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Weekly Roundup: April 18-24

In light of Dale Earnhardt’s recent announcement that he will retire at the end of the 2017 season, here’s a look back at Tommy Tomlinson’s feature on NASCAR’s most popular driver.

Outside the Lines of ESPN published troubling news from Indiana University on its treatment of injured athletes.

With the NFL Draft coming up, Rob Demovsky of ESPN wrote an oral history of Aaron Rodgers’ 2005 draft day experience as the last player on set in the green room.

It’s an event when Wright Thompson publishes a new piece. This one is on the driving force behind Miami Heat president and NBA legend Pat Riley.

Erik Malinowski of Bleacher Report did an exhaustive feature on what has made Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr so successful.

Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated wrote a story on 17-year-old Hunter Greene, who could be baseball’s next great star.

Weekly Roundup: April 11-17

Ryan O’Hanlon lays out what we as fans already know. Playoff basketball is very different than regular season basketball.

Russell Westbrook’s high school teammate and close friend collapsed and died on the court in the middle of a game.

Isaiah Thomas lost his sister to a car wreck, then had an epic performance in Game 1.

Peter King had a heartfelt tribute to the Pittsburgh Steelers late owner, Dan Rooney.

Investigative reporters Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr. of ESPN explore how Mark Davis pulled off the deal to move the Raiders to Las Vegas.

Hallie Grossman profiled the ever growing legend of Kyle Schwarber.

Sports Journalism alums join current students for career panel

By Mark Alewine

INDIANAPOLIS- Two IUPUI sports journalism alums joined current students in the program for a career panel detailing their stories in navigating the sports industry and building their careers.

Kate Guerra and Katie Donnar fielded questions from students as well as panel facilitator, Dr. Pamela Laucella, covering everything from how to deal with professional rejection to what they’ve learned as women working in sports. Continue reading Sports Journalism alums join current students for career panel

Weekly roundup: April 3-April 10

The strange story of how Swansea City’s mascot, Cyril the Swan became an assault suspect

Monty Williams lost his wife in a car accident last year. Sports Illustrated does a searing portrait of a grieving man and the rebuilding of a family

Sally Jenkins writes about Sergio Garcia’s first Masters win, which was a long time coming

The Indianapolis Star tells the long tale of Todd Leary’s road from IU to prison to feeding the homeless

A lighthearted editorial on covering golf and the media center at Augusta National

Kevin Durant’s jersey number and a look behind-the-scenes of the murder of a youth-league coach

A conversation on the repercussions of the NHL’s Olympic decision

An open letter to Tiger Woods on success and its influence (or non-influence) on joy


Postcard from Arizona: Reclaiming a dream on a championship night

My first sports story was to cover a girls’ softball game at William Blount High School in Maryville, Tenn.

It was cold day in early Spring. The sky was overcast and gray with a constant threat of rain. I paid to get in, not knowing any better, and I sat on the top row of cold, metal bleachers. William Blount’s pitcher, a muscular, blonde-haired girl, was dominant that day and shut down the opposing batters. Her coach was a short woman with brown hair and a glowing smile. I knew very little about the technical side of softball, and it showed in my questions. Continue reading Postcard from Arizona: Reclaiming a dream on a championship night