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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SUNDAY, May 20
SOC–WCUP-THE POGBA EFFECT
TORCY, France – Not all of the money that will change hands after the World Cup, when clubs trade players who distinguish themselves on football’s biggest stage, will line the pockets of selling clubs, agents and the players themselves. A little slice of the wealth will also trickle down to football’s grassroots, to unpretentious, volunteer-run clubs where kids take first steps toward their big dreams of making a career in the sport. By John Leicester. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m. Sunday.
MONDAY, May 21
LACROSSE IN LIMBO
Three predominantly Native American youth lacrosse teams in South Dakota are trying to find opponents after being kicked out of their league amid their concerns about racial abuse. Coaches and players are angry, but their first priority is getting back on the field. They’re finding support as they work to find ways to continue playing a game that originated with their ancestors and means a lot more to them than just competition. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m. Monday.
SARANSK, Russia – Russia’s World Cup comes in the wake of a vast doping scandal, with some Russian soccer players treated as suspects. The host city of Saransk was an Olympic gold-medal factory for Russia, but its sports reputation now lies in tatters. Many there still see a notorious coach as a hero despite more than 30 doping cases. By James Ellingworth. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 12 p.m. Monday.
TUESDAY, May 22
NAGRIG, Egypt – At Mohamed Salah’s Nile delta village of Nagrig in Egypt, residents boast of how the Liverpool winger has poured millions of pounds into the village, with the beneficiaries’ list including a school, a mosque, a youth center and a dialysis machine at a nearby hospital. His success as a footballer in Europe’s most attractive league has inspired many parents in Nagrig to send their children to soccer academies in the hope that maybe one day they can emulate his success. By Hamza Hendawi. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m. Tuesday.
WEDNESDAY, May 23
TEN–On Tennis-French Open
PARIS – Forget about trying to decipher whether a recent loss on red clay is better or worse for Rafael Nadal’s mind-set as the French Open arrives. Focus, instead, on this indisputable fact: Even as his 32nd birthday approaches, Nadal is as dominant a figure as anyone ever has been on a particular tennis surface. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 12 p.m. on Wednesday.
– TEN–French Open-What to Know. A look at some of the main story lines as the French Open approaches. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
– TEN–French Open-Quiz. Test your knowledge of the clay-court Grand Slam tournament with an AP quiz. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
– TEN–French Open-Women’s Capsules. A look at women to keep an eye on at Roland Garros. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
– TEN–French Open-Men’s Capsules. A look at men to keep an eye on at Roland Garros. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
Again, if you have questions about the Sports Showcase Digest or the material listed, please reach out to Oskar Garcia at 215-446-6632 or ogarcia(at)ap.org.