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Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Thursday, June 13, 2019

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^Disco Demolition at 40: 2 views of an explosive promotion that caught fire<

BBO-DISCODEMOLITION-SPORTSPLUS:TB — Sports teams rarely celebrate the forfeiture of a game, but the White Sox are handing out 10,000 T-shirts at Thursday's Yankees game commemorating next month's 40th anniversary of Disco Demolition Night.

Like radio personality Steve Dahl's July 12, 1979, event itself, the giveaway is not without controversy. For one thing, it has reopened old debates about whether there were deeper, uglier undercurrents to the rejection of a musical genre extending to the segments of the population that first embraced it.

1600 by Paul Sullivan and Phil Rosenthal in Chicago. MOVED



Thursday's games

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

Pittsburgh at Atlanta, 12:10 p.m. EDT

Seattle at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m.

Toronto at Baltimore, 7 p.m.

LA Angels at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

St. Louis at NY Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Texas at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Detroit at Kansas City, 8 p.m.

NY Yankees at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

San Diego at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at LA Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.


^Mac Engel: If the Cowboys want Gregory back, Jerry Jones has to get NFL to update its drug policy<

FBN-ENGEL-COLUMN:FT — Suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory remains in the NFL's drug rehab program, and his status for the 2019 NFL season is now a guessing game.

The Cowboys do not know what is going to happen with Gregory after he flunked his fourth drug test, and was placed on the suspended list.

Say this for Gregory, he is consistent.

The Cowboys are hopeful the NFL will not be harsh on Gregory, and that he will potentially be available for the entire season.

700 by Mac Engel in Frisco, Texas. MOVED


^Brad Biggs: If Bears QB Trubisky makes big leap this season, he could be in line for new contract next year<

FBN-BIGGS-COLUMN:TB — Looking ahead to a season packed with optimism and soaring expectations, the Bears on Thursday begin a six-week break before training camp, and the most improved player from this time last year has to be Mitch Trubisky.

It's encouraging to hear Trubisky say he has gotten a lot better in this offseason program, which concludes with the final minicamp practice Thursday at Halas Hall. More entrenched in the offense. More confident and raring to go when the Bears arrive at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.

950 by Brad Biggs in Chicago. MOVED



^Marcus Hayes: The Sixers could have won it all, but loss to Raptors could prove beneficial<

^BKN-HAYES-COLUMN:PHI—<Four fateful bounces. Quadruple-doink. Call it what you will

Kawhi Leonard's last, lucky shot in the Eastern Conference semifinals, as painful as it might have been at the time for the 76ers, might carry unintended benefits. Because they could have won it all, just as the Raptors had a shot to do so Thursday night in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Wait. How could winning a title be a bad thing?

Well, it wouldn't have been a bad thing, exactly.

700 by Marcus Hayes. MOVED


Thursday's game

TNS expects coverage from the following game:

Toronto at Golden State, 9 p.m. EDT


^Washington finds star athlete's sexual assault allegation credible, but athletic executive quietly moved on<

VOL-WASHINGTON-ASSAULT-INVESTIGATION:SE — Cassandra Strickland was a star volleyball player at the University of Washington when she says an executive in the athletic department offered her a ride home, then sexually assaulted her in his truck.

She hesitated for months before reporting it to school officials, who investigated and found her allegations against senior associate athletic director Roy Shick to be credible, and that the sexual contact was unwanted.

The school reached a settlement with Strickland, agreeing to pay for up to $20,000 in therapy on the condition she waive any claims against the school.

Hardly anyone was told of the investigation's findings. Not even police.

1900 by Asia Fields in Seattle. MOVED



^New documentary, 'Loopers,' celebrates caddies' place in golf history<

GLF-CADDIES-DOCUMENTARY:OS — The golfer-caddie relationship can span 18 holes or a lifetime.

Whatever the case, the bond is unique and integral to a player's success and enjoyment of the game.

The new documentary "Loopers; The Caddie's Long Walk" explores and celebrates these partnerships and, in many cases, friendships that have developed during the course of the game's rich history.

The 80-minute film is alternately educational, enlightening and emotional for those who enjoy golf, history or stories of human connection. Written by Carl Kramer, directed by Jason Baffa and narrated by actor Bill Murray, "Loopers" will be available on DVD this fall.

1250 by Edgar Thompson in Orlando, Fla. MOVED



^Brendan Marks: Should NASCAR allow cheating? How about bending the rules?<

^CAR-MARKS-COLUMN:CH—<Nobody likes a cheater, right?

But what if we actually do?

Now, the idea of that just sounds wrong. Understandably so, since most of us are taught from a young age that cheating is unethical. It's a form of lying, stealing, or whatever other "bad" thing you want to call it. From grade school to graduation, we're taught not to cheat — in school, sports, relationships and just about everything else in life.

That's all true. Our parents were right (savor that, Mom!) — by no means am I endorsing cheating, not on your work and not on other people.

650 by Brendan Marks. MOVED



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