BC-AP Sports Digest
Jul. 07, 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.
SAMARA, Russia — England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup. Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2-0 win over Sweden, earning England a match against either Croatia or host nation Russia for a place in the final. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— SOC--WCUP-THE LATEST — Real-time updates on World Cup developments.
SOCHI, Russia — Russia's overachieving national team could send the host country into delirium with another upset win to force its way into the World Cup semifinals, this time going up against a Croatia squad that has looked as complete as any team in the tournament. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started 2 p.m.
LONDON — Novak Djokovic takes on Britain's Kyle Edmund at Centre Court, while Rafael Nadal and Angelique Kerber also try to reach the fourth round as Week 1 wraps up at Wimbledon. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— TEN--WIMBLEDON-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.
— TEN--WIMBLEDON GLANCE.
SOC--WCUP-JOHN LEICESTER-AIR OF CHANGE
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — The mini-revolt that started eight months ago, when Sweden toppled Italy in qualifying and barred the four-time champions from the World Cup for the first time since 1958, is blowing up into a full rebellion at the tournament itself. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. SENT: 850 words, photos.
MOSCOW — Vin et fromage from France against beer and waffles of Belgium. English fish and chips versus Russian borscht or Croatian brodetto. The World Cup semifinals offer a new look, with the potential for a champion that's never won a title before. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
MOSCOW — Alex Ovechkin has brought the Stanley Cup to the World Cup. The Washington Capitals captain took the NHL trophy to a fan zone in Moscow where World Cup games are screened. With the Russian National Guard providing security, Ovechkin lifted the cup above his head in front of a crowd of fans, who were allowed to take photos with the trophy. SENT: 200 words, photos.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Matt Kemp and the Dodgers face Mike Trout and the Angels in the second game of the Freeway Series. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:15 p.m.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Chase Elliott starts from the pole at Daytona International Speedway, still looking for his first career victory. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 700 words. Race starts 7:30 p.m.
NEWTON, Iowa — Fresh off a win at Road America, Team Penske's Josef Newgarden returns to Iowa — where he led an astounding 282 of 300 laps to take first in 2016 — for Sunday's race. But Ryan Hunter-Reay has rediscovered his speed this season, and he's won at Iowa three times since 2012. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 p.m.
— CAR--F1-BRITISH GP — Lewis Hamilton prevailed in a tight battle with Formula One leader Sebastian Vettel to snatch pole position for the British Grand Prix. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 400 words, photos.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Kelly Kraft takes a one-stroke lead into the third round of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. By John Raby. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
ONEIDA, Wis. — Sei Young Kim hopes to hang on to a four-stroke lead in the third round of Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
LAS VEGAS — Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic defends his belt against light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier in the UFC's biggest show of the summer. Miocic (18-2) and Cormier (20-1) are in just the third superfight between reigning champions in UFC history. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Main event starts around 11:45 p.m.
BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP
LAS VEGAS — Trae Young tries to shake off his early summer league struggles and top draft picks Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III square off as the Las Vegas NBA summer league continues. Games include: Trail Blazers-Jazz, Heat-Pelicans, Thunder-Nets, Pistons-Grizzlies, Celtics-Nuggets, Spurs-Pacers, Knicks-Hawks, Suns-Kings, Bulls-Cavaliers, 76ers-Lakers. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.
TOUR DE FRANCE
CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE
FONTENAY-LE-COMTE, France — Chris Froome tumbled off the road into a grassy field in the opening stage of the Tour de France, immediately putting his pursuit of a record-tying fifth title in peril. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 650 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.
— CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-GAVIRIA — Colombia, the land of climbers, finally has a cyclist back in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France. And it took a sprinter to do it. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 475 words, photos.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
— BKL--WNBA CAPSULES
— SOC--MLS CAPSULES
Saturday's Time Schedule
Sweden vs. England, 10 a.m.
Russia vs. Croatia, 2 p.m.
Baltimore at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 4:05 p.m.
St. Louis at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Toronto, 4:07 p.m.
Oakland at Cleveland, 4:10 p.m.
Texas at Detroit, 4:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Houston, 4:10 p.m.
Atlanta at Milwaukee, 4:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at N.Y. Mets, 4:10 p.m.
Colorado at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.
Boston at Kansas City, 7:15 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at L.A. Angels, 7:15 p.m.
Miami at Washington, 7:15 p.m.
San Diego at Arizona, 10:10 p.m.
Washington at Los Angeles, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Connecticut at Las Vegas, 10:30 p.m.
Major League Soccer
Atlanta United FC at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Colorado at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Seattle at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto FC at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.
Minnesota United at Houston, 9 p.m.
FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m.
Chicago at Vancouver, 10:30 p.m.
Columbus at LA Galaxy, 10:30 p.m.
Orlando City at Los Angeles FC, 11 p.m.
San Jose at Portland, 11 p.m.