Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Saturday, October 12


Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Saturday:

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2014 World Cup qualifiers


Belgium, Germany and Swiss book World Cup tickets

LONDON - Two-goal Romelu Lukaku fired Belgium's golden generation into next year's World Cup finals with Germany and Switzerland also sealing their tickets to the Brazil extravaganza. (SOCCER-WORLD/ (PIX), moved, by Justin Palmer, 850 words)

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South America

Colombia reach World Cup finals after 16-year absence

BUENOS AIRES - Colombia qualified for the 2014 World Cup finals while Ecuador and Chile all but sealed tickets on Friday leaving Uruguay most likely to play a fourth successive inter-continental playoff to join them in Brazil next year.(SOCCER-WORLD/LATAM (WRAPUP 2, PIX), moved, by Rex Gowar, 600 words)

We also filed separate reports on each of the four matches and full results and standings

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Honduras eye World Cup berth after beating Costa Rica

Honduras moved to the brink of securing their place in next year's World Cup finals after beating Costa Rica 1-0 in a CONCACAF qualifier, though confirmation was put on hold when Mexico's Raul Jimenez produced a late stunning goal to give his side a tense win over Panama. (SOCCER-WORLD/CONCACAF, individual match reports moved, 500 words)

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Africa playoffs first legs

Burkina Faso v Algeria, Ouagadougou (1600)

Ivory Coast v Senegal, Abidjan (1700)

Burkina Faso look to complete miraculous recovery

CAPE TOWN - African Nations Cup runners-up Burkina Faso host Algeria to kick off the first legs of the African World Cup playoffs following a miraculous comeback in qualifying after being docked points for using an ineligible player while Ivory Coast meet fellow west Africans Senegal in a repeat of last year's Nations Cup qualification playoff. (SOCCER-WORLD/AFRICA, expect by 1900 GMT/3 PM ET, by Mark Gleeson, 400 words)

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Australia sack coach who got them to World Cup

SYDNEY - Australia sacked Socceroos coach Holger Osieck after his team were beaten 6-0 by France in an international friendly in Paris, Football Federation Australia (FFA) said. (SOCCER-AUSTRALIA/OSIECK, moved, by Nick Mulvenney, 500 words)

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SYDNEY - Holger Osieck fired a tart "I know what I'm doing" barb squarely at his critics after leading the Socceroos to World Cup qualification in June. On Saturday, Football Federation Australia (FFA) decided that was not the case. (SOCCER-AUSTRALIA/OSIECK (NEWSMAKER), moved, by Nick Mulvenney, 700 words)

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Serbia's Stankovic bids farewell with Japan win

NOVI SAD, Serbia - Supported by his sons and receiving a standing ovation from a 12,000-strong crowd, Serbia midfielder Dejan Stankovic entered retirement as his country's most capped player with a 2-0 victory over Japan in a friendly on Friday. (SOCCER-SERBIA/STANKOVIC (PIX), moving at 0800/4 AM ET, 400 words)

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Japanese Grand Prix

Vettel aims for fifth successive Japanese Grand Prix pole

SUZUKA, Japan - Red Bull's Mark Webber was fastest in final practice for the Japanese Grand Prix after world champion team mate Sebastian Vettel was sidelined by a KERS battery problem. (MOTOR RACING-PRIX/ (PIX), expect by 0615 GMT/2:15 AM ET, by Alan Baldwin, 500 words)

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Cardinals edge Dodgers in marathon series opener

The St Louis Cardinals beat the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in a marathon 13-inning opener of the best-of-seven National League Championship Series with Carlos Beltran playing the starring role. (BASEBALL-PLAYOFFS/NL (PIX), moved, 400 words)

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Panthers power past Pens in belated home opener

The Florida Panthers, playing their home opener and celebrating their 20th NHL season, hammered the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3. (NHL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), moved, by The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

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PGA Tour: Open (to 13)

Koepka forges first round lead in season-opening event

Having already thrived on a steep early learning curve as a globe-trotting golfer, American Brooks Koepka looked completely at home as he charged one shot clear at the Open in San Martin, California. (GOLF-PGA/, moved, 400 words)

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European Tour: Portugal Masters, Vilamoura (to 13)

Copy on merit

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Pakistan v South Africa

Turning test for South Africa

Turning pitches are likely to provide a stiff examination of South Africa's credentials as the top ranked test team when they begin a two-test series against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. (CRICKET-SAFRICA/PREVIEW, expect by 0800 GMT/4:00 AM ET, 400 words)

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Bangladesh v New Zealand first test, Chittagong (to 13)

Bangladesh target New Zealand total on fourth day

Bangladesh will hope to edge closer to New Zealand's first innings total of 469 when they resume on 380 for seven on day four of the first test in Chittagong. (CRICKET-ZEALAND, expect by 1200 GMT/7 AM ET, 250 words)

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ATP: Shanghai Masters, China (to 13)

WTA: Japan Open, Osaka (to 13)

Linz Open, Austria (to 13)

Copy on merit

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MotoGP: Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang (to 13)

Copy on merit (Duty editor: John O'Brien)

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