BC-Sports Showcase Digest,ADVISORY
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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THURSDAY, Sept. 20
SAN JOSE, Calif. —Chris Wondolowski’s soccer path evolved over years, much slower and with far less fanfare than many of the American stars. He played in college at tiny, Division II Chico State. That’s what makes the Major League Soccer record he is chasing even more remarkable. Wondo, as the San Jose Earthquakes star is widely known, is on the cusp of the MLS all-time goals record— held by Landon Donovan, arguably the greatest U.S. player ever. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos and video by 2 a.m. Thursday.
Another trip across the Atlantic turned into another failure for the Americans in the Ryder Cup, at least on paper. Their only hope is that the tide started turning in defeat. A new model emerged from the loss in Scotland that allowed for players to have more control and the team to have more continuity. For one Ryder Cup, a 17-11 at Hazeltine in 2016, it worked. The real test comes outside Paris, where the Americans will try to end 25 years without winning on European soil. “In order to take the next step, we wanted to have a winning Ryder Cup record in the next 10 Ryder Cups. To do that is pretty simple,” U.S. captain Jim Furyk said. “You have to win on the road. Eventually, we’re going to have to do that.” By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 5 p.m. Thursday.
WITH: GLF--Ryder Cup-US Capsules, GLF--Ryder Cup-Facts & Figures, GLF--Ryder Cup-Rosters.
FRIDAY, Sept. 21
CAR--THE NEXT DEEGAN
She wants to be known as the next Deegan, not the next Danica. But for up-and-coming stock car driver Hailie Deegan, it’s proving easier to distance herself from her motocross icon of a father, Brian Deegan, than the comparisons to Danica Patrick. That’s because it’s still rare to find women making inroads in racing’s top series. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 a.m. Friday.
BKL--WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
TENERIFE, Spain — The women’s basketball world descends on Spain for the FIBA Women’s World Cup that starts this weekend. The U.S. will be trying for a third consecutive title — something the Americans have never done before. Standing in the way will be Australia and the host nation. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon Friday. With: BKL--Women’s World Cup Players to Watch and BKL--Women’s World Cup-Things to Know.
GLF-RYDER CUP-CAPTAIN BJORN
The captaincy of Europe’s Ryder Cup team has taken Thomas Bjorn to places he never could have imagined: The Elysee Palace for breakfast with the French president; Val d’Isere to hit some golf shots from a mountain top; the home of a delusional fan in southern England. Now it’s destination Paris for what will be the high point of a career that has seen him become one of European golf’s elder statesmen inside both the ropes and the boardroom. By Steve Douglas. 700 words by 3 p.m. Friday.
WITH: GLF--Ryder Cup-European Capsules.
SATURDAY, Sept. 22
ATLANTA — For a player who has always had to settle for second-best of his generation, Phil Mickelson has one record that not even Tiger Woods can touch. Neither can anyone in Europe. Mickelson is playing in his 12th consecutive Ryder Cup, a testament to a career that has been so steady and at times spectacular that he has had 55 teammates over the last 23 years, from Curtis Strange and Corey Pavin to Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau. There’s one glaring omission from his Ryder Cup legacy. “This is most likely my last chance to go over to Europe and to be a part of a winning U.S. team in Europe,” he said. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m. Saturday. WITH: GLF--Ryder Cup-Trivia Quiz. GLF--Ryder Cup-Hole by Hole. GLF--Ryder Cup-Yardage-Par.
GIRONA, Spain — La Liga’s idea of taking a regular-season game between Barcelona and Girona to the United States to promote Spanish soccer has gained praise but also a lot of criticism. The league has offered compensation packages to supporters of the small Catalan club which will be relinquishing a home game in the league, including paid trips to Miami. Many will be taking them, but some already said they’ll pass. By Joseph Wilson. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, SNTV video by noon Saturday.
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.
THURSDAY, Sept. 27
NEW YORK — The major league batting average is on track to drop below .250 for the first time since 1972 and strikeouts could top hits for the first time ever. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 2 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.
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