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The ‘Last Box to Tick’ Makes Power the Indy 500 Champion

By Josh Roller

Sports Capital Journalism Program

INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time, Australia is home to a winner of the Indianapolis 500. Will Power delivered the victory on Sunday to give team owner Roger Penske his 17th victory in the 102nd running. Power emerged after six lead changes in the last 25 laps to win the race for the first time in 11 starts.

“Overwhelming.” he said. “Amazing. It’s funny, you forget where you are, you’re so immersed in the race…On the white flag lap I started screaming because I just knew I was going to win it.”

After years of hard work, Power, who had often become frustrated on oval courses, became the first driver to sweep the two Indianapolis races in one month of May, as he won the IndyCar Grand Prix two weeks earlier. The victory on Sunday was the 34th of Power’s career.

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Weekly Roundup: May 9 – May 21

Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) of The Athletic takes a deep dive into Penn State starting quarterback Trace McSorley and how he reached this point in his career.

Tony Barnhart (@MrCFB) of TMG College Sports remembers former SEC Commissioner Mike Slive and his impact in the SEC and away from it.

Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) of The Athletic looks at the Golden State Warriors and how they’ve stayed together and avoided the drama that can plague an NBA franchise.

Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) of Sports Illustrated remembers his time with the company in his last Monday Morning Quarterback column.

Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) of The Lansing State Journal explains how Michigan State has helped prepare Jaren Jackson Jr. and Miles Bridges unlike any other school.

Zak Keefer (@ZKeefer) of The Indianapolis Star looks back at the last time a spectator was killed during the Indianapolis 500.

Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) of ESPN takes a long look at the NBA Western Conference Finals featuring the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.

Kevin Arnovitz (@KevinArnovitz) of ESPN dives into the Philadelphia 76ers drastic rebuild and tries to determine whether or not it was worth it.

Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) of Sports Illustrated profiles Matt Millen as he fights a rare disease, knowing he’ll eventually need a heart transplant.

Jerry Barca (@JBarca) of Forbes explains how Pat Chambers went from being on the hot seat to earning a four-year contract extension.

Weekly Roundup: May 2 – May 8

Dave Sheinin (@DaveSheinin) of The Washington Post details how Hall of Fame pitcher Palmer dove into his family history to see if he was a Kennedy.

Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) of The San Francisco Chronicle details how Stephen Piscotty helped his mother cope with her ALS before she passed.

Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated explains how Matt Harvey’s time with the Mets came to an end.

Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) of The Athletic profiles Cory Hahn and his path to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ front office.

Bud Shaw (@budhsaw) of Cleveland.com looks back at his time with Cleveland.com and The Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Ailene Voisin (@ailene_voisin) of The Sacramento Bee takes a look at her time at The Sacramento Bee just before it comes to an end.

Jen McCaffery (@jcmccaffery) of The Athletic dives into Dustin Pedroia’s latest injury and how he intends on coming back for good.



Weekly Roundup: April 24 – April 30

Noam Scheiber (@noamscheiber) of The New York Times profiles Doris Burke and her rise to being one of the top analysts in the NBA.

Matt Bonesteel (@MattBonesteel) of The Washington Post describes one of the more unique traditions in the NHL and how some Tennessee Titans players got involved with it.

Brittany Bronson (@BrittanyBronso1) of The New York Times explains how the Las Vegas Golden Knights have taken over the city and are making hockey a must-see event there.

Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater)of The Athletic chronicles the history of Steve Kerr and Alvin Gentry and how the two have gotten to this point in their careers.

Scott Cacciola (@ScottCacciola) of The New York Times discusses how the influx of international players has come with a milieu of swearing on the court in many languages and confounding referees who are often the target.

Jordan Ritter Conn (@jordanconn) of The Ringer profiles Dario Saric and how the city of Philadelphia has fallen in love with the Croatian sensation.

Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) of the Athletic profiles Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck and his love for history and taking risks.

Commission Recommendations Endorsed by NCAA Leadership

By Jon Sauber | @JonSauber

Sports Capital Journalism Program

INDIANAPOLIS — The independent Commission on College Basketball recommended that the National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association abolish the “one-and-done” rule in a 60-page report designed to preserve the traditional amateur status of athletes while addressing the factors that have led to highly-publicized scandals.

The commission, created last October after the arrest of 10 individuals in an ongoing investigation of corruption in the college basketball industry, released its recommendations on how to fix college basketball that included allowing players to have access to agents, allowing undrafted players to return to school, levying harsher penalties for rules violations and outsourcing some enforcement cases.

The commission began its statement by addressing the one-and-done rule.

“First, we must separate the collegiate track from the professional track by ending one-and-done,” commission chairman Condoleezza Rice said in a prepared statement. “We call on the NBA and the NBPA, who exclusively have the power here, to once again make 18-year-olds eligible for the NBA draft so that high school players who are drafted may proceed directly to the NBA.”

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