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July 6, 2018

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Two-time World Cup winner Ronaldo has a message to referees in Russia: Protect Neymar. Speaking to “PodcastOne Sports Now,” Ronaldo told guest host Rob Harris that critics of Neymar’s theatrics during games are “stupid and don’t understand about football.” Harris gets the verdict from another former World Cup winner, Lothar Matthaeus, on the quarterfinals in Russia.

https://www.podcastone.com/episode/World-Cup-Episode-11-For-the-individual-glory

A separate World Cup Digest has been sent.

TOP STORIES

SOC--WCUP-BRAZIL-BELGIUM

KAZAN, Russia — Brazil and Belgium meet in a World Cup quarterfinal packed with top-flight talent from Europe’s best leagues, a match that could produce a goal bonanza or be decided by Brazil’s stingy back line. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m. Game started 2 p.m.

With:

— SOC--WCUP-THE LATEST — Real-time updates on World Cup developments around Russia and throughout the world.

— SOC--WCUP-KICKOFF — A look at the last two matchups in the World Cup quarterfinals. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 4 p.m.

SOC--WCUP-URUGUAY-FRANCE

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Antoine Griezmann’s fluke goal helped France earn a place in the World Cup semifinals. Griezmann scored with a shot that bounced off the hands of the opposing goalkeeper and into the net, and France beat Uruguay 2-0. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 800 words, photos.

TEN--WIMBLEDON

LONDON — Serena Williams is the only past Wimbledon champion remaining in the women’s field — her path keeps getting easier. More top-10 women’s seeds bowed out Friday, including Williams’ older sister, five-time champion Venus. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

With:

— TEN--WIMBLEDON-KEYS OUT — Madison Keys started thinking about facing Serena Williams next and wound up losing the match she was playing. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— TEN--WIMBLEDON-GREEK RUN — Stefanos Tsitsipas gives Greece its first man in the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament in the 50-year professional era. By Mattias Karen. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— TEN--WIMBLEDON-LONG DOUBLES MATCH — A men’s doubles match goes 22-20 in the fifth set. By Sam Johnston. UPCOMING: 350 words by 6 p.m.

— TEN--WIMBLEDON-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.

— TEN--WIMBLEDON GLANCE.

OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR

COLUMBUS, Ohio — On paper, Richard Strauss was a well-regarded Ohio State University physician who examined young athletes for decades as a team doctor and sports-medicine researcher. However, in interviews with The Associated Press, seven former athletes and a former nursing student shared detailed allegations of sexual misconduct dating back to the 1970s against the doctor, who killed himself in 2005 at age 67 and is only now under investigation. By Kantele Franko, Andrew Welsh-Huggins and John Seewer. SENT: 1,215 words, photos, video.

SHOWCASE

CYC--BMX-FREESTYLE-ROBERTS’ RISE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Hannah Roberts first climbed on a BMX bike as a child to try and follow in her cousin’s tracks. She has made a name for herself with her own high-flying tricks. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 800 words, photos.

WORLD CUP

SOC--WCUP-ENGLAND-PEP EFFECT

SAMARA, Russia — The Pep effect is back for a third World Cup. Titles for Spain in 2010 and Germany in 2014 were attributed partly to Pep Guardiola’s influence on Barcelona and Bayern Munich, whose players filled six starting spots in each final. Guardiola could be having the same impact on England. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 800 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-SOUTHGATE’S VEST

MOSCOW — England coach Gareth Southgate has unwittingly become the World’s Cup style icon, and could single-handedly bring back the vest — or waistcoat, to use the term preferred in Britain — as he tries to win his nation’s first title since 1966. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 870 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-US RATINGS

MOSCOW — U.S. English-language television viewers for the World Cup’s round of 16 in Russia were down 27 percent from four years ago, leaving the tournament 38 percent below 2014′s level. SENT: 380 words, photo.

BASEBALL

BBN--BRAVES-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE — The Brewers try to win a fifth straight game when rookie Freddy Peralta (3-1) takes the mound against Mike Foltynewicz (6-4) and the Braves in a matchup of division leaders. Atlanta has three of the top four hits leaders in the NL in Nick Markakis, Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8:10 p.m.

