Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Wednesday

Reuters

Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Wednesday:


TENNIS

Australian Open (to 28)

Federer dispatches Berdych to reach semi-final

MELBOURNE - Defending champion Roger Federer argued with an umpire but mostly let his racket do the talking as he beat Tomas Berdych for the ninth time running to reach the Australian Open semi-finals on Wednesday.(TENNIS-AUSOPEN/ (PIX), moved, by Martyn Herman, Ian Ransom and Nick Mulvenney)


Halep roars back to dismantle Pliskova

MELBOURNE - Top seed Simona Halep recovered from a slow start before racing away to a 6-3 6-2 victory over big-serving Czech sixth seed Karolina Pliskova in their Australian Open quarter-final on Wednesday.

(TENNIS-AUSOPEN/HALEP (PIX), moved, by Martyn Herman)


Volatile times ahead as slams plan return to 16 seeds

MELBOURNE - More grand slam upsets in the earlier rounds can be expected from 2019 if plans to reduce the number of seeds from 32 back to 16 at the four major tournaments. (TENNIS-AUSOPEN/SEEDS (FEATURE), moved, by Simon Cambers, 700 words)

SOCCER

Germany, Netherlands and France drawn together in Nations League

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Germany will face old rivals France and the Netherlands after the trio were drawn together in the same three-team group for the inaugural UEFA Nations League on Wednesday. (SOCCER-UEFA/DRAW, moved, by Brian Homewood, 400 words)


League Cup semi-final, second leg

Arsenal v Chelsea (2000)

Arsenal and Chelsea hoping for final date with Man City

LONDON - Arsenal will be without their cup-tied new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan when they host Chelsea in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final, with the tie level at 0-0 from the first game, with Manchester City awaiting the winners in the final after beating Bristol City. (SOCCER-ENGLAND-ARS-CHE/ (PIX), expect by 21:45 GMT/4:45 PM ET, by Toby Davis, 400 words)


Premier League

We'll bring you the latest team and transfer news ahead of the week's games. (SOCCER-ENGLAND-TEAM/ expect throughout)


Saha backs Lukaku to be more consistent next season

MUMBAI - Romelo Lukaku has the ability to rip apart defences but the Belgian marksman might need a year under his belt at Manchester United to be more consistent, the Premier League club's former striker Louis Saha has told Reuters. (SOCCER-ENGLAND-MUN/SAHA (INTERVIEW), moved, by Sudipto Ganguly, 500 words)

King's Cup, quarter-finals, second leg

Alaves v Valencia (1800)

Real Madrid v Leganés (2030)

Real Madrid must stage fightback against Leganes

MADRID - Real Madrid host Leganes with a 1-0 lead from the first leg, while Valencia take a 2-1 advantage to last year's runners-up Alaves in their King's Cup quarter-final second legs after Sevilla reached the last eight on Tuesday. Holders Barcelona host Espnayol on Thursday. (SOCCER-SPAIN-CUP (PIX), expect by 2230 GMT/5:30 PM ET, by Joseph Casinelli, 200 words)


CRICKET

South Africa v India, third Test

Sloppy South Africa let India off the hook in third test

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa have the key wicket of India captain Virat Kohli, but sloppy play in the field allowed the tourists to crawl to 114 for four at tea on the opening day of the third and final test at The Wanderers in Johannesburg on Wednesday. (CRICKET-TEST-ZAF-IND/, moved with updates to follow, by Nick Said, 400 words)


RUGBY

Ireland's Schmidt laughs off England coach's jibe

LONDON - Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has laughed off counterpart Eddie Jones' tongue-in-cheek comment that his England team have "no chance" in the Six Nations due to their injury issues. (RUGBY-UNION-NATIONS/ (PIX, TV), moved, expect throughout, by Mitch Phillips and Jack Tarrant)


Rape trial of Ireland's Jackson, Olding begins

DUBLIN - Ireland rugby internationals Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding stand trial on rape charges with both having pleaded not guilty. The pair have not played since being charged in July and will not do so at least until the court case ends. (RUGBY UNION-IRELAND/COURT, expect after 1400 GMT/9 AM ET, by Padraic Halpin, 400 words)


