June 29, 2018 / 12:02 AM / 5 months ago

Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Friday

Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Friday:

SOCCER

World Cup

News conferences

FIFA media briefing

No rule change seen after World Cup “non-games”

MOSCOW - After some final World Cup group matches seemed to turn into “non-games” with teams barely playing or seeming unwilling to score, FIFA said on Friday it had no plan to change rules or how the draw is made. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-FIFA/ (TV), moved, by Alastair Macdonald, 400 words)

FIFA briefing on VAR and refereeing

MOSCOW -FIFA briefs reporters on statistics and performance issues relating to refereeing and the new video assistance for referees after the first round of World Cup matches. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-FIFA/VAR (TV), expect from 1200 PM GMT/8 AM ET, by Brian Homewood, 400 words)

Argentina news conference

KAZAN, Russia - Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli and a player speak to the media ahead of their last 16 match against France on Saturday. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-FRA-ARG/PREVIEW (PIX, TV), expect from 1600 GMT/12 PM ET, by Ian Ransom and Nick Mulvenney, 400 words)

France news conference and training session

KAZAN, Russia - France prepare for their last 16 match against Argentina on Saturday. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-FRA-ARG/PREVIEW (PIX, TV), expect from 1245 GMT/8:45 AM ET, 400 words)

Uruguay news conference and training session

SOCHI, Russia - Uruguay prepare for their last 16 match against Portugal at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium on Saturday. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-URY-POR/PREVIEW (PIX, TV), expect from 1500 GMT/11 AM ET, by Jack Tarrant and Philip O’Connor, 400 words)

Portugal news conference

SOCHI, Russia - Portugal coach Fernando Santos and a player speak to the media ahead of their last 16 match against Uruguay at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium on Saturday. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-URY-POR/PREVIEW (PIX, TV), expect from 1630 GMT/12:30 PM ET, by Jack Tarrant and Philip O’Connor, 400 words)

Brazil training session and news conference

SOCHI, Russia - Brazil hold a training session followed by a news conference at their team base as they prepare for their last 16 match against Mexico on Monday. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-BRA/ (PIX, TV), expect from 1400 GMT/10 AM ET, 400 words)

World Cup exits

Senegal pay with cruel exit after squandering strong start

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia - Senegal’s accumulation of more yellow cards than group rivals Japan made them the first country to be eliminated by the fair play regulations but they must take the blame for their World Cup failure after allowing a strong position to slip. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-SEN-COL/ (PIX), moved, by Mark Gleeson, 400 words)

Poland face difficult rebuild after World Cup humbling

VOLGOGRAD, Russia - Poland will take no comfort from their consolation win over Japan in their last match at the 2018 World Cup and will need fresh players and possibly a new coach in order to move on from their shambolic campaign in Russia.(SOCCER-WORLDCUP-JPN-POL/ (PIX), moved, by William Schomberg, 400 words)

Rethink needed for Arab teams at World Cup, says Tunisia coach

SARANSK, Russia - Tunisia failed to reach the knockout stage of the World Cup at the fifth time of asking in Russia and coach Nabil Maaloul says they will continue to struggle on the biggest stage without drastic changes to the game in the country. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-PAN-TUN/, moved, by Julien Pretot, 400 words)

Previews

Spain far from convincing as they face Russia in last 16

MOSCOW - The 2010 world champions Spain face hosts Russia in the last 16 with question marks hanging over Fernando Hierro’s side after a far from convincing display in the group phase. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-ESP-RUS/PREVIEW (PIX), moving at 1500 GMT/11 AM ET, by Richard Martin, 400 words)

High-flying Croatia favourites to knock out Danes

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia - Croatia go into Sunday’s last 16 clash against Denmark with a 100 percent record, including a drubbing of Lionel Messi’s Argentina, in the group phase but the Danes are vowing to shake off their dull image and cause a surprise. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-CRO-DNK/PREVIEW (PIX), moving at 1500 GMT/11 AM ET, by Andrew Cawthorne, 400 words)

Other stories

Isco emerges as Spain’s leader in chaotic campaign

MOSCOW - Spain have had an underwhelming World Cup campaign, not helped by the untimely sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui, but the one saving grace has been the sparkling form of Isco. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-ESP/ISCO (PIX), expect by 1600 GMT/12 PM ET, by Richard Martin, 400 words)

It’s Pogba’s time as France face Argentina

KAZAN, Russia - Paul Pogba has long been labelled as the next big thing in French football, and the last-16 game against Argentina on Saturday is the perfect occasion for the midfielder to prove his worth. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-FRA-ARG/PREVIEW (PIX), expect by 1500 GMT/11 AM ET, by Julien Pretot, 400 words)

Struggling start may be good omen for France

KAZAN, Russia - The last time France struggled before progressing from a World Cup group phase was in 2006 when they reached the final — a scenario they hope will be repeated in Russia, minus the outcome. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-FRA-ARG/PREVIEW (PIX), expect by 1700 GMT/1 PM ET, by Julien Pretot, 400 words)

Combined 11 of the best players in the group stage

MOSCOW - After a World Cup group stage high on entertainment, surprise results and high profile eliminations, Reuters Sports compiles a combined starting lineup of the best performing players in Russia. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP/BEST (PIX), moved, by Richard Martin, 400 words)

Despite fears, no racism recorded midway through Russia’s World Cup

MOSCOW - Senegalese computer scientist Alioune Ndiaye’s fears that he might face racist abuse at the soccer World Cup in Russia have not materialised. Nor have other foreign fans’ fears.(SOCCER-WORLDCUP/RUSSIA-RACISM (TV), moved, by Elena Gyldenkerne, Elena Gyldenkerne, Elena Woolsey and Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber, 400 words)

