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    FRIDAY, July 19

    OLY--JAPAN’S FIRST GOLD MEDAL

    TOKYO _ Few noticed when Mikio Oda won Japan's first Olympic gold medal way back in 1928 in Amsterdam. The era in which Oda competed puts next year’s Tokyo Olympics into sharp relief, where at least $20 billion is being spent to ready the city. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 1 a.m.

    MONDAY, July 22

    OLY--TOKYO-1 YEAR MARK

    TOKYO _ Despite scandals, rising costs, and doubts about the economic payoff, the Tokyo Olympics will be a must-see event _ if you can find tickets. One year from the opening ceremony, ticket demand exceeds supply in Japan by at least 10 times, probably more. And it’s a similar story for buyers outside Japan. By Steve Wade. UPCOMING: 1,300 words, photos by 1 a.m.

    With: OLY--Tokyo-1 Year Mark-Photo Gallery. Photos by Jae C. Hong.

    TUESDAY, July 23

    ESPORTS-ALL-GIRLS SCHOOL

    A private school near Cleveland has become the first U.S. all-girls school to launch a varsity esports program. The team at Hathaway Brown is coached by J Collins, a former U.S. Department of Education employee who has concerns about patterns of inequity in the budding collegiate esports scene. Collins hopes to set an example for how high schools can attract more girl and gender minority gamers so those players can take advantage of scholarship opportunities. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m.

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