Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Wednesday, April 23


Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Wednesday:

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Premier League

Sacked Moyes thanks Ferguson for Man Utd opportunity

LONDON - Sacked Manchester United manager David Moyes thanked his predecessor Alex Ferguson on Wednesday for having given him the opportunity to lead the Premier League club. (SOCCER-ENGLAND/MOYES, moved, by Alan Baldwin, 550 words)

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Scholes returns to help Man United interim manager Giggs

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes returned to the club's training ground on Wednesday to help caretaker manager Ryan Giggs prepare for this weekend's Premier League match at home to Norwich City. (SOCCER-UNITED/SCHOLES, moved, by Martyn Herman, 200 words)

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United must move fast with vital window looming

Manchester United must move quickly to appoint a new manager and give him maximum time to operate in what will be a critical transfer window for the club following the sacking of David Moyes on Tuesday. (SOCCER-ENGLAND/UNITED (ANALYSIS), moved, by Ed Osmond, 750 words)

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Champions League semi-finals, first legs

Real Madrid v Bayern Munich (1845)

Holders Bayern eyeing third straight final before Real clash

MADRID - Champions League holders Bayern Munich look to take a first step towards securing a third consecutive appearance in the final of Europe's elite club competition when they play at nine-times winners Real Madrid. (SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/REAL (PIX, TV) expect by 2030 GMT/4:30 PM ET, by Iain Rogers, 500 words)

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'Big Easy' returns to a favourite haunt for PGA Tour event

Four-times major winner Ernie Els returns this week to one of his favourite cities, where he shares the nickname of 'The Big Easy', to make his eighth career start at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. We preview the PGA Tour event at the TPC Louisiana won last year by American Billy Horschel. (GOLF-PGA/ (PREVIEW), expect by 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, 400 words)

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Phelps fronts media to discuss comeback

PHOENIX - Michael Phelps and his longtime coach Bon Bowman discuss his decision to make a comeback to competitive swimming almost two years after he announced his retirement from the pool. (SWIMMING-PHELPS/, expect by 0100 GMT/9 PM ET, by Julian Linden, 600 words)

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Blackhawks try to square up series with Blues

The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks try to pull even in their best-of-seven playoff series versus the St. Louis Blues while the Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks seek commanding 3-1 leads in their respective series versus the Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars. (NHL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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Heat look to make it two straight versus Charlotte

The two-time defending champion Miami Heat seek a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series versus the visiting Charlotte Bobcats while San Antonio hosts Dallas and Portland visits Houston in the night's other playoff games. (NBA-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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Brewers try to pull away from division rivals

The Milwaukee Brewers will try to pad their lead atop the National League's Central division when they host the San Diego Padres in one of 15 games on the Major League Baseball schedule. (BASEBALL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, 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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ATP: Barcelona Open (to 27)

Romania Open, Bucharest (to 27)

WTA: Stuttgart Grand Prix, Germany (to 27)

Morocco Grand Prix, Marrakech (to 27)

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La Fleche Wallonne, Belgium

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