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BC-Sports Showcase Digest

December 3, 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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MONDAY, Dec. 3


If Stephanie Gilmore wins the gold medal when surfing makes its Olympic debut next year, it might be considered a very nice bonus. Now in the conversation as the greatest of all time on the women’s side in her sport, Gilmore successfully fought for another prize — equal pay for the women — on the professional tour where she and the rest of her rivals make their living. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 800 words, photos.



PLYMOUTH, Mich. — USA Hockey has developed the nation’s top players for more than two-plus decades, producing a quartet of No. 1 overall picks in the NHL draft, including Auston Matthews and Patrick Kane. The next one, Jack Hughes, may be the best one. The dynamic, smooth-skating center is the most talented player the National Team Development Program has ever had, according to one of its original staff members. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5.

MONDAY, Dec. 10


MADRID — In a speech during Real Madrid’s most recent general assembly, president Florentino Perez spoke proudly about how eSports will be part of the club’s future. Perez also talked about a possible Real Madrid theme park in the Spanish capital. But when asked about when the club was going to create a women’s team, Perez didn’t answer the question. The club that calls itself the best in the world remains far behind other top European teams when it comes to women in soccer. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m. Monday.


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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