BC-Sports Showcase Digest,ADVISORY

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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.

MONDAY, April 16

BBC–THE NEXT BOONE

PRINCETON, N.J. – Jake Boone heads from his last class of the afternoon to Princeton’s baseball field, where as a freshman on the Tigers he is trying to put himself in position to make his the first four-generation major league family. His great-grandfather, Ray, was a two-time All-Star infielder from 1948-60. His grandfather, Bob, was a four-time All-Star catcher from 1972-90, then managed Kansas City from 1995-97 and Cincinnati from 2001-03. His father Bret, was a three-time All-Star second baseman in a big league career from 1992-05. And uncle Aaron is managing the New York Yankees. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos moving by 3 a.m. Monday.

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