Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Wednesday

Reuters

Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Wednesday:


TENNIS

Australian Open (to 28)

Nadal mows down Mayer to reach third round

MELBOURNE - Top seed Rafa Nadal continued his marauding path through the Australian Open, hammering Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-3 6-4 7-6 (4) to reach the third round on Wednesday. (TENNIS-AUSOPEN/ (PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), expect throughout, by Ian Ransom and Martyn Herman)


SOCCER

FA Cup third-round replays (1945)

Swansea City v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Chelsea v Norwich City

Wigan Athletic v AFC Bournemouth

LONDON - Premier League champions Chelsea host second tier Norwich City in a replay after their first encounter finished goalless, while the top flight's bottom club Swansea City face a testing encounter against the Championship's runaway leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers. (SOCCER-ENGLAND-CUP/ (PIX), expect by 2145 GMT/4:45 PM ET, by Toby Davis, 400 words)


We will also have the latest Premier League team, transfer and injury news. (SOCCER-ENGLAND-TEAM/ expect throughout)


King's Cup, quarter-finals, first leg

Atletico Madrid v Sevilla (1800)

Valencia v Deportivo Alavés (1800)

Espanyol v Barcelona (2000)

BARCELONA - King's Cup holders Barcelona make the short trip to city rivals Espanyol for a quarter-final first leg, while Atletico Madrid host Sevilla and Valencia, eyeing a first final appearance since 2008, play at home to last year's runners up Deportivo Alaves. (SOCCER-SPAIN-CUP/ (PIX), expect by 2000 GMT/3 PM ET, by Richard Martin, 400 words)


Ligue 1 (1800 unless stated)

Amiens SC v Montpellier

Angers SCO v Troyes

Guingamp v Olympique Lyonnais

Lille v Rennes

Metz v Saint-Etienne

Toulouse v Nantes

Paris St Germain v Dijon (2000)

PSG welcome Dijo look to stretch lead at the top

PARIS - Paris St Germain face Dijon at the Parc des Princes aiming to extend their lead at the top to 12 points. (SOCCER-FRANCE-PSG-DIJ/ (PIX), expect by 2200 GMT/5 PM ET, by Julien Pretot, 300 words)


Chinese soccer

Long road ahead for China after under-23s flop

HONG KONG - China is banking its footballing future on youth development and the world's most populous nation has plenty to do if their performance at the AFC Under-23 Championship over the last week is anything to go by. (SOCCER-CHINA/YOUTH moved, by Michael Church, 560 words)


RUSSIA CONFERENCE

Russia sports minister, World Cup chief at business forum

MOSCOW - Russian Minister of Sports Pavel Kolobkov and the 2018 World Cup organising committee Chairman Alexander Sorokin join other top officials and business people at the annual Gaidar economic forum, which opens the business year in Russia. (RUSSIA-FORUM/ (PIX, TV), expect throughout, 400 words)


WINTER OLYMPICS

North, South Korea hold talks over Winter Games

SEOUL - North and South Korea will hold vice-minister level talks to discuss North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, including the size of a delegation. (OLYMPICS-2018/NORTHKOREA (TV), expect throughout, by Christine Kim and Hyonhee Shin, 400 words)


Canada's Osborne-Paradis discusses Olympics

Canadian Manuel Osborne-Paradis, a speedy alpine skiing veteran who could be a medal threat in Pyeongchang, speaks to reporters about the Olympics. (OLYMPICS-2018/OSBORNE-KITZ, expect by 0000 GMT/8 PM ET, by Rory Carroll, 250 words)


Sarajevo Olympic bobsleigh track still holds hope for some

SARAJEVO - The bobsleigh track on Mount Trebevic, once the pride of Olympic Sarajevo and known as the steepest and fastest in the world, is now abandoned. As with other sports facilities built for the 1984 Winter Games but ruined during the Bosnian war of the 1990s, the poor condition of the track is a result of neglect, political interference and incompetence, experts say. (OLYMPIC-SARAJEVO/FACILITIES (PIX, TV), moved, by Daria Sito-Sucic)


We continue to move our series of features and previews ahead of the Feb. 9-25 Games in South Korea.


Ice Hockey

Former Stanley Cup winner Paek returns to Korea for Games

Jim Paek, the head coach of the South Korean men's national hockey team, is a man of two Olympic nations. (OLYMPICS-2018-ICEH/PAEK (PIX, TV), moved, by Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber, 600 words)


CRICKET

Debutant Ngidi leads South Africa to series victory v India

Debutant Lungi Ngidi took six wickets as South Africa defeated India by 135 runs to claim victory in the second test in Pretoria on Wednesday and also win the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match contest. (CRICKET-TEST-ZAF-IND/, moved, by Nick Said, 400 words)

HANDBALL

Germany tackle surprise package Macedonia at Euros

ZAGREB - Holders Germany face upstarts Macedonia in a clash for top spot in European Championship Pool C while Spain and Denmark lock horns in a Group D heavyweight clash, with main round berths at stake in the 16-nation tournament. (HANDBALL-EUROPE/ (PIX), expect by 2200 GMT/5PM ET, by Zoran Milosavljevic, 300 words)


RALLYING

Dakar Rally: Stage 11 - Belen to Chilecito

Spaniard Carlos Sainz starts the 11th stage with a 50 minute lead over Peugeot team mate and reigning champion Stephane Peterhansel with four days remaining. (MOTOR-RALLY-DAKAR/ (PIX, TV), 300 words)


RUGBY UNION

Ireland to name squad for opening Six Nations games

DUBLIN - Ireland will name their squad for the opening Six Nations games. (RUGBY UNION-IRELAND/, by Padraic Halpin)


French rugby now on solid financial foundation

PARIS - After years of overspending where domestic and European success was bought via cherry-picked foreign superstars, the French Top 14 is stabilising as increased TV revenue has begun to level the playing field for those clubs not backed by a millionaire owner. (RUGBY UNION-FRANCE/FINANCES (PIX), moving at 1600 GMT/11 AM ET, by Julien Pretot, 900 words)


GOLF

Garcia gets his season underway at Singapore Open

SINGAPORE - U.S. Masters champion Sergio Garcia kicks off his new season at the co-sanctioned Singapore Open on Sentosa. Louis Oosthuizen, YE Yang, Pat Perez and Ryo Ishikawa are among the other leading names in the field. (GOLF-ASIA/ (TV), by John OBrien, 400 words)


NBA

Warriors look to keep rolling against Bulls

The defending champion Golden State Warriors will look to extend their lead in the Western Conference when they visit the struggling Chicago Bulls while Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the Los Angeles Lakers in two of the 10 games on the National Basketball Association’s schedule. (BASKETBALL-NBA/HIGHLIGHTS, expect by 0630 GMT/1:30 AM ET, by Field Level Media, 800 words)


NHL

Canadiens battle Bruins in Boston

The Eastern Conference’s second place Boston Bruins will look to gain ground when they battle the Montreal Canadiens while the Pittsburg Penguins will look to make it five in a row when they battle the Anaheim Ducks in the only two games on the National Hockey League schedule. (ICEHOCKEY-NHL/HIGHLIGHTS, expect by 0430 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by Field Level Media, 400 words) (Europe Desk Editor: Christian Radnedge)

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