Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Thursday, Dec 26

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Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Thursday:

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CRICKET

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

Australia capture two wickets but Watson hurt

MELBOURNE - A miserly Australian attack captured two wickets

to leave England 135 for three at tea on the opening day of the

fourth test in Melbourne but suffered a blow when all-rounder

Shane Watson limped off the ground with a groin injury.

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

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

Kallis to quit tests after second match against India

South Africa's Jacques Kallis, the greatest all-rounder of

his era, will retire from test and first-class cricket after the

Boxing Day match against India in Durban, the country's cricket

board said. (CRICKET-SAFRICA/KALLIS, moved, 600 words)

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South Africa hope for better fortune in Durban

South Africa will seek to arrest a dismal Durban run of four

straight defeats when they host India in the second and final

test, four days after the epic draw in Johannesburg.

(CRICKET-INDIA/, match starts at 0800 GMT/3 AM ET, 500 words)

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SOCCER

English Premier League (1500 unless stated)

Hull City v Manchester United (1245)

Aston Villa v Crystal Palace

Cardiff City v Southampton

Chelsea v Swansea City

Everton v Sunderland

Newcastle United v Stoke City

Norwich City v Fulham

Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion

West Ham United v Arsenal

Manchester City v Liverpool (1730)

Manchester City host Liverpool with top spot up for grabs

LONDON - Leaders Liverpool face the daunting prospect of an

away trip to Manchester City with Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton

all hoping to keep pace in a full schedule of Premier League

matches. (SOCCER-ENGLAND/, expect from 1500 GMT/10 AM ET, 500

words)

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NFL

Ten teams still in playoff hunt

One of the wildest and most unpredictable regular seasons

ever in the NFL will conclude on Sunday with 10 teams still in

the hunt for the last four playoff spots. (NFL-PLAYOFFS/

(PREVIEW), expect by 2000 GMT/3 PM ET, by Mark Lamport-Stokes,

650 words)

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Factbox on NFL playoff picture (NFL-PLAYOFFS/ (FACTBOX)

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NBA

Clippers and Trail Blazers meet in Western showdown

Two of the best teams in the Western Conference, the

Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers, meet up in

Portland in two of four games on the NBA schedule.

(NBA-HIGHLIGHTS/ (PIX), expect by 0630 GMT/1:30 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)

(Duty Editor: Amlan Chakraborty)

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