Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 10

Jan. 10 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday:

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

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National Football League

The Playoffs

NFC: Packers 'thankful' for another go at Niners

The San Francisco 49ers imposed their brute strength on the Packers on both sides of the ball from the get-go. SF rushed the football for 186 yards, allowed the Packers to run for only 45 yards and never trailed in a game it led by as many as 16 points. (FBN-PACKERS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 850 words)

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NFC: Crabtree fixed on redemption

San Francisco wide receiver Michael Crabtree has a bad taste in his mouth. It's there as a result of the way his -- and the 49ers' -- 2012 season ended. One catch, three yards and a disappointing loss to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game. (FBN-49ers-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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NFC: New life for Longwell

Sitting out all of the 2012 season after being cut by Minnesota in May when the Vikings drafted rookie Blair Walsh, kicker Ryan Longwell waited for the right opportunity. He found it in his own back yard with Seattle. (FBN-SEAHAWKS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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NFC: For the Birds? Atlanta feeling pressure

They've lost while favored on the road to Arizona after the 2008 season. They've lost at home as the No. 1 seed to Green Bay after the 2010 season. And, they lost on the road as a slight underdog to the New York Giants after the 2011 season. (FBN-FALCONS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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AFC: Six is the Texans' magic number

If the Huston Texans hope to escape Gillette Stadium with an upset victory in the divisional round playoff game, they can't settle for field goals when they reach the red zone. (FBN-TEXANS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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AFC: Brady warns teammates: Take nothing for granted

The window won't be open forever. The New England Patriots know this, even though they won't mention it publicly. (FBN-PATRIOTS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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AFC: Flacco of mind to make amends

As the Baltimore Ravens prepare for Saturday's AFC divisional-round rematch against the top-seeded Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, QB Joe Flacco says he's focused on this game and not his miscues from the first meeting, including a lost fumble, that led to 10 Denver points. (FBN-RAVENS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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AFC: Broncos in attack mode, will test Ravens' line

The Baltimore Ravens might be different, but if the Denver Broncos can execute as they have on their 11-game winning streak, they're counting on the same result from their Dec. 16 meeting. (FBN-RAVENS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Team reports with unit-by-unit analysis

A detailed analysis of the 24 teams out of the playoffs, including what's on the immediate horizon and a unit-by-unit analysis of the entire roster. (FBN-TEAM REPORTS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 2,500 words per team)

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Jaguars dismiss Mularkey

After a miserable 2-14 season, the Jacksonville Jaguars fire head coach Mike Mularkey after one season, general manager David Caldwell. (FBN-JAGUARS-NOTEBOOK/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 250 words)

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Reports: Seau had brain disease from blows to head

NFL linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year, had a debilitating brain disease, likely from 20 years of blows to the head, ABC News and ESPN are reporting, citing researchers and his family as sources. (NFL-SEAU/ (UPDATE 2), moved; may be led, 450 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

Melo to sit for Knicks at Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS - The New York Knicks are 5-6 in their past 11 games and try to snap the Indiana Pacers' home winning streak at eight games without suspended Carmelo Anthony. (BKN-PACKERS-KNICKS-WRITETHRU/, expect by 10:30 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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Rivers says Garnett didn't discuss Melo's wife

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers is defending Kevin Garnett, saying the forward didn't mention Carmelo Anthony's wife during his Monday trash-talking, as has been thought. (BKN-CELTICS-KNICKS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 30 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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Major League Baseball

Drug-Testing Program Widened

NEW YORK - Major League Baseball and its players union reach a deal to expand their drug program, agreeing to an in-season test for human growth hormone and new testosterone test. (BASEBALL-DRUGS, expect by 2300 GMT, 6 p.m. ET, by Larry Fine, 500 words)

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College Basketball

Arizona runs into Oregon, key Pac-12 road test

EUGENE, Oregon - Arizona survived a scare at home in its Pac-12 opener, and the Wildcats' first conference road test won't be easy. (BKC-ARIZONA-OREGON-WRITETHRU/, expect by 0430 GMT/11:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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Spartans square off with Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Michigan State tries to avoid a third road loss (Miami, Minnesota) at 11-4 Iowa. (BKC-IOWA-MICHIGANSTATE-WRITETHRU/, expect by 0230 GMT/9:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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CBK notebook

The latest news and notes from around the league. (BKN-NOTES/, expect by 045 GMT/7:45 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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O'Meara: Competitive fire will burn until grave

DUBAI - Two-time major champion Mark O'Meara says his will to win is as strong as ever after the 55-year-old American announces he'll compete at this month's Dubai Desert Classic. (GOLF-EUROPEAN/OMEARA, moved, 300 words)

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I'm playing against animals, jokes Els

DURBAN - Four-time major winner Ernie Els gets his first close-up view of the world's longest professional hitter Nicolas Colsaerts at the Volvo Golf Champions and the 43-year-old is stunned by his Belgian playing partner's power. (GOLF-EUROPEAN/ELS-COLSAERTS, moved, 300 words)

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Putting masterclass puts Jaidee three ahead in windy Durban

DURBAN, South Africa - Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee wields a hot putter as he fires a seven-under-par 65 in blustery conditions to seize a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Volvo Golf Champions. (GOLF-EUROPEAN/ (UPDATE 1), moved, 400 words)

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Wanted: More stars like Wambach

LONDON - Japan's ex-world player of the year Homare Sawa wants more "superstars" in women's soccer to help the game grow. American forward Abby Wambach is the closest women's soccer has to a celebrity having taken on the mantle from compatriot Mia Hamm but Sawa is not content. (SOCCER-SAWA/ (INTERVIEW), moved, by Mark Meadows, 500 words)

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Jerry Sandusky

Sandusky begins appeal of sex abuse conviction

BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky appears in court for the first time since he was sent to prison for sexually abusing young boys, looking thinner but upbeat while his lawyers appeal his conviction. (PENNSTATE/ (UPDATE 1), moved, by Mark Shade, 500 words)

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Radwanska has a plan for grand slam success

SYDNEY - Agnieszka Radwanska needs eight match points to finish off Li Na but confirms her fine pre-Australian Open form by maintaining her perfect start to the year and reaching the final of the Sydney International. (TENNIS-AUSTRALIA/WARMUPS (UPDATE 2, PIX), moved, by Nick Mulvenney, 700 words)

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Mother of Olympic medal winner Daley dives into TV dispute

LONDON - The mother of British Olympic diver Tom Daley has laid into the head of British Swimming for criticizing the 18-year-old's decision to appear in a celebrity television show. (DIVING-BRITAIN/DALEY (UPDATE 1), moved, 350 words)

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Beach volleyball gold medalist Reckermann retires

BERLIN - Germany's Olympic beach volleyball champion Jonas Reckermann retires from the sport due to a back injury, five months after his biggest sporting success at the London Olympics. (OLYMPICS-BEACHVOLLEY/RECKERMANN, moved, 200 words)