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MOSCOW — England tries to reach its first World Cup final since 1966 and Croatia attempts to get into its first ever when they meet for a berth against France/Belgium on Sunday. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Match starts at 2 p.m.
— SOC--WCUP-FINAL LOOKAHEAD — A look ahead to Sunday’s World Cup final. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words, by 6 p.m.
Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart is one of more than three dozen former wrestlers who dissect the pitfalls of life on the road in the documentary “350 Days.” The documentary airs nationwide in select movie theaters Thursday. Former WWE greats “Superstar” Billy Graham, Greg Valentine, Tito Santana and Wendi Richter recount the toll vagabond life of a pro wrestler could have on physical and mental health, and families were often a casualty. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 870 words, photos by 3 a.m.
Police say a woman was assaulted during a home invasion at a suburban Atlanta house owned by NFL star LeSean McCoy, hours after graphic posts on social media accused the Buffalo Bills running back of bloodying his former girlfriend. By John Wawrow. SENT: 870 words, photos.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — It’s good the French make lots of Champagne, because with the trophy-winning potential of its team that will play in the World Cup final on Sunday, they could be bathing in the stuff for years to come. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. SENT: 920 words, photos.
LONDON — So much for being a “one-season wonder.” After taking the hard path to becoming one of the world’s most prolific strikers, Harry Kane is closing in on winning the World Cup Golden Boot as top scorer. By Rob Harris. Timing, length uncertain.
English fans have been scarce at this World Cup, but planes have been added and thousands are expected to arrive before England’s semifinal against Croatia. By James Ellingworth. Timing, length uncertain.
MOSCOW — With this World Cup set to wrap up this weekend, U.S. women’s coach Jill Ellis arrived in town to discuss the Americans’ title defense, which starts with qualifying in October. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 500 words, by 1 p.m.
A look at what’s happening around the major leagues. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 a.m.
TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays have unveiled an elaborate plan for a new domed stadium that would take them across Tampa Bay to the Ybor City section of Tampa at a cost of nearly $900 million. The 30,842-seat stadium would be the smallest in Major League Baseball and would be covered by a fully enclosed and translucent roof, not a retractable dome. By Dick Scanlon. SENT: 400 words, photos.
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LAS VEGAS — It’s been a bumpy ride so far for Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young, but he got his shot going. He scored 24 points to help the Hawks beat the Chicago Bulls in summer league play. The No. 5 overall pick out of Oklahoma had struggled in NBA summer league action. SENT: 930 words, photos.
CULVER CITY, Calif. — Hundreds of fans hoping to see new Los Angeles Laker LeBron James had to make do with free pizza instead. James was a no-show Tuesday at the Blaze Pizza outlet in Culver City. James tweeted a day earlier about a “pizza party” at the location and fans hoped it was a hint that he might attend. By Ariel Tu. SENT: 180 words, photos.
LAS VEGAS — Michele Roberts has unanimously been re-elected as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. Roberts first moved into the role in 2014, about two years before the players and the league agreed on the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. It’s a four-year term. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 220 words, photos.
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Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Detroit at Tampa Bay, 12:10 p.m.
Washington at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m.
Kansas City at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.
Texas at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Milwaukee at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Toronto at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.
Oakland at Houston, 8:10 p.m.
St. Louis at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
Arizona at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
Seattle at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.
Atlanta at Washington, 11:30 a.m.
New York at Connecticut, 11:30 a.m.
Minnesota at Indiana, 12 p.m.
England vs. Croatia, 2 p.m.
Montreal at New York City FC, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.