January 4, 2014 / 12:06 AM / 4 years ago

Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Saturday, Jan 4

Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Saturday:

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La Liga

Malaga v Atletico Madrid (1500)

Real Valladolid v Real Betis (1700)

Valencia v Levante (1900)

Almeria v Granada CF (2100)

Atletico aim to go clear at the top with win at Malaga

BARCELONA - Atletico Madrid can pull three points clear at the top of La Liga ahead of Barcelona, who play at home to Elche on Sunday, with a win at mid-table Malaga. (SOCCER-SPAIN/ (PIX) expect by 1700 GMT/12 PM ET, by Tim Hanlon, 500 words)

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FA Cup third round (1500 unless stated)

Blackburn Rovers(II) v Manchester City (1245)

AFC Bournemouth(II) v Burton Albion(IV)

Aston Villa v Sheffield United(III)

Barnsley(II) v Coventry City(III)

Bolton Wanderers(II) v Blackpool(II)

Brighton and Hove Albion(II) v Reading(II)

Bristol City(III) v Watford(II)

Charlton Athletic(II)v Oxford United(IV)

Doncaster Rovers(II) v Stevenage Football Club(III)

Everton v Queens Park Rangers(II)

Grimsby Town(V) v Huddersfield Town(II)

Ipswich Town(II) v Preston North End(III)

Kidderminster Harriers(V) v Peterborough United(III)

Macclesfield Town(V) v Sheffield Wednesday(II)

Middlesbrough(II) v Hull City

Newcastle United v Cardiff City

Norwich City v Fulham

Rochdale(IV) v Leeds United(II)

Southampton v Burnley(II)

Southend United(IV) v Millwall(II)

Stoke City v Leicester City(II)

West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace

Wigan Athletic(II) v Milton Keynes Dons(III)

Yeovil Town(II) v Leyton Orient(III)

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur (1715)

Arsenal face Spurs in London derby, City visit Blackburn

LONDON - Injury-hit Premier League leaders Arsenal host in-form arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the standout tie of the FA Cup third round while last season’s beaten finalists Manchester City face a short but tricky trip to second tier Blackburn Rovers. (SOCCER-ENGLAND/CUP (PIX), by Tim Collings, 800 words)

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French Cup round of 64 (to 5)

Avranches(IV) v Racing Lens(II) (1100)

Chambly(IV) v Angers SCO(II) (1300)

AS Cannes(IV) v St Etienne (1315)

Chasseleay Mont d‘Or Azergues Foot(IV) v Istres(II) (1330)

Pontarlier(V) v Caen(II) (1330)

SA Epinal(IV) v Chamois Niort(II) (1330)

Jura Sud(IV) v US Creteil-Lusitanos(II) (1400)

Aubagne FC(V) v Dijon FCO(II) (1500)

La Roche-sur-Yon(V) v CA Bastia(II) (1500)

Magny RS v Moulins(IV) (1500)

Yzeure(IV) v FC Lorient (1600)

Boulogne-sur-Mer(III) v AS Beauvais-Oise(IV) (1700)

Bressuire FC v Sochaux (1700)

Les Herbiers(IV) v Plabennec(IV) (1700)

Poissy(V) v Concarneau(IV) (1700)

Romorantin(IV) v Toulouse (1700)

Stade Rennes v Valenciennes (1945)

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ATP: Qatar Open, Doha (to 5)

Nadal and Monfils bid for their first Qatar Open title

DOHA - Top seed and 2010 runner-up Rafa Nadal plays in the final against 31st-ranked Frenchman Gael Monfils, who was the losing finalist in 2006 and 2012 and has a losing 8-2 record against the Spanish world number one. (TENNIS-QATAR/, 400 words)

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Chennai Open, India (to 5)

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Hopman Cup, Perth

France hoping to make it third time lucky in Hopman Cup

France duo Alize Cornet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga aim to make it third time lucky for their country in the Hopman Cup final, which the French lost in 1998 and 2012, against top-seeded debutants Poland, represented by Agnieszka Radwanska and Grzegorz Panfil, at the Perth Arena. (TENNIS-HOPMAN/, 400 words)

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Australia v England, fifth test (to 7)

Australia look to wrap up 5-0 Ashes series sweep

SYDNEY - Australia resume their second innings on 140 for 4 looking to further inflate their 311-run lead before unleashing their pace attack on the hapless tourists as they bid for a 5-0 series sweep at the Sydney Cricket Ground. (CRICKET-ASHES/, expect from 0130 GMT/8:30 PM ET, by Nick Mulvenney, 600 words)

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PGA Tour: Hyundai Tournament of Champions (to 6)

Four Americans take Route 66 to share lead in Hawaii

Americans Michael Thompson, Chris Kirk, Webb Simpson and Jordan Spieth will take a joint one-shot lead into Saturday’s second round at the Kapalua Resort in Hawaii after opening with seven-under-par 66s in the elite, winners-only event. (GOLF-PGA/, expect end-of-day lead by 0600 GMT/1 AM ET, 400 words)

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Wild-card playoff games

Chiefs bidding for upset of Colts

The Kansas City Chiefs hope to continue their turnaround season when they meet the South Division champion Indianapolis Colts in an AFC wild-card game at Indianapolis matching teams with 11-5 records. (NFL-PLAYOFFS/COLTS (PIX), expect first copy by 0130 GMT/8:30 PM ET, by Steve Keating, 500 words)

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Saints and Eagles square off in wintry weather

Sub freezing conditions are likely when the New Orleans Saints, bidding for their first road playoff win in franchise history, visit the NFC East champions Philadelphia Eagles in an NFC wild-card game. (NFL-PLAYOFFS/EAGLES (PIX), expect first copy by 0450 GMT/11:50 PM ET, by Larry Fine, 500 words)

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Clippers visit Spurs in Western showdown

The Los Angeles Clippers visit the San Antonio Spurs in a showdown of Western Conference division leaders and the Miami Heat, who are only 10-5 in road games this season, play at struggling Orlando in two of nine games on the NBA schedule. (NBA-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0430 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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Blues go for fifth straight win when Blue Jackets visit

The St. Louis Blues, winners of four in a row, try to move closer to the Western Conference lead and leading teams Chicago and Anaheim when they play the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets in one of 12 games on the NHL schedule. (NHL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0430 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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Florida State and Auburn set to clash in national championship

LOS ANGELES - The top-ranked Florida State Seminoles and No. 2 Auburn Tigers will meet in the BCS National Championship at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on Monday to determine U.S. college football’s leading team. We preview a mouth-watering showdown between favourites Florida State, who are a perfect 13-0 this season, and surging Auburn, who upset Alabama before crushing Missouri in the SEC championship game. (AMERICAN FOOTBALL-NCAA/, (PREVIEW, PIX), expect by 2200 GMT/5 PM ET, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 450 words)

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Roundups of off-field developments in the major North American professional sports leagues. (expect by 0101 GMT/8:01 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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World Cup: Women’s Slalom, Zagreb

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