BC-World Cup Digest
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-KICKOFF — A look at what’s coming up at the World Cup. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.
WCUP-RUSSIA-CROATIA — 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 by 5 p.m. With sidebars.
WCUP-ENGLAND-SWEDEN — England coach Gareth Southgate’s bracket strategy paid off, as England dispatched Sweden 2-0 to advance to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since Southgate himself missed a penalty kick in a shootout that England lost in 1990. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 700 words, photos. With sidebars.
— With WCUP-SWEDEN — Sweden eliminated Italy to get into the World Cup, so anything it achieved once it got to Russia might have been icing on the cake. Instead, the Swedes won their group and made it to the quarterfinals before falling to a solid England side, and will head home having earned considerably more respect. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2 p.m.
WCUP-FINAL FOUR — France against Belgium. England against Croatia or host Russia. Both of the World Cup semifinals will feature a legacy nation looking to join the ranks of two-time title winners against a team seeking its first World Cup trophy. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
WCUP-JOHN LEICESTER-AIR OF CHANGE — The group stage was spectacular. With high drama in the knockout stage, too, this World Cup is going from great to greater. And, perhaps fittingly given the revolutionary history of host Russia, change is in the air. A column by John Leicester. SENT: 850 words, photos.
ALSO OF NOTE
WCUP-QATAR — The CEO of the 2022 World Cup talks about plans for the tournament after observing operations in Russia. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1 p.m.
WCUP-OVECHKIN-STANLEY CUP — 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 people were allowed to take photos with the trophy. SENT: 230 words, photos.
RUSSIA WORLD CUP IRKUTSK — Excitement over Russia’s surprise progression through the tournament has reached even the most isolated island in Lake Baikal. SENT.
— Scene setters and live exteriors from match sites Samara and Sochi, as well as fan gatherings in home countries.
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 walks past collapsed Sweden players at the end of his team’s 2-0 win in their World Cup quarterfinal in Samara. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)