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NOTE: The story that was slugged SOC–Brazil-Del Nero Survives and promised on the Showcase Digest for Dec. 21 will not move because the material was used for spot news on Friday, Dec. 15.
TUESDAY, Dec. 19
OLY–THE CLIMATE GAMES-ECONOMICS
PARK CITY, Utah – With winters growing warmer and ski seasons starting later, billions of dollars are at stake for the ski industry. Nobody feels that impact more than world champion freestyle skier Jon Lillis, who needs snow to do his day job, and to keep business brisk at the restaurant he owns in the ski resort town of Park City. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m. Tuesday.
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 20
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee linebacker Wesley Woodyard went vegetarian after finally getting a taste of the delicious burgers his teammates ate in the locker room. He has plenty of company on defense too with 11 Titans jumping on the plant-based diet with lunches delivered by the Cordon Bleu-trained wife of linebacker Derrick Morgan. The stereotype is NFL players chow down on platters of meat to survive and thrive, but the veggie-fueled Titans rank among the league’s best defenses. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20.
THURSDAY, Dec. 21
PYEONGCHANG – The cold is back for the Winter Games. After two straight balmy Olympics where some might have wondered if it was even winter, let alone the world’s pre-eminent freeze-dependent sporting event, athletes and visitors alike will finally experience a no-joke chill in their bones during the games. How cold? So cold that locals say windows sometimes break. So cold that tears well in the eyes within seconds. So cold that men have been known to flashback to being posted for hours in frozen silence on the frontline during mandatory military service in their youths. So cold the ink in a pen grows sluggish and dies as it scribbles over a page. ”We all hope it will be better in February, but if it’s like it is now, there will be big trouble. It’s just too cold for outsiders,” says Choi Jong Sik, 64, who smirks as a visiting reporter sheds layers of clothing like a snake sheds skins. By Foster Klug. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, video by 1 a.m.
FRIDAY, Dec. 22
US HOCKEY RISING
In the first 20 years of the IIHF World Junior Championship tournament, Team USA managed two podium finishes – bronze medals in 1986 and 1992. The state of USA hockey has improved, and the results of the Junior Championship – the annual tournament for the world’s best players 20 and under – reflects the development work and higher profile of the sport in a nation where hockey is only the sixth most popular sport. The US has won gold medals three times since 2010, including last year when they beat Canada in a shootout in the riveting final game. But the Americans haven’t been able to successfully defend a title, nor have they been able to win a junior tournament on their own soil. That could change when the 10-nation tournament begins the day after Christmas in Buffalo, New York. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22.
MONDAY, Dec. 25
FBC–T25-OHIO STATE FUTURE
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Reloading is going to be a little more challenging than usual for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer next fall. Seven fifth-year seniors who were key contributors are departing, including quarterback J.T. Barrett, a four-year starter who holds nearly every Ohio State passing and scoring record. Another handful of this season’s starters could depart early to enter the NFL draft. First, though, Meyer will focus on beating Southern California in the Cotton Bowl Dec. 29. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 3 a.m. Monday, Dec. 25.
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