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Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Wednesday, April 16

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Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Wednesday:

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SOCCER

Premier League (1845)

Everton v Crystal Palace

Manchester City v Sunderland

City bid to close on leaders, Everton aim to retake fourth

LONDON - Third-placed Manchester City welcome bottom club Sunderland, aiming to close the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool to four points while Everton will try to recapture fourth spot when they host improving Crystal Palace. (SOCCER-ENGLAND/, expect by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, 400 words)

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Spanish King's Cup final

Barcelona v Real Madrid (1930)

Barca, Real clash in Valencia in repeat of 2011 Cup final

VALENCIA - Record Cup winners Barcelona seek a 27th triumph when they face rivals Real Madrid, who will be without injured top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, in a repeat of the 2011 showpiece which Real won 1-0 with Ronaldo's extra-time header. (SOCCER-SPAIN/CUP (PIX), expect by 2130 GMT/5:30 PM ET, 500 words)

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German Cup semi-finals

Bayern Munich v Kaiserslautern (II) (1830)

Bayern big favourites to reach German Cup final

Holders Bayern Munich are overwhelming favourites to win their German Cup semi-final when they face second-tier Kaiserslautern with rivals Borussia Dortmund awaiting as the Bundesliga title holders and Champions league semi-finalists try to repeat last season's treble. (SOCCER-GERMANY/CUP (PIX), expect by 2030 GMT/4:30 PM ET, by Karolos Grohmann, 400 words)

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French Cup semi-finals

En Avant Guingamp V Monaco (1900)

Monaco look to reach French Cup final

PARIS - AS Monaco visit En Avant Guingamp in the semi-finals of the French Cup, their only shot at a trophy this season. (SOCCER-FRANCE/CUP, by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, by Julien Pretot, 200 words)

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TENNIS

ATP: Monte Carlo Masters, Monaco (to 20)

Nadal and Federer ease into third round at Monte Carlo

Top seed Rafael Nadal recovered from a stuttering start to beat Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4 6-1 while fourth seed Roger Federer barely broke sweat as he breezed into the third round with a 6-1 6-2 win over Czech Radek Stepanek. (TENNIS-MEN/MASTERS (UPDATE, PIX), moved, by Julien Pretot, 400 words)

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WTA: Malaysian Open (to 20)

Copy on merit

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MOTOR RACING

Chinese Formula One Grand Prix preview

Rosberg keen to deny team mate Hamilton three in a row

SHANGHAI - Championship leader Nico Rosberg, returning to the track where he took his first F1 win, can turn the tables on Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton this weekend and deny the Briton a third victory in a row. (MOTOR RACING-PRIX/PREVIEW(PIX), by Abhishek Takle, moved, 500 words)

We have also moved a drivers' form sheet and statistics for Sunday's race.

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NHL

Three games help launch Stanley Cup playoffs

The Stanley Cup playoffs begin their two month long run with the Montreal Canadiens visiting the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Columbus Blue Jackets playing at the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Dallas Stars traveling to the Anaheim Ducks in first round games. (NHL-PLAYOFFS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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NBA

Playoff spots filled, league closes out regular season

The NBA, with all 16 playoff spots filled, closes out its regular season with Eastern Conference leader Indiana Pacers playing at Orlando and Western Conference top team the San Antonio Spurs home to the Los Angeles Lakers in two of 15 games on the NBA schedule. (NBA-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 950 words)

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BASEBALL

Tanaka starts for Yankees against Cubs

Talented rookie Masahiro Tanaka makes his second start in Yankee Stadium as the New York Yankees play the Chicago Cubs in the first game of a day-night doubleheader in one of 16 games on the Major League Baseball games on the schedule. (BASEBALL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 975 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) (Duty editor: Ken Ferris)

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