Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Sunday, Dec 29


Reuters sports schedule at 1400 on Sunday:

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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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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's farewell ton puts S Africa ahead in Durban

DURBAN - A teary Jacques Kallis struck an emotional farewell

century to become the third highest test run-scorer as South

Africa took a 61-run lead with three wickets in hand at fourth

day's lunch in the second and final test against India

(CRICKET-INDIA/, updates throughout, 500 words)

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Frantic finish to decide playoff lineup

A wild finish to the NFL regular season is on tap as 10

teams are still in the running for the final four playoff spots

and all four division titles are up for grabs in the NFC.

(NFL-WRAP/ (PIX), expect first copy by 2300 GMT/6 PM ET, 600


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Division titles on the line on final day of season

The Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints,

Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers all will be trying to claim

division titles as the NFL concludes its regular season.

(NFL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect first copy by 2130 GMT/5:30 PM

ET, 500 words)

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Eagles and Cowboys to decide NFC East championship

It will be winner-take-all when the Philadelphia Eagles

visit the injury-plagued Dallas Cowboys to decide the NFC East

title and a playoff spot. (NFL-COWBOYS/ (PIX), expect first copy

by 0545 GMT/12:45 AM ET, 400 words)

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Factbox on NFL playoff picture that will be updated with

playoff schedule once all regular-season games are completed.


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Profiles of NFL playoff teams

Brief profiles of the 12 teams that qualified for the

National Football League playoffs. (NFL-PLAYOFFS/PENPIXS, expect

by 0700 GMT/2 AM ET, 500 words)

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Note: We will provide a quick four paras on any team

qualifying for playoffs or clinching division or first-round bye

or home-field advantage.

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Clippers delight coach Rivers as they win by 'playing ugly'

LOS ANGELES - The best teams in the National Basketball

Association are typically able to win games "playing ugly", and

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers wants to see his players

develop this attribute as the season unfolds. Even he was

surprised, though, as the Clippers delivered the 'ugly' script

on cue in overcoming an erratic display to beat the Utah Jazz

98-90 on Saturday. (NBA-CLIPPERS/RIVERS, expect by 2000 GMT/3 PM

ET, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 650 words)

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Thunder and Spurs chase Western Conference lead

The Oklahoma City Thunder host the Houston Rockets and the

Sacramento Kings visit the San Antonio Spurs as the Thunder and

Spurs try to keep up with the Portland Trail Blazers in the race

for the Western Conference lead in two of five games on the NBA

schedule. (NBA-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0430 GMT/11:30 PM

ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Penguins try to keep streak over Blue Jackets going

The Pittsburgh Penguins, runaway leaders in the Metropolitan

Division, seek their fourth win of the season over the

home-standing Columbus Blue Jackets, who are playing without

injured goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, in one of 10 games on the

NHL schedule. (NHL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0430 GMT/11:30

PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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Roundups of off-field developments in the major North

American professional sports leagues. (expect by 0101 GMT/8:01

PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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(London Duty Editor: Justin Palmer)

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