Reuters Sports Schedule at 1600 GMT on Friday


LONDON, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Reuters sports schedule at 1600 GMT on Friday:


Olympics-IOC bans Russian bobsledders, speed skaters for Sochi doping

Two Russian bobsledders, including double gold medallist Alexander Zubkov, and two speed skaters have been banned for life from the Olympics over doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said. (SPORT-DOPING/RUSSIA 270 words). Moved.


Australia v England, first test, Brisbane

BRISBANE - Captain Steve Smith frustrated England with a fighting half-century and pushed Australia to 165 for four at the close of a see-sawing day two, rescuing the hosts after a top order collapse in the series-opening Ashes test. (CRICKET-ASHES-AUS-ENG/ (PIX, TV) 600 words)

India v Sri Lanka, second test, Nagpur

Ravichandran Ashwin spearheaded a dominant bowling display by India, taking four wickets as they dismissed Sri Lanka for 205 after the visitors had won the toss and opted to bat on the first day of the second test in Nagpur.(CRICKET-TEST-IND-LKA/ 400 words)


Mourinho fears Fellaini departure

LONDON - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho fears that midfielder Marouane Fellaini will leave the Premier League club at the end of the season. (SOCCER-ENGLAND-MUN-BRH/MOURINHO 330 words)

We bring you all the news from the managerial news conferences ahead of the weekend's Premier League fixtures. (SOCCER-ENGLAND/-TEAM)

Clubs looking to Virtual Reality to get an edge

The latest, groundbreaking developments in Virtual Reality are allowing clubs to run simulations of match situations and get players recovering from injury 'match fit'. (SOCCER-TECH-VIRTUALREALITY/ 400 words)

Messi says he's happy to take occasional rests

BARCELONA - Lionel Messi, who was used a rare substitute in Barcelona's midweek Champions League match with Juventus, said he understood the importance of resting occasionally in order to stay ripe for the end of the season as he accepted the European Golden Shoe award on Friday. (SOCCER-SPAIN/MESSI (PIX, TV) 350 words)


Australian Open (to 26)

SYDNEY - Lucas Herbert outshone major winners Jordan Spieth and Jason Day with a sparkling 66 to take the lead at the Australian Open. (GOLF-AUSTRALIA/ 500 words)

Hong Kong Open (to 26)

HONG KONG - India's SSP Chawrasia forged a two-shot lead at the Hong Kong Open, overcoming buffeting winds to card a four-under-par 66 in the second round at Fanling. (GOLF-EUROPEAN-HONG KONG/, 200 words)


Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

ABU DHABI - Four times world champion Lewis Hamilton kept Mercedes on top in the last Friday practice of the Formula One season with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel close behind. (MOTOR-F1-ABUDHABI/ (PIX, TV) 350 words)


We will bring you all the news from the various camps ahead of this weekend's November internationals. (RUGBY-UNION-TEAM/)


Roundups of off-field developments in the major North American professional sports leagues. (Expect by 0000 GMT/7 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 500 words)


Holmes scores six tries as Kangaroos roar into final

BRISBANE - Australia winger Valentine Holmes kept up his record-breaking exploits with six tries as the Kangaroos blew away Fiji 54-6 on Friday to set up a Rugby League World Cup final against England or Tonga. (RUGBY LEAGUE-WORLDCUP-AUS-FJI/ (PIX) 250 words)


Top skaters vie for spot in Japan final

The last spots for December’s Grand Prix Final in Japan are on the line this week in Lake Placid starting with the pairs and men’s program. (FIGURESKATING-ISU/LAKEPLACID, expect by 0415 GMT/11:15 PM ET, 300 words)


UFC makes debut in mainland China

Fight fans in mainland China get their first taste of UFC action as the mixed martial arts organisation stages a card in Shanghai on Saturday. (MMA-UFC/SHANGHAI (PREVIEW) 400 words)


Streaking Cavs host Hornets, Warriors face Bulls

The Cleveland Cavaliers seek a seventh consecutive victory when they return from the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday to host the Charlotte Hornets in one of 10 games on the schedule. (BASKETBALL-NBA/HIGHLIGHTS, expect by 0430 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 600 words)


Lightning clash with Rangers

NHL scoring leader Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Washington Capitals in one of 14 games on the schedule. (ICEHOCKEY-NHL/HIGHLIGHTS, expect by 0430 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 800 words)


Goffin strikes early blow for Belgium in Davis Cup final

David Goffin stayed cool to give visitors Belgium a 1-0 lead in the Davis Cup final against France when he crushed Lucas Pouille 7-5 6-3 6-1 in the opening singles match on Friday. (TENNIS-DAVISCUP-FINAL/ (PIX, TV) 350 words)


IAAF announce award winners

The IAAF announces its male and female athletes of the year.

(ATHLETICS-IAAF/AWARDS Expect by 2200GMT (Reporting by Ian Chadband)

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