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SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - In the great tradition of food bets between political leaders, Matthew Barzun, the U.S. ambassador to Britain, has challenged his Belgian counterpart to a friendly wager.

Under the terms proposed in a letter from Barzun: If the Americans win the World Cup round of 16 game between the countries, Guy Trouveroy will cook Belgian waffles for Barzun and his colleagues at the U.S. Embassy. If Belgium wins Tuesday, Barzun will cook American pancakes for the Belgians at their embassy.



RIBEIRAO PRETO, Brazil (AP) - France coach Didier Deschamps had a spot of microphone trouble during his World Cup news conference Tuesday.

First, the sound was too loud, with Deschamps’ booming voice resonating around the Pedro II theater house in Ribeirao Preto, where France holds its media activity. Then, it was far too quiet and he could barely be heard.

“Everything OK, chief? Hello?” a bemused Deschamps said as he turned to the sound technician, who was desperately trying to fix it.

Deschamps carried on talking, but the problem persisted.

“Is he trying to wind me up? They’ve sent the cook instead,” Deschamps joked. “This is a disaster.”

The issue was eventually resolved, and Deschamps was free to talk about Friday’s quarterfinal against Germany.

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