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BC-World Cup Digest,1st Ld-Writethru

July 9, 2018
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Editors:

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans for the World Cup . All times EDT.

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DEVELOPING

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WCUP-THE LATEST — Breaking news on World Cup developments around Russia and throughout the world.

WCUP-KICKOFF — A look at key story lines in the World Cup semifinals. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 1 p.m.

WCUP-FRANCE — France coach Didier Deschamps and captain Hugo Lloris address media in St. Petersburg ahead of Tuesday’s semifinal. Developing from 9:45 a.m. availability.

WCUP-BELGIUM — Belgium coach Roberto Martinez and midfielder Kevin De Bruyne address media in St. Petersburg ahead of Tuesday’s semifinal. Developing from 12 p.m. availability.

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TOP STORIES

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WCUP-BELGIUM-MARTINEZ — After years of getting marginalized as having big ideas but insufficient strategy, Roberto Martinez is suddenly being described as a master tactician for the game plan that took out Brazil. With two more wins, the Spaniard in charge of Belgium would permanently secure another descriptive: the first foreign coach to win a World Cup. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 4 p.m.

WCUP-JOHN LEICESTER-PLAYERS’ PARENTS — To go with the golden boot, for the World Cup’s top scorer, and the best player’s golden ball, tournament organizer FIFA should consider a new award: A golden steering wheel, for all the parents and mentors who schlepped in all types of weather to heaven knows how many practices and made all kinds of other sacrifices so soccer-obsessed kids could grow up to become the stars now within touching distance of the sport’s most coveted trophy. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. SENT: 715 words, photos.

WCUP-FRANCE-PAVARD — Is Benjamin Pavard a lucky charm? France has never been beaten on the 29 times that the right-back has played for his country, first on its junior teams and now at World Cup. The 22-year-old who is one of the breakout stars of the tournament in Russia hopes that run will continue in the semifinal against Belgium, and beyond. UPCOMING: 300 words.

RUSSIA-LGBT LIFE-PHOTO GALLERY — In a modest dressing room, Russian men apply eye shadow with an expert touch, slide on fishnet stockings or thigh-high boots, then take to the stage with an uninhibited freedom that they can only enjoy within the walls of a gay night club. In a country where gay “propaganda” is banned and LGBT rights routinely repressed, the Fame Club in Yekaterinburg is a refuge. SENT: A photo gallery and 500-word story by Vadim Ghirda and Natacha Pisarenko.

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ALSO OF NOTE

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WCUP-FRANCE-BELGIUM-MATCHUP — A capsule look at Tuesday’s World Cup semifinal between France and Belgium in St. Petersburg. SENT: 600 words, photos.

WCUP-CROATIA-ENGLAND — The next battle in England’s march to make sure “it’s coming home” comes against Croatia, which is wounded and weary from playing consecutive two-hour knockout matches but can still field a starting lineup as loaded as any of the other semifinalists. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2 p.m. With sidebars.

WCUP-SPAIN-NEW COACH — After firing the incoming Real Madrid coach and parting ways with the former Real Madrid player who briefly replaced him, Spain’s new federation president has turned to former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique to take charge of the national team. SENT: 600 words, photo.

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VIDEO

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FRANCE-BELGIUM-FANS — Supporters arrive in St. Petersburg ahead of Tuesday’s semifinal. SENT.

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PHOTOS

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WCUP-DAILY LIFE: Associated Press photographers capture images of daily life in Russia as the World Cup headed into its final week. SENT.

Shot of the day: A Russian man named Sergey, who uses the stage name Bomba (the bomb), applies finishing touches to makeup at Fame, a gay nightclub in Yekaterinburg, during the World Cup. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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