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Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jan. 8

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Jan 8 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday:

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The duty editor is Steve Ginsburg, 202-898-8427

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Major League Baseball

Tough call for Hall voters The names read like a lineup of suspects linked to performance-enhancing drugs - Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Palmeiro, Sosa. That brings intrigue and will invite criticism not matter the results of Wednesday's 2013 Hall of Fame class unveiling. (BBO-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 1,200 words)

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National Football League

NFC playoffs

Let's get physical

The 49ers' tenacious defense sacked Aaron Rodgers three times, intercepted one of his passes and held Green Bay to a season-low 45 rushing yards in the regular-season opener. The Packers expect another back-alley brawl this week. (FBN-PACKERS-49ers-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Sharp Kaepernick no slouch in preparation

Colin Kaepernick is fast, he's strong, he's got an elite arm, he eludes tackles. That's not what has impressed coach Jim Harbaugh most this week as Kaepernick prepares for his first career playoff game. For Harbaugh, it's been his ability to pick things up on the mental side that has really impressed. (FBN-49ers-PACKERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Top pick Irvin enters spotlight for Seahawks

The Seahawks beat the Redskins on wild-card weekend in Washington but were dealt what coach Pete Carroll called a 'big loss in a lot of ways' when DE Chris Clemons suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. Carroll also said the injury is an opportunity for first-round pick Bruce Irvin. (FBN-SEAHAWKS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Falcons draw another streaking playoff opponent

Seattle, winners of six straight, advanced to face the Atlanta Falcons, who are hoping to end a four-game playoff losing streak that dates back to the short-lived Jim Mora era even as a run of rotten luck - drawing one of the hottest teams in the league - in the postseason continues. (FBN-FALCONS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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AFC playoffs

Broncos, Ravens are different animals since December meeting

The Ravens are a totally different team entering Saturday's game than the one that trailed the Denver Broncos 31-3 in the fourth quarter of their Dec. 16 meeting in Baltimore. These days, Ray Lewis, Bernard Pollard and Jim Caldwell are in prominent roles they couldn't fill a few weeks back. (FBN-BRONCOS-RAVENS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Schaub confident in different result

The Houston Texans were humiliated on a Monday night at New England (42-14) the last times these teams met. Quarterback Matt Schaub sees reasons why it won't happen again. (FBN-TEXANS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Jets' housecleaning continues

More changes - including offensive coordinator Tony Sparano - are announced by the Jets, who could be making more moves before a general manager is hired. (FBN-JETS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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NFL Notebook

The latest news and notes from around the league. (FBN-NOTES/, expect by 0000 GMT/7 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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National Basketball association

Eastern block: Upstart Pacers host Heat

INDIANAPOLIS - The Miami Heat eliminated the Indiana Pacers from the 2012 postseason, but not without a fight. Miami's road struggles make it susceptible against Indiana, which is 12-3 at home this season. (BKN-PACERS-HEAT-WRITETHRU/, expect by 0230 GMT/9:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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Short-handed Lakers hit Houston

HOUSTON - The Houston Rockets welcome a wounded but dangerous Los Angeles Lakers team that is 5-10 on the road but won't have big men Pau Gasol or Dwight Howard. (BKN-ROCKETS-LAKERS-WRITETHRU/, expect by 0330 GMT/10:30 PM. ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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NBA notebook

The latest news and notes from around the league. (BKN-NEWS/NOTES, expect by 0000 GMT/7 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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College Basketball

Top-ranked Duke collides with Clemson

DURHAM, N.C. - With Saturday's much-discussed showdown with No. 20 North Carolina State on deck, Duke has a chance to run its home winning streak over Clemson to 17 straight years. (BKC-DUKE-CLEMSON-WRITETHRU/, expect by 0230 GMT/9:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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Road rebound? Buckeyes back in action following blowout

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Ohio State dropped to 0-3 against ranked teams Saturday, absorbing a 74-55 shellacking at Illinois. The Buckeyes are back on the road at Purdue looking to bounce back. (BKC-PURDUE-OHIOSTATE-WRITETHRU/, expect by 0430 GMT/11:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, by Jim Johnson, 700 words)

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Georgetown, Pitt primed for defensive struggle

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The top two defensive teams in the Big East square off in a game that could be a race to 60 points. (BKC-GEORGETOWN-PITTSBURGH-WRITETHRU/, expect by 0430 GMT/11:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, by David Driver, 700 words)

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College Basketball notebook

The latest news and notes from around the league. (BKN-NOTES/, expect by 0045 GMT/7:45 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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