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Sato Wins Second Indy 500

By Evan Lande | @landemann

Sports Capital Journalism Program

            Takuma Sato won the Indianapolis 500 for the second time, this one under a yellow flag that ended Scott Dixon’s chase following Spencer Pigot’s crash with five laps to go. The 104th running on Sunday – the first without fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic – ended with an anticlimax that made Sato the 20th multiple winner. The achievement was a stark contrast from the beginning of the season, when a crash during qualifying kept Sato out of the race at Texas.

            Sato, 43, now joins Emerson Fittipaldi and Bobby Unser as the only drivers with two Indy 500 victories in their 40’s. “Simply an amazing day,” Sato said. “I just can’t think of a word for it. A big thank you to everyone.”

            Most of the race was dominated by Scott Dixon, who led 111 laps. The New Zealander entered Sunday’s race ninth overall on the Top Ten Lap Leaders at IMS having led 452 laps. His performance moved him up to third on the all-time lap leader list with 563. Dixon follows behind Al Unser, the all-time lap leader at IMS with 644 laps led and Ralph DePalma, second on the list, who has led 612.

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The Last Night of the Season: ‘This is a scary time for all of us’

By Will Hogsett | @WHHogsett

Sports Capital Journalism Program

INDIANAPOLIS – On the last night of the college basketball season, Indiana University coach Archie Miller remembered how he delivered the information that shook the world of his players. “It was like telling them a family member was sick, or something happened to somebody,” Miller said. “Obviously, our guys are in tune with what’s going on with the virus. But when you say, ‘Fellas, you’ve got to hear this, but the NBA season has just been canceled,’ you see a bunch of young guys looking at you like, yeah, what we’ve been telling you is things are kind of serious.

“Go wash your hands,” he said. “Make sure you’re doing what you’re supposed to do right now.”

The intensified discussion of bracketology, a rite of conference tournament week that had inspired Miller’s indelicate references to Sesame Street while criticizing commentator Joe Lunardi of ESPN, had been temporarily forgotten.

“I think the big concern for us right now is the collegiate game,” Miller said. “I think we’re all sitting here teetering on worrying about not only the Big Ten tournament in the next 48 hours, but what happens after Sunday. So I think that’s obviously a little bit nerve-racking for a lot of people right now.”

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NCAA Cancels Men’s, Women’s Basketball Tournaments in an Abrupt End to the Season

By Dylan Hughes | @ByDylanHughes

Sports Capital Journalism Program

INDIANAPOLIS – The National Collegiate Athletic Association reached the unprecedented decision to cancel its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments on Thursday in response to rapidly-growing concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

The men’s tournament, which has been played annually since 1939, continued uninterrupted throughout World War II and conducted a championship game hours after an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in 1981. The women’s tournament has been held each year since 1982.

“This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat,” a statement read, “our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to the spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.”

Earlier in the day, about 15 minutes before the second round of the Big Ten men’s tournament was scheduled to begin here, the conference announced that it would cancel the remainder of the tournament, effective immediately, due to the same concerns.

Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren said the decision was the result of an evaluation over the past six weeks with information from a recently-formed Infectious Disease Committee. “I spent a lot of time thinking through this,” he said during a press conference at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, “meditating on it, and really this morning praying on what is the right thing to do for the health and safety of our student-athletes…

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NCAA Cancels Men’s, Women’s Basketball Tournaments

Editor’s Note: In an unprecedented decision, the NCAA announced Thursday afternoon that its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments have been cancelled as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The men’s tournament had taken place each year since 1939, while the women’s tournament had been held since 1982.

Sports Capital Journalism students Will Hogsett and Dylan Hughes are reporting on the cancellations of the Big Ten men’s tournament and the NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments. Here is the NCAA statement:

https://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/ncaa-cancels-remaining-winter-and-spring-championships

Big Ten Cancels Men’s Basketball Tournament

Editor’s Note: The Big Ten Conference issued the following statement late Thursday morning, minutes before the scheduled game between Rutgers and Michigan at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Sports Capital Journalism Program students Dylan Hughes and Will Hogsett will file reports this afternoon.

The Big Ten Conference announced today that it will be canceling the remainder of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, effective immediately.

The Big Ten Conference will use this time to work with the appropriate medical experts and institutional leadership to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The main priority of the Big Ten Conference continues to be the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, fans and media as we continue to monitor all developing and relevant information on the COVID-19 virus.