Sochi Olympics Cross Country Men

Update: Russia tops medal count with 33, including most golds with 13

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There are still two significant medal events to go before the Sochi Olympics move on to the Closing Ceremony, but host country Russia essentially clinched the top marks thanks to a strong showing in the men’s cross-country 50 km mass start.

Sweeping that event gives Russia 32 medals, putting its lead out of reach. They also top all countries with 12 gold medals, which is unlikely to be surpassed, as well.

Update: Men’s four-man bobsled gold gives them 33 medals overall and 13 gold medals, both tops in Sochi. The U.S. finishes with eight.

Alexander Legkov (pictured up front) edged his compatriots for gold with a 1:46:55.2 time. Second and third came down to a photo finish between fellow Russians Maxim Vylegzhanin and Ilia Chernousov, with Vylegzhanin getting the nod for silver. Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby finished in fourth at 1:46:56.2.

Craig Sager will miss Rio Olympics as he battles leukemia

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Basketball reporter Craig Sager will miss the Rio Games as he returns to a cancer center to continue his battle against acute myeloid leukemia, NBC announced in a statement Thursday.

Sager was set to cover his fifth straight Olympics for NBC, but instead needs to undergo a third bone marrow transplant at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He resumed receiving chemotherapy on Wednesday, according to the Houston Chronicle, with the goal being to force the disease into remission so the transplant can be performed next month.

“We’ve known since February we would have to have the third transplant,” Sager told the Chronicle. “We tried to delay it until after the Olympics, but (the disease) is very aggressive, and there is a sense of urgency to do it now.”

Sager was diagnosed in 2014, went into remission after a bone marrow transplant, was told the cancer came back in March 2015, underwent a second transplant last year, and then found out in February he was no longer in remission.

“My body isn’t getting stronger, so they want to do it while I’m strong enough,” Sager said. “Third transplants are kind of rare, so hopefully we will get it done and I’ll be ready in time for (NBA) opening night.”

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Details of NBC Olympics’ Facebook, Instagram content for Rio

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NBC Olympics, Facebook and Instagram will team up to provide video highlights and interviews on social media daily during the Rio Olympics.

An on-site “Social Command Center” in Rio will capture Facebook Live content, including interviews with athletes and NBC Olympics commentators.

A daily two-minute recap video will be produced for Facebook, while Instagram will have a daily slow-motion video around an inspiring moment.

Instagram will also feature NBC Olympics commentators and athletes on its own account, @instagram, along with highlights of NBC videos through its Search & Explore video channels.

More on the NBC Olympics, Facebook and Instagram partnerships is here.

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