May 24, 2018 / 12:05 AM / 3 months ago

Reuters Sports Schedule at 0001 GMT on Thursday

Reuters sports schedule at 0001 GMT on Thursday:

SOCCER

World Cup preview package

We are moving the final part of our World Cup preview package at 1400 GMT (10 AM ET), with pieces on the teams in Groups G and H.

For each of the teams we will be sending:

A 400-word piece on their prospects: SOCCER-WORLDCUP-XXX/PROSPECTS

A 300-word story on a star player: SOCCER-WORLDCUP-XXX/STAR

A Factbox slugged SOCCER-WORLDCUP-XXX/FACTBOX — to include FIFA ranking, previous tournaments, coach, three key players, form guide, how they qualified and brief prospects.

Germany coach Loew press conference

EPPAN, ITALY - Germany coach Joachim Loew holds a news conference at the start of the world champions’ training camp in Italy ahead of their title defence in Russia. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-GER/, by Karolos Grohmann)

Serbia coach to name 23-man World Cup squad

BELGRADE - Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic is to announce his 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-SRB/SQUAD (PIX), by Zoran Milosavljevic)

Interview with Christian Karembeu

BARCELONA - Reuters speaks to former Real Madrid and France midfielder about the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real, his thoughts on his old team mate Zinedine Zidane and athletes using the pitch to highlight social causes. (SOCCER-CHAMPIONS-FINAL/KAREMBEU, by Richard Martin)

UEFA Executive Committee meeting

KIEV - UEFA’s executive committee meets in Kiev on the day of the Women’s Champions League final. One of the items on the agenda is likely to be FIFA’s plan for a new Club World Cup and League of Nations competition. (SOCCER-UEFA/ (TV))

UEFA names host stadium for 2020 Champions League final

KIEV - UEFA announces the host city and stadium of the 2020 Champions League final, with Istanbul’s Ataturk stadium facing competition from Lisbon’s Stadium of Light. The venue for the 2020 Europa League final and the Women’s Champions League final will also be determined. (SOCCER-UEFA/2020FINAL, by Richard Martin and Simon Evans)

Villa aim to be latest Asian investment success

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Chinese owned Aston Villa are hoping to join Malaysian-controlled Cardiff City and Chinese-backed Wolverhampton Wanderers in winning promotion to the Premier League as Asian investors cash in on their investments in second-tier Championship clubs. (SOCCER-ENGLAND/ASIA, by Simon Evans)

Cosmos shooting for stars with $500 million plan

TORONTO - Once one of the most glamorous names in North American professional sport, the New York Cosmos are today living on soccer’s Skid Row, a fourth division club playing on school grounds left behind largely unwanted and forgotten. (SOCCER-COSMOS/, moved, 700 words, by Steve Keating)

TENNIS

French Open preview package

Underarm serve? When all else fails against Nadal, why not?

LONDON - When a respected tennis analyst suggested recently that an underarm serve could be an effective weapon in halting Rafael Nadal’s annual rampage on clay most just chuckled. (TENNIS-FRENCHOPEN/NADAL (PIX), expect by 0100 GMT/9 PM ET, by Martyn Herman, 600 words)

Svitolina no longer in the shadows as she chases French Open glory

LONDON - Had it not been for a bout of childhood jealously, Elina Svitolina might never have become the most successful tennis player to emerge out of Ukraine or be tipped as one of the favourites for this year’s French Open title. (TENNIS-FRENCHOPEN/SVITOLINA (INTERVIEW, PIX), expect by 0200 GMT/10 PM ET, by Pritha Sarkar, 670 words)

Sharapova seeks redemption on Roland Garros clay

PARIS - When Maria Sharapova last played the French Open in 2015, she did so as defending champion. (TENNIS-FRENCHOPEN/SHARAPOVA, expect by 0200 GMT/10 PM ET, by Danielle Rossingh, 500 words)

