December 16, 2016 / 2:13 PM / 8 months ago

Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Friday, Dec 16

Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Friday (times GMT):

SOCCER

Premier League

We continue the build-up to this weekend's matches with full coverage of the managers' news conferences. (SOCCER-ENGLAND/, expect throughout)

Bundesliga

Unbeaten Hoffenheim face mercurial Dortmund

BERLIN - Hoffenheim will look to defend their unbeaten run in the Bundesliga this season when they host Borussia Dortmund, who have won just three of their last nine league matches.(SOCCER-GERMANY/, expect by 2130 GMT/ 4.30 PM ET, by Karolos Grohmann, 350 words)

NBA

Hot rockets take aim at ninth straight victory

The James Harden-led Houston Rockets try to extend their winning streak to nine games when they meet the New Orleans Pelicans in one of 10 games on the National Basketball Association schedule. (BASKETBALL-NBA-HIGHLIGHTS/, expect by 0630 GMT/1:30 AM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

Warriors set for clash with visiting Knicks

Twice reigning league Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry and the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors host Latvian Kristaps Porzingis and a New York Knicks team that have won six of their last eight games. (BASKETBALL-NBA-GSW-NYK/, expect by 0645 GMT/1:45 AM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

Spurs visit Suns with eye on top spot

The second-place San Antonio Spurs try to close in on the Western Conference-leading Golden State Warriors when they visit the Phoenix Suns while the Milwaukee Bucks bid to snap a three-game skid at the Chicago Bulls in two of the five games on the National Basketball Association schedule. (BASKETBALL-NBA-HIGHLIGHTS/, expect by 0630 GMT/1:30 AM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 800 words)

NHL

Messier ready for Jagr to take over second on all-time list

Mark Messier, who gave no quarter during his Hall of Fame National Hockey League career says that he is ready to happily surrender second place on the all-time scoring list to Jaromir Jagr. (ICEHOCKEY-NHL-JAGR-MESSIER/, expect by 1900 GMT/2 PM ET, by Steve Keating, 500 words)

Penguins and Blue Jackets put seven-game win streaks on line

The reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins (20-7-3) put their seven-game winning streak on the line when they host the Los Angeles Kings, while the Columbus Blue Jackets (18-5-4) also take a seven-game winning sequence into their showdown against the Calgary Flames, in two of the seven games on the National Hockey League schedule. (ICEHOCKEY-NHL-HIGHLIGHTS/, expect by 0630 GMT/1:30 AM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

NORTH AMERICAN SPORTS

Roundups of off-field developments in the major North American professional sports leagues. (expect by 0100 GMT/8 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

Europe desk editor: Ed Osmond

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