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Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Thursday, March 7

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Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Thursday:

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CRICKET

New Zealand v England, first test, Dunedin (from 6)

New Zealand stun England to take control in first test

DUNEDIN, New Zealand - New Zealand's Neil Wagner took three wickets, including two in successive balls, to help reduce England to 81 for five at lunch on the second day of the first test at University Oval. (CRICKET-ENGLAND/ (PIX), lead moved, expect updates, by Greg Stutchbury, 500 words)

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WGC-Cadillac Championship, Miami

World number one McIlroy apologises for walk-off

MIAMI - World number one Rory McIlroy admits he made a mistake by walking off mid-round during the Honda Classic last week. (GOLF-PGA/MCILROY (PIX), moved, by Simon Evans, 500 words)

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TENNIS

ATP/WTA: Indian Wells, California, U.S. (to 17)

Azarenka primed for her title defence at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, California - For a second successive year, Victoria Azarenka brings red-hot form to Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Open but the confident Belarusian has no desire to reflect on past glories. (TENNIS-INDIAN/WOMEN-AZARENKA (PIX), moved, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 400 words)

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Kuznetsova makes a winning start at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, California - Svetlana Kuznetsova continued her encouraging resurgence from an injury-hampered 2012 campaign with a 6-3 6-1 demolition of Czech Andrea Hlavackova in the BNP Paribas Open first round. (TENNIS-INDIAN/WOMEN (PIX), moved, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 300 words).

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Wozniacki backs beleaguered boyfriend McIlroy

INDIAN WELLS, California - Having had her own fair share of knocks in recent months while struggling for form on the tennis court, Caroline Wozniacki sprang to the defence of her golfing boyfriend Rory McIlroy in his time of trouble. (TENNIS-INDIAN/WOMEN-WOZNIACKI (PIX), moved, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 500 words).

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NFL

Roundup of off-field developments in the National Football League. (NFL-HIGHLIGHTS/, moved, by Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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BASEBALL

Roundup of pre-season action in Major League Baseball. (BASEBALL-HIGHLIGHTS/, moved, by Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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NBA

Heat claim franchise-record 16th straight win

LeBron James was the hero again, scoring a lefty layup with 3.2 seconds left to lead the Miami Heat to a franchise-record 16th consecutive win, beating the Orlando Magic 97-96 on Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. (NBA-HIGHLIGHTS/, moving at 0610 GMT/1.10 AM ET, by Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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NHL

League-leading Blackhawks halt Avalanche

Daniel Carcillo scored his first goal of the season with just 50 seconds remaining in the game to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. (NHL-HIGHLIGHTS/, moved, by Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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SOCCER

Europa League

Spurs face Inter in last 16

Tottenham Hotspur face Inter Milan in the pick of the Europa League last-16 ties and European champions Chelsea travel to Steaua Bucharest. (SOCCER-EUROPA/ expect first take by 2000 GMT, 3 PM ET, by Brian Homewood, 600 words)

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Barca trip a pain in the neck for sinking Depor

MADRID - The last thing rock bottom Deportivo La Coruna need with three crucial matches against fellow relegation candidates looming is a trip to face wounded La Liga leaders Barcelona. (SOCCER-SPAIN/ (PREVIEW) expect by 1000 GMT/5 A.M. ET, by Iain Rogers, 500 words)

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CYCLING

Paris-Nice (to 10)

Copy on merit

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Tirreno-Adriatico, Italy (to 12)

Copy on merit

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RUGBY

SYDNEY - After five years playing rugby union, a World Cup win and six heavyweight professional boxing fights, Sonny Bill Williams returned to where it all began in Australian rugby league on Thursday. (RUGBY-AUSTRALIA/SONNY BILL, expect by 1200 GMT/7 A.M ET, by Nick Mulvenney, 500 words)

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