• BC-Sports Showcase Digest

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    A look ahead to top enterprise and feature stories planned globally by AP Sports. New digests will go out each Thursday and Monday and will be repeated on other weekdays. Please note that story plans may change depending on news and other issues.

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    All times are Eastern.

    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. SENT: 700 words, photos.

    CAR-INDY 500

    INDIANAPOLIS - There was a time when “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” was considered one of the biggest sporting events in the world. It’s impossible to maintain that magnitude for 103 years and the Indianapolis 500 has dipped in popularity. But IndyCar is starting a renaissance of sorts, with interest slowly returning each year. The hype is back at the speedway this year, and the field Sunday is the tightest in race history. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 800 words, photos.

    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.

    TUESDAY, May 28

    BKC--VANDERBILT-ROCKER

    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. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, video.

    WEDNESDAY, May 29

    FBC--NCAA-TRANSFER WAIVERS

    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.

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