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Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Friday, March 8


Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Friday:

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WGC-Cadillac Championship, Miami (to 10)

Woods in share of Doral lead, McIlroy struggles

MIAMI - Looking confident and in control, Tiger Woods shot an impressive six-under-par 66 for a share of the lead in the first round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship as world number one Rory McIlroy struggled again. (GOLF-PGA/, (PIX), moved, by Simon Evans, 500 words)

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Percy, Romero share first-round lead at Puerto Rico Open

Australian Cameron Percy and Argentina's Andres Romero fired matching seven-under-par 65s to share the first-round lead of the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open on Thursday. (GOLF-PGA/PUERTO, moved, 250 words)

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Asian Tour rookies share halfway lead in India

NEW DELHI - Asian Tour qualifying school winner Chan Kim and Indian rookie Khalin Joshi, the joint leaders at the halfway stage, resume their battle in the third round of the SAIL-SBI Open in New Delhi on Friday. (GOLF-ASIA/INDIA, expect by 1400 GMT/ 9AM ET, 300 words)

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Thunder still making noise after being shorn of 'The Beard'

NEW YORK - The Oklahoma City Thunder are still making a big noise in basketball, despite trading away James 'The Beard' Harden, and hope their new mix will take them even farther than last year's trip to the Finals. (NBA-THUNDER/, (PIX), moved, by Larry Fine, 500 words)

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Clippers take on Nuggets

The Los Angeles Clippers, who are dominating the Pacific Division, visit the Denver Nuggets and the Oklahoma City Thunder call on the New York Knicks in Thursday's short round of regular-season games in the National Basketball Association. (NBA-HIGHLIGHTS/, expect by 0300 GMT/10 PM ET, by Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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Canadiens travel to Carolina

The Montreal Canadiens and the host Carolina Hurricanes face off in Raleigh while Pittsburgh and Philadelphia renew their rivalry on the Flyers's ice in regular-season games in the National Hockey League. (NHL-HIGHLIGHTS/, expect by 0300 GMT/10 PM ET, by Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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

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

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

Federer and Murray discuss title challenges

INDIAN WELLS, California - Buoyant after a successful tournament run on clay in recent weeks, Rafa Nadal knows he will face the toughest test of his injury comeback at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. (TENNIS-INDIAN/MEN-NADAL, (PIX), moved, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 400 words)

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New Zealand v England, first test (to 10)

Rutherford scores debut century as NZ build lead

DUNEDIN, New Zealand - Hamish Rutherford became the ninth New Zealander to score a century on debut as he helped his side to 255 for two, a first innings lead of 88 runs, at lunch on the third day of the first test against England. (CRICKET-ENGLAND/, (PIX), moved, by Greg Stutchbury, 500 words)

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Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, Galle, first test (to 12)

Bangladesh seek first test win over Sri Lanka

COLOMBO-Bangladesh will be aiming to take advantage of a depleted Sri Lankan squad and secure a maiden test win over their opponents in the two-match series starting in Galle on Friday. (CRICKET-BANGLADESH/, expect from 0800 GMT/3 AM ET, 400 words)

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South Africa look ahead to Champions Trophy

CAPE TOWN - If South Africa are feeling on top of the world in the test arena, there is much concern over their one-day form ahead of the Champions Trophy in June. The Proteas enter a home series against Pakistan starting on Sunday searching for a winning formula on the shorter format of the game. (CRICKET-PAKISTAN/ expect copy by 0700 GMT/2 AM ET, by Nick Said)

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Formula One season preview package

LONDON - No driver in the history of Formula One has won four championships before the age of 30 but being first has become something of a habit for Sebastian Vettel. (MOTOR RACING/PREVIEW, (PIX), by Alan Baldwin, moving at 0200)

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We will also a team prospects box, the race calendar, sidebars on Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton, a look at how McLaren's new signing Sergio Perez will get on with team mate Jenson Button, a review of the 'pay driver' phenomenon and an interview with Williams technical director Mike Coughlan.

The season starts in Australia on March 17.

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Interview with Force India drivers

MUMBAI - Force India Formula One drivers Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta will discuss team preparations during a pre-season interview in Mumbai. (MOTORRACING-FORCEINDIA/ (PIX), expect by 1400 GMT/ 9AM ET, by Sudipto Ganguly, 500 words)

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La Liga

Real Betis v Osasuna (2030)

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Serie A

Genoa v AC Milan (1945)

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Ligue 1

Stades Rennes v St Etienne (1930)

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FC Augsburg v Nuremburg (1930)

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Dutch Championship

Groningen v NAC Breda (1900)

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Super rugby round four (to 10)

Hurricanes v Crusaders, Wellington (0635)

Rebels v Reds, Melbourne (0840)

Highlanders v Cheetahs, Invercargill (0635)

The seven-times champion Crusaders head to Wellington to face the Hurricanes looking for their first win of the season before the Melbourne Rebels and Queensland Reds clash in a match that will see Wallabies flyhalf contenders James O'Connor and Quade Cooper go head-to-head. (RUGBY-SUPER/, expect from 1200 GMT/ 7 AM ET, 300 words)

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Paris-Nice (to 10)

Copy on merit

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Tirreno-Adriatico, Italy (to 12)

Copy on merit

(Duty editor: Patrick Johnston)