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BC-World Cup Digest

July 14, 2018
BC-World Cup Digest,652

Editors:

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans for the World Cup . All times EDT.

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DEVELOPING

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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 1 p.m.

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TOP STORIES

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WCUP-ON SOCCER-FIFA & POLITICS — In his first World Cup as FIFA president, Gianni Infantino has lavished praise on the leader of a country accused of implicated in the downing of a passenger jet, poisonings on the streets of England, annexing a neighbor’s territory, election interference, a state-sponsored doping program and labor abuses preparing for the World Cup. Human rights groups call it a case of “sportswashing” by Putin: Using a major sports event to cleanse the image of a nation. Infantino appears a willing accomplice but insists it’s right to engage with national leaders. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 1 p.m.

WCUP-FRANCE-CROATIA — Croatia has one more day to heal up and rest after its grueling run to the World Cup final, while France coach Didier Deschamps has one more day to get his young team’s tactics right before the teams meet in Moscow in the tournament finale. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2 p.m.

WCUP-CROATIA-MODRIC — Against the backdrop of war-torn childhoods, corruption investigations and a modest soccer infrastructure, it seems a small thing for Croatia to defy fatigue from three extra-time games and beat France in the World Cup final Sunday. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 600 words, photos.

WCUP-LEICESTER-RATING THE WORLD CUP — By most accounts the World Cup in Russia has been a success, with friendly fans and locals, and enthralling competition. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. SENT: 900 words, photos.

WCUP-LEGACY — Two vast temporary stands were meant to show Russia was serious about saving money at the World Cup and planning for the future. Now officials can’t afford the next stage of the plan as Russia faces up to a financial hangover from expensive arenas that could end up far too big for the clubs that will inherit them. By Tatiana Titova and James Ellingworth. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

WCUP-LENIN STATUE — The statue of noted anti-capitalist Vladimir Lenin looms large outside the stadium where the World Cup final will take place, with a Visa ad in front and a Budweiser stand behind it. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 1:30 p.m.

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ALSO OF NOTE

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WCUP-ENGLAND-BELGIUM — Jordan Pickford could win the award for the World Cup’s best goalkeeper, and Harry Kane almost certainly will take the prize for top scorer, but the squad of backups on the field between them Saturday couldn’t beat a first-choice Belgium team, which knocked off England for the second time in the tournament to secure the Belgians’ best World Cup finish ever. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 600 words, photos.

WCUP-ROAD TO THE FINAL — France found a straightforward path to the World Cup final, while Croatia ran a gantlet no team had faced before. SENT: 600 words, photos.

WCUP-WHY FRANCE WILL WIN. By John Leicester. SENT: 800 words, photos.

WCUP-WHY CROATIA WILL WIN. By Rob Harris. SENT: 700 words, photos.

LIVERPOOL-SHAQIRI — Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri has left relegated Stoke City for Champions League runner-up Liverpool after scoring a memorable goal at the World Cup. SENT: 150 words, photos.

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VIDEO

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RUSSIA WCUP TAPIR — Tapir ‘predicts’ the winner of the France vs Croatia final. SENT.

— Live exteriors and scene-setters from St. Petersburg and Moscow.

— Pursuing France and Croatia teams outside their Moscow-area hotels.

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PHOTOS

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MATCH MOMENTS: A photo gallery of the day’s best action will be available by 5 p.m.

Shot of the day: England’s Harry Kane takes a knee during the third-place match between England and Belgium in St. Petersburg. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

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