Former Cleveland Cavs head coach David Blatt says he has multiple sclerosis

Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

In a statement posted Monday on the website of Greek club Olympiakos, Blatt said he was diagnosed with condition, which attacks the central nervous system, “a few months ago” and has experienced fatigue, weakness in his legs and balance problems.

“I am a coach and my job is to lead and teach and inspire a lot of people. Not being as agile or active doesn’t affect my ability to do those things,” Blatt wrote.

“How could I possibly complain? I absolutely cannot and will not. It’s wasted effort and while I ask my players and staff to be the best version of themselves, I must ask and even demand from myself to do the same.”

Blatt became head coach of Cleveland in June 2014 and took the team to the NBA Finals in his first season, losing to the Warriors.

He was fired during the 2015-16 season, in which Cleveland won the NBA championship for the first time under head coach Tyronn Lue. Blatt has coached Olympiakos since June 2018.


Hawks’ Schlenk

gets second title

The Atlanta Hawks have given general manager Travis Schlenk an extra title: president of basketball operations.

Owner Tony Ressler announced the promotion Monday, saying he is “extremely pleased with the direction that Travis and our entire basketball operations team has us heading as a franchise.”

As he goes into his third year with the Hawks after more than a decade with the Warriors, Schlenk has totally overhauled the roster and assembled an impressive core of young players through the draft, including Trae Young, John Collins and incoming first-round picks De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish.

College football: No. 4 Oklahoma named Jalen Hurts its starting quarterback for the Sept. 1 season opener against Houston. Hurts played in three national championship games for Alabama and helped the Crimson Tide win the 2017 national title. He transferred to Oklahoma in January and won the job over redshirt freshman Tanner Mordecai and freshman Spencer Rattler.

• Ohio State head coach Ryan Day says Georgia transfer Justin Fields will start at quarterback when the No. 5 Buckeyes open the season Aug. 31 against Florida Atlantic.

Obituary: Al Jackson, a tough left-hander who pitched in the early days of the woebegone New York Mets, has died at 83 in Port St. Lucie, Fla., after a long illness. He went 67-99 in a 10-year career, including 8-20 for the expansion Mets in 1962, and worked for the franchise for 50 years as a pitcher, major-league coach, minor-league coordinator and front-office adviser.

• Jim Hardy, the oldest living USC and Los Angeles Rams football player and the MVP of the 1945 Rose Bowl, has died. He was 96. The university said he died Aug. 16 of natural causes at his home in the desert city of La Quinta (Riverside County).

Soccer: Paul Pogba missed a penalty for the fourth time in the past year as Manchester United had to settle for 1-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League.

Golf: The PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship seeks a new home in the Reno area after the private club that has hosted the event since it began in 1999 pulled out.

NHL: The Colorado Avalanche agreed to a one-year deal with forward Valeri Nichushkin. The 24-year-old had 10 assists and no goals in 57 games last season with the Dallas Stars.

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