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For many, the World Cup is as much about the chance to explore a new country as packing in as many games as possible. The "PodcastOne Sports Now" guest host Rob Harris takes listeners on a tour of Russia as he travels from city to city covering the tournament for The Associated Press.

https://www.podcastone.com/episode/World-Cup-Episode-10-Approaching-endgame---voices-across-Russia

A separate World Cup Digest has been sent.

TOP STORIES

SOC--WCUP-FRANCE-MBAPPE VS HENRY

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — France's all-time leading scorer and its 19-year-old phenom have plenty in common. Thierry Henry and Kylian Mbappe attended the renowned Clairefontaine youth academy before joining Monaco, where they started as left wingers and developed into center forwards. Like Henry, Mbappe's game is built on blazing speed and consistent finishing. Now, Mbappe is on the verge of surpassing Henry's accomplishments in a World Cup. He could do it when France plays Uruguay in Friday's quarterfinal. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 700 words, photos.

With:

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

— SOC--WCUP-KICKOFF — A look at four matchups in the World Cup quarterfinals. SENT: 340 words, photos.

TEN--WIMBLEDON

LONDON — Well, there goes another possible obstacle for Roger Federer at Wimbledon. The No. 3 seed Marin Cilic, last year's runner-up at the All England Club and a past U.S. Open champion, is gone after giving away a big edge in a 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 loss to 82nd-ranked Guido Pella of Argentina. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

With:

— TEN--WIMBLEDON-BETHANIE'S BACK — Five-time Grand Slam doubles champion Bethanie Mattek-Sands made her return to Wimbledon with a victory, a year after she suffered a gruesome knee injury. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— TEN--WIMBLEDON-ISNER IN 5 — John Isner hit 64 aces and saved two match points in a rare five-set victory for him at Wimbledon. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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

— TEN--WIMBLEDON GLANCE.

BBA--WRONG-WAY ROYALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three years ago, the Kansas City Royals were on top of the baseball world, headed toward their first World Series title in 30 years. Things have certainly changed quickly for a club that now finds itself with one of the worst records in baseball. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 900 words, photos.

MMA--UFC 226-FIGHTER HEALTH

LAS VEGAS — Featherweight champion Max Holloway's late removal from the UFC 226 show due to concussion symptoms shocked his fellow fighters. The decision also spotlighted mixed martial arts' inconsistent but earnest attempts to deal appropriately with brain injuries in a sport where an athlete doesn't get paid if he doesn't fight. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 10 p.m.

COMMENTARY

SOC--WCUP-JOHN LEICESTER-YES WE KANTE

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Strictly speaking, it is not true that N'Golo Kante single-handedly covers the third of planet Earth not covered by water, although it does often seem that the France midfielder is everywhere when he is wriggling his way into opposing teams' every nook and cranny. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. SENT: 800 words, photos.

WORLD CUP

SOC--WCUP-BRAZIL-MEAN MASCOT

SOCHI, Russia — It took an angry-looking bird to get Brazilians hooked on their World Cup mascot. Brazil historically never fully embraced the tradition of mascots in sports, but things changed when the soccer federation turned its cute-looking canary into a mean figure that represents the fans' anger following the humiliating World Cup loss at home four years ago. The canary was in Kazan ahead of the team's match against Belgium in the World Cup quarterfinals on Friday. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 700 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-SWEDEN-ENGLAND-PREVIEW

SAMARA, Russia — Having intentionally steered England into what's widely considered the weaker half of the World Cup's knockout bracket, Gareth Southgate is now casting Saturday's quarterfinal against Sweden as "bloody difficult." By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

With:

— SOC--WCUP-SWEDEN-BERG — Sweden striker Marcus Berg has scored everywhere he has played in his long career — except the World Cup. With a quarterfinal showdown against England looming, Sweden's coach is keeping faith in the 31-year-old journeyman despite a string of misses in Russia. By Mike Corder. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-RUSSIA-CROATIA

MOSCOW — It doesn't matter that few Russian fans ever expected the hosts to reach the World Cup quarterfinals, where they face Croatia on Saturday — midfielder Alexander Golovin, Russia's creative breakout star, is already thinking about the final. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBN--MARLINS-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON — The Nationals open a series against Miami hoping to end a five-game skid and get back to .500. Washington held a players' only meeting after a 3-0 loss to the Red Sox highlighted by Adam Eaton's throwing error and a wild pitch from Ryan Madson. Jeremy Hellickson makes his second start since returning from the DL, while Marlins righty Pablo Lopez makes his second MLB start. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.

