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BC-Sports Showcase Digest

October 1, 2018
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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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NEW YORK — Now that the regular season is finally in the books, one day later than expected, it’s time to hand out baseball’s individual prizes. Christian Yelich seems a cinch for NL MVP, but is it Mookie Betts or Boston teammate J.D. Martinez in the AL? Jacob deGrom or Max Scherzer for the NL Cy Young Award? Shohei Ohtani or Miguel Andujar for AL Rookie of the Year? By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by 4 a.m.



LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska ranks No. 5 all-time in major-college football wins and was among the most dominant teams from the 1970s through the ’90s. Things aren’t what they used to be. The Cornhuskers, at 0-4, are off to their worst start since 1945. They’ve lost 14 of their last 18 games, and last weekend they dropped an eighth in a row for the first time in the program’s 129-year history. Unfathomable is the way those who coached against those powerhouse teams of yesteryear describe the fall. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m. Thursday.


SEATTLE — There could be no more appropriate send off for KeyArena than to see the NBA once again played under its roof. The former home of the Seattle SuperSonics will hold its final event on Friday night when the Golden State Warriors meet the Sacramento Kings in a preseason NBA game. Afterward, the building will be shuttered, remodeled and if all goes to schedule, reopened as the gleaming home to a new NHL franchise in two years. And possibly, someday, the NBA once again. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 750 words by noon on Thursday.

FRIDAY, Oct. 5


The 29-year-old surfer from Hawaii doesn’t participate in a lot of contests. Doesn’t like the pressure. Matt Meola is more of a soulful sort of surfer who likes to fish, hunt, has a cowboy hat collection and is raising a deer. He’s backed by a big sponsor and has a filmographer constantly following him wherever he goes. He may not be that recognizable now, but just might be when surfing makes its debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games. That is, if Meola elects to compete. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m. Friday.


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