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Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Sunday, Dec 29

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Reuters sports schedule at 0600 on Sunday:

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CRICKET

Australia v England, fourth test, Melbourne

Ruthless Australia march to 4-0 Ashes lead

MELBOURNE - Chris Rogers struck a sparkling century to fire

Australia to a dominant eight-wicket win in the fourth Ashes

test, leaving an insipid England staring down the barrel of a

humiliating series whitewash. (CRICKET-ASHES/, moved, by Ian

Ransom, 900 words)

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South Africa v India, second test, Durban (to 30)

Kallis eyes century as South Africa close on India total

DURBAN - South Africa's Jacques Kallis, in his last test,

will resume on the fourth day on 78 not out with his team on 299

for five, 35 runs behind India's first-innings total.

(CRICKET-INDIA/, expect first lead by 1000 GMT/5:AM ET, 500

words)

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NBA

Miami ready to turn up heat on surging Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers, who have surged to the top of

the Western Conference, face a major test when the reigning NBA

champion Miami Heat come to town in one of 12 games on the

league schedule. (NBA-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0630

GMT/01:30 AM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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NHL

Ducks try to keep on flying high

The Anaheim Ducks, who have won nine consecutive games and

have yet to lose in regulation at home this season, host Phoenix

while the red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning welcome Montreal in two of

eight games on the NHL schedule. (NHL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect

by 0630 GMT/01:30 AM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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NORTH AMERICAN SPORTS

Roundups of off-field developments in the major North

American professional sports leagues. (moved, by The Sports

Xchange, 400 words)

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TENNIS

Brisbane International (to Jan 5)

Roger Federer and Serena Williams had contrasting 2013

seasons but both kick off their 2014 campaigns in Brisbane this

week and show no signs of giving in to the urge to call time on

their illustrious careers just yet. (TENNIS-BRISBANE/, PIX,

expect by 0700 GMT/2 AM ET, by Nick Mulvenney, 500 words)

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Hopman Cup, Perth (copy on merit)

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SOCCER

Premier League

Everton v Southampton (1330)

Newcastle United v Arsenal (1330)

Chelsea v Liverpool (1600)

Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City (1600)

LONDON - Arsenal will return to the top of the table if they

win at Newcastle before Chelsea and Liverpool meet in

heavyweight clash at Stamford Bridge. (SOCCER-ENGLAND, expect

first lead by 1500 GMT/10:AM ET, by Toby Davis, 700 words)

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(Asia Duty Editor: Amlan Chakraborty)

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