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Posted on July 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Updated Sunday, Jul 13 at 10:02 AM

The AP World Cup Digest at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT). The supervisor of the World Cup desk in Rio de Janeiro is Simon Haydon. The desk can be reached at 0055 21 348 264 84.

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WCUP-FINAL

RIO DE JANEIRO — The World Cup will be decided at Rio's iconic Maracana Stadium where Lionel Messi will lead Argentina out against Germany in a game that pits the world's best player against the tournament's best team. It's the third World Cup final between the countries — a record — after they split the 1986 and 1990 meetings. By Mattias Karen. UPCOMING. 900 words. By 5:30 p.m. EDT/2130 GMT.

WITH: WCUP-ARGENTINA by Karl Ritter; WCUP-GERMANY by Nesha Starcevic.

WCUP-WRAPUP

RIO DE JANEIRO — The World Cup ends Sunday with a marquee match-up, Argentina against Germany, and host Brazil rushing to be ready for an even bigger logistical challenge: the 2016 Olympics. As the winning captain, either Argentina forward Lionel Messi or Germany defender Philipp Lahm will hold aloft the most recognized trophy in sports in front of 74,000 spectators at the Maracana Stadium, the world-famous football venue nestled among Rio de Janeiro's hills, high-rises and favelas. By John Leicester. SENT: 692 words, photos. Will be UPDATED.

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WCUP-UKRAINE

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko won't be attending the World Cup final in Brazil on Sunday, a government statement said, denying assertions by Brazilian officials that he would be there. On Saturday, a Brazilian official said Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin would be in a VIP area at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the match pitting Argentina against Germany — a situation that could have paved the way for an encounter for renewed peace talks on ending the conflict between pro-Russian and pro-Western forces in Ukraine. By Peter Leonard. SENT: 465 words, photos.

WCUP-ARGENTINA FANS

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Soccer-obsessed Argentines awoke to the sound of banging drums and a sea of national flags waving from buildings, still dreaming about winning the World Cup but cautious of their powerful rival Germany in Sunday's final. Argentina last played in a World Cup final in 1990, when it lost to West Germany. Four years earlier, Diego Maradona led Argentina to the title, also in a final against the Germans. By Luis Andres Henao. SENT: 401 words, photos.

WCUP-BRAZIL WATCHES

RIO DE JANEIRO — Tens of thousands of fans will flock to the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina on Sunday, and millions of Brazilians across South America's biggest country have one more game to celebrate their monthlong football celebration. Ahead of the 64th and last match, workers and supporters were already arriving at the Maracana Stadium at 9 a.m. local time, seven hours head of kickoff. Security forces were on site in the early hours preparing for Brazil's big day. More than 25,000 police and soldiers will be on guard for the game, the biggest security detail in Brazilian history. SENT: 119 words, photos. Will be UPDATED.

WCUP-FIZZLED PROTESTS

IRAJA, Brazil — The protesters who many feared would wreck Brazil's World Cup party failed to show up. While the national team fell short of claiming the coveted championship, the country at least can say the tournament that wraps up with Sunday's title game has gone off with only scattered demonstrations. Brazil avoided a repeat of last year's Confederations Cup when violent protests broke out in several cities and more than a million people took to the streets on just one night to demand the government spend on improvements for education and other public services instead of soccer. By Jenny Barchfield. SENT: 780 words, photos.

LEBRON-WORLD CUP

RIO DE JANEIRO — Just a few hours after arriving in Brazil, LeBron James sized up the World Cup final and said it trumps the NBA finals. "This is the highest you can get," James said Saturday, a day after announcing he was returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. "This is bigger than the NBA finals in the sense that it's the world and you have so many countries here." By Stephen Wade. SENT. 300 words.

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— UNDATED — WCUP-ON THIS DAY. SENT.

— UNDATED — WORLD CUP GLANCE.

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