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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All times are Eastern.

SUNDAY, Jan. 14


SOCHI, Russia – Four years on from a scandal which turned the Olympics on its head, Sochi’s anti-doping lab is now a restaurant and bar selling doping-themed cocktails. The 2014 Olympic host city’s tourism business has thrived on the back of the vast investment for the Games, even as Russia’s international sports reputation has been tarnished. By James Ellingworth. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m. Sunday.

MONDAY, Jan. 15


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A haven for college football, Penn State is quickly becoming a breeding ground for hockey. A $100 million donation from Buffalo Sabres and Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula allowed Penn State to begin varsity Division I hockey programs a few years ago, and now Happy Valley is becoming Hockey Valley. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video by 3 a.m. Monday.

TUESDAY, Jan. 16


MILWAUKEE – Three-point shooting runs in the Howard family. Marquette’s Markus Howard, who recently tied the Big East single-game scoring record of 52 points, credits older brother Jordan, who plays at Central Arkansas, with helping to develop his shot. All those hours putting up 3s in the offseason are paying off. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 3 a.m. Tuesday.


PARK CITY, Utah – Gus Kenworthy does not deny it. The stakes for him are higher this time around. Now that the defending Olympic silver medalist in slopestyle has come out as gay, he’s well aware that he’s competing for more than himself, whether it’s fair or not. ”I have the LGBT audience watching me,” he says, ”and I want to do right by them.” By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos and video by 12 p.m. Tuesday.



MOSCOW – Despite their country’s doping scandals, Russians are flocking to see a movie about the Olympics. The 1972 Olympics, to be exact. ”Going Vertical” tells how the Soviet basketball team beat the United States for gold in a bitterly contested final laced with Cold War politics. For Russian audiences, it’s a rousing tale of victory over their old rival. By James Ellingworth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m. Thursday.



From its birth on Jan. 11, 1993, ”Raw” set out to be a special kind of wrestling show, from the name, to the locale and the live action. ”Welcome everyone, to Monday Night Raw!” announcer Vince McMahon bellowed. ”We are live from New York City!” The WWE will celebrate the 25th anniversary of ”Raw” on Jan. 22 at its original home of the Manhattan Center with some of the biggest stars in the company’s history stopping by for a fight. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 900 words, photos by 6 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20.

MONDAY, Jan. 22


SEATTLE – SPAM, trout, fried chicken, moon pies and anything slathered in mayonnaise – those are some of the flavors of South Korea’s home cooking that might seem just a bit familiar to the U.S. athletes and hordes of westerners preparing to descend upon the small Asian country for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. But within those bites is a story of South Korea’s resilience, pride and adaptability, which fueled its rise from a poverty-stricken country torn apart by the Korean War, to a world power set to host the glittering Olympics for the second time, all in a matter of just a few generations. By Sally Ho. UPCOMING: 1,100 words with AP Photos.

Again, if you have questions about the Sports Showcase Digest or the material listed, please reach out to Oskar Garcia, assistant sports editor for the U.S. east region, at 215-446-6632 or at ogarcia(at)ap.org.


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