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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 has been sent.

TOP STORIES

SOC--WCUP-BEST PLAYER

MOSCOW — After a decade of duopoly, the FIFA-run vote to crown soccer's best player finally seems open to third parties after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo left the World Cup early. Whether Neymar can win over enough voters could hinge on his on-field behavior, not just his performance, and on whether Brazil wins the World Cup. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 550 words, photos.

With:

— SOC--WCUP-BRAZIL-CRITICIZING NEYMAR — Brazil coach Tite has been a strong defender of Neymar at the World Cup, going out of his way to protect his team's biggest star from critics condemning the player's demeanor. Not long ago, Tite was the one fiercely attacking Neymar for his theatrics on the field. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 470 words, photos.

TEN--WIMBLEDON

LONDON — Caroline Wozniacki complained about bugs. She complained about a drizzle. And she was not exactly gracious in defeat at Wimbledon, calling her opponent "lucky." Things never do seem to go Wozniacki's way at the All England Club, and now she's one of five top-eight women's seeded players gone, just halfway through the second round. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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— TEN--WIMBLEDON-HITS AND MRS — Serena Williams always used to be "Miss Williams" at Wimbledon, but now that she's married, she's "Mrs. Williams." They keep track of such things at the All England Club — only for the female competitors. By Mattias Karen. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— TEN--WIMBLEDON-FEDERER'S PERFECTION. Roger Federer wins 35 points in a row on his serve and has now won 26 consecutive sets at Wimbledon. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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

— TEN--WIMBLEDON GLANCE.

AS--KOREAS-BASKETBALL DIPLOMACY

SEOUL, South Korea — The rival Koreas begin two days of friendly basketball games in Pyongyang in their latest goodwill gesture amid a diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea. Players from North and South Korea were mixed into two teams that competed against each other at the North Korean capital's Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Gymnasium. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 650 words, photos.

SHOWCASE

FBC--MINORITY COACHES

OXON HILL, Md. — Unable to compel schools to talk to minority candidates like the NFL's Rooney Rule does, the NCAA puts rising candidates through mock interviews and a comprehensive program to better prepare them for the opportunity to become head football coaches. Penn State's James Franklin is among those who have gone through the NCAA Champion Forum. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 980 words, photos.

WORLD CUP

SOC--WCUP-URUGUAY-FRANCE

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — It's France with 19-year-old star Kylian Mbappe up against Uruguay and its tough defense anchored by Diego Godin in the first quarterfinal of the World Cup. France is into its fourth quarterfinal in the last six World Cups. For Uruguay — Argentina's tiny neighbor — it's a second quarterfinal in the last three. The survivor on Friday faces either Brazil or Belgium. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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— SOC--REAL MADRID-MBAPPE — Real Madrid says reports of Mbappe deal "completely false." SENT: 230 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-BRAZIL-BELGIUM

KAZAN, Russia — World Cup favorite Brazil faces Belgium, perhaps the most impressive team in the tournament so far, with four wins, including a comeback from 2-0 down against Japan. On Friday, the two teams play for a spot in the semifinals. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 760 words, photos.

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— SOC--WCUP-BRAZIL-THIAGO SILVA — "O Monstro" Thiago Silva back to his best in Russia. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 700 words, photos.

Also:

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

BASEBALL

BBA--ANGELS-MARINERS

SEATTLE — Winners of eight straight, the Seattle Mariners host the Los Angeles Angels with first place in the AL West at stake. Garrett Richards returns from the DL to start for the Angels, while Mike Leake goes for the Mariners, who started the day half-a-game back from the Astros. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 4:10 p.m.

BBA--ASTROS-RANGERS

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers lefty Mike Minor took a perfect game into the seventh inning of his last start. He pitches against Gerrit Cole, who goes on regular rest for the Houston Astros after they made a slight tweak in their rotation. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.

GOLF

GLF--GREENBRIER

Decisions by most of the world's elite golfers to skip the PGA Tour's stop in West Virginia have been an annual boost for younger players like Xander Schauffele. Twenty-one of the two dozen rookies on tour this season are entered in the field at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, which starts Thursday on the Old White TPC. By John Raby. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

OTHER

SOC--MLS-MIAMI

MIAMI — David Beckham's latest soccer plan for Miami might be decided by the city's voters. Beckham is scheduled to appear before the Miami city commission next week, as he and his partners aim to move closer to picking a stadium location for their Major League Soccer franchise. His latest target: a golf course. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 570 words, photos.

MMA--UFC 226-MIOCIC REIGNS

LAS VEGAS — The longest heavyweight title reign in UFC history still hasn't changed Stipe Miocic, according to the coaches and friends who aided the Cleveland firefighter's rise. Miocic will get the biggest paycheck of his career at UFC 226 on Saturday for the biggest test of his fighting life against light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 10 p.m.

Also:

— US--HOT DOG CONTEST — Defending champ Joey Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs. SENT: 320 words, photos, video.

— CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-FROOME — Chris Froome calls on skeptical fans to let him ride Tour de France in peace. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 620 words, photos.

CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

— SOC--MLS CAPSULES

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Wednesday's Time Schedule

Baseball

Boston at Washington, 11:05 a.m.

Atlanta at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Miami, 1:10 p.m.

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

Baltimore at Philadelphia, 4:05 p.m.

San Diego at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Milwaukee, 4:10 p.m.

Houston at Texas, 7:05 p.m.

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

Chicago White Sox at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at L.A. Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.

San Francisco at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.

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

St. Louis at Arizona, 10:10 p.m.

MLS

Toronto FC at Minnesota United, 7 p.m.

Atlanta United FC at FC Dallas, 8 p.m.

Seattle at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m.

D.C. United at LA Galaxy, 10:30 p.m.