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BC-Sports Showcase Digest

May 21, 2019

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WEDNESDAY, May 22

TEN--FRENCH OPEN PREVIEW

All these years later, men’s tennis is still all about the Big 3 as the sport heads to the French Open on May 26. Roger Federer returns to Roland Garros for the first time since 2015. Rafael Nadal seeks a record-extending _ and hard-to-fathom _ 12th title in Paris. Novak Djokovic bids to claim a fourth Grand Slam trophy in a row for the second time in his career, something neither of his two great rivals ever did even once. How much longer can this terrific trio continue to thrive? By Howard Fendrich and Andrew Dampf. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by noon on Wednesday, May 22.

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_ TEN--FRENCH OPEN-WOMEN’S CAPSULES. A look at women to watch in Paris. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by noon on Wednesday, May 22.

_ TEN--FRENCH OPEN-MEN’S CAPSULES. A look at men to watch in Paris. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by noon on Wednesday, May 22.

_ TEN--FRENCH OPEN GLANCE. A quick look at the year’s second Grand Slam tennis tournament. UPCOMING: 300 words by noon on Wednesday, May 22.

THURSDAY, May 23

CAR—INDY 500-DEAD TRADITIONS

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. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 a.m. Thursday.

TEN--FRENCH OPEN-TRIVIA QUIZ

Test your knowledge of the French Open tennis tournament, which starts May 26. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 a.m. on Thursday, May 23.

HKN--FACES OF CONCUSSIONS

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. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos, video by 5 a.m. Thursday.

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HKN--CONCUSSION PROGRESS

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. UPCOMING: 600 words, file photos by noon Thursday.

FRIDAY, May 24

TEN--FRENCH OPEN-O CANADA

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.

SATURDAY, May 25

TEN--FRENCH OPEN-THE CHALLENGERS

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.

TEN--FRENCH OPEN-WHAT TO WATCH

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.

CAR-INDY 500-GOLDEN PENSKE

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.

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