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BC-AP Sports Digest

July 10, 2018

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — France plays Belgium in a World Cup semifinal that could promise attacking soccer and an array of goals. The winner advances to Sunday’s final in Moscow. France won the World Cup in 1998 while Belgium — also a semifinalist in 1986 — has never captured the trophy. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game started 2 p.m.

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— SOC--WCUP-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.


LONDON — Serena Williams rallies to reach the Wimbledon semifinals, then walks off Centre Court with her right index finger aloft. No matter the rankings or seedings, she still looks capable of playing like someone who’s No. 1. Williams moves closer to her eighth title by beating Camila Giorgi in the quarterfinals. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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

— TEN--WIMBLEDON-MEN — By Sam Johnston. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.



Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid for the Italian club Juventus, ending a nine-year stay in which the Portuguese great helped the Spanish team win four Champions League titles. Juventus paid $132 million in a four-year-deal for the 33-year-old forward who five times was soccer’s player of the year. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 800 words, photos.



MOSCOW — Gareth Southgate is ready to face the music. No other soccer nation dwells on decades of failure quite like the English. Only now, before Wednesday’s semifinal against Croatia, can Southgate bare to hear the team’s song when it hosted the 1996 Euros, and his missed penalty kick caused England’s exit. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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— SOC--WCUP-ENGLAND’S LEADER — Southgate, in striped tie and blue vest, unites a nation. By Danica Kirka. SENT: 900 words, photos.



MOSCOW — Europe has a stranglehold on the World Cup, and one reason concerns rules governing youth players. Champions League teams must

ate at least four youth teams. That ensures a pipeline of talent for Europe’s biggest clubs, with the infusion carrying over to national teams. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.


PARIS — The four teams left in the World Cup are all European, yet their roots reach across borders. At a time when populist politicians are stoking fears over migration, fans of France, Belgium England and Croatia are less concerned about a player’s ethnicity than how he does on the field. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


RIO DE JANEIRO — Female Brazilian sports journalists simply want to do their job. There have been reports of harassment at the World Cup. The journalists say that for years they have been groped, kissed and insulted while covering games and news conferences. By Yesica Fisch. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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— SOC--WCUP-THAI SOCCER TEAM — Youth soccer team rescued from Thailand cave unable for medical reasons to accept FIFA invitation to World Cup final. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— SOC--GERMANY-OZIL THE SCAPEGOAT — Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil is culprit for World Cup exit. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 700 words, photos.



PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — On the 50th anniversary of their split, a strong relationship between the PGA Tour and the PGA of America enabled the tour to satisfy its biggest corporate partner and end next season before football. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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— GLF--TOUR SCHEDULE — Tour announces more compact schedule for next season. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 550 words.

— GLF--GOLF NOTES — By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

— GLF--GOLF GLANCE — SENT: 1,450 words.



BOSTON — The Red Sox, winners of seven straight and 15 of 18, play the last-place Texas Rangers. Hector Velazquez (6-0) starts for Boston, which has the majors’ best record majors and leads the Yankees by 2 1/2 games. J.D. Martinez is 10 for 23 with three homers and 10 RBIs in the last five games. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.


HOUSTON — Houston’s Justin Verlander and St. Louis’ Miles Mikolas go for their 10th wins of the season. The Astros, who took the series open 2-0, lead Seattle by three games in the AL West. The Cardinals are seven back in the NL Central. By Kristie Rieken. Game started 2:10 p.m.

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— BBA--RAYS-BALLPARK — Rays unveil design for new ballpark in Tampa. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.



NEW YORK — The NFL Players Association files a grievance with the league challenging its national anthem policy. The union says the new policy is “inconsistent” with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on players’ rights. The league imposed the policy with consulting the union. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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— FBN--PANTHERS-TEPPER — New Panthers owner David Tepper says he’s obligated to keep stadium statue of former owner Jerry Richardson. By Steve Reed. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.



LAS VEGAS — Commissioner Adam Silver is expected to provide an update on league matters when the NBA’s annual summer meeting of the Board of Governors concludes. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. News conference about 9 p.m.

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— BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP — Five games on Las Vegas NBA summer league schedule. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. First game starts 4 p.m., last game 8:30 p.m.



COLLEGE PARK, Md. — John McNamara loved sports. Most of all, he loved watching and writing about Maryland basketball. His passion for the Terrapins was a prominent theme during a packed memorial service for the man who was among four killed in the Capital Gazette newsroom shooting. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 600 words, photos.



SARZEAU, France — Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria wins for the second time in four stages at the Tour de France while Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet keeps the leader’s yellow jersey. Defending champion Chris Froome remains 55 seconds behind after a fall in the first stage and finishes safely in the pack. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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— CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-TASTE OF THE TOUR — Wednesday’s fifth stage starts in Lorient, where oysters and apple cider are on the menu. By Andrew Dampf and Joseph Wilson. SENT: 550 words, photos.



NEW YORK — Several players have etched their names in the WNBA record books. Rebekkah Brunson became the league’s all-time leading rebounder while Diana Taurasi broke the mark for most field goals made in her career. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 750 words, photos.


COLUMBIA, S.C. — With A’ja Wilson, the 6-foot-5 national player of the year, no longer around, South Carolina is going small. The Gamecocks’ best players and prospects all play in the backcourt and coach Dawn Staley is looking at three- and four-guard formations. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 3 p.m.


— BKN--FORMER NBA PLAYER-CHARITY FRAUD — Ex-NBA player Kermit Washington gets six years in prison for charity fraud. SENT: 400 words, photos.

— HKN--LIGHTNING-KUCHEROV — Lightning sign two-time All-Star Nikita Kucherov to eight-year extension. SENT: 250 words, photos.

— ATH--IAAF HORMONE POLICY— Billie Jean King among athletes opposing IAAF hormone policy. SENT: 160 words.

— OLY--ITALY-2026 BID — Italy to bid for 2026 Winter Olympics with Cortina, Milan or Turin. SENT: 140 words.





Tuesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

World Cup (Semifinal)

France vs. Belgium, at St. Petersburg, Russia, 2 p.m.


N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Washington at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Cincinnati at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Detroit at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Texas at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Toronto at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.

Kansas City at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Oakland at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Arizona at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

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

L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.


Los Angeles at Seattle, 3 p.m.

Phoenix at Dallas, 8 p.m.

Las Vegas at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

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