BC-Sports Showcase Digest,ADVISORY

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TUESDAY, April 10

BKN–PLAYOFFS-THE REFS

MIAMI – This was a season that saw superstars get ejected, a referee held out of games for a week after getting too aggressive with a player and the NBA going door-to-door to remind teams to play nice. The referee-player relationship is as thorny as ever, and that’s not a good thing going into the postseason. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m. Tuesday.

HKN–PLAYOFF PRIMER-NEED FOR SPEED

NHL executives, coaches and players are quick to say the game is played faster than ever. Technology is available to track how fast players are skating, how hard they’re shooting and how quickly they’re getting the puck from end to end. ”That’s the next wave,” Vegas general manager George McPhee acknowledged. As the expansion team prepares for the playoffs, McPhee was not interested in sharing any secrets. ”I don’t tell people what we do,” McPhee said. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

WEDNESDAY, April 11

GLF–GRAYBEARD COLLEGIAN

BELLEVUE, Neb. – Don Byers didn’t know he was auditioning for a spot on the Bellevue University golf team when coach Rob Brown joined his group as a guest at his club last August. Byers was booming drives close to 300 yards, making his putts and was 2-under par after nine holes. Brown asked Byers if he had any eligibility left. Byers thought it was a joke. It wasn’t. Now he’s a 61-year-old freshman on the Bellevue golf team. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos and video by 3 a.m. Wednesday.

THURSDAY, April 12

BKN–WARRIORS-DIFFERENT PATH

OAKLAND, Calif. – Stephen Curry on the sidelines again, this time with a hurt knee. No longer the No. 1 seed. Piecing together rotations based on who’s available through illness and injury. Steve Kerr’s coaching tested. It hasn’t exactly been an easy course down the regular-season stretch for the defending NBA champions. The Golden State Warriors are used to being the best out West, the No. 1 seed and the team everyone in the NBA seeks to unseat. Not this time as they go after a repeat title. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 2 a.m. Thursday.

FBC–KINGSBURY’S CRUNCH TIME

LUBBOCK, Texas – Kliff Kingsbury still draws cheers on the video board at Texas Tech basketball games, five years after he was the popular hire who unified a fractured football program at his alma mater. The former quarterback has just two winning seasons and a losing overall record heading into his sixth year. As much as fans on the West Texas plains want one of their own to succeed, patience wanes. And after declaring immediately following a win at Texas last fall that he was giving Kingsbury another season, athletic director Kirby Hocutt wants the Red Raiders to be relevant in the Big 12 championship conversation every November. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m. Thursday.

FRIDAY, April 13

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING-THEN AND NOW – One was an attacker. One was a volunteer first responder. One lost her leg. Another lost his little boy. And a police officer very nearly lost his own life. Half a decade ago, these five lives probably never would have intersected. By William J. Kole. UPCOMING: 980 words, photos by 1 a.m. Friday. With BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING-TIMELINE – A timeline of events related to the Boston Marathon bombing. UPCOMING: 710 words, photos by 1 a.m. Friday.

BKN–LEBRON-BETTER THAN EVER

CLEVELAND – Amid the chaos of a highly irregular regular season, LeBron James thrived. And now in his 15th season, James, showing no signs of slowing down at 33, heads into the playoffs with a different Cleveland from the one he began with but still expectations that he can get to his eighth straight NBA Finals. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 1 p.m. Friday.

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