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Chuck Pagano speech: Leukaemia coach talks to Indianapolis Colts

NFL coach suffering with leukaemia gives team emotional speech after returning from hospital

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UPDATED:

18:35 GMT, 6 November 2012

American football coach Chuck Pagano gave the Indianapolis Colts an emotional and rousing post-match speech after attending his first game since being diagnosed with leukaemia.

The coach has been receiving chemotherapy treatment since September 26, when he discovered he had the cancer.

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Emotional: Chuck Pagano raises his fist at the end of the speech he gave his side after their victory at the weekend

Emotional: Chuck Pagano raises his fist at the end of the speech he gave his side after their victory at the weekend

Get well soon: Pagano was diagnosed with leukaemia (pictured before undergoing chemotherapy)

Get well soon: Pagano was diagnosed with leukaemia (pictured before undergoing chemotherapy)

Support: Fans and players alike are backing Pagano to come back and put up this #chuckstrong banner in support of him

Support: Fans and players alike are backing Pagano to come back and put up this #chuckstrong banner in support of him

But he turned up at the Lucas Oil Stadium
on November 4 and saw his side beat the Miami Dolphins 23-20 before
heading down to the locker room to deliver his moving team-talk.

Pagano spoke to his men about the
power of positive thinking and visualisation, how they visualised what
they wanted and achieved it in the game – the Colts came back from
behind.

He told them about how because he was visualising overcoming the cancer 'it was already beat'.

Pagano talked of seeing two more of
his daughters get married – he has three, Taylor, Tori and Tara who is
married with two children.

Backed to the hilt: The entire Indianapolis Colts team is behind their coach

Backed to the hilt: The entire Indianapolis Colts team is behind their coach

Indianapolis Colts' Reggie Wayne

A fan holds up a banner in support

Come on Chuck! Indianapolis Colts' Reggie Wayne takes off his helmet while a fan holds up a message of support (right)

Pagano was released from the Indiana University Health Simon Cancer Centre two weeks beforehand.

Colts owner, Jim Irsay, announced Pagano would be watching two days before the game took place.

The game was notable itself for a
record breaking performance from quarterback Andrew Luck, in which he
threw for 433 passing yards – beating the previous record of 432 yards
set by Cam Newton.

Pagano's side are now 5-3 and will travel to Jacksonville in Week 10.

PAGANO'S SPEECH IN FULL

'I mentioned before the game that you guys were living in a vision and you weren't living in circumstances. Because you know where they had us in the beginning. Every last one of them.

'But you refused to live in circumstances and you decided consciously, as a team, and as a family, to live in a vision. And that's why you bring things home like you brought home today. That's why you're already champions, and well on your way.

'I got circumstances. You guys understand it. I understand it. It's already beat. It's already beat. My vision that I'm living, see two more daughters getting married, dancing at their weddings, and then hoisting that Lombardi several times and watch that confetti fall on this f****** group right here.

'Several times, we're going to hoist that baby. I'm dancing at two more weddings. And we're hoisting that trophy together man. Congratulations.'

Good news came with doctors saying his leukaemia is in 'remission', but treatment must continue over two years.

His form of the cancer is acute promyelocytic leukaemia which in over 80 per cent of cases can be cured.

When the news broke at the end of September the team were distraught.

Ryan Grigson took over as general
manager but hopes Pagano will be able to return and coach from the press
box later in the season.

Offensive co-ordinator Bruce Arians was nearly in tears when he heard the news.

Arians fought prostate cancer in 2007 and backed his colleague to emerge on top.

'I know him. He's a fighter. He's
survived tough times already in his life,' said Arians. 'As a cancer
survivor myself, I know that these first few days are really hard on you
but as he and I talked yesterday, it's just a matter of time.'

He spoke of a tribute to Pagano which is taking place.

Arians said: 'I asked Mr. Irsay if we
would leave the light on in his office permanently till he comes back
and we are going to do that.'

Watch the rousing speech here:

Sports pictures of the day: October 3

Sports images of the day: Our picture editor's selection

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15:25 GMT, 3 October 2012

Each day, MailOnline sports picture editor Dave Muir will choose his favourite photographs from around the world in the past 24 hours.

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Laszlo Cseh of Hungary competes in the 400m individual medley at the Swimming World Cup in Dubai

Laszlo Cseh of Hungary competes in the 400m individual medley at the Swimming World Cup in Dubai

Ryan Ludwick of the Cincinnati Reds breaks his bat during the MLB clash with the St Louis Cardinals

Ryan Ludwick of the Cincinnati Reds breaks his bat during the MLB clash with the St Louis Cardinals

Lemos de Souza rides Afsare during a workout at Werribee Racecourse in Melbourne

Lemos de Souza rides Afsare during a workout at Werribee Racecourse in Melbourne

Pittsburgh Pirate Michael McKenry tags out Atlanta Braves' Reed Johnson

Pittsburgh Pirate Michael McKenry tags out Atlanta Braves' Reed Johnson

Atlanta Dream guard Angel McCoughtry goes to the basket against Indiana Fever

Atlanta Dream guard Angel McCoughtry goes to the basket against Indiana Fever

BMW Championship 2012: Vijay Singh leads from Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy

McIlroy and Woods lurk as Vijay takes one-shot lead into third round at Crooked Stick

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UPDATED:

20:52 GMT, 7 September 2012

Vijay Singh moved into contention for his first tour win in four years as he took a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the BMW Championship at the Crooked Stick course in Carmel, Indiana.

The 49-year-old three-time major winner recorded a round of 66 for a two-round total of 13-under 131, putting him one shot clear of first round co-leader Rory McIlroy, plus Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore.

