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BC-Sports Showcase Digest

November 22, 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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As with all our operations, we welcome and want your feedback. If you have thoughts or questions about the Sports Showcase Digest or the material listed, please reach out to Oskar Garcia, deputy sports editor for presentation and storytelling, at 215-446-6632 or at ogarcia@ap.org.

All times are Eastern.

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FRIDAY, Nov. 23

OLY--FINDING SAFE HAVEN

CARTHAGE, Mo. —The story of how Haven Shepherd ended up in the United States is so unthinkable, it elicits gasps— sometimes an occasional, almost involuntary “Oh my God” — from the people who hear it. Unwanted by her parents, they placed her between them after they strapped bombs to themselves in an attempted family suicide. She was 14 months old. She lost both legs below the knees but survived, to later be adopted by a family in Missouri who came to Vietnam thinking they’d be bringing her home for someone else. Now on a path that could lead her to the Paralympics in 2020, the 15-year-old swimmer is as aware as anyone that the journey is every bit as important as the destination. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 1,500 words, photos, video by 3 a.m. Friday.

MONDAY, Nov. 26

SOC--WORLD CUP-QATAR’S PREP

DOHA, Qatar — Four years from the start of the 2022 World Cup, the signs of progress across Qatar are hard to miss: from the seemingly endless sea of construction cranes that dot the landscape to the state of the art venues to the genetically engineered strain of grass designed to hold up in the middle of the desert. The logistics, however, might be the easy part for the small Muslim nation as it attempts to balance the political and cultural stakes of hosting one of the world’s largest sporting events. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 a.m. Monday.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28

SKI--TEAM X-FACTOR

Foreste Peterson thought her ski racing career was over as she finished her senior season at Dartmouth last winter. Out of the blue, the former U.S. ski team member received an offer almost too good to be true: Free housing, travel and coaching to keep her on the slopes. She’s a member of Team X, an all-female development ski team based in Park City, Utah. The team currently backs four athletes from four different countries. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m. Wednesday.

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