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. 1
HUESCA, Spain — Always faithful, never surrender. The motto has guided the small club of Huesca as it endured more than three decades in the lower divisions of Spanish soccer. Now, thanks to the work by two former players who a decade ago set out a plan to revamp the modest club, Huesca’s never-give-up attitude is being put to the test at the highest level: Spain’s La Liga. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING 900 words, photos and video by noon Saturday.
SUNDAY, Sept. 2
TEN--DIVERSITY IN TENNIS
Venus and Serena Williams have been a nearly constant presence at the U.S. Open since the debut of Arthur Ashe stadium 21 years ago. Their inspiration has left a mark on aspiring young players and the tennis landscape. Those influenced by the Williams sisters include 14-year-old American Coco Gauff and defending U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens. By Melissa Murphy. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by noon Sunday.
MONDAY, Sept. 3
SOC--RUSSIA-WORLD CUP MOMENTUM
Russia’s World Cup momentum on the football field seems to be fading as its clubs struggle to qualify for top European competitions and sell off top players. In smaller cities, though, the World Cup has sparked new enthusiasm among fans despite problems maintaining the new stadiums. By James Ellingworth. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m. Monday.
FBN--MR. SMITH’S WASHINGTON
Alex Smith is everything Kirk Cousins couldn’t be enough of for the Washington Redskins. He’s an established, veteran NFL quarterback who signed on long term and is already being called by teammates the kind of leader they needed. Smith’s arrival made things feel “different” for the Redskins, and now it’s up to him to make that translate to the field. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 750 words, file photos by noon Monday.
TUESDAY, Sept. 4
SOC--EUROPE’S NEW COMPETITION (Previously listed under the slug SOC--Nations League Debuts)
GENEVA — The newest international soccer competition kicks off this week with many fans unclear exactly how it will work. Europe’s Nations League will see top-ranked teams play each other in 3-team groups this fall, and send the winners to a Final Four tournament next June. It also kicks off a complex road to 2020 European Championship qualifying playoffs that guarantees at least one low-ranked team will play at the tournament. What’s more, UEFA and FIFA already have plans for a global version for every national team. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m. Tuesday.
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5
FBN--PACKERS-WILLIAMS IN THE RING
GREEN BAY, Wis. — If he had to do it all over again while growing up, Tramon Williams might have traded in his football cleats for boxing gloves. For now, the Green Bay Packers’ veteran cornerback will settle on working boxing into his offseason routine. The 35-year-old Williams says the workouts help him stay in shape and keep his stamina up so he can hit the ground running in training camp. “I feel like I missed my calling, you know what I’m saying?” he said with a laugh. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m. Friday.
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