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BC-Sports Showcase Digest,ADVISORY

August 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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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jim Harbaugh was hailed as the savior when he came back to Michigan, where he was a star quarterback, to turn around college football’s winningest program. Harbaugh hasn’t been able to do it yet in part because quarterback wasn’t a position of strength in his first three years. It is now. Mississippi transfer Shea Patterson is expected to be under center, and perhaps taking shotgun snaps, when the Wolverines open the season in a highly anticipated matchup under the lights at Notre Dame. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video by 5 p.m. Thursday.

SUNDAY, Aug. 26


AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Air Force defensive back Garrett Kauppila wears No. 22 in honor of the 22-month gap between him and his older brother. It’s a strong bond that was only fortified last season. His brother suffered a brain injury in a motorcycle accident in California and a few days later Kauppila broke his collar bone while blocking a punt. Kauppila de-enrolled from the academy for a semester to heal and help take care of his brother -- living in a trailer outside the hospital. No. 22 is back on the field and has a big fan in his older brother, who’s still recuperating. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by noon Sunday.

TUESDAY, Aug. 28


Barry Sanders’ Heisman-winning 1988 season has stood the test of time as one of the best in college football history. Sanders set 34 NCAA records for Oklahoma State that season, and many of those marks still stand — among them, his 2,628 yards rushing, 238.9 yards rushing per game and 37 rushing touchdowns. Thirty years later, he believes his records will be caught someday. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos, video by 3 a.m. Tuesday.


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