June 20, 2018 / 12:04 AM / 10 months ago

Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Wednesday

Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Wednesday:


World Cup

Group A

Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (1500)

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia - Uruguay, who snatched a 1-0 win over Egypt in their opener, play Saudi Arabia in a Group A match at the Rostov Arena, with the Saudis reeling from their humiliating 5-0 defeat by hosts Russia in the tournament curtain-raiser. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-URY-SAU/ (PIX, TV), expect by 1700 GMT/1 PM ET, by Alexandra Ulmer, Julien Pretot and Richard Martin, 400 words)

Group B

Ronaldo earns Portugal 1-0 win as Morocco’s hopes end

MOSCOW - Cristiano Ronaldo powered-home a fourth-minute header to give Portugal a 1-0 World Cup victory over Morocco that took them top of Group B on Wednesday and meant the unlucky North African side become the first to be eliminated from the tournament. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-POR-MAR/ (PIX, TV), moved, by Alastair Macdonald, Brian Homewood, Karolos Grohmann and Mitch Phillips, 400 words)

Iran v Spain (1800)

KAZAN - Surprise table toppers Iran, who beat Morocco in their opener, play a Group B match at the Kazan Arena against a Spain side that were held to a thrilling 3-3 draw by Iberian neighbours Portugal in their first match. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-IRN-ESP/ (PIX, TV), expect by 2200 GMT/8 PM ET, by Andrew Cawthorne, Ian Ransom and Nick Mulvenney, 400 words)

News conferences

Group C

France’s Deschamps briefs reporters before Peru game

YEKATERINBURG,, Russia - France coach Didier Deschamps speaks to reporters while his team also trains ahead of Friday’s Group C match against Peru, with Les Bleus looking for a more convincing performance than in their opening win over Australia. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-FRA-PER/PREVIEW (PIX, TV), moving shortly, 400 words)

We won’t let France bully us, says Gareca

YEKATERINBURG, Russia - Underdogs Peru are capable of beating anyone at the World Cup and will not allow France to bully them in their Group C clash, coach Ricardo Gareca said on Wednesday. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-FRA-PER/PREVIEW (PIX, TV), moved, by Mark Trevelyan and Shrivathsa Sridhar, 400 words)

Denmark news conference and training session

SAMARA, Russia - Denmark, who won their opening game against Peru, prepare for the World Cup Group C match against Australia at the Samara Arena. Australia lost their first game of the tournament to France. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-DNK-AUS/PREVIEW (PIX, TV), by Jack Tarrant and Toby Davis, 400 words)

Australia news conference and training session

SAMARA - Australia, whose last 16 hopes are teetering on the brink after defeat to France in their opening game, prepare for the World Cup Group C match against Denmark at the Samara Arena. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-DNK-AUS/PREVIEW (PIX, TV), by Jack Tarrant and Toby Davis, 400 words)

Group D

Croatia news conference and training session

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia - Croatia hold a press conference as they prepare for their World Cup Group D match against Argentina at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-ARG-CRO/PREVIEW (PIX, TV), expect from 1600 GMT/12 PM ET, by Andrew Cawthorne and Mark Gleeson, 400 words)

Group F

Lethargic warm-ups contributed to poor Germany start-Mueller

SOCHI, Russia - Germany’s easy-going approach to their World Cup warm-up matches may have contributed to their opening day defeat against Mexico, striker Thomas Mueller said on Wednesday. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-GER/ (PIX), moved, by Andrew Downie, 400 words)

Ex-Australia players Bosnich, Lazaridis discuss Denmark game

SAMARA, Russia - Former Australia internationals Mark Bosnich and Stan Lazaridis talk to Reuters about Australia’s match against Denmark in Samara on Thursday. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-DNK-AUS/PREVIEW (TV), by Toby Davis, 400 words)

Big brands battle it out off the pitch at World Cup

MOSCOW - Soccer fans craving a Kit Kat, Snickers or Bounty snack at Russia’s World Cup soccer stadiums need to do a bit of lateral thinking to get their chocolate fix. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP/BRANDS (PIX), by Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber, moved, 400 words)

Signs bad for Messi’s last chance to emulate Maradona

Lionel Messi’s 31st birthday this weekend is an ominous reminder that Russia may be his last World Cup and final chance to emulate fellow Argentina great Diego Maradona in lifting the ultimate global prize. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-ARG-MESSI/ (PIX), moved, by Andrew Cawthorne, 400 words)

African hopes of World Cup glory a long shot

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia - Africa’s long-awaited, and much-anticipated, tilt at World Cup glory looks as far off as it has ever been after a dismal start for the continent at the tournament in Russia. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP/AFRICA, expect by 0700 GMT/4 AM ET, by Mark Gleeson, 400 words)

Big stage hits, and misses, affect top names in pocket

MOSCOW - Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar dominate league tables of players’ brand values so how will their contrasting performances on the biggest stage of all affect their worth? (SOCCER-WORLDCUP/MONEY-PLAYERS (PIX), expect by 1200 GMT/8 AM ET, by Alastair Macdonald, 400 words)

Soccer fans brave gnats in Russian host city

VOLGOGRAD, Russia - Soccer fans travelling to the host city of Volgograd are facing another battle - this time from swarms of gnats that are a regular feature in this riverside city during the hot summer months. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP/FLIES (PIX, TV), expect by 1500 GMT/11 AM ET, by Alexandra Ulmer, Mark Gleeson and William Schomberg, 400 words)


French Formula One Grand Prix

LE CASTELLET, France - World champion Lewis Hamilton can expect a welcome power boost in France this weekend as Formula One starts an unprecedented triple-header at a grand prix returning to the calendar after a decade’s absence. (MOTOR-F1-FRANCE/, moved, by Alan Baldwin, 400 words)

We have also moved statistics and a drivers’ form sheet.


DURBAN - England speak to the media ahead of the third test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. (RUGBY-UNION-ENG/, moving shortly, by Nick Said, 400 words)


Once overlooked, Baker sprints into the limelight

No longer is Ronnie Baker that other guy in the fast lane with America’s best sprinters. Back-to-back Diamond League victories and fast times have put the 24-year-old in the limelight as he prepares for this week’s U.S. national championships. (ATHLETICS-USA/BAKER, expect by 1700 GMT/1 PM ET, by Gene Cherry, 400 words)


ATP 500 - Fever-Tree Championships

Cilic faces dangerous Muller at Queen’s

LONDON - Top seed Marin Cilic takes on dangerous grasscourt specialist Gilles Muller for a place in the quarter-finals while Stan Wawrinka is up against American Sam Querrey. (TENNIS-LONDON/, expect throughout, by Martyn Herman, 400 words)

ATP - Halle Open

Thiem, Nishikori continue in Halle

Third seed Dominic Thiem will face Japan’s Yuichi Sugita in the last-16 on Wednesday, while seventh-seeded Kei Nishikori takes on Russian Karen Khachanov. (TENNIS-HALLE/, expect by 1800 GMT/2 PM ET, 250 words)

WTA Premier - Nature Valley Classic

World number five Elina Svitolina will face France’s Alize Cornet in the last-16 of the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham on Wednesday. (TENNIS-BIRMINGHAM/WOMEN, expect by 1800 GMT/2 PM ET, 250 words)


Red Sox battle Twins, Braves visit Jays

Former Cy Young Award winner David Price takes the mound for the Boston Red Sox in a clash with the host Minnesota Twins while the Atlanta Braves try to pad their lead atop the National League East when they visit the Toronto Blue Jays in two of the 14 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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