BC-AP Sports Digest,1033

The supervisor is Vin Cherwoo, followed by Rebecca Miller at 9 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. For up-to-the minute information on AP's coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org . For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport(at)ap.org or 877-836-9477. All times EDT.

For many, the World Cup is as much about the chance to explore a new country as packing in as many games as possible. The "PodcastOne Sports Now" guest host Rob Harris takes listeners on a tour of Russia as he travels from city to city covering the tournament for The Associated Press.

https://www.podcastone.com/episode/World-Cup-Episode-10-Approaching-endgame---voices-across-Russia

A separate World Cup Digest is sent daily.

TOP STORIES

TEN--WIMBLEDON

LONDON — In a Wimbledon women's field that keeps losing seeded players, the Williams sisters try to moved into the fourth round when they play Friday. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Play starts at 6:30 a.m.

With:

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

SOC--WCUP-ENGLAND-PEP EFFECT

SAMARA, Russia — The World Cup triumphs of Spain and Germany in 2010 and '14 were put down partly to the influence of Pep Guardiola, and the Manchester City coach is having a similar impact on the England team in Russia that has just reached the quarterfinals and is playing with a positivity and ambition not seen in years. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 a.m.

OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR

COLUMBUS, Ohio — On paper, Richard Strauss was a well-regarded Ohio State University physician who examined young athletes for decades as a team doctor and sports-medicine researcher. However, In interviews with The Associated Press in recent weeks, seven former athletes and a former nursing student shared detailed allegations of sexual misconduct dating back to the 1970s against the doctor, who killed himself in 2005 at age 67 and is only now under investigation. By Kantele Franko, Andrew Welsh-Huggins and John Seewer. SENT: 1,215 words.

BASEBALL

BBO--ALL-STAR PICKS

NEW YORK — Now that fan voting is finished, it's a good time to take a hard look at All-Star Game selections. Which players are worthy of participating July 17 in Washington, and who gets left out? By Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 1,160 words, photos.

BBN--CARDINALS-GIANTS

SAN FRANCISCO — Luke Weaver pitched two-hit ball over eight innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 11-2. Jedd Gyorko had three hits including a home run and drove in five runs to spoil Johnny Cueto's return after two months on the disabled list. Matt Carpenter and Harrison Bader also went deep while Yadier Molina singled three times. SENT: 701 words, photos.

BBA--WHITE SOX-ASTROS

HOUSTON — Jose Altuve hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and Yuli Gurriel's RBI single in Houston's two-run ninth lifted the Astros to a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. Alex Bregman walked to load the bases and after Altuve struck out, Gurriel sent a ball over second baseman Yoan Moncada's head into right field to give Houston the victory. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 858 words, photos.

Also:

— BBA--TWINS-LARNACH — By Dave Campbell. SENT: 567 words, photos.

WORLD CUP

SOC--WCUP-CHASING FONTAINE

Harry Kane can forget about Just Fontaine. But at least the England striker has a chance, with potentially three World Cup games left, to become one of the tournament's all-time leading scorers. A goal against Sweden in the quarterfinals on Saturday would move Kane level with Grzegorz Lato, the Poland striker who bagged seven in 1974. Two goals would match Ronaldo's tally of eight, for champion Brazil in 2002. But Fontaine's record of 13, set in '54, seems as secure as ever. By Jerome Pugmire. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 11 a.m.

With:

— SOC--WCUP-THE LATEST — Real-time updates on World Cup developments around Russia and throughout the world.

MOTORSPORTS

MOT--PASTRANA-KNIEVEL JUMPS

Daredevil Travis Pastrana is attempting a feat that left the legendary Evel Knievel with a crushed pelvis and numerous other fractures. Pastrana will try to nail the jump over the fountain at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in the finale of a triple-header tribute to the late daredevil. Knievel famously wiped out trying the same jump in Las Vegas 50 years ago. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 880 words, photos.

GOLF

GLF--GREENBRIER

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Webb Simpson ran out of sensational shots in the end to keep him from joining an elite group. Simpson shot a 9-under-par 61 for a one-stroke lead over Whee Kim after the first round of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.Teenager Joaquin Niemann of Chile was another stroke back at 7-under 63. Kelly Kraft shot 64 while Jason Kokrak, Keegan Bradley and J.J. Henry were at 65. SENT: 573 words.

GLF--LPGA TOUR

ONEIDA, Wis. — Defending champion Katherine Kirk shot a 10-under-par 62 to take the first-round lead at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. Kirk wasted no time in picking up from where she left off last year, when she snapped a seven-year, 152-tournament victory drought in the inaugural edition of the Classic. Kirk needed to keep her foot on the gas because 21 players shot 6-under or better. Sei Young Kim was a stroke behind at 63, and Brittany Marchand and Megan Khang were tied at 64. SENT: 524 words, photos.

___

ALSO

— MMA--UFC 226-FIGHTER HEALTH — By Greg Beacham. SENT: 938 words, photos.

— MMA--LIDDELL-ORTIZ REMATCH — SENT: 126 words.

— BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP — By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 937 words.

— HKN--ARBITRATION — By John Wawrow. SENT: 266 words, photos.

___

Friday's Time Schedule

BASEBALL

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

Miami at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Oakland at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Texas at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Atlanta at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

Boston at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

San Diego at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.

Colorado at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

St. Louis at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

WNBA

Seattle at Atlanta, 7 p.m.