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BC-Sports Showcase Digest

May 3, 2019

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.

FRIDAY, May 3

HKN--STEVENS AND DANEYKO

SECAUCUS, N.J. _ After teaming up to help the New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup three times, retired defensemen Scott Stevens and Ken Daneyko are back together on the other side of the camera doing TV at NHL Network. After developing on-ice chemistry over 12 years, doing it on the air is a new challenge. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

SATURDAY, May 4

US--RETAIL SPORTSBOOKS

Mobile apps might drive the future of sports gambling in the United States, but casinos are still betting big on physical sportsbooks as legal wagering expands to new places. Lounges, bars and other shiny new spaces are giving casinos and other operators a new way to attract patrons for things besides betting on sports. By Wayne Parry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by noon Saturday.

SUNDAY, May 5

HKN--BETTMAN’S PARITY

NEW YORK _ There’s nothing NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman likes to trumpet more than his league’s parity, what he repeatedly calls “competitive balance.” It was the goal of the implementation of the salary cap back in 2005 to even the ice between big- and small-market franchises, and the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs is the culmination of that. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by noon Sunday.

MONDAY, May 6

SOC--WWCUP-DIFFERENT FIGHTS

For women in many parts of the world, a level playing field in soccer can simply mean any playing field. Players in Latin America face clear economic and cultural challenges when it comes to soccer and sports overall. Their struggle is entirely different from that faced by the U.S. women’s national team and its fight for equitable pay. With the Women’s World Cup in France less than a month away, Latin American women are increasingly calling attention to the game’s gender disparities _ and they’re starting to see some results. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 3 a.m. Monday.

TUESDAY, May 7

ON FOOTBALL-MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED

Success for a college football coach is best determined over an extended period of time.UCLA and Florida State fans might not want to hear that these days. Florida State’s Willie Taggart and UCLA’s Chip Kelly topped the 2018 list of newly hired coaches Most Likely to Succeed, and then flopped in their debut seasons. There is still plenty of time for them to live up to the lofty expectations. Keep that in mind as we rank this season’s new FBS coaches by Most Likely to Succeed. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 1000 words, photos by 3 a.m. Tuesday.

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