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BC-Sports Showcase Digest

December 20, 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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As with all our operations, we welcome and want your feedback. If you have thoughts or questions about the Sports Showcase Digest or the material listed, please reach out to Oskar Garcia, deputy sports editor for presentation and storytelling, at 215-446-6632 or at ogarcia@ap.org.

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. UPCOMING: 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 #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.

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