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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SATURDAY, June 23

SOC–WCUP-US-FREE AGENTS FANS

MOSCOW – There’s no U.S. team at the World Cup for the first time since 1986, leaving countries vying for U.S. support. Iceland Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir says Americans should root for her nation of 350,000. Landon Donovan says American fans should root for neighboring Mexico. James Cordon is pushing for his native England. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by 2 p.m.

SUNDAY, June 24

CHICAGO SPORTS ALLIANCE

CHICAGO – An unusual partnership involving the five major pro sports teams in Chicago is helping fight youth violence in the city. The Chicago Sports Alliance was unveiled in December. While maintaining their own philanthropic work, the teams announced a total of $1 million in one-time grants. But the partnership itself made the biggest statement. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos by noon.

WEDNESDAY, June 27

FBN–BACK TO SCHOOL

ALAMEDA, Calif. – When Bruce Irvin got a multimillion signing bonus after being a first-round draft pick in 2012, the idea of getting his college degree was the last thing on his mind. But after having a son, the former high school dropout made getting that degree a priority and was one of many NFL players this offseason who got to don a cap and gown instead of helmet. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m. Wednesday, June 27.

THURSDAY, June 28

HKN–HURRICANES-BRIND’AMOUR’S CLIMB

RALEIGH, N.C. -Rod Brind’Amour came to Carolina in 2000- and never left. He worked his way up from key trade acquisition to captain of a Stanley Cup-winning team to the front office to assistant coach and, now, head coach. Along the way, he became as much a part of North Carolina’s landscape as NASCAR and barbecue – even coaching his son’s T-ball and youth hockey teams in his spare time without drawing much attention. He’s also one of only four coaches in the four major pro sports to earn the top job of the team with which he won a championship as a player. By Joedy McCreary. 800 words, photos.

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