Reuters Sports Schedule at 1430 GMT on Saturday, Dec 28

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Reuters sports schedule at 1430 GMT on Saturday:

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SOCCER

Premier League (1500 unless stated)

West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion (1245)

Aston Villa v Swansea City

Hull City v Fulham

Manchester City v Crystal Palace

Norwich City v Manchester United

Cardiff City v Sunderland (1730)

City eye top spot at home to Palace, United visit Norwich

LONDON - Manchester City, who have won all nine of their

home Premier League games with a goal tally of 37-6, can move

two points clear at the top by beating lowly visitors Crystal

Palace while improving champions Manchester United travel to

Norwich City. (SOCCER-ENGLAND, by Tim Collings, 700 words)

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CRICKET

Australia v England, fourth test, Melbourne (to 30)

Australia eye victory after England crumble

MELBOURNE - Australia moved within 201 runs of victory in

the fourth Ashes test with all 10 wickets in hand after routing

England's second innings for 179 to wrest back the momentum on a

roller-coaster fourth day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

(CRICKET-ASHES/, moved, by Ian Ransom, 600 words)

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South Africa v India, second test, Durban (to 30)

Kallis holds firm as South Africa inch closer to India

DURBAN - Jacques Kallis showed typically stoic resistance at

the crease as he compiled a patient, unbeaten half-century to

guide South Africa to 267 for four at tea on the third day of

the second and final test against India at Kingsmead.

(CRICKET-INDIA/, moved with updates to follow, 500 words)

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SAILING

Wild Oats on the brink of seventh Sydney-Hobart victory

Wild Oats XI is on course for a record-equalling seventh

line victory in the Sydney-Hobart ocean classic but light winds

mean the record time the supermaxi set in winning last year will

not be under threat. (SAILING-AUSTRALIA/, expect by 1800 GMT/ 1

PM ET, 300 words)

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NBA

Miami ready to turn up heat on surging Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers, who have surged to the top of

the Western Conference, face a major test when the reigning NBA

champion Miami Heat come to town in one of 12 games on the

league schedule. (NBA-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0430

GMT/11:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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NHL

Ducks try to keep on flying high

The Anaheim Ducks, who have won nine consecutive games and

have yet to lose a game in regulation at home this season, face

visiting Phoenix and the Tampa Bay Lightning, winners of five in

a row, are home to Montreal in two of eight games on the NHL

schedule. (NHL-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0430 GMT/11:30 PM

ET, by The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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NORTH AMERICAN SPORTS

Roundups of off-field developments in the major North

American professional sports leagues. (expect by 0101 GMT/8:01

PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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TENNIS

Hopman Cup, Perth (copy on merit)

Brisbane International (copy on merit)

(London Duty Editor: Pritha Sarkar)

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