Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Thursday, Dec 26


Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Thursday:

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English Premier League (1500 unless stated)

Hull City v Manchester United (1245)

Aston Villa v Crystal Palace

Cardiff City v Southampton

Chelsea v Swansea City

Everton v Sunderland

Newcastle United v Stoke City

Norwich City v Fulham

Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion

West Ham United v Arsenal

Manchester City v Liverpool (1730)

Manchester City host Liverpool with top spot up for grabs

LONDON - Leaders Liverpool face the daunting prospect of an

away trip to Manchester City with Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton

all hoping to keep pace in a full schedule of Premier League

matches. (SOCCER-ENGLAND/, expect from 1500 GMT/10 AM ET, 500


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Australia v England, fourth test, Melbourne (to 30)

Johnson late strikes thrill record crowd at MCG

MELBOURNE - Mitchell Johnson's late double strikes fired up

a world record test crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and

left England a rocky 226 for six after Kevin Pietersen

threatened to win the opening day of the fourth Ashes match for

the tourists. (CRICKET-ASHES/, moved, by Ian Ransom, 600 words)

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South Africa v India, second test, Durban (to 30)

Kallis to quit tests after second match against India

South Africa's Jacques Kallis, the greatest all-rounder of

his era, will retire from test and first-class cricket after the

Boxing Day match against India in Durban, the country's cricket

board said. (CRICKET-SAFRICA/KALLIS, moved, 600 words)

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Century stand puts India in control

DURBAN - A second-wicket century stand between Murali Vijay

and Cheteshwar Pujara put India in control after they went to

tea at 163 for one on a lifeless wicket on the opening day of

the second test against South Africa on Thursday..

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

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Ten teams still in playoff hunt

One of the wildest and most unpredictable regular seasons

ever in the NFL will conclude on Sunday with 10 teams still in

the hunt for the last four playoff spots. (NFL-PLAYOFFS/

(PREVIEW), expect by 2000 GMT/3 PM ET, by Mark Lamport-Stokes,

650 words)

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Factbox on NFL playoff picture (NFL-PLAYOFFS/ (FACTBOX)

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Clippers and Trail Blazers meet in Western showdown

Two of the best teams in the Western Conference, the

Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers, meet up in

Portland in two of four games on the NBA schedule.

(NBA-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0630 GMT/1:30 PM ET, by The

Sports Xchange, 500 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)

(Duty Editor: Justin Palmer)

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