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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All times are Eastern.
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29
The Atlantic Coast Conference is a year away from the launch of its own TV channel in partnership with ESPN. The league needs the ACC Network to provide a reliable revenue boost after falling behind its power-conference peers in recent years. In an interview with The Associated Press, league Commissioner John Swofford says the ACC is reviewing options for the men''s basketball and football schedules to set up attractive matchups that could help get the channel off to a good start in 2019-20. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by noon.
THURSDAY, Aug. 30
FBC--T25-FLORIDA ST-TAGGART''S TIME
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Willie Taggart grew up as a Florida State fan and said he felt like the goal of becoming the Seminoles'' head football coach would become a reality since his first job at Western Kentucky in 2010. He will reach his goal on Sept. 3 when the 19th-ranked Seminoles take on Virginia Tech. While the Bradenton native has enjoyed a honeymoon with fans and his own team, he has to prove to skeptical outsiders that he can do the job. Despite turning around Western Kentucky, South Florida and Oregon, Taggart''s career record is under .500 and a recent coaches poll named him one of the most overrated in FBS. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.
FRIDAY, Aug. 31
FBN--PACKERS-WILLIAMS IN THE RING
GREEN BAY, Wis. - If he had to do it all over again while growing up, Tramon Williams might have traded in his football cleats for boxing gloves. For now, the Green Bay Packers'' veteran cornerback will settle on working boxing into his offseason routine. The 35-year-old Williams says the workouts help him stay in shape and keep his stamina up so he can hit the ground running in training camp. ''''I feel like I missed my calling, you know what I''m saying?'''' he said with a laugh. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m. Friday.
MONDAY, Sept. 3
BC-SOC--RUSSIA-WORLD CUP MOMENTUM
Russia''s World Cup momentum on the football field seems to be fading as its clubs struggle to qualify for top European competitions and sell off top players. In smaller cities, though, the World Cup has sparked new enthusiasm among fans despite problems maintaining the new stadiums. By James Ellingworth. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 a.m. Monday.
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