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BC-Sports Showcase Digest,ADVISORY

September 17, 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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All times are Eastern.


MONDAY, Sept. 17


It’s early in a college basketball game and Team A methodically falls behind 10-6. Scattered around the bleachers, several fans staring at their smartphones celebrate silently: they have bet on Team B to be the first to reach 10 points and even promised two Team A starters a cut of the winnings. With dozens of states rushing to capitalize on the U.S. Supreme Court lifting a federal ban on sports gambling, will fixed scenarios like the one above be far behind? By David Porter and Regina Garcia-Cano. SENT: 1,500 words, photos. With abridged version of 800 words and glance of sports betting scandals in the United States.

TUESDAY, Sept. 18


Even with young star Auston Matthews and longtime Islanders captain John Tavares in the fold, the Maple Leafs are in no rush to name a captain for a franchise that hasn’t had one since early 2016. But what’s in a “C″ exactly? For a sport rooted in the tradition of captains, a third of NHL teams could go into opening night without one. Hockey players still believe in the value of one captain, but that theory is being tested. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 900 words, file photos, video by 3 a.m. Tuesday.

THURSDAY, Sept. 20


SAN JOSE, Calif. —Chris Wondolowski’s soccer path evolved over years, much slower and with far less fanfare than many of the American stars. He played in college at tiny, Division II Chico State. That’s what makes the Major League Soccer record he is chasing even more remarkable. Wondo, as the San Jose Earthquakes star is widely known, is on the cusp of the MLS all-time goals record— held by Landon Donovan, arguably the greatest U.S. player ever. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos and video by 2 a.m. Thursday.

FRIDAY, Sept. 21


She wants to be known as the next Deegan, not the next Danica. But for up-and-coming stock car driver Hailie Deegan, it’s proving easier to distance herself from her motocross icon of a father, Brian Deegan, than the comparisons to Danica Patrick. That’s because it’s still rare to find women making inroads in racing’s top series. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 a.m. Friday.

TUESDAY, Sept. 25


Fifty years ago, Marlin Briscoe became the first black quarterback to play in the American Football League. He started five games for the Denver Broncos and was runner-up for AP’s AFL Rookie of the Year award in 1968. The Pro Football Hall of Fame calls the Omaha, Nebraska, native the first black quarterback in the modern era of pro football. He opened the door for many, including Carolina’s Cam Newton and Seattle’s Russell Wilson, who both pay homage to him. Briscoe spoke to The Associated Press about his rough road and the evolution of black players at the position. Though he sees progress, he is concerned that Colin Kaepernick has not been brought back to the league since his decision to kneel during “The Star Spangled Banner” to protest racial and social inequality. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.


Again, if you have questions about the Sports Showcase Digest or the material listed, please reach out to Oskar Garcia at 215-446-6632 or ogarcia@ap.org.


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