BC-Sports Showcase Digest,ADVISORY
A look ahead to top enterprise and feature stories planned globally by AP Sports. New digests will go out each Thursday and Monday and will be repeated on other weekdays. Please note that story plans may change depending on news and other issues.
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All times are Eastern.
SATURDAY, Sept. 22
ATLANTA — For a player who has always had to settle for second-best of his generation, Phil Mickelson has one record that not even Tiger Woods can touch. Neither can anyone in Europe. Mickelson is playing in his 12th consecutive Ryder Cup, a testament to a career that has been so steady and at times spectacular that he has had 55 teammates over the last 23 years, from Curtis Strange and Corey Pavin to Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau. There’s one glaring omission from his Ryder Cup legacy. “This is most likely my last chance to go over to Europe and to be a part of a winning U.S. team in Europe,” he said. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m. Saturday. WITH: GLF--Ryder Cup-Trivia Quiz. GLF--Ryder Cup-Hole by Hole. GLF--Ryder Cup-Yardage-Par.
GIRONA, Spain — A feud has erupted in Spanish football about La Liga’s unprecedented plan to hold a regular-season match in the United States. The league and clubs are for it. The Spanish soccer federation and players’ union are against it. And in the middle, born-and-raised local fans are divided over their future in a sport that is expanding its global profile. By Joseph Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. Eastern.
TUESDAY, Sept. 25
Fifty years ago, Marlin Briscoe became the first black quarterback to play in the American Football League. He started five games for the Denver Broncos and was runner-up for AP’s AFL Rookie of the Year award in 1968. The Pro Football Hall of Fame calls the Omaha, Nebraska, native the first black quarterback in the modern era of pro football. He opened the door for many, including Carolina’s Cam Newton and Seattle’s Russell Wilson, who both pay homage to him. Briscoe spoke to The Associated Press about his rough road and the evolution of black players at the position. Though he sees progress, he is concerned that Colin Kaepernick has not been brought back to the league since his decision to kneel during “The Star Spangled Banner” to protest racial and social inequality. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26
SKI--WARHORSE’S NEW LIFE
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Two-time Olympic medalist in downhill skiing Andrew Weibrecht is forging a new life since he retired in May. He’s back in college to complete his undergraduate degree and is learning the ropes of the family business, the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, video by 3 a.m. Wednesday.
THURSDAY, Sept. 27
NEW YORK — The major league batting average is on track to drop below .250 for the first time since 1972 and strikeouts could top hits for the first time ever. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 2 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.
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