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BC-Sports Showcase Digest

January 11, 2019

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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FRIDAY, Jan. 11


How many sports fans about a year ago had heard of ONE? Try, none. But the MMA organization out of Asia is going global in 2019 and it’s making the kind of moves that shows it plans to become a player in combat sports. ONE has bolstered its roster with notable U.S.-based talent ahead of a North American television deal with Turner Sports that starts this month. ONE just announced it will host 45 events in 2019. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 900 words, photos.


The Australian Open and Wimbledon are finally doing what the U.S. Open has done for decades: figuring out a way to end a fifth set before it becomes another 26-24 slog or — perish the thought — 70-68. While some fans and even players might still like the idea that a match could go on and on and on forever, or seemingly forever, others are thrilled about the change. One outcome is that each of the four Grand Slam tournaments now will resolve matches in a unique way, with the Australian Open — which begins Monday in Melbourne — the only one opting for a 10-point tiebreaker at 6-all in a men’s fifth set or women’s third set. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 600 words, photos.


— TEN--Australian Open-What to Know. A look at some of the top story lines to keep an eye on during the two weeks in Melbourne. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos.

MONDAY, Jan. 14


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jackie Heinricher, a scientist and founder of her own biotech company, enjoys dabbling behind the wheel of expensive cars in her free time. She spends her own money to compete — they call those “gentleman racers” in the sports car world — and Heinricher grew fed up with the lack of opportunities for women. So she created jobs for them and put together an all-female lineup that will debut in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, one of the most prestigious sports car races of the year. The team isn’t a gimmick, either, as the lineup includes racers who have more on-track success than Danica Patrick ever achieved. Sharing the Acura NSX GT3 at the Rolex are Katherine Legge of England, Simona De Silvestro of Switzerland, Bia Figueiredo of Brazil and Christina Nielsen of Denmark. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14.

TUESDAY, Jan. 15


Luke Walton began a wellness program for his Lakers coaching staff. Steve Kerr called Steve Clifford in support after each spent significant time away from the sideline because of debilitating headaches among other symptoms. The NBA Coaches Association now provides guidance to its members on everything from diet and exercise to sleep and mental health. Coaches around the NBA are realizing all of this greatly matters in order to get through the grind, intense travel and stresses of an NBA season. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m. Tuesday.



GLENDALE, Ariz. _ Lyndsey Fry grew up in Arizona, where resources and opportunities for hockey were scarce. She managed to overcome the obstacles to play hockey at Harvard and earn an Olympics silver medal. Now Fry is back where she started, helping the Arizona Coyotes build their youth hockey programs to give kids opportunities she never had. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m. Thursday.


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