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Craig Sager, Longtime Turner NBA Reporter, Dies at 65

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Craig Sager, 1951-2016 (AP Photo)

Thursday, 15 Dec 2016 03:44 PM

Craig Sager, prolific American sideline reporter for TNT and TBS, has died. He was 65.

Turner Sports announced the news Thursday.

Sager began his career in 1972 as a reporter for WXLT (now WWSB-Channel 40) in Sarasota, Fla., when he is remembered for waiting for Hank Aaron at third base and interviewing him on the way to home plate after Aaron hit his 715th home run, breaking the record held by Babe Ruth.

He joined CNN in 1981 after conducting the network's first live, remote report from the 1980 MLB postseason. At CNN, Sager served as co-anchor for the network's "Sports Tonight" shows.

In 2001, he reported for TNT's Goodwill Games from Brisbane, Australia; 2000 Winter Goodwill Games coverage from Lake Placid, N.Y.; TBS's 1998 Goodwill Games coverage from New York; 1994 Goodwill Games in Russia; 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle and 1986 Goodwill Games in Moscow.

From 2007-2013, Sager served as a reporter for TBS's coverage of the MLB postseason, and during that time, he also served as a course reporter for the PGA Championship on TNT, and a sideline reporter for Turner, and CBS's joint coverage of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

Over half of his four-decade-long sports broadcasting career has been with Turner Sports. In 2016, he completed his 26th season as sideline reporter for the company's exclusive Thursday night "NBA on TNT" doubleheader coverage.

Sager was a first-time nominee for a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality in 2012, the same year he covered the XXX Olympiad in London during the Olympic basketball tournament.

He was presented with the 2016 recipient of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPY. His battle with acute myeloid leukemia began in 2014.

He is survived by his wife, Stacy, and their two children, Riley and Ryan.

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