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BC-Sports Showcase Digest

December 19, 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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Note: The story slugged Esports-Getting Women in the Game will not move on Thursday as originally planned but will move at a later date. We will specify when we have a new slot.




The United States is sending a pair of teams to a European snow volleyball tour event in Moscow this week (Dec. 20-22), a boost for the sport as it tries to grow a worldwide footprint. Four-time Olympian Lloy Ball, who won the gold medal with the U.S. indoor team in 2008, will play in the tournament and hopes to bring home some information on how the Americans can compete as the new discipline tries to earn a spot in the 2026 Olympics. If it does, volleyball would be the first sport to be a part of both the Summer and Winter Games. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 750 words, photos.

FRIDAY, Dec. 21


PARIS — For a dare, the inventors of parkour used to hold each other upside down by the feet on a drop large enough to kill them if they slipped. From those high-adrenaline beginnings in the outskirts of Paris, parkour has now become such a global success — even featured in Daniel Craig’s first spin as James Bond — that the governing body of gymnastics is trying to annex it. By John Leicester. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 5 a.m. Friday.

SUNDAY, Dec. 23


The powerful victim’s impact statements delivered by dozens of women sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University team doctor Larry Nassar did more than provide a much-needed release: it signaled a sea change in the (hash)MeToo movement in sports, one that could have a ripple effect for years to come. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 p.m. Sunday.

MONDAY, Dec. 24


Each offseason, the NHL adds dozens if not hundreds of European players and writes big checks to keep them coming. Last year alone, the league paid over $35 million in transfer fees to European federations, money that goes back into development and keeps the talent flowing to the top hockey league in the world. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 750 words, file photos by 5 a.m. Monday.


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