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TUESDAY, May 8
WEDNESDAY, May 9
NEW YORK – Sam Darnold figured he needed to really crank his right arm on long throws, but it created a slight dip in his mechanics – a flaw that jumped off the film to many scouts. So, the quarterback worked with friend and mentor Jordan Palmer on fixing his motion by using a high-tech football designed by Wilson that gathered performance-based data to show that Darnold gained no extra velocity or distance from dropping his arm a little lower. Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick in the draft by the New York Jets, and Palmer are now part of an advisory board for Wilson, which is developing the next-generation technology for a football the company hopes can help college and NFL teams in the future. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, video by 3 a.m. Wednesday.
THURSDAY, May 10
MADRID – Julen Lopetegui was stepping into a tricky endeavor when he took over the Spanish national team two years ago. Largely untested, he was handed the difficult task of replacing veteran manager Vicente del Bosque and revamping La Roja’s aging squad. It was up to Lopetegui to find a way to restore the national team’s confidence after two demoralizing early eliminations in its most recent tournaments. By successfully mixing talented youngsters and fading veterans, and by giving the team a fresh identity, he made Spain a top contender again heading into the Russia World Cup. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m. Thursday.
FRIDAY, May 11
BERKELEY, Calif. – Darren Baker walks through the California dugout shortly before first pitch, finds his famous father in the last row of the stands, smiles and points. Dusty Baker nods and gives his college freshman son and second baseman the peace sign. Then Darren is off to play another game, his dad now watching him regularly at last after all those years of Baker managing in the major leagues and bouncing around the country. He lost his job with Washington after last season, even after the Nationals won a second straight NL East title. It has been a blessing of sorts for Baker. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 a.m. Friday.
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