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Reuters Sports Schedule at 1715 GMT on Friday, April 4

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Reuters sports schedule at 1715 GMT on Friday:

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MOTOR RACING

Formula One: Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir (to 6)

Hamilton shines in Bahrain practice

MANAMA - Lewis Hamilton led Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg in a shimmering one-two in floodlit practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Friday. (MOTOR RACING-PRIX/PRACTICE (PIX), moved, by Alan Baldwin, 500 words)

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Davis Cup quarter-finals (to 6)

Japan v Czech Republic, Tokyo

France v Germany, Nancy

Italy v Britain, Naples

Switzerland v Kazakhstan, Geneva

Stepanek, Rosol give Czechs 2-0 lead in Japan

LONDON - Radek Stepanek and Lukas Rosol gave champions Czech Republic a 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup quarter-final against Japan after hard-fought victories in their singles matches in Tokyo on Friday. (TENNIS-DAVIS/JAPAN (UPDATE 1), 300 words)

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CRICKET

World Twenty20 in Bangladesh (to 6)

Kohli leads India into World Twenty20 final

MIRPUR - India set up a World Twenty20 final against Sri Lanka on Sunday after Virat Kohli's 72 not out secured a six-wicket victory over South Africa on Friday. (CRICKET-WORLD/T20-SEMIS (PIX), moved, by Amlan Chakraborty, 250 words)

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SOCCER

La Liga

Almeria v Osasuna (1900)

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Ligue 1

Olympique Marseille v Ajaccio (1830)

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Bundesliga

Hamburg SV v Bayer Leverkusen (1830)

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Dutch Championship

PEC Zwolle v Groningen (1800)

Copy on merit on above matches

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GOLF

PGA Tour: Houston Open (to 6)

Haas, Hoffman lead by one shot in Houston

Americans Bill Haas and Charley Hoffman will take a one-shot lead over a group of five players into the second round of the Houston Open, the PGA Tour's final stop before next week's Masters. (GOLF-PGA/, expect first copy by 1900 GMT/3 PM ET, 500 words)

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LPGA: Kraft Nabisco Championship (to 6)

Feng in command after taking route 66 in California desert

China's Shanshan Feng takes a one-shot lead over American Michelle Wie and South Korean Pak Se-ri into Friday's second round after opening with a six-under-par 66 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. (GOLF-LPGA/, expect by 2200 GMT/6 PM ET, 400 words)

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TENNIS

WTA: Family Circle Cup (to 6)

Errani seeks semi-final berth in Charleston

Third seed Sara Errani, Canada's Eugenie Bouchard and Daniela Hantuchova are among those in quarter-final action at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina. (TENNIS-WTA/, expect by 0130 GMT/9:30 PM ET, 350 words)

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BASEBALL

Cubs set to kickoff Wrigley Field's anniversary season

The celebration for Wrigley Field's 100th gets underway when the Chicago Cubs host the Philadelphia Phillies in one of 15 games on the Major League Baseball schedule. (BASEBALL-HIGHLIGHTS/, expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 975 words)

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NBA

Knicks look to keep playoff dreams alive The New York Knicks, who are clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, look to keep their post-season hopes alive when they host the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden in one of 14 games on the NBA schedule. (NBA-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 975 words)

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NHL

Capitals look to halt skid and make playoff push

The Washington Capitals, who have lost four straight games will try to get their playoff ambitions back on track when they open a four-game road trip at the New Jersey Devils in one of seven games on the schedule. (NHL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 475 words)

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NORTH AMERICAN SPORTS

Roundups of off-field developments in the major North American professional sports leagues. (expect by 0001 GMT/8:01 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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