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Doctors Tell Legendary Sideline Reporter Craig Sager He Could Have as Little as Three to Six Months to Live

"I haven't won the battle. It's not over yet, but I haven't lost it, either."

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Legendary TNT and TBS sideline reporter Craig Sager confirmed on HBO's "Real Sports" that his acute myeloid leukemia has returned and that he might have only three to six months left to live.

During the interview with Bernard Goldberg that aired Tuesday night, Sager, 64, who has been battling the disease for the past two years, revealed that the leukemia was no longer in remission, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Sager said that his doctors told him in February that the leukemia was no longer in remission and gave him only months to live after the diagnosis.

When Goldberg asked him "what's next" after the diagnosis, Sager replied, "Unchartered waters."

"I've already had two stem cell transplants. Very rarely does somebody have a third," Sager said during the interview. "So I have to maintain my strength so I can go through this."

"How are you feeling today?" Goldberg asked Sager.

"Still kicking, still fighting," Sager replied. "I haven't won the battle. It's not over yet, but I haven't lost it, either. Been some victories and some setbacks, but I still have to fight it, and I still have to, a lot of work to do."

Sager has been a sports commentator and sideline reporter for more than 40 years and is famous for his unusual wardrobe that consists of garish-colored suits, the AJC noted. After the news of his condition became public, Twitter tributes began pouring in to honor the famous reporter.

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