Ex-Bills QB Kelly battling cancer

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly talks with the media before a press conference in Batavia, N.Y. , Monday, June 3, 2013. Kelly says he has been diagnosed with cancer in his upper jaw bone and will have surgery on June 7. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Gary Wiepert

BATAVIA, N.Y. — Jim Kelly intends to confront the cancer found in his upper jaw bone much like the Hall of Fame quarterback has approached many of the numerous challenges he’s faced in life: Head on.

Revealing on Monday that he’s been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, Kelly drew upon his family, faith and perseverance. Those are three qualities that have helped him overcome the death of his son, Hunter, his mother and whatever obstacles stood in his way on the football field.

“You have challenges. You have to confront them head on. And this is just another one. I’m down at the bottom. But I will rise to the top again,” Kelly said. “I am extremely confident in my road to recovery. I plan to tackle this challenge head on, as we Kellys always do.”

Informed of the diagnosis two weeks ago, Kelly called the prognosis for recovery “very good.” He said tests show the cancer is isolated to the jaw and not spread to other parts of his body.

Doctors plan to remove part of Kelly’s jaw during an operation scheduled to take place at a Buffalo hospital on Friday. It won’t be determined until after the operation whether he will require chemotherapy

“We caught it in time,” the 53-year-old Kelly said. “It’s just another challenge for me and I know I’ll beat it.”

Penske Racing says Brad Keselowski’s car at Dover failed a post-race inspection because of a broken part in the front of his Ford. Keselowski finished fifth in Sunday’s race.

Team owner Roger Penske said the failure was due to a broken part that allowed a front spring to fall.

Two-time champion Lee Janzen was knocked out of U.S. Open qualifying for wearing metal spikes at a golf course that doesn’t allow them. He was at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., for a 36-hole qualifier and opened with a 75.

Those who qualified for the U.S. Open around the country include Charley Hoffman, Nicholas Thompson, Brendan Steele, Brandt Jobe, Aaron Baddeley, Rory Sabbatini, Sang-moon Bae, Kevin Sutherland, Jerry Kelly, Joe Ogilvie and 19-year-old Jordan Spieth.

U.S. women’s national team forward Sydney Leroux said she was the object of a series of racist and sexist tweets in recent days and said her provocative celebration after her weekend goal in a 3-0 win over Canada was a response to the abuse.

Giro d’Italia stage winner Mauro Santambrogio tested positive for EPO and was temporarily suspended by cycling’s governing body.

The Big Ten and the Pinstripe Bowl agreed to an eight-year deal. The Big Ten will take the Big 12’s place. The bowl has matched the Big East and Big 12 since it started in 2010.