Dwight Howard likely out for remainder of season

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Dwight Howard likely out for remainder of season

Its been a roller-coaster season for the Orlando Magic and its taken another dreadful turn.

Magic team officials announced on Friday that Dwight Howard has a herniated disk in his lower back and there is no timetable set for his return. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Howard is unlikely to return for the regular season.

"His return will be determined in how he responds to treatment," team spokesman Joel Glass said.

Howard's condition was diagnosed Friday by spine surgeon Robert Watkins after Howard and Magic physical therapist Ed Manalo went to Southern California for a second medical opinion.

Losers of seven out of their last nine, the Magic currently sit in the sixth-seed in the Eastern Conference and are only three games ahead of the seventh-seeded New York Knicks and eight-seed Philadelphia 76ers.

Howard is averaging 20.6 points, 14.5 rebounds, 2.1 blocks in 38.6 minutes per game for the Magic.

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Riding the Metra with five-time major champion Phil Mickelson

Riding the Metra with five-time major champion Phil Mickelson

Five time major champion, Phil Mickelson, was in Chicago on Monday to promote the KPMG Women's PGA championship.

Mickelson took a 45-minute CTA train ride from Millennium Station to Olympia Fields CC, demonstrating how hassle free it is to get to the event.

While on the train, CSN's Pat Boyle interviewed Mickelson. They discussed Phil skipping the US Open, Tiger's dash cam video and how difficult the decision was for Mickelson to part with his longtime caddy, Jim "Bones" Mackay.

Lefty also talked about the revolving door of first time winners at the last 7 majors and what is left on his golf "to do" list.