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Former major leaguer Curt Schilling says he has cancer

February 05, 2014|Staff and wire reports
  • Former Philadelphia pitcher Curt Schilling was inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame last season.
Former Philadelphia pitcher Curt Schilling was inducted into the Phillies… (Michael Perez / Associated…)

Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling, now a television analyst, announced that he is battling cancer.

The 47-year-old Schilling, who spent 20 years in the majors before retiring in 2009, divulged the news in a statement released through his employer, ESPN. It did not indicate what type of cancer Schilling has, when he was diagnosed or what his prognosis might be.

ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said Schilling is taking a leave of absence. He recently signed a multiyear contract extension with the network and was to be part of the “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team, Soltys said.

Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt wants a judge to order his ex-wife to pay him nearly $2 million in legal fees that he spent after she unsuccessfully contested their divorce settlement last year.

Attorneys for the businessman filed a motion last Thursday seeking reimbursement for the costs of fighting Jamie McCourt's motion to overturn their 2010 settlement that ended an ownership dispute over the Dodgers.

Jamie McCourt's attorneys argued that her ex-husband shortchanged her $770 million by misrepresenting the value of the Dodgers, which sold in 2012 for $2.15 billion. A judge refused to overturn the agreement in September.

A hearing on the motion has been set for March 12.

The Texas Rangers reached a 10-year deal to immediately change the name of their 20-year-old stadium to Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Rangers Ballpark is being renamed under an agreement with Globe Life and Accident Insurance Co. of Oklahoma City. Globe Life is a wholly owned subsidiary of Torchmark Corp. in McKinney, which is in the Dallas area.

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