BC-World Cup Digest
Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans for the World Cup . All times EDT.
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 by 2 p.m.
WCUP-CROATIA-LEGACY — The official heir to Yugoslavia’s World Cup achievements is Serbia. The legacy of those teams seems more suited to Croatia. The Croats, who have reached the World Cup final for the first time and will face France on Sunday for the title, have had the most success at the world’s biggest soccer tournament since Yugoslavia descended into war in 1991 and spawned seven different FIFA nations. By Chris Lehourites. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
WCUP-FRANCE-CROATIA HISTORY — Croatia has only been playing as its own soccer nation since 1990, but it shares plenty of history with France on and off the pitch. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— With WCUP-UNDERDOG CROATIA — A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final, a scenario that Dejan Lovren is pitching as perfect for Croatia’s biggest ever game. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 550 words, photos.
WCUP-BELGIUM-ENGLAND — England defender Kyle Walker is finding meaning in the game no one wants to play. The third-place match at the World Cup is often dismissed as a pointless way for FIFA to fill TV space with two teams who just want to go home. But for Walker, a bronze medal still has value. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 500 words, photos.
ALSO OF NOTE
WCUP-CROATIA-NATO — It has been a successful NATO summit for Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. The World Cup took care of that. SENT: 130 words, photos.
WCUP-REAL BETIS-INUI — Japan midfielder Takashi Inui was introduced by La Liga team Real Betis at the Spanish Embassy in Tokyo on Thursday after impressing at the World Cup. SENT: 130 word, photos.
WCUP-ICE CREAM VENDORS-PHOTO GALLERY: Summer in the World Cup host city of Nizhny Novgorod has brought a small army of ice cream vendors stationing themselves seemingly everywhere. A photo gallery by Natacha Pisarenko and Petr Josek. SENT.
Shot of the day: France’s Paul Pogba dribbles during a training session outside Moscow ahead of the World Cup final. (AP Photo/David Vincent)