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.


NOTE: the WCup-Two Months Later story will move Sunday instead of Saturday because of news developments related to the story.


FRIDAY, Sept. 14


SAO PAULO — Brazilian soccer players are making rare interventions into politics as a far-right candidate's campaign polarizes the country. Several Brazilian players have endorsed or criticized Jair Bolsonaro, who was stabbed last week by an attacker who claims to be upset about racial slurs made by the candidate. By Mauricio Savarese. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. Friday.

SUNDAY, Sept. 16


Of the four people who protested on the field during the World Cup final, one is now in intensive care and another spent part of the week in a police cell. While the circumstances in both cases are far from clear, activists say they see a more repressive side of the Russian state returning two months after the World Cup ended. By James Ellingworth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by noon Sunday.

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. UPCOMING: 1,500 words, photos by 10 a.m. Monday. 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.

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.


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