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BC-Sports Showcase Digest,ADVISORY

September 6, 2018

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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FRIDAY, Sept. 7

FBN--SEAHAWKS-SHAQUEM’S START

RENTON, Wash. — Twelve-year-old Logan Powell was already a die-hard Seattle Seahawks fan, even growing up in a household with a Steelers-loving dad. If possible, Powell’s fandom of the Seahawks was amplified when Seattle selected Shaquem Griffin in the fifth-round of the NFL draft last spring. Griffin will play his first regular season game on Sunday in Denver and may be a starter for the Seahawks, yet another moment where the rookie provides inspiration to amputees like Powell. “He’s just proved he can do whatever he wants because he worked hard for it,” Powell said. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m. Friday.

MONDAY, Sept. 10

FBC--COLORADO-TAYLOR’S FAITH & FOOTBALL

BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado linebacker Davion Taylor didn’t play high school football due to religious beliefs. A Seventh Day Adventist, he would practice all week with his team and then sit out since the church observes the Sabbath from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday. Once he turned 18, Taylor, after consulting with his mom, made the decision to take the field. He walked on at Coahoma Community College in Mississippi, where he blossomed into the nation’s top-rated outside linebacker and drew Colorado’s interest. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by noon on Monday.

TUESDAY, Sept. 11

CAR--INDYCAR-SAM SCHMIDT

PORTLAND, Ore. — The man pushed through a small crowd to get to Sam Schmidt as the IndyCar owner watched his two race teams tune engines. With tears in his eyes, the man leaned toward Schmidt’s ear and repeatedly thanked him. Schmidt nods but doesn’t ask the man about his effusive gratitude. “Happens about 10 times a weekend,” Schmidt said. “You never know what the connection is.” Schmidt was rendered a quadriplegic 18 years ago in an IndyCar crash, yet never quit the sport he loves so much. But racing has been just as cruel to Schmidt in team ownership: Dan Wheldon was driving a Schmidt car in his fatal 2011 crash, Schmidt driver James Hinchcliffe nearly died in a crash at Indianapolis and Robert Wickens is currently hospitalized with a spinal cord injury. Schmidt doesn’t ask why all this tragedy plagues him or his race team. He just assumes his own accident in 2000 put him in a unique position to help so many others. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING. 1000 words, photos by 3 a.m. Tuesday.

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