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Sager remembered for love of family, sports, flashy attire

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/20/2016
FILE - In this March 5, 2015, file photo, Craig Sager acknowledges the crowd during a timeout in an NBA basketball game between the Chicago Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Chicago. Longtime TNT broadcaster Craig Sager was remembered for his love of family, sports and colorful attire on Tuesday , Dec. 20, 2016, at a memorial service in Atlanta that produced laughs and tears. (AP Photo/David Banks, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this March 5, 2015, file photo, Craig Sager acknowledges the crowd during a timeout in an NBA basketball game between the Chicago Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Chicago. Longtime TNT broadcaster Craig Sager was remembered for his love of family, sports and colorful attire on Tuesday , Dec. 20, 2016, at a memorial service in Atlanta that produced laughs and tears. (AP Photo/David Banks, File)
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ATLANTA (AP) — Longtime TNT broadcaster Craig Sager was remembered for his love of family, sports and colorful attire at a memorial service Tuesday that produced laughs and tears.

FILE - In this July 13, 2016, file photo, Craig Sager gestures while speaking at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Longtime TNT broadcaster Craig Sager was remembered for his love of family, sports and colorful attire on Tuesday , Dec. 20, 2016, at a memorial service in Atlanta that produced laughs and tears. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press FILE - In this July 13, 2016, file photo, Craig Sager gestures while speaking at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Longtime TNT broadcaster Craig Sager was remembered for his love of family, sports and colorful attire on Tuesday , Dec. 20, 2016, at a memorial service in Atlanta that produced laughs and tears. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Among those attending the service were San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and members of Sager's Turner Sports TV family, including Ernie Johnson and Reggie Miller.

The Rev. Randy Mickler, former senior pastor of Mount Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia, led the service. Mickler noted he decided against wearing his normal black robe and instead wore a purple shirt and colorful jacket he said would have made Sager "extremely proud and pleased."

The 65-year-old Sager died Thursday following a two-year fight with acute myeloid leukemia.

Grammy winner Yolanda Adams sang two songs at the service. Johnson said Sager "planted sequoias" by inspiring others with his determined battle against cancer.

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