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Weekly Roundup: June 13th-19th

Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and graduate of IUPUI Sports Capital Journalism Program, profiles new Milwaukee Bucks GM Jon Horst.

Bob Kravitz of WTHR in Indianapolis tells the story of Colts GM Chris Ballard and his two adopted children.

Mike Jensen of the Philadelphia Inquirer tells the story of Mike Gibson and his work distributing basketballs in inner city Philadelphia.

Jere Longman of the New York Times describes the situation surrounding former track star Jarmila Kratochvilova’s world record time in the 800 meters and the push to void it.

Jack McCallum of Sports Illustrated tells the story of former Golden State All-Star Tom Meschery and his reconnection with the team.

Weekly Roundup: June 6th-12th

NHL Hall of Famer Mike Bossy pens a letter to himself at age 14 for the Players Tribune.

Tim Kurkjian of ESPN writes about the terror of being hit by a major league fastball.

Sam Borden of ESPN tells the heartbreaking story of the plane crash that killed most of the Brazilian soccer team, Chapecoense.

Bryan Curtis of The Ringer looks back on the 25th anniversary of The Jordan Rules.

Andy Benoit of MMQB spent 24 hours with Los Angeles Rams new head coach Sean McVay, the youngest coach in NFL history.

Weekly Roundup: May 30th-June 5th

Seth Davis looks back on his 22 years with Sports Illustrated in his final article with the magazine.

Tommy Caldwell writes in Outside that he fears for his close friend, climber Alex Honnold, after he became the first person to free solo climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

Luke O’Neil of Esquire writes about his personal battle with an eating disorder, exercise bulimia.

Tom Junod of ESPN tells the story of the men who brought Muhammad Ali’s body to its final resting place.

Will Sharp of Vice Sports profiles the prolific career of Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Michael Rosenberg of Sports Illustrated writes an open letter to Kevin Durant.

Remembering Sports Writing Legend Frank Deford

Sports writing giant Frank Deford died this week at the age of 78. Reactions to his passing have poured in as members of the sports media tip their cap to one of the most influential writers in the history of the industry. Here is a small taste of the remembrances from some of the best writers in the country.

What Frank Deford Meant to Sportswriting,” Bryan Curtis, The Ringer

Frank Deford, one of the best and most elegant sportswriters, was a dreamer who allowed the rest of us to dream, too,” Mike Lupica, New York Daily News

Frank Deford wrote with sincerity, giving depth to completed sports figures,” Sally Jenkins, Washington Post

He wrote like he was always shooting for something : Remembering SI legend Frank Deford,” Alexander Wolff, Sports Illustrated

The final piece was written in 2012 after Deford accepted the Red Smith Award, the highest honor of the Associated Press Sports Editors.

2012 Red Smith Award: Deford’s legendary career included the ‘alpha and omega’ of sports,” Matt Traub, Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin

Sato’s late charge gives Japan its first Indy 500 victory

By Ryan Gregory

Sports Capital Journalism Program

INDIANAPOLIS –Takuma Sato had been on many dates with the Indy 500, but this was the first that ended with a kiss.

Sato waited seven long years to lay his lips on the bricks of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including a final-lap disappointment in 2012. On Sunday, Sato became the first Japanese driver to win The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

Sato emerged from a frantic chase of global competitors, outlasting three-time Indy 500 Champion Helio Castroneves of Brazil, newcomer Ed Jones of the United Arab Emirates, Max Chilton of Great Britain and two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso of Spain to claim the Borg-Warner Trophy.

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