Isner, Querrey lead charge of buoyant Americans

LOS ANGELES - Big-serving John Isner, hard-hitting Sam Querrey and promising youngster Frances Tiafoe will be among the American men looking to end a near two decades-long championship drought at Roland Garros when they take to the red clay in Paris next week. (TENNIS-FRENCHOPEN/ISNER (PIX), expect by 0200 GMT/10 PM ET, by Rory Carroll, 530 words)

Leconte calls for French revolution to end Roland Garros drought

PARIS - When Yannick Noah sparked joyous celebrations around France in 1983 by hoisting the Musketeers’ Cup, no one in the country would have guessed that the wait to see the next home-grown men’s champion would last at least another 35 years. (TENNIS-FRENCHOPEN/FRANCE (PIX), expect by 0200 GMT/10 PM ET, by Julien Pretot, 600 words)

French Open draw

PARIS - French Open organisers draw players in the 2018 Roland Garros tournament in the presence of 10-times winner Rafael Nadal and Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko. (TENNIS-FRENCHOPEN/DRAW (TV), by Julien Pretot)

Lyon Open

LYON - Top seed Dominic Thiem will be in quarter-final action against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, while American second seed John Isner will face British journeyman Cameron Norrie. (TENNIS-LYON/MEN, 300 words)

Strasbourg International

STRASBOURG - Australian Sam Stosur, 2010 Roland Garros finalist, will face Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova in the quarter-finals. (TENNIS-STRASBOURG/, 300 words)

CYCLING

Giro d’Italia - Stage 17

Simon Yates holds the overall lead heading into Stage 18, a 196-kilometre ride from Abbiategrasso to Prato Nevoso. (CYCLING-GIRO/ (TV), expect by 1700 GMT/1 PM ET, 300 words)

MOTOR RACING

Formula One, Monaco Grand Prix

MONACO - Free practice for the Monaco Grand Prix, with champions Mercedes eager to measure their pace against rivals Ferrari and Red Bull. Sauber’s Charles Leclerc will also have plenty of attention as he gears up to become the first Monegasque F1 driver in 24 years to race on home soil. (MOTOR-F1-MONACO/ (PIX, TV), by Alan Baldwin)

Monaco Grand Prix team principals’ news conference

MONACO - Formula One team principals, including McLaren’s Zak Brown and Red Bull’s Christian Horner, appear in the FIA news conference. (MOTOR-F1-MONACO/, by Alan Baldwin)

CRICKET

England v Pakistan - First Test

LONDON - England play Pakistan at Lord’s in the first match of a two-test series. (CRICKET-TEST-ENG-PAK/ (PIX), by Ed Osmond)

GOLF

Better to play with men than against them, says Sorenstam

Annika Sorenstam has fond memories of becoming the first woman in 58 years to play in a PGA Tour event, but feels the future of golf is for men and women to compete with and not against each other.(GOLF-SORENSTAM/, moved, by Andrew Both, 400 words)

‘Hogan’s Alley’ right up Simpson’s alley

Webb Simpson gets back in the saddle after a week off at the Fort Worth Invitational on Thursday on a course with similarities to the scene of his emphatic Players Championship victory. (GOLF-FTWORTH/ (PREVIEW), moved, 400 words)

NBA

LeBron’s Cavs visit Celtics

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, riding high after two consecutive wins to level the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final at two games apiece, visit the Boston Celtics for a pivotal Game Five. (BASKETBALL-NBA-BOS-CLE/, expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by Field Level Media, 500 words)

NHL

Caps face Lightning in do-or-die Game Seven

The Washington Capitals visit the Tampa Bay Lightning in a decisive seventh game to their Eastern Conference final to determine which team will face the Vegas Golden Knights in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Finals. (ICEHOCKEY-NHL-TBL-WSH/, expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM, ET, by Field Level Media, 500 words)

BASEBALL

Astros face Giants, Red Sox battle Rays

Ace right-hander Justin Verlander and the reigning World Series champion Houston Astros host the San Francisco Giants while David Price and the Boston Red Sox visit the Tampa Bay Rays in two of the 14 games on the Major League Baseball schedule. (BASEBALL-MLB/HIGHLIGHTS, expect by 0330 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) (Asia desk editor: Ian Ransom)

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