Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Thursday, Aug 21


Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Thursday:

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Champions League playoffs, 1st leg

Zenit, Porto close in on group stage with away wins

BERNE - Zenit St Petersburg and Porto both put a foot in the Champions League group stage with 1-0 away wins in the first leg of their respective playoff ties. (SOCCER-CHAMPIONS, moved, By Brian Homewood, 500 words)

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Europa League playoff round first legs (to 21)

Results plus copy on merit

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PGA Tour: Barclays Classic, New Jersey (to 24)

McIlroy looks to make more magic in FedExCup series

PARAMUS, New Jersey - World number one Rory McIlroy, winner of three tournaments in a row including the British Open and the PGA Championship, aims to keep his streak alive at this week's The Barclays, the opener of the four-event FedExCup playoffs. (PGA-FEDEXCUP/, expect by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, by Larry Fine, 500 words)

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European Tour: Czech Masters, Prague (to 24)

Copy on merit

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Cueto sweet 16 bid smacked down by St Louis

Lance Lynn allowed only four hits in seven shutout innings and St. Louis knocked around Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto as the Cardinals beat the Reds. (BASEBALL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), moved, by The Sports Xchange, 975 words)

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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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U.S. Open draw sets paths for top seeds Djokovic, Williams

NEW YORK - Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have their respective paths laid out for the last grand slam event of the season when the U.S. Open draw is conducted at the National Tennis Center. (TENNIS-OPEN/DRAW, expect by 1700 GMT/1 PM ET, by Larry Fine, 400 words)

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U.S. Open package

We will offer special package on the U.S. Open, the final grand slam of the season, which begins on Monday at Flushing Meadows in New York. Stories will include previews of men's and women's competitions featuring Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, Roger Federer's golden opportunity and rising Canadians Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic. We also will have lists of previous winners and tournament factbox. Expect by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET)


Djokovic v Federer final looming unless young guns intervene

NEW YORK - Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer look to be heading for a rousing shootout in the last grand slam of 2014, although the emerging young guns of the game may be plotting an ambush. (TENNIS-OPEN/MEN (PREVIEW), expect 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, by Larry Fine, 700 words)

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Golden opportunity for Federer to crown majestic career

NEW YORK - Roger Federer has a golden chance to crown his majestic career with another grand slam crown at the U.S. Open at the ripe old age of 33, which would raise his all-time record haul to 18. (TENNIS-OPEN/FEDERER, expect 2100 GMT/5PM ET, by Larry Fine, 600 words)

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Serena counted on to wave the American flag again

NEW YORK - Five-times champion Serena Williams will once again be counted on to wave the American flag at Flushing Meadows as she seeks a third straight U.S. Open crown but if the world number one should falter, the season's final grand slam could prove to be the most unpredictable in years. (TENNIS-OPEN/WOMEN (PREVIEW), expect 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, by Steve Keating, 700 words)

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Raonic, Bouchard look to reach new heights at U.S. Open

NEW YORK - Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard and big-serving Milos Raonic are ready to go where no Canadian has gone before at the U.S. Open. (TENNIS-OPEN/CANADIANS, expect 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, by Steve Keating, 850 words)

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ATP: Winston-Salem Open (to 24)

WTA: New Haven Open, Connecticut (to 24)

Results only

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Basketball, golf golds up for grabs at Nanjing Youth Games

Day 5 of competition at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China sees 16 gold medals up for grabs. In the basketball tournament, there are medals for the men's dunk and women's shoot-out, while the individual golf champions are also decided. (OLYMPICS-YOUTH/DAY6 (PIX) expect by 1800 GMT/2 PM ET, 500 words)

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Diamond League: Stockholm

European javelin champion Ruuskanen heads elite field

STOCKHOLM - European men's javelin champion Antti Ruuskanen of Finland heads an elite field at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting. The competitors include the two other medallists in Zurich plus Egyptian world leader Ihab Abdelrahman El Sayed (ATHLETICS-DIAMOND/, expect by 2200 GMT/6 PM ET, by John Mehaffey, 400 words)

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Belgian Formula One Grand Prix

Formula One drivers back at work after summer break

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium - Formula One drivers get back to work after the summer break with Mercedes' championship leader Nico Rosberg appearing in a news conference ahead of Sunday's 12th race of the season (MOTOR RACING-PRIX/, PIX, expect stories from 1400 GMT / 10 AM ET, by Alan Baldwin)

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Zimbabwe v South Africa, 3rd ODI

South Africa to change team for last ODI encounter

BULAWAYO - South Africa, who have already said they will rest leading batsman Hashim Amla, are expected to make more changes and offer an opportunity for international exposure to some fringe players when they meet neighbours Zimbabwe in the last of their three-match one-day series at Queens Sports Club, having comfortably won the first two encounters. (CRICKET-SAFRICA/, expect by 1600 GMT/12 PM ET, 400 words)

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Rugby Championship (round two)

All Blacks focus on Bledisloe Cup after record bid fails

WELLINGTON - The All Blacks will look to retain the Bledisloe Cup after the disappointment of their record-equalling winning streak was ended in a 12-12 draw against an improving Wallabies side in their Rugby Championship clash in Auckland on Saturday. (RUGBY-CHAMPIONSHIP/ZEALAND, expect by 0800 GMT/4 AM ET, by Greg Stutchbury, 600 words)

(Asia duty editor: Nick Mulvenney)

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