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BC-Sports Showcase Digest

January 21, 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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TUESDAY, Jan. 22


ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ Former Michigan star Rashan Gary is the CEO of his own sports agency, fulfilling a vision he had as a high school star in New Jersey. The defensive end has already recruited one NFL prospect to Rashan Gary Sports. And, he hopes to land more players from MLB, the NBA and NHL by promoting the agency as a place professional athletes can take advantage of their power. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m. Tuesday.



Mid-major men’s basketball teams often have to deal with student-athletes who complete their degrees early and leave for a more established program for their final year of college eligibility. Those departures make it difficult for coaches at mid-majors to maintain their teams. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m. Wednesday.



SailGP, the new sailing league founded by tech billionaire Larry Ellison of Oracle Corp. and five-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts, goes from concept to reality next month with the inaugural regatta on Sydney Harbor. It will feature the world’s fastest sailboats, 50-foot catamarans that will fly across the tops of waves at more than 50 mph, and some of the world’s most accomplished sailors. It’s not the prestigious America’s Cup, and that’s OK with these sailors, who are eager to get racing in the supercharged F50 cats. “Nothing like this has been done in sailing,” said Tom Slingsby, an America’s Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist who will skipper the Australian team. Six teams will compete at five tour stops, with the finale being a winner-take-all, $1 million match race between the top two teams to crown the 2019 champion. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m. Thursday.

FRIDAY, Jan. 25

CAR-IMSA-Zanardi’s Return

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Alex Zanardi never once felt sorry for himself after he lost both legs in a 2001 crash the weekend Champ Car was the only U.S.-based sports league to compete following the Sept. 11 attacks. Zanardi nearly died and has valued every day since as a gift. He became a Para cyclist and won four gold medals in two different Olympics. He’s won the New York City Marathon’s handcycle class and finished in the top 20 for his age group in an Iron Man competition. Zanardi also found a way to race again, with prosthetic legs he designed himself, and won in that, too. He’s now using innovation and his long partnership with BMW to compete at Daytona International Speedway in the Rolex 24 endurance race without his prosthetics. It’s Zanardi’s first event in North America since he lost his legs. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 a.m. Friday.


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