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Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Friday, Aug 25
August 25, 2017 / 12:05 AM / 25 days ago

Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Friday, Aug 25

Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Friday:

SOCCER

English Premier League

Goals expected with Liverpool and Arsenal defences on trial

MANCHESTER – Liverpool host Arsenal on Sunday with both teams having shown some of their attacking flair already this season but with major question marks over their leaky defences. (SOCCER-ENGLAND-LIV-ARS/SHOWCASE, expect by 1600 GMT/12 PM ET, by Simon Evans, 400 words)

We will have all the latest news ahead of this weekend’s fixtures. (SOCCER-ENGLAND-TEAM/, expect throughout, 300 words)

Villa makes surprise return to Spain squad

MADRID - Spain’s all-time top scorer David Villa has come out of international retirement after being named in the squad for World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Liechtenstein, national team coach Julen Lopetegui said on Friday. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-ESP/SQUAD, moved)

MOTOR RACING

Belgian Formula One Grand Prix

Hamilton on top after wet Spa Friday

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium - Title contender Lewis Hamilton prepared for his 200th Formula One race with the fastest time in Belgian Grand Prix practice on Friday before rain brought an early end to the day’s action. (MOTOR-F1-BELGIUM/, PIX, TV, moved, by Alan Baldwin)

We will also have stories from around the paddock

BOXING

Mayweather, McGregor weigh-in ahead of Saturday’s fight

LAS VEGAS - Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor step on the scales for the official weigh in ahead of their much anticipated bout on Saturday. (BOXING-MAYWEATHER-MCGREGOR/WEIGHIN, expect by 0015 GMT/8:15 PM ET, by Steve Keating, 400 words)

TENNIS

U.S. Open draw to be unveiled during ceremony

Top seeds Rafael Nadal of Spain and Czech Karolina Pliskova will learn their road to the final at the U.S. Open when the official draw ceremony for the year’s final grand slam is held at Flushing Meadows. (TENNIS-USOPEN/DRAW, expect by 1900 GMT/3 PM ET, by Frank Pingue, 400 words)

Nadal and Federer hope to turn back clock in New York

We preview the action on the men’s side at the U.S. Open where world number one Rafael Nadal will seek a third Flushing Meadows title while five-times champion Roger Federer looks to extend a remarkable comeback season by clinching a third grand slam title after wins in Australia and at Wimbledon. (TENNIS-USOPEN/MEN (PREVIEW), expect by 1900 GMT/3 PM ET, by Martyn Herman, 500 words)

Pliskova looks to improve on 2016 runner-up finish

Czech world number one Karolina Pliskova, last year’s runner-up, will be the top seed in a major tournament for the first time at this year’s U.S. Open and will face a slew of challengers, including red-hot Wimbledon champion GarbineMuguruza, Romania’s Simona Halep and American Venus Williams. (TENNIS-USOPEN/WOMEN (PREVIEW), expect by 1900 GMT/3 PM ET, by Martyn Herman, 500 words)

Questions abound as Sharapova returns to U.S. Open

NEW YORK – Maria Sharapova can expect a warm reception from fans in New York when she makes her grand slam return at the U.S. Open next week following a 15-month doping ban, but just how competitive she will be is hard to say, ESPN analyst Chris Evert said. (TENNIS-USOPEN/SHARAPOVA, expect by 1530 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by Rory Carroll, 500 words)

Zverev ready to make step up for grand slam breakthrough

NEW YORK - Four months ago, Alexander Zverev arrived at the French Open as an outside hope for the title and promptly flopped, going out in the first round. Now he’s filled with confidence as a fourth seed heading into next week’s U.S. Open with a very real chance to pick up a maiden grand slam title. (TENNIS-USOPEN/ZVEREV, expect by 1530 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by Simon Cambers, 450 words)

GOLF

PGA Tour: Northern Trust (to 27): Old Westbury, New York

Henley leads resurgent Johnson by one

Russell Henley, after opening with a six-under 64, takes a one stroke lead over world number one Dustin Johnson into the second round of the first event of the PGA Tour’s FedExCup playoff series at the Glen Oaks Club on Long Island, while the defending FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy and this season’s points leader Hideki Matsuyama have a lot of work to do, nine and 10 strokes behind respectively. (GOLF-NORTHERNTRUST/, expect by 0000 GMT/8 PM ET, 400 words)

LPGA: CP Women’s Open (to 27): Ottawa, Ontario

Alex in front in Ontario

American Marina Alex has a one-stroke lead going into the second round at Ottawa Golf Club. (GOLF-WOMEN-CANADIANPACIFIC/, expect by 0100 GMT/9 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 300 words)

BASEBALL

Greinke and D-backs face Giants, Dodgers face Brewers

Former Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke and the Arizona Diamondbacks host the San Francisco Giants while Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda takes the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers versus the visiting Milwaukee Brewers in two of the 15 games on the Major League Baseball schedule. (BASEBALL-MLB-HIGHLIGHTS/, expect by 0530 GMT/1:30 AM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 800 words

CRICKET

West Indies dominate first session against England

LEEDS, England - West Indies grabbed three wickets before lunch on the first day of the second test against England at Headingley as the hosts stumbled to 61 for three in the face of some impressive bowling. (CRICKET-TEST-ENG-WIN/ (PIX), moved)

RUGBY

Final preparations in place for second Bledisloe Cup clash

WELLINGTON - The All Blacks and Wallabies complete their preparations their second Rugby Championship clash in Dunedin with the world champions looking to seal the Bledisloe Cup with a game to spare. (RUGBY-UNION-CHAMPIONSHIP-NZL-AUS/, expect throughout, by Greg Stutchbury, 300 words)

CYCLING

Vuelta a Espana

Froome bids to extend lead in stage seven

Briton Chris Froome leads by 11 seconds going into stage seven over 207 kilometres from Liria to Cuenca. (CYCLING-VUELTA/ (TV), expect by 1800 GMT/2 PM ET, 400 words)

BADMINTON

World Championships

GLASGOW - South Korea’s top seed Son Wan-ho takes on India’s eighth seed Kidambi Srikanth in the quarter-finals. Defending champion Chen Long meets Chinese compatriot Tian Houwei. (BADMINTON-WORLD-CHAMPIONSHIP/ (PIX), expect by 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, 300 words) (Asia desk editor: Peter Rutherford)

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