EX-NHL STAR OL­CZYK DI­AG­NOSED WITH COLON CANCER

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CHICAGO» For­mer NHL for­ward and coach Ed­die Ol­czyk has been di­ag­nosed with colon cancer.

Ol­czyk, who turns 51 on Aug. 16, had surgery last week, and Chicago Black­hawks team physi­cian Dr. Michael Terry said Tues­day he “will be un­der­go­ing fur­ther treat­ment in the com­ing weeks, in­clud­ing chemo­ther­apy.” Ol­czyk is a color an­a­lyst for TV broad­casts for the Black­hawks and NBC Sports.

Ol­czyk was se­lected by Chicago with the No. 3 over­all pick in the 1984 draft. He played for six teams dur­ing his 16 sea­sons in the NHL, help­ing the New York Rangers win the Stan­ley Cup in 1994. He fin­ished with 342 goals and 452 as­sists in 1,031 games.

Col­lege HOF coach MacPher­son dies.

N.Y.» For­mer Bron­cos SYRA­CUSE, as­sis­tant coach Dick MacPher­son died Tues­day at age 86. He was a de­fen­sive coach un­der Lou Sa­ban with the Bron­cos from 1967-70.

MacPher­son is best known for re­build­ing the Syra­cuse Univer­sity pro­gram. He was the Orange­men’s head coach from 1981-90, in­clud­ing an 110-1 sea­son in 1987, and is a mem­ber of the Col­lege Foot­ball Hall of Fame.

MacPher­son also was the head coach for the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots in 1991 and 1992.

• San Fran­cisco 49ers rookie line­backer Don­avin New­som suf­fered a con­cus­sion dur­ing Tues­day’s prac­tice, but the team said he didn’t suf­fer any cer­vi­cal spinal fractures.

He was taken from the prac­tice field in an am­bu­lance af­ter tak­ing a hit to the head and neck.

• Los An­ge­les Chargers rookie wide re­ceiver Mike Wil­liams re­sumed run­ning in his come­back from a lower back disk her­ni­a­tion.

• Dal­las de­fen­sive end Ty­rone Craw­ford badly turned his right an­kle when he closed in on run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott dur­ing prac­tice at train­ing camp, and there was no word on the in­jury’s sever­ity.

• Cleve­land Browns re­ceiver Corey Coleman will not be charged for an early-morn­ing Dec. 31 brawl in down­town Cleve­land that left one man with a rup­tured eardrum, the Cuya­hoga County Pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice said.

• At­tor­neys for a man who said he was at­tacked dur­ing a Chiefs game ar­gued dur­ing a trial that started this week that there’s in­ad­e­quate se­cu­rity at Ar­row­head Sta­dium.

• Coach Marvin Lewis missed the Cincin­nati Ben­gals’ prac­tice for what the team called a mi­nor health is­sue.

• Carolina Pan­thers quar­ter­back Cam New­ton will sit out the team’s pre­sea­son opener against the Hous­ton Tex­ans on Wed­nes­day night while he con­tin­ues to bat­tle sore­ness in his right throw­ing shoul­der.

• Jay Cut­ler prac­ticed with the Mi­ami Dol­phins, marking the start of his come­back from a brief re­tire­ment. The work­out in­cluded 11-on-11 drills.

• The New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots bought two 767 Boe­ing wide-body jets in the off­sea­son and retro­fit­ted them with all first-class seats. In do­ing so, they be­came the first NFL team to have its own planes.

• Ten­nessee Ti­tans mi­nor­ity owner Susie Adams Smith is sell­ing her por­tion of the team.

NBA makes sched­ule changes.

The NBA elim­i­nated sev­eral old sched­ul­ing prac­tices to en­sure teams will have more rest built into their sched­ules for the 2017-18 sea­son.

Ac­cord­ing to ESPN.com’s Brian Wind­horst, a memo sent to teams by the league of­fice said there will no longer be stretches that in­clude four games in five nights. There will also be fewer back-to-back sets this sea­son.

Wind­horst re­ported teams pre­vi­ously played an av­er­age of just over 16 back-to-backs per sea­son. This year the av­er­age will drop to about 15 per team per sea­son.

Those moves come af­ter the NBA de­cided to start the 2017-18 sea­son nearly two weeks ear­lier so it had the flex­i­bil­ity to give play­ers more time to heal and avoid its big­gest stars from rest­ing for na­tion­ally tele­vised games. — The Associated Press

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