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BC-Sports Showcase Digest

March 18, 2019

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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TUESDAY, March 18

BKC--NCAA-SPORTS BETTING

WASHINGTON _ As the NCAA prepares to stage its first basketball championships since the Supreme Court allowed legal sports betting in any state that wants it, the organization remains opposed to gambling on its events. But it’s not denying reality, either. This year, women’s games are all but certain to be played in Mississippi, where people have been betting on college sports since last summer, and men’s games will be played in Washington at an arena that could have a full-service onsite sports book this time next year. The NCAA is still trying to figure out what rules to put in place to acknowledge the spread of legal gambling but it has no plans to move events away from places with legal gambling. By Ben Nuckols. 800 words, photos by 10 a.m. Tuesday.

WEDNESDAY, March 20

OLY--BRIDGE’S TROUBLED WATERS

PARIS _ When the world’s top bridge player tested positive for one of the steroids Lance Armstrong used to cheat the Tour de France, it was easy to snigger. Juicing in cards? Ha! But within the game recognized as a bona fide sport by the International Olympic Committee many are seething, angry not with the player, Geir Helgemo, but with the anti-doping regime that bridge signed up to in its fruitless chase for a spot in the Olympic Games. By John Leicester. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m. Wednesday.

THURSDAY, March 21

BKN--BUCKS-FROM VERY DEEP

Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez made three 3-pointers in his first eight NBA seasons. He’s made more than 400 in the three seasons since, and it’s not uncommon to see him taking shots from 30 feet or deeper. Lopez has taken more 3s this season than any 7-footer in history, and it’s one of the biggest reasons why Milwaukee has been the NBA’s top success story so far this season. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 11 a.m. Thursday

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