• BC-Sports Showcase Digest

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    All times are Eastern.

    WEDNESDAY, May 15

    HKN--LONG CUP RUNS

    When Mike Rupp went on a Stanley Cup run with New Jersey in 2003, he forgot to pay his bills because nothing outside playoff hockey mattered. He’s not alone. For players who grow out long playoff beards and are involved in the madness of the NHL postseason, the grass doesn’t get cut, anything but family and hockey gets ignored because of the pursuit of the silver chalice. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 700 words, photos.

    FRIDAY, May 17

    SOF--HALEY’S HOPE

    Haley Harrison was taught all her life to be mentally strong, never show any weakness. It helped the Idaho State senior on the softball field, but wreaked havoc on her mind as she struggled with mental illness. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 a.m. Friday.

    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 ET 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 ET 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 ET 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 ET on Wednesday, May 22.

    THURSDAY, May 23

    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. ET on Thursday, May 23.

    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. ET 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 ET 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 ET on Saturday, May 25.

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