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, April 25
BBO–RESHAPING THE HANDLE
RENTON, Wash. – The room is tucked in the back of the giant warehouse, past the stacks of boxes filled with balls of every sort that get inventoried a couple times a year, past the makeshift batting cage wedged between industrial storage racks. Through the almost hidden doors is where Axe Bat is trying to revolutionize baseball with a simple concept: Hold a baseball bat differently than has ever been done before by changing the shape of the bat handle thats remained largely unaltered for generations. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos, video by 3 a.m. Wednesday.
THURSDAY, April 26
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida States Mike Martin, who has seen college baseball rise from regional to national prominence along with the evolution from wooden to metal bats, is closing in on the most wins in Division I history. Martin though is not looking at the record as an individual accomplishment but as one for the school, which has won 40 games or more for 40 straight seasons. He is also trying to not let it be a distraction for his team, which continues to chase an elusive national championship and trying to get back to the College World Series. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos and video by 3 a.m. Thursday.
FRIDAY, April 27
US–OBSTACLE COURSE RACES
NEW YORK – Joe De Sena didnt invent the obstacle course race, but he has helped introduce the concept to the general public. His Spartan Races have drawn over five million participants in more than 40 countries. Elite competitors, weekend warriors and average Joes alike are opting for spear throws and rope climbs instead of softball or pick-up hoops. De Senas next mission is to get 100 million Spartan Racers, and to help obstacle course racing become an Olympic competition. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 1000 words, photos, video by 3 a.m. Friday.
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