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BC-Sports Showcase Digest

December 21, 2018
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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.

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FRIDAY, Dec. 21

OLY--GYM’S PARKOUR GRAB

PARIS — For a dare, the inventors of parkour used to hold each other upside down by the feet on a drop large enough to kill them if they slipped. From those high-adrenaline beginnings in the outskirts of Paris, parkour has now become such a global success — even featured in Daniel Craig’s first spin as James Bond — that the governing body of gymnastics is trying to annex it. By John Leicester. SENT: 1,000 words, photos by 5 a.m. Friday.

SUNDAY, Dec. 23

YE-ME TOO-SPORTS

The powerful victim’s impact statements delivered by dozens of women sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University team doctor Larry Nassar did more than provide a much-needed release: it signaled a sea change in the (hash)MeToo movement in sports, one that could have a ripple effect for years to come. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4 p.m. Sunday.

MONDAY, Dec. 24

HKN--PRIMING THE PUMP

Each offseason, the NHL adds dozens if not hundreds of European players and writes big checks to keep them coming. Last year alone, the league paid over $35 million in transfer fees to European federations, money that goes back into development and keeps the talent flowing to the top hockey league in the world. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 750 words, file photos by 5 a.m. Monday.

TUESDAY, Dec. 25

HKW_USA HOCKEY-MAKING A LIVING

PLYMOUTH, Mich. — Kelly Pannek is on pace to graduate from the University of Minnesota in the spring with a finance degree and internship experience in wealth management, making her a prime candidate to get hired in the business world. Pannek, though, plans to put her off-ice-career on hold because the 2018 Olympic hockey player can afford to thanks to a landmark deal USA Hockey agreed to with elite women in the sport less than two years ago. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 a.m. Tuesday.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26

SPORTS BETTING-TRIBES

A Native American tribe in Mississippi earlier this year became the first to open a sports book on tribal lands outside Nevada following a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling. But months after tribes cheered the end of a ban on sports betting, only two have opened sports books. That’s because the regulatory challenges and low-margin nature of the business have prompted them to carefully weigh whether their casinos truly need the amenity. By Regina Garcia Cano. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 3 a.m. Wednesday.

THURSDAY, Dec. 27

FBN--FOX-25 YEARS

Terry Bradshaw thought his career as a football analyst was over in 1993 when CBS lost the NFL rights to Fox. Instead of going back to cattle ranching, he has had a front-row seat to the biggest sports broadcasting story of the past quarter century. The score box, audio that brings viewers closer to the game, the one-hour pregame show and giving a big production feel to sporting events. All of that was put in motion 25 years ago this month when Fox won rights to broadcast NFL games for $1.6 billion over four years. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 1000 words, photos by 3 a.m. Thursday.

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