GOLF

Woods primed for PGA Tour comeback

LA JOLLA, California - Nine months after spinal fusion surgery, 14-times major champion Tiger Woods speaks to the media at Torrey Pines, where he has won eight times, on the eve of his first official PGA Tour event since he was here last year. (GOLF-FARMERS/TIGER WOODS, expect by 2100 GMT/4 PM ET, by Andrew Both, 450 words)

WINTER OLYMPICS

IOC president hosts teleconference ahead of Games

BERLIN - International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach holds a teleconference ahead of next month's Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (OLYMPICS-2018/BACH, expect from 1400 GMT/9 AM ET, by Karolos Grohmann, 400 words)


Ohno looks for big showing from host Korea in short track

NEW YORK - Apolo Anton Ohno recalls the lift that racing for the home team gave him in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, and he expects the South Korean speed skaters to capitalise fully on that advantage in Pyeongchang next month. (OLYMPICS-2018-SKAT/OHNO (PIX), moved, by Dan Burns)


Canadian hockey brat drives the womens game in Korea

NEW YORK CITY, NY - As the daughter of a former NHL coach and a twice U.S. collegiate champion in her own right, Sarah Murray knows a thing or two about ice hockey culture. What is second nature to a Canadian like her, however, has sometimes been a foreign concept to those she now coaches on the South Korea team – 23 players preparing to face off on Olympic ice for the first time at next month’s Winter Games in PyeongChang. (OLYMPICS-2018-ICEH/MURRAY (PIX), moved, by Dan Burns)

Anderson aiming for back-to-back Olympic snowboarding golds

LONDON - American snowboarder Jamie Anderson won the inaugural slopestyle event at the winter Olympics in Sochi four years ago. Now she is focused on following that up with more glory at Pyeongchang. (OLYMPICS-2018-SNO/ANDERSON, expect by 1600 GMT/11 AM ET, by Jack Tarrant)


Ligety discusses Olympic hopes after back surgery

American Alpine skier and two-time Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety speaks to Reuters about his recovery from back surgery and his outlook for the Games in Pyeongchang. (OLYMPICS-2018-ALPS/LIGETY, expect by 2300 GMT/6 PM ET, by Rory Carroll, 300 words)


HANDBALL

Three semi-final berths at stake on day of frantic action

ZAGREB - All 12 teams left in the European handball championship play on Wednesday and three can join Denmark in the semi-finals after the Olympic champions on Tuesday became the first team to reach the medal rounds. (HANDBALL-EUROPE/ (PIX), expect by 2200 GMT/5 PM ET, by Zoran Milosavljevic, 300 words)


NFL

NFL looks to Super end to punishing season

It has been a bruising season for the NFL as the league came under attack from President Donald Trump over protesting players kneeling during the national anthem, watched television ratings slump, fended of new concerns over concussions and player safety. (FOOTBALL-NFL-SUPERBOWL/, expect by 2200 GMT/5 PM ET, 400 words)


NBA

Rockets try to extend win streak in Dallas

The Houston Rockets try to extend their win streak to four games when they visit the Dallas Mavericks while the Toronto Raptors look to close in on the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics when they visit the Atlanta Hawks in two of the nine games on the National Basketball Associations schedule. (BASKETBALL-NBA/HIGHLIGHTS, expect by 0430 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by Field Level Media, 800 words)


NHL

Blackhawks host Maple Leafs, Kings visit Flames

The Chicago Blackhawks host the Toronto Maple Leafs in a clash of Original Six franchises while the Los Angeles Kings visit the Pacific Division rival Calgary Flames in the two games on the National Hockey League schedule. (ICEHOCKEY-NHL/HIGHLIGHTS, expect by 0430 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by Field Level Media, 800 words)


NORTH AMERICAN SPORTS

Roundups of off-field developments in the major North American professional sports leagues. (expect by 0000 GMT/8 PM ET, by Field Level Media, 500 words) (Europe Desk Editor: Christian Radnedge)

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