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NOTE: The story slugged Black History-Game Changers is part of AP’s coverage during Black History Month of how African-American athletes have used their platforms during the last 100 years to influence social and political change. Please see the Black History Month advisory for more details on the series.
TUESDAY, Feb. 20
BLACK HISTORY-GAME CHANGERS-WILLIAMS
WASHINGTON – Serena Williams had just won her seventh Wimbledon title when she raised her fist into the air in a black power salute, and condemned the violence and death of black men in the United States from one of the biggest platforms on the planet, years before any other athlete of her caliber took such a strong public stance. But she isn’t alone. While women don’t command the same attention as male athletes, Williams and others have been out there on the front lines pushing and sacrificing as much as they can in a push for a more just world. By Jesse J. Holland. SENT: 750 words, photos and video.
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21
PHOENIX – ”Vamanos!” echoes down from high above the humongous boulders in an area aptly named Echo Canyon. It’s Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto powering up Camelback Mountain for the first time this spring training, a regular climb – this is far more than just a leisurely hike, after all – for the right-hander while in the Arizona desert to boost his fitness and prepare for the grind of another baseball season. In each of his three springs with San Francisco, he has picked a rental home nearby Camelback, on a different side of the idyllic landmark every year to be close by his favorite hiking terrain. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2 a.m. Wednesday.
THURSDAY, Feb. 22
Way back in 1961, Joe Serpico got a pair of game-worn jerseys from Chicago Blackhawks stars Bobby Hull and Glenn Hall for his 10th birthday. It was a gift from his beloved uncle Jerry ”The Barber” Del Giudice, who served as the team barber for decades. Now Serpico is letting the Hull jersey go as part of an auction while remembering everything he loves about his family and his favorite hockey team. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m. Thursday.
FRIDAY, Feb. 23
MILWAUKEE – Time is hardly up on Jason Terry’s distinguished basketball career. The 40-year old guard is the wise veteran on a Milwaukee Bucks team with one of the top young cores in the league. Terry, who is getting more playing time of late because of backcourt injuries, seems destined to fulfill a personal goal: 20 years in the NBA. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m. Friday.
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.