Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 16

Jan. 16 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday:

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

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National Football League

Eagles make surprise splash with Kelly hire

Just as the Eagles appeared to be closing in on Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as their next head coach, Philadelphia pull the stunner of the 2013 coaching carousel by luring Chip Kelly away from Oregon. (FBN-EAGLES-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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Bears go on the offensive with Trestman/Kromer combo

Marc Tresman isn't a household name, but the Chicago Bears are confident the respected offensive mind will spark life into the club - along with new offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer. (FBN-BEARS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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49ers squarely focused on Atlanta

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco 49ers return to practice, installing the gameplan for Sunday's NFC Championship Game at Atlanta. (FBN-49ERS-NEWS/, expect by 0000 GMT/8 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Shrine Game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Shrine Game is the first major pre-draft all-star event, and the safety prospects continue to stand out during the week's practices. Post-practice reports from the East and West teams, with focus on the standout players of the day. (FBN-NEWS/, expected by 2200 GMT/5 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, by Dane Brugler, 500 words)

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Former NFL RB wants to donate brain to science

Former NFL running back Thomas Jones plans to donate his brain after his death to be studied on the impact of concussions on football players. (FBN-NEWS / NOTES, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 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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The Lance Armstrong saga

PARIS - The International Cycling Union will hold a public hearing to establish a process of 'truth and reconciliation' into the controversial investigation of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. (CYCLING-DOPING/COMMISSION (UPDATE 1), expect by 1900 GMT/3 p.m. ET, by Julien Pretot, 900 words)

See also: UCI launches an anti-doping helpline for professional riders in the wake of the Armstrong scandal. (CYCLING-ARMSTRONG/HELPLINE)

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National Basketball Association

Mavs, Rockets headed in opposite directions

DALLAS - The Dallas Mavericks seek a season-high fourth consecutive victory, while the Houston Rockets attempt to break out of a four-game losing streak. (BKN-ROCKETS-MAVERICKS-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect by 11:30 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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Hawks suspend Josh Smith

The Atlanta Hawks suspend Josh Smith for tonight's game against Brooklyn for conduct detrimental to the team. (BKN-HAWKS-NEWS/, has moved, The Sports Xchange, 200 words)

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Gold medalist Anthony hungry for London win

LONDON - Carmelo Anthony, fresh from an extreme self-imposed diet, is eager to help grow the NBA's global brand and position his New York Knicks for a title run when they face the Detroit Pistons in London on Thursday. (NBA-LONDON/ (PREVIEW), moved, by Michael Szabo, 300 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

Butler looks to keep rolling minus Clarke

INDIANAPOLIS - No. 13 Butler, off to its best start since opening 19-1 in 2008-09, seeks its 12th consecutive win, but must do so without injured leading scorer Rotnei Clarke (BKC-RICHMOND-BUTLER-WRITETHRU/ (PIX), expect by 0330 GMT/10:30 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, By Cliff Brunt, 700 words)

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Spartans seek consistency against rivals

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - No. 18 Michigan State's defense has helped keep the inconsistent Spartans in the Big Ten race, while Penn State continues to struggle minus Tim Frazier (BKC-MICHIGANSTATE-PENNSTATE-WRITETHRU/, expect by 0330 GMT/10:30 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 0045 GMT/7:45 PM ET, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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National Hockey League

Puck set to drop on lockout-shortened NHL season

We look ahead to the NHL season with a seven-part package featuring previews on the lockout-shortened campaign and Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, profiles of all 30 teams, players and teams to watch for and key dates in the season, (NHL/ (PREVIEW), expect by 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, by Steve Keating, 800 words)

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Quick fix a Kings blessing after lengthy lockout

LOS ANGELES - As the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings prepare to tackle the hectic challenge of a truncated 48-game season, they can count on one unexpected blessing due to the protracted National Hockey League lockout. (NHL-KINGS/, expect by 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 600 words)

See also: (NHL-PENPIX/EASTERN, expect by 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, 950 words); (NHL-PENPIX/WESTERN, expect by 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, 950 words); (NHL-TEAMS/, expect by 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, 600 words); (NHL-PLAYERS/, expect by 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, 325 words); (NHL-DATES/, expect by 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, 80 words)

