BC-Sports Showcase Digest,ADVISORY

March 13, 2018 - 4:25 pm

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WEDNESDAY, March 14

BKC--COACH AND MOM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After each Florida State game, Terance Mann calls his mom as both recap how it went. Mann's conversation is different compared to most mother-son talks after games because his mom, Daynia La-Force, is the women's basketball coach at Rhode Island. Mann is one of the few Division I players who learned most of the game from his mom. "She taught me a lot about the game. I didn't realize until I got here how much," said Mann, who is Florida State's leading scorer and has the Seminoles heading to the NCAA Tournament in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2012. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 750 words, photos, video by 4 a.m. Wednesday.

BKC--NCAA-BONDED BY TRAGEDY

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Dan D'Antoni was a 21-year-old coaching assistant at Marshall back in 1970, and a babysitter, too. He was at the home of a friend and major program supporter for the Thundering Herd one night when a plane carrying members of the Wichita State football team crashed in Colorado, killing 31 people. Six weeks later, he was watching some of the booster's six children with his dad when the news somehow was even worse: Another plane had crashed, killing 75 — including the booster and members of the Marshall football team. D'Antoni left Marshall a year later, the athletic department ripped apart by the crash. D'Antoni is back at Marshall and has the Herd in the NCAA Tournament, where the opening game Friday will come against Wichita State — two schools forever linked by tragedy all those years ago. By John Raby and Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 p.m.

THURSDAY, March 15

HKN--CENTERS OF ATTENTION

Building down the middle has always been a Stanley Cup recipe, though now it's important to have more than just four good centers in the NHL. The Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning are already stacked with centers all over their lineups and when contenders added at the deadline, it was no shock what position they cared most about. You can never have too many centers all the time, but especially down the stretch and in the playoffs. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 800 words, file photos by 5 a.m. Thursday.

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