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THURSDAY, May 3

BKN–PLAYOFFS-SHOOTING SLUMPS

They call it ”The Menu.” Warriors star Stephen Curry and his right-hand shooting man, Bruce Fraser, detail together what the two-time MVP might need to work on any given day. Maybe it’s catch and shoots. Or off-the-dribble work. Sometimes, ballhandling into shot. It’s one of several approaches taken by players who might be looking to bust out of a shooting slump. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 800 words William Karlsson Jersey , photos by 3 a.m. Thursday.

CYC–COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS-RATO’S RIDE

Every so often, a particularly steep descent will intimidate the 23-year-old Spanish cyclist. Understandable, considering that nearly four years ago Mauro Rato blew a tire during a race in Spain, crashed into a wall and broke six vertebrae. It’s been a long climb back – one that landed him in Grand Junction, Colorado, and riding for Colorado Mesa University. He will be among the favorites as the USA Cycling collegiate road national championships roll into Rato’s backyard this weekend. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 12 p.m. Thursday.

FRIDAY, May 4

FBO–RECYCLING THE PAIN

CINCINNATI – Defensive lineman Devon Still retired from football and started his second career, trying to help families cope with childhood cancer. He’s using lessons learned through his experience with 7-year-old daughter Leah, who became a national story during her recovery from the disease. Still calls it a way of recycling the pain and helping others heal. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 800 words David Krejci Jersey , photos by 3 a.m. Friday.

MONDAY, May 7

BUFFALO RISING?

BUFFALO, N.Y. -It has never been easy being a sports fan in Buffalo, where losing – and the way the NFL’s Bills and NHL’s Sabres have lost – has been as customary as the winters are long and wings spicy. The teams’ most notorious moments even have names for them, be it the Bills’ ”Wide Right,” or Sabres’ ”No Goal.” And yet, a renewed sense of hope has arisen in this rust-belt city after the Bills selected quarterback Josh Allen in the first round of the draft, and the Sabres won the NHL draft lottery over the span of three days. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 3 a.m. Monday.



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The Vikings were pretty good in the red zone last year.

But then they changed quarterbacks and lost their play-caller.

That’s why they’re spending so much time on the close-to-the-end zone stuff in OTAs, as quarterback Kirk Cousins adapts to his new environment.

??e??e spent an awful lot of time, I think this is our fourth day in the red zone,??Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said, via Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. ?? think it?? just important we get a lot of work in there. We put a big emphasis on it last year. We??e going to continue to do so.??/p>

While Cousins has found some early rapport with tight end Kyle Rudolph, the rest of the passing game is a work in progress. With new?coordinator John DeFilippo putting in new things, there’s a big emphasis on installation this time of year, with a new set of basics like snap counts and play calls.

??hat?? why we??e doing it. It?? not easy,??Cousins said. ??t is condensed. You have to be on the screws. Your throws have to be that much more accurate. The routes have to be that much more perfect in terms of the depth Womens Derek Dorsett Jersey , the cut and the timing. That?? why we??e practicing it right now. . . .

??ach play helps build a confidence. Helps build a rapport with the receivers, with the tight ends. Try to get on the same page with the centers, protection calls. It is a lot of new, a lot of chemistry that still has to be built.??/p>

Of course, the Vikings paid Cousins a ton of money to build it, so their expectations are going to be high.

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