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BC-AP Sports Digest

July 8, 2018

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“PodcastOne Sports Now” co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg pay their respects to the late Jim O’Connell, a giant of college basketball. They then talk World Cup with Roger Bennett, host of “Men in Blazers”


A separate World Cup Digest has been sent.



Major League Baseball unveils the starters, reserves and pitching staffs for the All-Star Game on July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is expected to start for the NL despite a sluggish first half, and the AL looks set for one powerful outfield with Aaron Judge, Mookie Betts and Mike Trout in line to start. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Will be updated from 7 p.m. announcement.


SAMARA, Russia — The global reputation of English goalkeepers has taken a battering in recent years, but Jordan Pickford is reshaping opinions with his standout performances in England’s surprising run to the World Cup semifinals in Russia. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 800 words, photos.


— SOC--WCUP-THE LATEST — Real-time updates on World Cup developments.


LONDON — When Serena Williams steps out on Centre Court to play Evgeniya Rodina in Wimbledon’s fourth round on Monday, it will be a rare meeting of Mom vs. Mom. Such matchups could happen with greater frequency as parenthood becomes increasingly popular on the women’s tennis tour. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 850 words, photos.





ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Considering the attacking might of both sides, a goal-fest looks possible when France and Belgium meet Tuesday in the World Cup semifinals. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 875 words, photos.


MOSCOW — If only France’s young players had an outstanding ex-pro they could turn to for advice about how to beat Belgium in the World Cup semifinals, someone who won the World Cup himself in 1998 and who scored more goals than anyone in his stellar career with Les Bleus. Not only is Thierry Henry already taken but the team that hired France’s record scorer as an assistant coach is, yes, you guessed it ... Belgium. By John Leicester. SENT: 400 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — They’ve gone 120 minutes twice in a week. They have endured the emotional tugs of two penalty shootouts, somehow coming out on top on both occasions, the first team since 1990 to do so at a World Cup. They’re dealing with injuries to their starting right back, their goalkeeper and a handful of other players who could probably use a week in the ice bath. There’s no way Croatia is going to have any juice left in the tank for England in the World Cup semifinals, right? By Tim Booth. SENT: 550 words, photos.


— SOC--WCUP-CROATIA-VIDEO — FIFA has issued a formal warning to a Croatia player who praised Ukraine in a video after his team beat World Cup host Russia. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 300 words.


MADRID — Fernando Hierro is out as coach of Spain’s national team after less than a month in charge and a disappointing four-game run at the World Cup. SENT: 500 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — Croatia was there at England’s lowest ebb this century in international soccer, and it’ll be there as the English team tries to peak. For many England supporters, the 3-2 loss to Croatia in November 2007 was a national embarrassment. A decade later a young, vibrant team has earned England a spot in the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 28 years and it will face Croatia again. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 500 words, photos.


ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — When Vincent Kompany walked off the pitch without waiting to be substituted during a pre-World Cup friendly against Portugal, Belgian fans feared the worst. Would the rock on which the Belgium team’s defense is built miss another tournament two years after a groin injury sidelined him for the European Championship? Not to worry. Kompany knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity in a stellar career that has been disrupted by multiple injuries. By Mike Corder. SENT: 650 words, photos.



CHICAGO — Cubs left-hander Jon Lester looks to become the National League’s first 12-game winner when he takes the mound against the Reds. Lester is 11-2 with a 2.25 ERA this season, and he’s won his past seven starts — including going 5-0 with a 1.13 ERA during June. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 2:20 p.m.



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR has dominated this season by The Big 3. Can anyone catch Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick in the second half of the season? By Dan Gelston. SENT: 950 words.


NEWTON, Iowa — Will Power will start from the pole in the IndyCar race in Iowa, with teammate Josef Newgarden joining Power on the front row. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Race starts 2:30 p.m.


— CAR--F1-BRITISH GP — Sebastian Vettel took advantage of a bad start and disastrous first lap for Lewis Hamilton to win the British Grand Prix and extend his lead in the championship standings. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 650 words, photos.



WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Harold Varner and Kelly Kraft share the lead entering the final round of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. Fifteen golfers were within five strokes of the lead. By John Raby. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.


ONEIDA, Wis. — The second annual Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic wraps up with the fourth round. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.



LAS VEGAS — Play continues at the Las Vegas NBA summer league. Games include: Timberwolves-Raptors, Hornets-Heat, Mavericks-Bucks, Jazz-Knicks, Kings-Clippers, Wizards-Spurs, Trail Blazers-Hawks, Warriors-Rockets, Grizzlies-Magic, Lakers-Bulls. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.



LA ROCHE-SUR-YON, France — World champion Peter Sagan won a sprint finish to claim the second stage of the Tour de France and the race’s overall lead. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 700 words, photos.


— 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: 500 words, photos.


— MOT--PASTRANA-KNIEVEL JUMPS — Daredevil Travis Pastrana will attempt to recreate three of Evel Knievel’s iconic jumps, including the leap over the fountains of Caesars Palace that left Knievel with multiple fractures and a severe concussion. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Event expected to wrap up by 9 p.m.





Sunday’s Time Schedule


N.Y. Yankees at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.

Oakland at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.

Texas at Detroit, 1:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m.

Miami at Washington, 1:35 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Houston, 2:10 p.m.

Atlanta at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Boston at Kansas City, 2:15 p.m.

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

St. Louis at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

San Diego at Arizona, 4:10 p.m.

Colorado at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at L.A. Angels, 8:05 p.m.


Phoenix at Atlanta, 3 p.m.

Dallas at New York, 3 p.m.

Washington at Seattle, 7 p.m.

Major League Soccer

New York at New York City FC, 7 p.m.

Update hourly