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BC-Sports Showcase Digest

May 23, 2019 GMT

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INDIANAPOLIS _ Folks like to wax poetic at the Indianapolis 500 about its traditions, whether it’s the three-wide starting grid or the milk in Victory Lane. But there has been a push recently for guaranteed starting positions, jeopardizing the tradition of “bump day.” And while old-timers may blanche at such an idea, the truth is plenty of traditions have gone by the wayside. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 750 words, photos.


Test your knowledge of the French Open tennis tournament, which starts May 26. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos.


HOMER GLEN, Ill. _ Dan Carcillo isn’t fine and he knows it. Repeated blows to the head during his NHL career made him a different person at times during and certainly after he hung up his skates for good. Like a growing number of retired players, Carcillo doesn’t think much of how the league has handled head injuries and Gary Bettman’s steadfast refusal to acknowledge any link between blows to the head and mental health problems. Even with a recent court victory in hand, the NHL has not seen the controversial topic fade away even as it celebrates another Stanley Cup Final. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 950 words, photos, video. With:


After settling a lawsuit with retired players over concussions and other head injuries, the NHL can take some satisfaction in the fact that almost half of current player representatives surveyed by The Associated Press and The Canadian Press believe the league is doing all it can to prevent them. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 600 words, file photos.


FRIDAY, May 24


ROME _ It’s typically Canadian that Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Bianca Andreescu are all children of immigrants. What’s not typical is that they have all simultaneously broken into the world’s elite ranks of tennis players. By Andrew Dampf. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 a.m. on Friday, May 24.


INDIANAPOLIS - There was a time when “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” was considered one of the biggest sporting events in the world. It’s impossible to maintain that magnitude for 103 years and the Indianapolis 500 has dipped in popularity. But IndyCar is starting a renaissance of sorts, with interest slowly returning each year. The hype is back at the speedway this year, and the field Sunday is the tightest in race history. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m. Friday.



PARIS _ You know all about the Williams sisters, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. Here’s a look at some of the men and women who haven’t won a Grand Slam title but could make some noise during the French Open. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by noon on Saturday, May 25.


PARIS _ Naomi Osaka might not be a huge fan of clay-court tennis, but she is on a major roll heading to the French Open as the winner of the past two Grand Slam tournaments. A look at that and other significant story lines sure to dominate the next 15 days. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by noon on Saturday, May 25.


INDIANAPOLIS _ His hair was jet black back and his shirt starched white when Roger Penske rolled into Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time as a team owner. Fifty years later, that hair has long turned silver, and Penske has won the Indianapolis 500 so many times that he’s become just as much a part of the race as “Back Home Again in Indiana.” But that shirt? Still crisp and white. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by noon on Saturday, May 25.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Kumar Rocker looks almost out of place on a pitcher’s mound. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Vanderbilt freshman played defensive end in high school, and football runs in the family. His father, Tracy, was the first Southeastern Conference player to win both the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy at Auburn before four seasons in the NFL. Uncle David was defensive tackle for four seasons for the Los Angeles Rams in the early 1990s. Kumar, named by his mother to honor his Indian heritage, chose baseball over taking on offensive linemen. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, video.


Again, if you have questions about the Sports Showcase Digest or the material listed, please reach out to Oskar Garcia at 215-446-6632 or ogarcia@ap.org.


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