Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Thursday Feb 28

Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Thursday:


Thunder rumble on past struggling Hornets

Kevin Durant landed a triple double as the Oklahoma City Thunder recorded a 119-74 blowout victory over the outclassed New Orleans Hornets. (NBA-THUNDER/, moved, 250 words)

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Bad blood, good memories for Montreal and Toronto fans.

TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens faced off against each other for the 717th time on Wednesday and as always the bad blood flowed. (NHL-RIVALRY/ (PIX), moved, by Steve Keating, 400 words)

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South American Libertadores Cup

Corinthians win in empty stadium

SAO PAULO - Champions Corinthians beat Colombian side Millonarios 2-0 in a Copa Libertadores match on Wednesday that was overshadowed by a ban on the home team's fans that left the 38,000-seat Pacaembu stadium empty and eerily quiet. (SOCCER-LIBERTADORES/CORINTHIANS (PIX), moved, by Andrew Downie, 400 words)

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European league previews

Premier League

Tottenham banking on Bale for derby clash

LONDON - Unbeaten in 11 Premier League matches and with man-of-the-moment Gareth Bale scoring at will, Tottenham Hotspur start as favourites against Arsenal on Sunday in a north London derby crucial to both sides' hopes of Champions League qualification. (SOCCER-ENGLAND/(PREVIEW), moving at 0200 GMT/9 PM ET, by Martyn Herman, 500 words)

See also Spain, Germany, Italy, France and Portugal

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Angry Benitez to leave Chelsea at end of the season

LONDON - Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez will leave the club at the end of the season, the angry Spaniard told a news conference on Wednesday after an FA Cup fifth round win at Middlesbrough. He slammed the club and fans for his treatment. (SOCCER-ENGLAND/CUP (UPDATE 1), moved, by Justin Palmer, 500 words)

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ATP: Delray Beach International, U.S. (to March 3)

Rain washes out play at Delray

Rain prevented completion of any second round matches at the Delray Beach International tennis championships in Florida on Wednesday. (TENNIS-DELRAY/, moved, 250 words)

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ATP: Dubai Championships, United Arab Emirates (to March 3)

Federer faces tricky customer Davydenko in last eight

DUBAI - Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are in quarter-final action against Nikolay Davydenko and Andreas Seppi respectively. (TENNIS-MEN/DUBAI (PIX), expect by 2000 GMT/3 PM ET, by Matt Smith, 300 words)

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European Tour: Tshwane Open, Pretoria (to March 3)

EAST LONDON - The last of six European Tour events in South Africa starts in Pretoria on Thursday with the inaugural Tshwane Open. Former major winners Darren Clarke, Michael Campbell and 2012 Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal lead the field. (GOLF-EUROPEAN/, expect by 1600 GMT/11 AM ET, 300 words)

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