BC-Sports Showcase Digest
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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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19
The United States is sending a pair of teams to a European snow volleyball tour event in Moscow this week (Dec. 20-22), a boost for the sport as it tries to grow a worldwide footprint. Four-time Olympian Lloy Ball, who won the gold medal with the U.S. indoor team in 2008, will play in the tournament and hopes to bring home some information on how the Americans can compete as the new discipline tries to earn a spot in the 2026 Olympics. If it does, volleyball would be the first sport to be a part of both the Summer and Winter Games. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 a.m. Wednesday.
THURSDAY, Dec. 20
ESPORTS-GETTING WOMEN IN THE GAME
NEW YORK — Most professional esports are devoid of female players at their highest levels, even though 45 percent of U.S. gamers are women or girls. Executives for titles like League of Legends and Overwatch say they are eager to add women to pro rosters, but many female players say they’re discouraged from chasing such careers largely by toxic behavior from some male gamers. Players and executives share their experiences with The Associated Press, and detail how women might break into the elite pro ranks. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos, video by 3 a.m. Thursday.
FRIDAY, Dec. 21
OLY--GYM’S PARKOUR GRAB
PARIS — For a dare, the inventors of parkour used to hold each other upside down by the feet on a drop large enough to kill them if they slipped. From those high-adrenaline beginnings in the outskirts of Paris, parkour has now become such a global success — even featured in Daniel Craig’s first spin as James Bond — that the governing body of gymnastics is trying to annex it. By John Leicester. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 5 a.m. Friday.
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