this cancer out of you.'”
Daly subsequently underwent a procedure to remove the cancer, one that was deemed successful. But he shared that there is a strong possibility of recurrence with his form of cancer, which will require regular checkups in the near future.
“He said there’s an 85 percent chance it comes back. So I’ve got to go back and see him in three months. They will probably have to cut it out again,” he said. “It’s probably going to come back, and then another three months that you don’t know. You just don’t know. Luckily for me they caught it early, but bladder cancer is something that I don’t know all the details. But it doesn’t look like it may go away. We will just see what happens. Maybe there’s a miracle.”
Daly won five times during his PGA Tour career, including the 1991 PGA Championship and 1995 Open, and added a PGA Tour Champions win in 2017. He has battled health issues throughout his career, including a high-profile battle with alcohol. Daly suffered an on-course collapse during a Champions event in 2015 and recently has petitioned the USGA, R&A and PGA of America for use of a cart in various tournaments because of an arthritic knee condition.
Feherty Shorts: Ice cream with John Daly
In light of the cancer diagnosis, Daly expressed plans to change his consumption habits to increase his odds of keeping the disease at bay.
“I’m cutting way, way back on the Diet Coke and counting minutes before I can have a cigarette. I’m trying to quit smoking,” Daly said. “The doctors aren’t saying it’s too late. Unfortunately, it’s a cancer that keeps coming back. But I’m going to listen to them, and I’m going to try and quit smoking. If it comes back, it comes back. Six months to a year, if it doesn’t go away, I’m going to live my life. I’m gonna have some fun.”
Daly last played a PGA Tour event at last year’s Safeway Open, where he missed the cut, and he remains exempt into both the PGA and The Open until age 60 because of his prior victories. While his health now takes priority over his game, Daly plans to face this latest battle with the same bravado he flashed on the course while becoming a fan favorite over the past 30 years.
“Well you know what, I always tell people I’ve lived one hell of a life. No matter what happens, I’m not scared to die or anything,” Daly said. “It would have been nice to play the last seven or eight or 13 years of my career a little more healthy. But hey, I’m still working, I’m still living life, I’m still doing the things I need to do. … I can accept the challenge. I’m not scared of that. I just want my kids to be OK and everyone else in my family.”
(Note: Daly’s full interview can be seen on PGA Tour Champions Learning Center, which airs on Golf Channel Monday at 11:30 p.m. ET.)
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins lead Jaguars 21-7 at halftime
Ryan Fitzpatrick hit his first 12 passes before his first incompletion with 47 seconds remaining in the first half. It gave him a streak of 21 consecutive completions over two games, the second most completions in a row in franchise history.
He finished the first half 12-of-14 for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
The Dolphins scored on three of four possessions, taking a 21-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.
They dominated the Jaguars with 32 plays, 17 first downs, 218 yards to Jacksonville’s 27 plays, 10 first downs and 131 yards. The Dolphins held the ball for 17:48.
Miami’s points came on a 3-yard touchdown catch by Preston Williams, a 1-yard touchdown run by Jordan Howard and a 15-yard touchdown catch by Mike Gesicki.
The Jaguars’ only touchdown came on an 11-yard run by James Robinson, his second of the season.
Jacksonville has ruled out two players with injuries: Safety Andrew Wingard has a core muscle injury, and linebacker Leon Jacobs a right knee injury.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins lead Jaguars 21-7 at halftime originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
How a Bradley Beal trade could put Wizards in control of the 2020 NBA Draft
How a Beal trade could put Wizards in control of the draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Bradley Beal fell short of making the All-NBA team this season and the Wizards are excited about the prospect of pairing him with a healthy John Wall, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from predicting how many different ways Washington could trade the shooting guard before next season.
Though it’s unclear how motivated the Wizards would be to trade Beal after he signed a two-year max extension in October 2019, one team that would have the assets to make an intriguing offer is the Golden State Warriors. Bleacher Report’s Grant Hughes proposed a trade scenario Saturday that would put the Wizards in a pivotal spot ahead of this winter’s NBA draft.
Hughes suggested the Wizards trade Beal to the Warriors in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, Eric Paschall and the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft, while also noting Washington could push for the Warriors’ rights to the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 2021 first-rounder to complete the deal.
“Andrew Wiggins’ salary is an albatross, but Wall’s is already dragging the Wizards’ prospects down,” Hughes wrote. “The theory here is that the Wizards are going to be bad regardless and that getting a high lottery pick and an all-rookie first-teamer is worth the price of acknowledging this is a rebuild—albeit one made more difficult by Wall’s contract.”
The Wizards already have the No. 9 overall pick—the same draft position they used to take Rui Hachimura last year—but adding the second pick would make them the only team with two selections in the top 15. While there is no clear choice for the Timberwolves with the No. 1 pick, adding any of James Wiseman, LaMelo Ball or Anthony Edwards would give Washington a significant piece to build around.
Not to be forgotten are the acquisitions of Wiggins and Paschall.
Wiggins, who the Warriors traded for at the deadline this season, is signed through the 2022-23 season at about $30 million a year. He’s averaged 19.7 points per game in his career while managing to avoid any major injuries. Paschall was drafted by Golden State in the second round last year and proved to be a steal, making the NBA All-Rookie First Team behind a scoring average of 14 points per game.
It would be an enticing scenario, though one that would force the Wizards to concede they won’t be ready to contend by the 2020-21 season. But if any team has the assets to entice Washington to hit the reset button, it’s the Warriors.
Blue Jays clinch AL wild-card spot
The surprising Toronto Blue Jays have clinched a spot in American League playoffs.
With a 4-1 win over the Yankees on Thursday, the Blue Jays joined a loaded field that includes the Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians. It’s Toronto’s first postseason appearance since 2016 and only their third since winning back-to-back World Series in 1992-93.
The Blue Jays success has been shocking for a couple reasons. First and foremost, they didn’t get to play a true home game all season after Canadian officials ruled against them traveling in and out of Canada during the pandemic. The Blue Jays made Sahlen Field in Buffalo their home away from home.
Beyond that, the Blue Jays weren’t figured to be contenders just yet. The franchise has been in rebuild mode, but has developed quicker than expected. The young core of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio have all been contributors and supporting players like Teoscar Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. have made them a dangerous team.
The last remaining playoff spot in the AL figures to go to the Houston Astros when they clinch second place in the AL West. Their magic number heading into Thursday was two. The Blue Jays figure to be the No. 8 seed in the AL, which means they would meat the Rays in a best-of-three series.
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