BC-Sports Showcase Digest
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.
TUESDAY, Oct. 9
BKN--NBA DIVERSITY-FRONT OFFICES
The NBA usually gets high marks for its diversity efforts and is widely viewed as a leader on social issues. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes the league needs to be better, and he made his feelings known in a memo to teams in the wake of the Dallas Mavericks’ embarrassing scandal. Several NBA teams tout statistics about women in their workforce, but beyond a handful — including Jeanie Buss and Gale Benson — the next step for the NBA seems to be more women CEOs and COOs. By Teresa Walker. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 a.m. Tuesday.
A look at the increased diversity among NBA coaches around the league including new hires David Fizdale in New York, Memphis’ J.B. Bickerstaff, Lloyd Pierce in Atlanta, Charlotte’s James Borrego, Igor Kokoskov in Phoenix, Dwane Casey in Detroit— and Becky Hammon moved a step closer to a head job with a promotion in San Antonio. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 1 p.m. Tuesday.
THURSDAY, Oct. 11
Turns out, even two-time World Cup overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin gets nervous in the start gate. Like throat closing, eyes watering, suit feels too tight, stomach feels nauseous, sort of nervous. It first struck her two years ago and hit her again before the Olympic slalom race last winter when she finished fourth. “Just a fear of not doing well enough for everybody,” she explained. “It’s something I’ve been dealing with and trying to find a way to take a different mentality.” Shiffrin opens her quest for a third straight overall crown in Soelden, Austria, with a giant slalom on Oct. 27. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m.
FRIDAY, Oct. 12
There was a game earlier this month where an Australian drove past a Slovenian and passed the ball to a man from Cameroon, and all that happened in China. This is what the NBA always envisioned when taking the game to different corners of the globe, and there’s no end in sight to the international growth for basketball. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 a.m. Friday.
— With: BKN--NBA-International Footprint-Rising Stars. A look at the next wave of international players. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds.
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17
HKN_WOMEN IN HOCKEY
The only issue Sabres president Kim Pegula has with Hayley Wickenheiser becoming the first female hired to an NHL hockey operations job in Toronto is how the Maple Leafs beat Buffalo to the punch. Wickenheiser’s hiring last summer and Pegula taking over as hockey’s first female team president in May are clear signs women are finally making inroads into what has predominantly been a men-only league. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 5 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Everything about 2018 is going almost exactly to plan for Monique Lamoureux-Morando and twin sister Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson. First, the sisters helped the United States end a 20-year championship drought at the Olympics by scoring the final goals to clinch gold. Now the twins from North Dakota are expecting their first children and enjoying the maternity leave benefits that are still new for some of the nation’s top women’s national teams. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 820 words, photos, video by 5 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17.
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