Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Friday, Dec 27

Reuters

Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Friday:

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SOCCER

Cardiff City sack manager Malky Mackay

LONDON - Cardiff City sacked manager Malky Mackay on Friday

following a protracted disagreement with the Premier League

club's Malaysian chairman Vincent Tan. SOCCER-ENGLAND/CARDIFF,

quick lead moved, updates to follow, by Mike Collett)

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Newcastle in mood to banish painful Arsenal defeat

LONDON - Exactly a year to the day since losing 7-3 at

Arsenal, resurgent Newcastle United can move into the top four

of the Premier League if they exact revenge for that painful

defeat at St James' Park. SOCCER-ENGLAND (PREVIEW), moved, by

Mike Collett, 700 words)

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CRICKET

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

England bowlers choke Australia after drawing blood

MELBOURNE - A resurgent England attack tore through

Australia's batting lineup with six wickets in the final session

to leave the hosts reeling at 164 for nine at the close of an

attritional second day of the fourth Ashes test.(CRICKET-ASHES/,

moved, by Ian Ransom, 600 words)

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

Fired-up Steyn wrestles control from India

DURBAN - Fired-up South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn took

three wickets in 10 balls to rip through the Indian top order on

day two of the second test at Kingsmead. (CRICKET-INDIA/,

updates throughout 500 words)

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Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Abu Dhabi, fifth one-dayer

Copy on merit

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NBA

Thunder hope to keep making noise

The Oklahoma City Thunder, who have won nine of their past

10 games, visit the Charlotte Bobcats as they chase the Portland

Trail Blazers in the race for the Western Conference lead in one

of nine 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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NHL

Blackhawks gunning for conference lead

The Chicago Blackhawks have a chance to pass the idle

Anaheim Ducks for the Western Conference lead as they host the

Colorado Avalanche in one of 10 games on the NHL schedule as the

league returns to play from a holiday break. (NHL-HIGHLIGHTS/

(PIX), expect by 0630 GMT/1:30 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 700

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)

(London Duty Editor: Justin Palmer)

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