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July 15, 2018

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TOP STORIES

SOC--WCUP-FRANCE-CROATIA

MOSCOW — Kylian Mbappe and France put on a thrilling show in winning the World Cup title. The 19-year-old Mbappe became only the second teenager after Pele to score in a World Cup final, helping France beat Croatia 4-2. Mbappe had just shown his electrifying speed in the 52nd minute when play was held up by four protesters who ran onto the field in the second half. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 800 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-FRENCH DIVERSITY

MOSCOW — France’s motto is “liberte, egalite, diversite,” and diversity was instrumental in Les Bleus’ second World Cup title. Antoine Griezmann’s father emigrated from Germany and his mother is of Portuguese decent. Paul Pogba is the son of parents who arrived from Guinea. Kylian Mbappe’s dad is from Cameroon and his mom is from Algeria. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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

TEN--WIMBLEDON

LONDON — Novak Djokovic is back at his best and the Wimbledon champion for a fourth time, grabbing a lead right away against a weary Kevin Anderson in the final and winning 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3). By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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

— TEN--WIMBLEDON-KERBER. By Sam Johnston. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— TEN--WIMBLEDON GLANCE. UPCOMING.

GLF--BRITISH OPEN

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Jon Rahm had heard about a dry summer in Scotland. It didn’t really hit home until he checked into the Carnoustie Golf Hotel and caught his first glimpse of a course that was brown, baked and fast. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

SOC--WCUP-JOHN LEICESTER-MBAPPE’S MOMENT

MOSCOW — The ball skidded across the pristine Moscow pitch and time just seemed to slow. This was Kylian Mbappe’s moment, at just 19, to become the youngest player since Pele to score in a World Cup final. Did he hesitate? Did he wilt under the weight of hundreds of millions of eyes trained on TV screens around the world? Mbappe doesn’t do doubt. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

WORLD CUP

SOC--WCUP-PUSSY RIOT PROTEST

MOSCOW — Russian protest group Pussy Riot has claimed responsibility for four people who ran onto the field and disrupted the World Cup final. The punk band says in a statement posted on their Twitter feed that the disruption was a protest. The four people who charged onto the field in the 52nd minute simultaneously in what appeared to be old-fashioned police uniforms were tackled to the ground by stewards. Croatia defender Dejan Lovren pushed a male protester, helping a steward to detain him. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 300 words, photos.

RUSSIA-PUTIN-AFTER THE CUP

MOSCOW — Despite a national wave of elation from the World Cup that bathed Russia in a rosy light, President Vladimir Putin will face some challenges in extending the post-soccer glow at home and abroad. By Jim Heintz. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-RECORDS

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Kylian Mbappe’s breakout performances, 11 own goals and very few red cards despite all Neymar’s dives. Here is a look at the records set and broken during the World Cup in Russia, and what it tells us about the tournament. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 550 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBM--FUTURES GAME

WASHINGTON — Before Major League Baseball’s stars of today get to shine in the All-Star Game, the stars of tomorrow get their chance to show their stuff in the All-Star Futures Game. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 4 p.m.

BBN--CARDINALS-FUTURE

After firing manager Mike Matheny on Saturday night, the disappointing St. Louis Cardinals are left with the second half of the season to improve. To do so, they’ll have to turn around what’s been an often-time woeful offense along with chasing down the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. SENT: 500 words, photos.

BBO--ANGELS-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — Coming off a gem at San Diego, Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers in his final start before the All-Star break against Deck McGuire and the Angels in the Freeway Series finale. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 4:10 p.m.

BBN--DIAMONDBACKS-BRAVES

ATLANTA — Patrick Corbin will start for Arizona as the Diamondbacks try to complete a three-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves. Julio Teheran is Atlanta’s scheduled starter. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started 1:35 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-TRUEX’S ROLL

SPARTA, Ky. — Nothing against points leader Kyle Busch and second-place Kevin Harvick, but Martin Truex Jr. is again looking like the man to beat in NASCAR Cup. Saturday night’s repeat victory at Kentucky was the third in his past six Cup starts and eighth top-four run in nine, creating confidence of more success down the road. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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— CAR--INDYCAR-TORONTO — IndyCar holds its annual road race in Toronto. Josef Newgarden won last year’s race ahead of Alexander Rossi and Canadian James Hinchcliffe. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Race scheduled to begin 3:30 p.m.

GOLF

GLF--SCOTTISH OPEN

GULLANE, Scotland — Brandon Stone fell to his knees and dropped his putter in despair after narrowly missing out on becoming the first player to shoot a round of 59 on the European Tour. Stone’s 10-under 60 secured victory at the Scottish Open, earning him his third professional title — the first outside his native country — and the extra prize of a qualifying spot in next week’s British Open. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

GLF--JOHN DEERE CLASSIC

SILVIS, Ill. — Michael Kim takes a five-stroke lead into the final round of the John Deere Classic. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.

GLF--SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — Defending champion Scott McCarron, Jeff Maggert and Bart Bryant are tied for the lead heading into the final round of the Constellation Senior Players Championship. Vijay Singh is one shot back, with three-time champion Bernhard Langer and Illinois golf coach Mike Small another stroke back. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

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— GLF--BRITISH OPEN-DALY — John Daly is missing the British Open for only the fourth time since he first became eligible as a surprise major champion. SENT: 125 words.

— GLF--LPGA TOUR — Canada’s Brooke Henderson leads by one shot entering the final round of the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 9 p.m.

— GLF--SENIOR WOMEN — Laura Davies is threatening to make it a runaway as she takes a five-shot lead into the final round of the first U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP

LAS VEGAS — Play continues at the Las Vegas NBA summer league. The four-game Sunday schedule includes: Pistons-Lakers, Raptors-Cavaliers, Celtics-Trail Blazers, 76ers-Grizzlies. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Games start at 4 p.m.

TOUR DE FRANCE

CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE

ROUBAIX, France — John Degenkolb won a three-man sprint to conclude the action-packed cobblestoned Stage 9 of the Tour de France, while overall contender Richie Porte crashed out of the race. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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— CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-TASTE OF THE TOUR — By Andrew Dampf and Joseph Wilson. SENT: 450 words, photos.

POKER

WORLD SERIES OF POKER-MAIN EVENT

LAS VEGAS —The 2018 World Series of Poker champion is an Indiana resident and professional player who barely missed the cut for the final table two years ago. John Cynn won the series’ marquee no-limit Texas Hold ’em main event Sunday in Las Vegas, surrounded by a cheering crowd that included his dad. He eliminated Tony Miles on the 442th hand of the final table. By Regina Garcia Cano. SENT: 725 words, photos.

OTHER

— FBC--BIG 12-MEDIA DAYS — Oklahoma goes into the Big 12 football media days as the preseason favorite to win another title. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 650 words.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

— SOC--MLS CAPSULES

— BKL--WNBA CAPSULES

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Sunday’s Time Schedule

Baseball

Texas at Baltimore, 1:05 p.m.

Toronto at Boston, 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Miami, 1:10 p.m.

Washington at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.

Arizona at Atlanta, 1:35 p.m.

Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m.

Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

Detroit at Houston, 2:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m.

Seattle at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.

Oakland at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at San Diego, 4:10 p.m.

World Cup

France vs. Croatia at Moscow, 11 a.m.

WNBA

Washington at Atlanta, 3 p.m.

Chicago at New York, 3 p.m.

Phoenix at Indiana, 5 p.m.

Los Angeles at Las Vegas, 6 p.m.

Connecticut at Minnesota, 7 p.m.

MLS

Seattle at Atlanta United FC, 2 p.m.

Portland at Los Angeles FC, 6 p.m.

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