Reuters Sports Schedule at 1500 GMT on Saturday

Reuters

Reuters sports schedule at 1500 GMT on Saturday:


TENNIS

Australian Open (to 28)

Federer, Djokovic advance, Sharapova ousted by Kerber

MELBOURNE - Holder Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic eased into the fourth round on Saturday, while Maria Sharapova went out to Angelique Kerber in a battle between the only two grand slam winners left in the women's draw. (TENNIS-AUSOPEN/ (PIX), moved, by Martyn Herman, Ian Ransom and Nick Mulvenney)


Federer extracting edge even from obligatory media meets

MELBOURNE - From his backhand to his serve, Roger Federer has always looked to improve but he has found another way to get an edge, by using press conferences to his advantage. (TENNIS-AUSOPEN/FEDERER-PRESS (PIX), moved, by Simon Cambers, 500 words)


WINTER OLYMPICS

North Korea to send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang

LAUSANNE - North Korea will send 22 athletes to the Winter Games in the neighbouring South next month and compete in three sports and five disciplines, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Saturday. (OLYMPICS-2018/NORTHKOREA (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV), moved, by Brian Homewood, 400 words)


SOCCER

Premier League

Arsenal v Crystal Palace (1500)

Burnley v Manchester United (1500)

Everton v West Bromwich Albion (1500)

Leicester City v Watford (1500)

Stoke City v Huddersfield Town (1500)

West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth (1500)

Manchester City v Newcastle United (1730)

Manchester clubs in action, Chelsea win 4-0 at Brighton

LONDON - Runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City and second-placed Manchester United host Newcastle United and visit Burnley respectively after Chelsea eased to a 4-0 victory at Brighton in the early game. (SOCCER-ENGLAND/ (PIX), expect from 1430 GMT/9:30 AM ET, by Pete Hall and Neil Robinson, 500 words)


La Liga

Atletico Madrid v Girona (1515)

Villarreal v Levante (1730)

Las Palmas v Valencia (1945)

Montella off the mark as Sevilla win at Espanyol

BARCELONA - Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella got his first Liga win at the third attempt as his side secured a 3-0 victory at Espanyol on Saturday to go fifth in the standings before second-placed Atletico Madrid host Girona. (SOCCER-SPAIN/, moved with updates to follow, by Richard Martin, 400 words)


Bundesliga

Hoffenheim v Bayer Leverkusen (1430)

Freiburg v RB Leipzig (1430)

Borussia M'gladbach v Augsburg (1430)

Mainz 05 v Stuttgart (1430)

Wolfsburg v Eintracht Frankfurt (1430)

Hamburg SV v Cologne (1730)

Leipzig visit Freiburg aiming to consolidate second spot

GELSENKIRCHEN - RB Leipzig will look to tighten their hold on second place with a win at Freiburg and cut Bayern Munich's 13-point advantage before the leaders play on Sunday. (SOCCER-GERMANY/(PIX), expect by 1630 GMT/11:30 AM ET, 400 words)


GOLF

Singapore Open

Thai duo lead by two strokes in weather-hit Singapore

Thai Chapchai Nirat was joined by compatriot Danthai Boonma at the top of the Singapore Open leaderboard as the duo took a two-stroke lead after the third day of the weather-disrupted event on Saturday. (GOLF-SINGAPORE/, moved, 300 words)


Abu Dhabi HSBC Champions

Fisher, Pieters share Abu Dhabi lead with McIlroy in chase

Briton Ross Fisher and Thomas Pieters shared the lead after the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Saturday, with four-times major winner Rory McIlroy trailing by a shot. (GOLF-EUROPEAN/, moving shortly, 300 words)


CareerBuilder Challenge, La Quinta, California (to 21)

Landry leads Rahm by one stroke in pro-am event

Second-year PGA Tour player Andrew Landry takes a one-shot lead over Spanish world number three Jon Rahm into the third round of the pro-am event played on three courses in the California desert. (GOLF-LAQUINTA/, expect by 0100 GMT/8 PM ET, 400 words)


ALPINE SKIING

Women's World Cup Downhill

Record-chasing Vonn cruises to Cortina downhill victory

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy - Lindsey Vonn cruised to her 79th career World Cup victory in the Cortina downhill on Saturday, finishing ahead of Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather and fellow American Jackie Wiles. (ALPINE-SKIING/WOMEN (PIX), moved, 300 words)


Men's World Cup Downhill race in Kitzbuehel

Germany's Dressen snatches surprise Kitzbuehel win

KITZBUEHEL - Germany's Thomas Dressen tamed the dangerous Streif course to snatch a surprise victory in the men's downhill on Saturday and beat specialist Beat Feuz and Aksel Lund Svindal.(ALPINE-SKIING/MEN (PIX), moved, 300 words)


FIGURE SKATING

European Championships

Russian pair battle for gold, French duo win ice dance

MOSCOW - Russian Olympic favourite Evgenia Medvedeva seeks her third successive European title but faces competition from teenage compatriot Alina Zagitova in the free skate. France's Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron set a world record as they won a fourth straight European ice dance title.(FIGURESKATING-EUROPE/ (PIX), moved with updates to follow, 400 words)


RALLYING

Dakar Rally

Sainz heading for victory on last day of Dakar

Spaniard Carlos Sainz is poised to win the Dakar Rally for a second time, with only a relatively short loop around the Argentine city of Cordoba remaining. The Peugeot driver is 46 minutes clear of Toyota's Qatari driver Nasser al-Attiyah. (MOTOR-RALLYING-DAKAR/ (PIX, TV), expect by 2000 GMT/3 PM ET, 300 words)


HANDBALL

Croatia meet Norway, Sweden take on France in doubleheader

ZAGREB - European championship hosts Croatia lock horns with Norway and world champions France take on Sweden in main round Group I, with all four teams eyeing semi-final berths from a fiercely competitive section. (HANDBALL-EUROPE (PIX), expect by 2200 GMT/5 PM ET, by Zoran Milosavljevic, 300 words) (London Desk Editor: Ken Ferris)

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