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BC-Sports Showcase Digest

May 28, 2019

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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. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.



A year ago, an NCAA directive changed the waiver process, providing a better opportunity for athletes in all sports to play right away after transferring instead of sitting out a year. Still, some requests are denied. In fact, the rate of waiver approval across all sports is about in line with the previous four years. In football, the approval rate is down slightly. That’s led frustrated players to vent on social media and coaches to complain about the consistency of NCAA rulings. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m. Wednesday.



Maverick Handley has struck quite the impressive balance as a Stanford student-athlete playing baseball and pursuing a future in medicine. Even his teammates and coaches don’t know how he does it, using every hour in the day to make himself better. He’s planning to get drafted next week and to first pursue a professional career, then one day go to medical school. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 a.m. Thursday.


When Samantha Bussanich, Dare Sutton and Hannah Mathiesen saw a lack of young people overseeing their horses at a 2016 racing meet, they decided to start Nexus Racing Club with the aim of getting more people their age involved. It could take years to see the full progress, but for a sport with an aging fan base and industry, it’s a first step toward making horse racing younger _ and it’s led by young women. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos, video by 5 a.m. Thursday.



ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ It’s hard enough for compulsive gamblers trying not to bet anymore. Now, in a growing number of places, they’re being bombarded with ads urging them to bet on sports. It’s a temptation they didn’t have to face a year ago. And it’s raising questions as to how tightly sports betting advertising should be regulated in the United States. By Wayne Parry. UPCOMING: 1,600 words, photos by noon Saturday.


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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