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Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Wednesday

Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Wednesday:


French Open

Halep starts with three-set win, Djokovic also through

PARIS - World number one Simona Halep, chasing a maiden grand slam crown, started her campaign with a three sets win over American Alison Riske while former men’s champion Novak Djokovic reached the third round. (TENNIS-FRENCHOPEN/ (PIX, TV), expect throughout, by Richard Lough, Ossian Shine, Pritha Sarkar and Julien Pretot, 500 words)


World Cup

World Cup bidding for 2026 enters frenetic final stages

JOHANNESBURG - The two bids chasing the right to host the 2026 World Cup have entered a frenetic last fortnight of canvassing while also anxiously awaiting a potentially decisive report on their suitability. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-2026/, moved, by Mark Gleeson, 400 words)

We also moved a FACTBOX on each bid.

Iran great Daei backs Azmoun to shine at World Cup

HONG KONG - Veteran Iran striker Ali Daei is backing Sardar Azmoun to shine at this year’s World Cup when he lines up for Carlos Queiroz’s team against Morocco, Spain and Portugal. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-IRN/DAEI, moved, by Michael Church, 400 words)

International Friendly

Japan suffer defeat with revamped formation under new coach

TOKYO - New Japan manager Akira Nishino deployed a new formation but endured a disappointing first match in charge with a 2-0 defeat by Ghana as his side prepared for the World Cup at a rain-drenched Yokohama Stadium on Wednesday. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-JPN-GHA/ (PIX), moved, by Jack Tarrant, 400 words)


Smith will return stronger from tampering ban: Graeme Smith

MUMBAI - Disgraced Australia cricketer Steve Smith will be much stronger mentally when he returns to international cricket after serving a one-year ban for his involvement in ball tampering, ex-South Africa skipper Graeme Smith told Reuters. (CRICKET-SMITH/ (INTERVIEW), moved, by Sudipto Ganguly, 600 words)


Park talks of defending title at U.S. Women’s Open

SHOAL CREEK, Ala. – Defending champion Park Sung-hyun and other top players speak on the eve the opening round of the biggest championship in women’s golf. (GOLF-WOMEN/USCHAMP, expect by 2200 GMT/6 PM ET, by Andrew Both, 400 words)


Golden Knights host Capitals in Stanley Cup action

The Vegas Golden Knights seek a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Washington Capitals when they host Game Two of the National Hockey League’s best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final. (ICEHOCKEY-NHL-VGK-WSH/, expect by 0245 GMT/10:45 PM ET, 500 words)


Nats’ Scherzer faces Orioles, Angels to start Ohtani

Two-times reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer takes the mound for the Washington Nationals in a clash with the host Baltimore Orioles while Japanese right-hander Shohei Ohtani is expected to get the start for the Los Angeles Angels for a game against the Detroit Tigers two of the 15 games on the Major League Baseball schedule. (BASEBALL-MLB/HIGHLIGHTS, expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by Field Level Media, 800 words)


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: Ken Ferris)

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