BBO--ALL-STAR PICKS

NEW YORK — Now that fan voting is finished, it’s a good time to take a hard look at All-Star Game selections. Which players are worthy of participating July 17 in Washington, and who gets left out? By Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

Also:

— BBO--DRAFT DEADLINE — It appeared at least two first-round draft picks will fail to sign by Friday’s 5 p.m. Eastern deadline. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 7 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA-EARNHARDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is still NASCAR’s biggest star, just in the booth instead of the car. His “Slide Job!” call last week in his NBC debut already is a popular catchphrase, and there’s much more to come. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.

CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA-XFINITY

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — After failing to win the closest race in NASCAR national series history in February, Elliott Sadler is back at Daytona International Speedway and looking for a win in the Xfinity Series. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos. Race starts 7:40 p.m.

Also:

— CAR--F1-BRITISH GP — Sebastian Vettel pips Mercedes drivers in 2nd practice for British Grand Prix. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 340 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--GREENBRIER

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Webb Simpson takes a one-stroke lead over Whee Kim into the second round of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in West Virginia. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 p.m.

GLF--LPGA TOUR

ONEIDA, Wis. — Looking to repeat at Thornberry Creek, Katherine Kirk tries to build on her career-best 10-under round going into the second day of the LPGA tournament stop in Wisconsin. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 9 p.m.

Also:

— GLF--WOODS-MICKELSON — Report: Phil Mickelson says $10 million match with Tiger Woods in the works. SENT: 140 words, photos.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

MMA--UFC 226

LAS VEGAS — True superfights between two UFC champions are incessantly discussed, yet only three have ever been staged. When light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier challenges heavyweight king Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 on Saturday night, both fighters agree we’ll finally know the identity of the biggest, baddest man in mixed martial arts. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 10 p.m.

MMA--ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE

LAS VEGAS — Middleweight veteran Brad Tavares faces unbeaten prospect Israel Adesanya in the main event. The card also showcases contestants from the UFC’s long-running reality competition show. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Main event starts around 11 p.m.

BASKETBALL

BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP

LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas NBA summer league tips off and all 30 teams are participating. Games include Rockets-Pacers; Nets-Magic; Bucks-Pistons; Cavaliers-Wizards; Nuggets-Timberwolves; Raptors-Pelicans; Thunder-Hornets; Celtics-76ers; Mavericks-Suns; Clippers-Warriors. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.

TOUR DE FRANCE

CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-MOVISTAR

CHOLET, France — The Movistar team is launching a three-man attack to foil Chris Froome’s quest to win a fifth Tour de France. While most teams appoint one clear leader to fight for the title, Movistar says Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valderde and Mikel Landa all start the race on Saturday with options to become their No. 1 rider. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 560 words, photos.

With:

— CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-TASTE OF THE TOUR — A daily gastronomic, sporting and cultural glance at the Tour de France route. By Andrew Dampf and Joseph Wilson. SENT: 620 words, photos.

— CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-FROOME — Tour de France director calls for “serenity” with Chris Froome. SENT: 280 words, photos.

OTHER

BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION-MARYLAND

RALEIGH, N.C. — Maryland has joined the list of schools to receive a grand jury subpoena seeking records in the ongoing federal corruption investigation into college basketball. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 540 words, photos.

MOT--PASTRANA-KNIEVEL JUMPS

Daredevil Travis Pastrana is attempting a feat that left the legendary Evel Knievel with a crushed pelvis and numerous other fractures. On Sunday night, Pastrana will try to nail the jump over the fountain at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in the finale of a triple-header tribute to the late daredevil. Knievel famously wiped out trying the same jump in Las Vegas 50 years ago. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 970 words, photos.

Also:

— HKN--BLUE JACKETS-DUCLAIR — Blue Jackets sign Anthony Duclair to $650,000, 1-year deal. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 480 words, photo.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

— BKL--WNBA CAPSULES

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Friday’s Time Schedule

World Cup

Uruguay vs. France, 10 a.m.

Brazil vs. Belgium, 2 p.m.

Baseball

Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Miami at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Oakland at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Texas at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Atlanta at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

Boston at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

San Diego at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.

Colorado at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

St. Louis at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

WNBA

Seattle at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

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