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BC-World Cup Digest

July 13, 2018

Editors:

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans for the World Cup . All times EDT.

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DEVELOPING

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WCUP-THE LATEST — Breaking news on World Cup developments around Russia and throughout the world.

WCUP-KICKOFF — A look at what’s coming up at the World Cup. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by31 p.m.

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TOP STORIES

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WCUP-FRANCE-CROATIA — Either a French team led by a dynamic teenager or a resilient Croatia will win soccer’s biggest tournament in Sunday’s final at Luzhniki Stadium. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 p.m.

— With WCUP-FRANCE-CROATIA-MATCHUP, a capsule look at the tournament finale. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2 p.m.

WCUP-CROATIA-FIRST FINAL — Victory over France in Moscow on Sunday would hand Croatia its first major soccer title, one final twist in this World Cup where the established order has been shaken. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2 p.m.

WCUP-JOHN LEICESTER-DESCHAMPS — It was halftime in the World Cup final, France was 2-0 up against Brazil and captain Didier Deschamps was exhorting his teammates in no uncertain terms that they could not relax by one iota. “We are not going to just sit on our butts at the back!” he yelled. Twenty years on, Deschamps will again be bending France players’ ears in a World Cup final, aiming to become only the third man to lift the trophy as a player and a coach. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. SENT: 800 words, photos.

WCUP-MARKETING-US ABSENCE — Budweiser has a boat on the Moskva River and a disco. Coke set up an installation in Gorky Park and entertained 5,000 guests during the monthlong tournament. Visa built a campaign around former Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Business went on at the World Cup without the presence of the U.S. national team, although the tournament’s visibility decreased across America. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 800 words, photos.

WCUP-BALKANS DIVIDE — In the Balkans, even soccer is political. Croatia’s stunning success at the World Cup is triggering mixed emotions among its neighbors, ranging from joy and support to envy and nationalist outbursts, reflecting the ethnic divisions that tore Yugoslavia into pieces two decades ago. By Jovana Gec. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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ALSO OF NOTE

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WCUP-FIRED UP FOR THIRD? — How do you stay motivated for the game no one wants to play? England and Belgium have different answers ahead of Saturday’s third-place match in St. Petersburg. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 1:30 p.m.

WCUP-FIFA-INFANTINO — FIFA’s president holds his one World Cup news conference two days ahead of Sunday’s final. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2:30 p.m.

WCUP-DUELING FINALS — What’s a viewer to choose? The Wimbledon men’s singles final could be in the third or fourth set when the World Cup final between France and Croatia kicks off. FIFA moved up the kickoff time by several hours from previous tournaments. By Howard Fendrich and Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photosby 4 p.m.

WCUP-NIGERIANS — About 60 Nigerian men who say they entered Russia on the pretext of being World Cup fans camped outside their country’s embassy in Moscow on Friday asking for help. SENT: 500 words.

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VIDEO

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RUSSIA WCUP FIFA — FIFA president Gianni Infantino holds a news conference in Moscow. SENT.

RUSSIA WCUP CLOSING CEREMONY — Closing ceremony press conference in Moscow with Will Smith, Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi. ON MERITS.

RUSSIA WCUP THIRD PLACE — Preparations ahead of the third place match in St Petersburg on Saturday. UPCOMING.

RUSSIA WCUP RENTAL MARKET —vAhead of the tournament, Yekaterinburg’s hotels couldn’t accommodate the numbers of guests that were poised to descend on the city. Sensing a business opportunity, some landlords evicted long term tenants, putting apartments up for short-term rent and hoping to reap millions in the process. But the anticipated demand failed to happen and now the market is flooded with long term rental options and prices have crashed. SENT.

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PHOTOS

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DAILY LIFE: Associated Press photographers document the daily lives of Russians as Moscow and St. Petersburg prepare for the World Cup’s final weekend.

Shot of the day: Closing ceremonies entertainer Will Smith gestures during a news conference in Moscow. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

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