BC-Sports Showcase Digest, ADVISORY,409

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THURSDAY, May 17

BBC--COLLEGE BASEBALL ANALYTICS

The use of analytics is nothing new in the major leagues. More college teams like Illinois also are buying into the study of launch angles and exit speeds on batted balls and spin rates of pitches and any other specialized statistic they can isolate. The Illini relied on a sophomore computer science major Charlie Young to gather and compile their data, and now he's interning in the Baltimore Orioles' analytics department. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m. Thursday.

FRIDAY, May 18

SAI--AROUND THE WORLD RACE-ENVIRONMENT

NEWPORT, R.I. — It was only natural for the Volvo Ocean Race to do everything it can to minimize its impact on the environment, but the around the world sailing race wasn't content to just write a check to offset its carbon footprint. "The environment is our racetrack, it's our playground," said Meegan Jones, who calls herself the plastic police for the event. By Jimmy Golen. About 900 words, photos by 3 a.m. Friday, May 18.

MONDAY, May 21

LACROSSE IN LIMBO

Three predominantly Native American youth lacrosse teams in South Dakota are trying to find opponents after being kicked out of their league amid their concerns about racial abuse. Coaches and players are angry, but their first priority is getting back on the field. They're finding support as they work to find ways to continue playing a game that originated with their ancestors and means a lot more to them than just competition. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m. Monday.

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