Kazan artists paint a mural of Lionel Messi

KAZAN, Russia - Kazan artists spent the night painting a Portrait of Lionel Messi on a wall next to a mural of Cristiano Ronaldo which can be seen from the hotel the Argentina team will stay in ahead of their last 16 game against France on Saturday. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP/MESSI-RONALDO-MURALS, expect by 1500 GMT/11 AM ET, by Nick Mulvenney, 400 words)

TENNIS

Wimbledon

Federer to start against Lajovic, Williams v Rus

LONDON - Defending champion Roger Federer will begin his quest for a record-extending ninth Wimbledon title with a first round clash against Serbian world number 57 Dusan Lajovic.(TENNIS-WIMBLEDON-DRAW/, moved, by Martyn Herman, 400 words)

Men’s preview - Ageless Federer targets title number nine

LONDON - Roger Federer is already the most prolific and oldest winner of the Wimbledon men’s singles title but when he saunters into the All England Club on Monday he will do so as favourite to lift the trophy for a ninth time. (TENNIS-WIMBLEDON/MEN (TV), moved, by Martyn Herman, 500 words)

Women’s preview

LONDON - We preview what looks like being a wide-open women’s singles at the All England Club where Spain’s Garbine Muguruza is the defending champion but faces threats from all directions. (TENNIS-WIMBLEDON/WOMEN (TV), expect by 1600 GMT/12 PM ET, by Martyn Herman, 500 words)

We will also have penpix of the top men and women contenders (TENNIS-WIMBLEDON/PENPIX) plus a list of Wimbledon singles champions (TENNIS-WIMBLEDON/CHAMPIONS)

American men look to end Wimbledon championship drought

American men, who have not hoisted the Wimbledon championship since Pete Samprass in 2000, look to end the drought when big-servers John Isner and Sam Querrey take to the grass courts of the All England Club. (TENNIS-WIMBLEDON/AMERICANS expect by 0030 GMT/8:30 PM ET, by Rory Carroll, 400 words)

Motion-capture tech gives tennis tips

LONDON - Biomechanics experts from Coventry University develop a motion capture technology to help tennis players to improve their game by generating kinematic data in real-time. This identifies areas of the body under stress and advice to improve technique. (TENNIS-WIMBLEDON/TECH (TV), 400 words)

Eastbourne Championships

EASTBOURNE - World number two Caroline Wozniacki meets Angelique Kerber in the semi-finals, while ex-champion Agnieszka Radwanska plays Belarussian Aryna Sabalenka. In the men’s event, Marco Cecchinato of Italy faces Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko, while German Mischa Zverev plays Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin. (TENNIS-EASTBOURNE/WOMEN-MEN (PIX), by Martyn Herman, 400 words)

GOLF

PGA Tour: The National, Maryland (to 1)

Woods seven behind starting second round

Tiger Woods tries to improve his position after carding an even-par 70 that left him seven adrift of leaders J.J. Spaun and Andrew Landry at TPC Potomac. (GOLF-NATIONAL/, expect by 0030 GMT/8:30 PM ET, 400 words)

LPGA Tour: Women’s PGA Championship, Illinois (to 1)

Park leads into second round

After opening with a six-under 66, South Korean Park Sung-hyun takes a one-shot lead into the second round at Kemper Lakes outside Chicago. (GOLF-WOMEN/PGACHAMP, expect by 0100 GMT/9 ET, 400 words)

European Tour: French Open (to 1)

PARIS - Welshman Bradley Dredge leads Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland and Englishman Andy Sullivan by one stroke at the French Open on the Le Golf National course that will host this year’s Ryder Cup. (GOLF-EUROPEAN/ (PIX), 300 words)

MOTOR RACING

Austrian Grand Prix practice

SPIELBERG, Austria - First and second practice sessions for the ninth race of the season. (MOTOR-F1-AUSTRIA/ (PIX, TV), expect from 0830 GMT/4:30 AM ET, by Alan Baldwin, 400 words)

Interview with Toro Rosso’s Gasly

SPIELBERG, Austria - Toro Rosso’s French rookie driver Pierre Gasly talks about his season so far, why his experience of racing in Japan is standing him in good stead in a team powered by Honda and why he thinks their engine could be a winner next year with Red Bull. (MOTOR-F1-AUSTRIA/GASLY (INTERVIEW), expect by 1600 GMT/12 PM ET, by Alan Baldwin, 400 words)

RUGBY

Super Rugby (week 17)

Intercepts give Waratahs come-from-behind win over Rebels

MELBOURNE - Bernard Foley scored an intercept try with less than eight minutes remaining as the New South Wales Waratahs overcame a rampant Melbourne Rebels side to score a 31-26 victory and consolidate their lead at the top of the Australian conference. (RUGBY-UNION-SUPER/REBELS, moved, 400 words)

We have also moved rolling HIGHLIGHTS of every match in the round.

Ireland v India - Second International T20

MALAHIDE, Ireland - India play Ireland in the second of two Twenty20 matches in Malahide, Dublin having comfortably won the first by 76 runs n their 100th-ever T20 game as they warm up for their tour of England. (CRICKET-IT20-IRL-IND/ (PIX), 300 words)

BASEBALL

Three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the visiting Chicago Cubs while the Los Angeles Angels visit Fenway Park for a clash with the Boston Red Sox in two of the 10 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)

Europe desk editor: Christian Radnedge

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