8/8/2018 3:32:04 PM
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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THURSDAY, Aug. 9
BBO--OFFENSIVE TWEETS-MLB''S CHALLENGE
Major League Baseball has made an effort to grow its sport among African-Americans, and there are finally some small signs of progress. Meanwhile, ballparks from coast to coast host nights celebrating the LGBT community, another example of baseball''s attempts to promote diversity. Whatever progress baseball has made promoting inclusion, it took a backseat recently after the discovery of some inflammatory old tweets from current players. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 a.m. Thursday.
FBC--YEAR OF THE DEFENSIVE LINEMAN
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - In college football''s year of the defensive lineman, Boston College''s Zach Allen is not getting the publicity of Clemson''s four potential first-round draft picks, the latest Bosa harassing quarterbacks at Ohio State or Houston''s Ed Oliver. But the NFL scouts are well aware of Allen, too. With an obsessive dedication to an early-to-bed-early-too-rise routine and strict diet of George Foreman Grill meals, Allen has put himself on the same level as all those former five-star prospects. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by noon Thursday. With FBC--PICK SIX-DEFENSIVE LINEMEN, top run stuffers and pass rushers across the U.S.
SATURDAY, Aug. 11
NORMAN, Okla. - It takes a special kind of swagger to follow Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield at quarterback, and Oklahoma''s Kyler Murray definitely has it. For starters, the first-round Major League Baseball draft pick has signed for nearly $5 million to play for the Oakland A''s. He''s fully committed to football for one year, and if he can beat out Austin Kendall for the starting job, the speedster could be one of college football''s most electrifying players. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 750 words photos by noon Saturday.
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