McIlroy's round of 68 included an eagle and six birdies was let down by four bogeys as he dropped level with Woods, who made up a shot to reach 12 under after a bogey-free round of 67.

Out in front: Singh takes a slender lead ion the third round at Crooked Stick

Out in front: Singh takes a slender lead ion the third round at Crooked Stick

Lee Westwood produced one of the the best rounds of the day with a seven-under 65 to move to 11 under after two rounds, and his feat was matched by Padraig Harrington, whose 65 left him two strokes further back.

Justin Rose's disappointing 70 left him level with Harrington at seven under, a position also shared with former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, with Luke Donald one further back on six under.

Duelling it out: Woods and McIlroy are hot on the heels of Singh who has a one-shot lead

Duelling it out: Woods and McIlroy are hot on the heels of Singh who has a one-shot lead

Duelling it out: Woods and McIlroy are hot on the heels of Singh who has a one-shot lead

In contention: Westwood is just two shots behind the leader with two rounds remaining

In contention: Westwood is just two shots behind the leader with two rounds remaining

Swing out: McIlroy is in fine form heading into the forthcoming Ryder Cup

Swing out: McIlroy is in fine form heading into the forthcoming Ryder Cup

Drivers to remember Dan Wheldon before Indianapolis 500

Drivers to remember Wheldon before Indianapolis 500 as race enter second century

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UPDATED:

15:19 GMT, 26 May 2012

The Indianapolis 500 will roar into its second century on Sunday with one eye on the future and another on the past.

The emergence of a new and exotic crop of thrill-seeking drivers, representing the increasing globalization of America's greatest race, offers a tantalizing glimpse at the road ahead for a race that began 101 years ago.

But before the 33 drivers blast off around the unforgiving 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) 'Brickyard' speedway for three hours of thrills and spills, the sport will pause to remember Dan Wheldon, last year's winner, who was killed in a horrific crash in Las Vegas in October.

Time to remember: Dario Franchitti of Scotland ahead of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race

Time to remember: Dario Franchitti of Scotland ahead of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race

His tragic death continues to cast a dark pall over the sport and has added a somber sense to this year's race.

Before the start on Sunday, the car he won in 12 months ago, will be driven on a lap of honour, serving both as a tribute to him and a stark reminder of the dangers the drivers face when hurtling around the track at speeds of 220 mph.

'That date in October changed a lot of our lives,' said Randy Bernard, the chief executive officer of IndyCar. 'It brings racing to reality, there are no guarantees in this life.'

Part of the race's enduring appeal is that it is steeped in tradition, from the singing of 'Back Home in Indiana Again' to the customs of winners kissing the bricks and slugging milk.

Tragic: Dan Wheldon died in a crash in October

Tragic: Dan Wheldon died in a crash in October

But the race is also heavily focused on the future. Although Danica Patrick is not racing this year after moving to NASCAR, three other women, Swiss Simona de Silvestro, Brazil's Ana Beatriz and British rookie Katherine Legge, all qualified and have ambitions of doing well.

'My biggest fear is not having a good result,' Legge said. 'If I finished outside of the top 12 or 15, I wouldn't be satisfied.'

Two ex-Formula One drivers, Brazilian Rubens Barrichello and Jean Alesi, will be making their first appearances in the race while the field, once dominated by North Americans, includes drivers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, France, Spain, Venezuela, Brazil and Switzerland.

First appearance: Former F1 driver Rubens Barichello will race at the Indianapolis 500

First appearance: Former F1 driver Rubens Barichello will race at the
Indianapolis 500

The starting grid will include three former champions with Brazilian Helio Castroneves bidding to become just the fourth four-time winner and Briton Dario Franchitti looking for back-to-back victories and New Zealand's Scott Dixon a second.

But the two men looming among the favourites are both Australian. Ryan Briscoe is on pole position while Will Power, who qualified fifth, is the current IndyCar series leader.

'I feel we're going in with a good chance this year,” said Briscoe, who pipped James Hinchcliffe by 0.003 seconds, the smallest margin ever for pole.

'The competition is going to be tough but I've definitely learnt a lot over the last few years.'

Sports pictures of the day: January 10

Sports images of the day: Our picture editor's selection

Each day, MailOnline sports picture editor Dave Muir will choose his favourite photographs from around the world in the past 24 hours.

Enjoy today's selection right here…

Two New York Knicks fans in Spiderman costumes cheer on their team during the 91-87 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at Madison Square Garden

Two New York Knicks fans in Spiderman costumes cheer on their team during the 91-87 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at Madison Square Garden

Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban watches his players celebrate beating the LSU Tigers in the NCAA BCS National Championship game in New Orleans

Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban watches his players celebrate beating the LSU Tigers in the NCAA BCS National Championship game in New Orleans

Bruno Bony of France and Eric Palante of Belgium ride along a valley floor during stage eight of the Dakar Rally - Copiapo to Antofagasta in Chile

Bruno Bony of France and Eric Palante of Belgium ride along a valley floor during stage eight of the Dakar Rally – Copiapo to Antofagasta in Chile

Will Kennedy on Made In Time (No 6) on the way to victory in the tauntonracecourse.co.uk Novices' Limited Handicap Steeplechase

Will Kennedy on Made In Time (No 6) on the way to victory in the tauntonracecourse.co.uk Novices' Limited Handicap Steeplechase

Half the players on court get tangled up chasing a rebound during the Philadelphia 76ers' 96-86 victory over the Indiana Pacers

Half the players on court get tangled up chasing a rebound during the Philadelphia 76ers' 96-86 victory over the Indiana Pacers