May 10, 2018 / 2:00 PM / 2 months ago

Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Thursday

Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Thursday:

SOCCER

Premier League (1845)

West Ham United v Manchester United

Man United bid to clinch second place

LONDON - Manchester United bid to earn the point they need to guarantee finishing second in the table. (SOCCER-ENGLAND-WHU-MUN/ (PIX), expect from 2045 GMT/4:45 PM ET, 400 words)

Guardiola seeks a ton as Swansea hope for a miracle

LONDON - Only the most preposterous turnaround can spare Swansea City from relegation on the final Sunday of the Premier League season but if any team can help fashion this mission improbable, it is Pep Guardiola’s dazzling Manchester City. (SOCCER-ENGLAND/PREVIEW (PREVIEW, PIX), moved, by Ian Chadband, 613 words)

Resurgent Sevilla eye Europa League spot in derby at Betis

BARCELONA - Sevilla looked set to miss out on European football for the first time in six seasons a couple of weeks ago but coach Joaquin Caparros has revived their fortunes and on Saturday they could clinch qualification at local rivals Real Betis. (SOCCER-SPAIN/ (PREVIEW), moved, by Richard Martin, 398 words)

Bundesliga

Spotlight on Hamburg ahead of possible first relegation

BERLIN - Former European champions Hamburg SV, the only team to have played in the Bundesliga every season since the league’s 1963 creation, are a game away from their first relegation.

We previewed Saturday’s game and moved factboxes on the club, a timeline, their greatest players and successes over the years. (SOCCER-GERMANY-HSV/, moved, by Karolos Grohmann, 400 words)

MOTOR RACING

Formula One: Spanish Grand Prix

Title rivals Hamilton and Vettel meet the media

BARCELONA - Mercedes’ world champion Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel are among drivers meeting the media as Formula One regroups for the first round of the European season. (MOTOR-F1-SPAIN/ (PIX, TV), expect stories from 1400 GMT/9 AM ET, by Alan Baldwin, 400 words)

Sainz hoping for special return to Spain

BARCELONA - Carlos Sainz boasts a strong record and plenty of fans at his home Spanish Grand Prix but he can expect his return to Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya this weekend to feel particularly special. (MOTOR-FI-SPAIN/SAINZ, moved, by Alan Baldwin, 650 words)

CYCLING

Giro d’Italia

Australian Dennis has one-second lead ahead of Stage Six

MOUNT ETNA, Italy - Australian Rohan Dennis takes a one-second lead into Stage Six, a 163-kilometre route starting in Caltanissetta and finishing at Mount Etna. (CYCLING-GIRO/, (PIX, TV), 400 words)

TENNIS

Madrid Open

Nadal meets Schwartzmann in last 16

MADRID - Top seed Rafa Nadal, a five-times Madrid Open champion, will face Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in the last 16. (TENNIS-MADRID/MEN (PIX, TV), expect by 1700 GMT/1 PM ET, 400 words)

Halep faces Pliskova

MADRID - Two-time defending champion Simona Halep takes on Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals. (TENNIS-MADRID/WOMEN (PIX), 300 words)

RUGBY UNION

Cipriani back, Shields in for England’s South Africa tour

LONDON - Danny Cipriani has been recalled to the England squad to tour South Africa next month three years after his last appearance, while New Zealand-based back rower Brad Shields was also included for the three-test tour. (RUGBY-UNION-ENG/, moved, 400 words)

Cipriani offered last stool in last-chance saloon

LONDON - There is no “I” in team but there are three in Danny Cipriani and that has always been the issue for a player whose ability should have earned him a century of England caps but whose attitude has left him invariably on the outside looking in. (RUGBY-UNION-ENG/CIPRIANI, moved, by Mitch Phillips, 600 words)

GOLF

PGA Tour: Players Championship, Ponte Vedra Beach (to 13)

McIlroy, Spieth, Thomas in early start

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. – Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas tee off together trying to take advantage of what are expected to be ideal morning conditions, while Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler are grouped for an afternoon tee time in the opening round of the prestigious event at TPC Sawgrass. (GOLF-PLAYERS/, expect first copy by 1800 GMT/2 PM ET, by Andrew Both, 450 words)

NHL

Predators battle Jets in do-or-die Game Seven

The Nashville Predators host the Winnipeg Jets in a decisive seventh game of their Western Conference semi-final, with the winner advancing to a best-of-seven series with the Vegas Golden Knights in the penultimate round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. (ICEHOCKEY-NHL/HIGHLIGHTS, expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM, ET, by Field Level Media, 800 words)

BASEBALL

D-backs face Nationals, Mariners face Jays

The Arizona Diamondback try to pad their lead atop the National League West division when they host the Washington Nationals while the Seattle Mariners visit the Toronto Blue Jays 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: Toby Davis)

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