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Lefty opens '13 PGA Tour campaign at Humana Challenge

LA QUINTA, California - Two-time former winner Phil Mickelson launches his 2013 PGA Tour campaign at this week's Humana Challenge in the California desert where Japan's Ryo Ishikawa will be competing for the first time. We preview the third event on this season's schedule. (GOLF-PGA/PREVIEW, expect by 0030 GMT/7:30 PM ET, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 450 words)

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Dufner may join European Tour

ABU DHABI - American Ryder Cup veteran Jason Dufner is considering widening his horizons by competing more in Europe and could decide to become a member of the tour in the future. (GOLF-EUROPEAN/DUFNER, moved, by Tony Jimenez, 450 words)

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Rose and Kaymer back McGinley's selection as captain

ABU DHABI - Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer, two heroes of Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup campaign at Medinah last year, are backing the choice of Paul McGinley as captain for the 2014 edition. (GOLF-RYDER/QUOTES, moved, by Tony Jimenez, 650 words)

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Tour chief hints at change in captaincy process

ABU DHABI - The European Tour may change the way future Ryder Cup captains are chosen after an often "unseemly" campaign ended this week with Paul McGinley being picked to lead the 2014 team, says chief executive George O'Grady. (GOLF-RYDER/OGRADY (INTERVIEW), moved, by Tony Jimenez, 700 words)

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New Ryder Cup captain McGinley to honor Seve, Scotland

ABU DHABI - New Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley plans to commemorate the late Seve Ballesteros and pay a special tribute to the 'Home of Golf' when he leads holders Europe against the United States at Gleneagles next year. (GOLF-RYDER/MCGINLEY (PIX), moved, by Tony Jimenez, 800 words)

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Devastating Djokovic sees off next generation

MELBOURNE - At the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic delivers a stinging lesson in the realities of grand slam tennis to young American Ryan Harrison and warns members of the next generation they need to work harder to break into the top ranks. (TENNIS-OPEN/DJOKOVIC (UPDATE 1, PIX), moved, by Ian Ransom, 500 words)

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Wisconsin's Smyzcek meets his mirror match

MELBOURNE - At times, 25-year-old Wisconsin native Tim Smyczek thought he was playing against himself in a mirror. Only, the mirror image was just a little better. (TENNIS-OPEN/SMYCZEK (INTERVIEW, PIX), moved, by Greg Stutchbury, 800 words)

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Ruthless Djokovic, Sharapova lift Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE - Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova scorch into the third round of the Australian Open with displays of ruthless dominance to bring some much-needed pizzazz to the main showcourts. (TENNIS-OPEN/ (WRAPUP 1, PIX), by Nick Mulvenney, 800 words)

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Federer and Murray in action as heat rises in Melbourne

MELBOURNE - Tournament organizers have spared Roger Federer the worst of Thursday's expected extreme heat when he takes on Russian former world No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko in the second round of the Australian Open. (TENNIS-OPEN/THURSDAY (PIX), moved, by Ian Ransom, 300 words)

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Janowicz battles back for victory after tantrum

MELBOURNE - Poland's Jerzy Janowicz could not afford to come to the Australian Open last year but today he made a real mark on the grand slam with a spectacular tantrum followed by a brilliant comeback from two sets down. (TENNIS-OPEN/JANOWICZ (UPDATE 2, PIX), moved, by Nick Mulvenney, 500 words)

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Break out the cream cheese

MELBOURNE - A rampaging Maria Sharapova becomes the first player in 18 years to dole out consecutive double-bagels at a grand slam, but says her tally of major titles is the only statistic worth worrying about. (TENNIS-OPEN/SHARAPOVA (UPDATE 1, PIX), moved, by Nick Mulvenney, 650 words)

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IOC eyes new sponsor after London success

BERLIN - The International Olympic Committee is planning to add a new sponsor in 2013 to replace computer manufacturer Acer, taking advantage of a favorable climate created by the London 2012 Olympics. (OLYMPICS-SPONSOR/ELECTRONICS (UPDATE 1), moved, by Karolos Grohmann, 500 words)