BC-Sports Showcase Digest,ADVISORY
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FRIDAY, Sept. 14
SONOMA, Calif. — Scott Dixon has blazed his way through the record books to cement himself as the greatest IndyCar driver of his generation. One more championship will give him five, second in the open wheel record books only to A.J. Foyt. It’s just numbers to Dixon, who goes into Sunday’s season finale with the championship lead and no care whatsoever where he ranks among the all-time greats. Although he’s chased this year’s championship as hard as he has in any season the most Dixon will say about the prospects of a fifth title are that “it will mean we’ve had an OK season.” By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING. 800 words, photos by noon Friday.
SOC--SOUTH AMERICAN SPOTLIGHT
SAO PAULO — Brazilian soccer players are making rare interventions into politics as a far-right candidate’s campaign polarizes the country. Several Brazilian players have endorsed or criticized Jair Bolsonaro, who was stabbed last week by an attacker who claims to be upset about racial slurs made by the candidate. By Mauricio Savarese. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by noon Friday.
SATURDAY, Sept. 15
SOC--WCUP-TWO MONTHS LATER
The World Cup is over, and so is Russia’s relaxed approach to policing. During the tournament in June and July, Russians and foreigners alike found the police on their best behavior. A new round of unauthorized protests across Russia on Sunday against the pension changes saw police and National Guard officers beat protesters with truncheons. By James Ellingworth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by noon Saturday.
MONDAY, Sept. 17
US--SPORTS GAMBLING-FIGHTING THE FIX
It’s early in a college basketball game and Team A methodically falls behind 10-6. Scattered around the bleachers, several fans staring at their smartphones celebrate silently: they have bet on Team B to be the first to reach 10 points and even promised two Team A starters a cut of the winnings. With dozens of states rushing to capitalize on the U.S. Supreme Court lifting a federal ban on sports gambling, will fixed scenarios like the one above be far behind? By David Porter. UPCOMING: 1,500 words, photos by 10 a.m. Monday. With abridged version of 800 words and glance of sports betting scandals in the United States.
TUESDAY, Sept. 18
HKN--NO CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN
Even with young star Auston Matthews and longtime Islanders captain John Tavares in the fold, the Maple Leafs are in no rush to name a captain for a franchise that hasn’t had one since early 2016. But what’s in a “C″ exactly? For a sport rooted in the tradition of captains, a third of NHL teams could go into opening night without one. Hockey players still believe in the value of one captain, but that theory is being tested. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 900 words, file photos, video by 3 a.m. Tuesday.
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