BC-World Cup Advisory
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-FRANCE-CROATIA — An enthralling month in Russia ends either with France lifting its second World Cup or Croatia its first. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2 p.m. With sidebars including an analysis by soccer writer Rob Harris and a column by John Leicester.
WCUP-RUSSIA-PUTIN-AFTER THE CUP — Well-organized, festive and friendly, the World Cup has shown off a welcoming and modern Russia in sharp contrast to common biases abroad that cast the country as dour, devious and a bit backward. President Vladimir Putin is likely to try to leverage the good vibes from the tournament when he holds a summit in Finland with U.S. President Donald Trump, though the World Cup afterglow may not help Putin deal with a pension crisis and other problems that await him after the final whistle. By Jim Heintz. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 12 p.m.
ALSO OF NOTE
WORLD CUP RECORDS — 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: 600 words, photos.
WCUP-WINNERS & LOSERS — A look at which players, coaches, teams, tactics and off-the-field experiences stood out for the right reasons, and the wrong ones. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.
WCUP-CROATIA-FAN REACTION, from Zagreb. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos, video by 3 p.m.
WCUP-FRANCE-FAN REACTION, from Paris. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos, video by 3 p.m.
WORLD CUP-WOMEN — World Cup dalliances between Russian women and foreign tourists have reinforced old, sexist stereotypes and led to public shaming campaigns, but also prompted conversations about women’s rights that Russian feminists hope will eventually help empower local women. By Francesca Ebel. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.
RUSSIA WCUP LEGACY — Some of Russia’s stadiums already loom as white elephants. SENT.
RUSSIA WCUP QATAR — The emir of Qatar, FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Russian President Vladimir Putin take part in a World Cup handover ceremony. SENT.
— Live feeds, exteriors and scene setters from Luzhniki Stadium, Red Square, FIFA fan zone and other Moscow locations.
— Live feeds and other shots from fan locations in Paris and Zagreb.
— Pursuing France and Croatia team returns to Moscow-area hotels and England and Belgium team departures from St. Petersburg.
MATCH MOMENTS: A photo gallery of the best frames from throughout the tournament. SENT, will be updated after final match.
Shot of the day: Cheering fans wave giant Croatia banners in Manezhnaya Square, adjacent to Red Square, before the World Cup final match between France and Croatia. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)