BBN--CARDINALS-GIANTS

SAN FRANCISCO — Johnny Cueto is expected to be reinstated from the disabled list and pitch when the Giants open a four-game series against the Cardinals. Cueto was placed on the disabled list May 1 with inflammation in his right elbow. St. Louis counters with righty Luke Weaver. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 10:15 p.m.

BBA--ORIOLES-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Mauer needs one double to give him 415 in his career, which would break a tie with Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett for the Twins' franchise record. Minnesota has lost six straight and returns home from a 1-8 trip to play Baltimore, which has the worst record in the majors. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:10 p.m.

GOLF

GLF--GREENBRIER

Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson tee it up in A Military Salute at The Greenbrier. Defending champion Xander Schauffele also is in the field in West Virginia. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.

GLF--LPGA TOUR

ONEIDA, Wis. — Women's PGA Championship winner Sung Hyun Park headlines the field when the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic begins. UPCOMING: 650 words by 9 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Austin Dillon and Darrell Wallace Jr. finished 1-2 in the Daytona 500, a pair of young drivers that seemed to signal that perhaps a new generation would emerge to race for wins and championships. It was just an aberration. Veterans still rule the show, and one track president blamed sagging interest in the sport on a lack of star power. The so-called Young Guns have grown tired of being blamed for NASCAR's woes. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 700 words by 8 p.m.

CAR--NASCAR-CHEVY'S STRUGGLE

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Returning to Daytona International Speedway might be just what Chevrolet needs to turn its season around. The American automaker has been mostly noncompetitive since Austin Dillon won the season-opening Daytona 500, a less-than-ideal debut for the Camaro in the Cup Series. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

With:

— CAR--NASCAR-TOYOTA-SUPRA. By Mark Long.

CAR--F1-BRITISH GP-HAMILTON'S HOMECOMING

SILVERSTONE, England — Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes' mishaps in Austria will make the team stronger and help him become the British Grand Prix's outright most successful driver on Sunday. If Hamilton claims his fifth consecutive win in his home race, it will be his sixth British Grand Prix victory in total, surpassing the record he currently holds with Jim Clark and Alain Prost. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 580 words, photos.

BASKETBALL

BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP

The Salt Lake City and Sacramento summer leagues wrap up. Games include Lakers-Warriors, Heat-Kings, Grizzlies-Spurs and Hawks-Jazz. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 11 p.m.

BKL--ACES-NEW HOME

Gamble in any casino in Las Vegas and the house always has an edge. So why should the new WNBA team in Sin City be any different? The Aces have the advantage of a quirky scheduling anomaly this season that gives them six home games when their opponent is finishing off a back-to-back. That's over a third of Las Vegas' home contests this year. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 910 words, photos by 3 a.m.

HOCKEY

— HKN--CANADIENS-WEBER — Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber out 5-6 months after knee surgery. SENT: 200 words.

— HKN--BLUE JACKETS-JENNER — Columbus Blue Jackets sign forward Boone Jenner to four-year contract extension. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

TOUR DE FRANCE

CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-VAN GARDEREN

LA ROCHE-SUR-YON, France — For years, Tejay van Garderen has been the United States' best hope of winning the Tour de France. But Van Garderen is tasked with doing all he can for teammate Richie Porte to fight for the title during this edition of the world's biggest cycling race. Van Garderen says "when you have a leader like Richie it's a role that is easy to jump into." By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 600 words, photos.

With:

— CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-TASTE OF THE TOUR — Pricey potatoes and sailing in the Vendee. By Andrew Dampf and Joseph Wilson. SENT: 650 words, photos.

OTHER

— FBC--GEORGIA-FROMM — Georgia QB Jake Fromm has broken bone in non-throwing hand. SENT: 130 words.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

— BKL--WNBA CAPSULES

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Thursday's Time Schedule

Baseball

Miami at Washington, 7:05 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.

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

L.A. Angels at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

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

WNBA

New York at Washington, 7 p.m.

Indiana at Dallas, 8 p.m.

Los Angeles at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Connecticut at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Chicago at Las Vegas, 10 p.m.