Reuters Sports Schedule at 1415 GMT on Thursday


Reuters sports schedule at 1415 GMT on Thursday:


Russia's Mutko says ready to resign over Olympic ban

MOSCOW - Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned for life from the Olympics this week, said on Thursday he was ready to resign over the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to exclude Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics. (OLYMPICS-2018/RUSSIA-MUTKO (UPDATE 1), moved, by Gabrielle TĂ©trault-Farber, 400 words)


UEFA to decide Brussels Euro 2020 fate, opening game venue

NYON, Switzerland - UEFA's executive committee decides whether to keep Brussels as one of the 13 host cities for Euro 2020 and which venue will stage the opening match. (SOCCER-UEFA/, by Brian Homewood, 400 words)

Favourite Ronaldo and Messi in contention for Ballon d'Or

PARIS - Real Madrid's Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite to win his fifth Ballon d'Or award and tie Barcelona rival Lionel Messi when the gong is handed out during a ceremony at the Eiffel Tower. (SOCCER-BALLON/ (TV), expect from 1900 GMT/4 PM ET, by Richard Martin, 400 words)

Europa League

Marseille, Bilbao eye last 32

LONDON - Olympique de Marseille and Athletic Bilbao are among the clubs looking to secure spots in the last 32 in the final round of group matches. (SOCCER-EUROPA/ expect by 2230 GMT/5.30 PM ET, by Martyn Herman, 400 words)

Premier League preview

Stakes are high in Manchester derby

MANCHESTER, England - There have been few Manchester derbies with as much on the line as Sunday's meeting at Old Trafford of the top two teams in the Premier League -- the most anticipated clash of the campaign so far. (SOCCER-ENGLAND/ (PREVIEWS, PIX), moved, by Simon Evans, 400 words)

We will also bring you the latest team and injury news plus the managers' press conferences ahead of the weekend fixtures which also include Sunday's Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield (SOCCER-ENGLAND-TEAMX/)

Bundesliga preview

Hoffenheim aim to start winning run against Hanover

Hoffenheim had high expectations at the start of the season as they prepared to competed in the Champions League qualifying round for the first time. (SOCCER-GERMANY/ (PREVIEW), moved, by Karolos Grohmann, 400 words)


European Tour: Jo'burg Open

Finnal Euro tour event kicks off without Oosthuizen

JOHANNESBURG - The final European Tour event of the year at the Randpark Golf Club will tee off without headliner Louis Oosthuizen after he suffered a freak injury. (GOLF-EUROPEAN/, by Nick Said, 400 words)


No laughing matter for India in tired Sri Lanka 'rivalry'

NEW DELHI - The humorous observation that India and Sri Lanka's cricketers see more of each other than their respective partners appears to have taken a more serious tone with the Indian board accepting that an overdose of the one-sided rivalry is bad for cricket. (CRICKET-TEST-IND-LKA/, by Amlan Chakraborty, moved, 400 words)

Australia close on Ashes after Adelaide victory

SYDNEY - Australia captain Steve Smith thinks England will struggle to get back into the Ashes series after losing in Adelaide to trail 2-0 heading into next week's third test in Perth. (CRICKET-ASHES/, moved, by Nick Mulvenney, 500 words)


Falcons host Saints in NFC South battle

Quarterback Marr Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons host Drew Breez and the New Orleans Saints in an NFC South matchup with playoff implications for both teams. (FOOTBALL-NFL-ATL-NO/, expect by 0515 GMT/12:15 AM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)


Rockets face Jazz in Utah

The high-scoring Houston Rockets look to break through the vaunted Utah Jazz defense, while two squads with young cores, the Los Angeles Lakers and the 76ers, face off in Philadelphia in two of the four games on the National Basketball Association’s schedule. (BASKETBALL-NBA/HIGHLIGHTS, expect by 0630 GMT/1:30 AM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 800 words)


Penguins host Islanders in Pittsburgh

NHL champion Pittsburgh Penguins host the New York Islanders while the Los Angeles Kings look to extend their winning streak to seven games when they host the Ottawa Senators in two of the nine games on the National Hockey League schedule. (ICEHOCKEY-NHL/HIGHLIGHTS, expect by 0430 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)


Roundups of off-field developments in the major North American professional sports leagues. (expect by 0100 GMT/8 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 500 words) (Europe desk editor: Ken Ferris)

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