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FRIDAY, May 17
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.
MONDAY, May 20
ASHBURN, Va. _ Inside the Washington Redskins recovery room, players get laser therapy on what looks like a tanning bed, freeze at minus-200 degrees in a cryotherapy chamber and float in a giant pod of salt water as meditation music plays. A masseuse and chiropractor are available too, and when they go home there's a specially designed mattress. These state-of-the-art machines and techniques are how the Redskins hope to cut down on injuries after leading the NFL in players on injured reserve last season, and they hope a full offseason of recovery will help in 2019 and beyond. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video by 5 a.m. Monday.
The Greatest Spectacle in Racing has long been synonymous with the Wide World of Sports. But for the first time in the iconic history of the Indianapolis 500, fans will have to flip from ABC to NBC to catch the Memorial Day weekend tradition. The network acquired the rights to the race _ and the rest of the IndyCar Series _ and is going big as it ushers in a new era for the race. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by noon Monday.
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.
_ 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.
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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