BC-Sports Showcase Digest,ADVISORY

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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.



PARIS – Because teams can only field 11 players at one time, there will be squad members at the World Cup who don’t get to play at all. Dealing with their frustrations, keeping them motivated and making sure they don’t sap team morale will be among the challenges for coaches in Russia. Players who went to the last World Cup in Brazil but didn’t play tell The Associated Press there are myriad ways for unused substitutes to still be useful for their teams and that those who sulk won’t be tolerated. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. UPCOMING: 960 words, photos by 3 a.m. on Tuesday.

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