June 16, 2018 / 12:03 AM / 4 months ago

Reuters Sports Schedule at 0001 GMT on Saturday

Reuters sports schedule at 0001 GMT on Saturday:

SOCCER

World Cup

Group C

France v Australia 1000

Peru v Denmark 1600

KAZAN - France, who are among the tournament favourites, look to hit the ground running when they get their campaign under way against Australia in Group C at the Kazan Arena. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-FRA-AUS/ (REPORT, PIX, TV), expect by 1200 GMT/8 AM ET, by Ian Ransom and Nick Mulvenney, 400 words)

SARANSK, Russia - Peru face Denmark in their World Cup Group C match in Saransk’s Mordovia Arena. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-PER-DNK/ (REPORT, PIX, TV), expect by 1800 GMT/4 PM ET, by Sudipto Ganguly, 400 words)

Group D

Argentina v Iceland 1300

Croatia v Nigeria 1900

MOSCOW - Argentina play Iceland in their World Cup Group D match at the Spartak Stadium. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-ARG-ICE/ (REPORT, PIX, TV), expect by 1500 GMT/1 PM ET, 400 words, by Alastair Macdonald, Brian Homewood and Mitch Phillips, 400 words)

KALININGRAD - Croatia face Nigeria in their World Cup Group D match at the Kaliningrad Stadium. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-CRO-NGA/ (REPORT, PIX, TV), expect by 1900 GMT/5 PM ET, by Mark Gleeson, Mark Trevelyan, Shrivathsa Sridhar and Steve Keating, 400 words)

News conferences

Group E

Brazil news conference and training session

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia - Brazil coach Tite holds a news conference as they prepare for their World Cup Group E opener against Switzerland at the Rostov Arena. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-BRA-SWI/PREVIEW (PIX, TV), by Julien Pretot and Richard Martin, 400 words)

Switzerland news conference and training session

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia - Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic holds a news conference as they prepare for their World Cup Group E opener against Brazil. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-BRA-SWI/PREVIEW (PIX, TV), by Julien Pretot and Richard Martin, 400 words)

Costa Rica news conference and training session

Serbia news conference and training session

SAMARA, Russia - Serbia prepare for their World Cup Group E match against Costa Rica at the Samara Arena. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-CRI-SRB/PREVIEW (PIX, TV), by Jack Tarrant and Toby Davis, 400 words)

SAMARA, Russia - Costa Rica prepare for their World Cup Group E match against Serbia at the Samara Arena. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-CRI-SRB/PREVIEW (PIX, TV), by Jack Tarrant and Toby Davis, 400 words)

Milinkovic-Savic looking to pry open Costa Rica defence

SAMARA - Serbia will come up against one of the World Cup’s toughest defensive units in Costa Rica on Sunday but coach Mladen Krstajic can look to Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in a bid to unsettle the Central Americans’ defence. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-CRI-SRB/MILINKOVIC-SAVIC, starts at 1500 GMT/11 AM ET, 400 words)

Group F

Germany news conference and training session

MOSCOW - World champions Germany prepare for their World Cup Group F match against Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-GER-MEX/PREVIEW (PIX, TV), starts at 1630 GMT/1230 PM ET, by Karolos Grohmann, 400 words)

Mexico news conference and training session

MOSCOW - Mexico prepare for their World Cup Group F match against Argentina at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-GER-MEX/PREVIEW (PIX, TV), by Karolos Grohmann, 400 words)

We will also bring you all the latest team and injury news. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-TEAM/ expect throughout)

GOLF

U.S. Open

Johnson in U.S. Open command after second round 67

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Dustin Johnson played like the world number one that he is, taking a stranglehold on the U.S. Open with a five-shot clubhouse lead after his second round at Shinnecock Hills on Friday. (GOLF-USOPEN/ (UPDATE 1, PIX), moved, by Andrew Both, 400 words)

Also see GOLF-USOPEN/WOODS (UPDATE 1, PIX)

TENNIS

Stuttgart Open

STUTTGART - Top seed Roger Federer aims to reclaim the world number one spot by beating Australian Nick Kyrgios in the semi-finals, while defending champion Lucas Pouille meets Canadian Milos Raonic. (TENNIS-STUTTGART/MEN, 250 words)

Libema Open

Second-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet faces resurgent Australian Bernard Tomic in the semi-finals, while their compatriots Jeremy Chardy and Matthew Ebden battle in the other last four match. (TENNIS-HERTOGENBOSCH/MEN, 250 words)

Top-seeded American Coco Vandeweghe plays Serbian Aleksandra Krunic, while Belgian Kirsten Flipkens and Slovakia’s Viktoria Kuzmova in the semi-finals. (TENNIS-HERTOGENBOSCH/WOMEN 200 words)

Nottingham Open

Top seed Ashleigh Barty plays third seed Naomi Osaka, while British number one Johanna Konta takes on defending champion Donna Vekic in the semi-finals. (TENNIS-NOTTINGHAM/WOMEN, 250 words)

Nature Valley Classic

BIRMINGHAM, England - The WTA hosts a Premier tournament in Birmingham. (TENNIS-BIRMINGHAM/WOMEN (PIX), 200 words)

RUGBY

Samoa v Tonga, Suva (0100)

Fiji v Georgia, Suva (0330)

Japan v Italy, Kobe (0500)

New Zealand v France, Wellington (0730)

Australia v Ireland, Melbourne (1005)

South Africa v England (1505)

Argentina v Wales (1940)

Pacific Nations Cup

Samoa face Tonga in crucial World Cup warmup

Samoa warm up for their World Cup qualifying matches with their second game in the Pacific Nations Cup against Tonga. (RUGBY-UNION-WSM-TON/, expect by 0300 GMT/11 PM ET, 200 words)

Fiji face Georgia in showdown for Pacific Nations Cup title

Former rugby league player Semi Radradra will make his rugby union test debut for Fiji as they face Georgia in what is likely to be the showdown for the Pacific Nations Cup title. (RUGBY-UNION-FJI-GEO/, expect by 0530 GMT/1.30 AM ET, 250 words)

Test matches

Japan v Italy, second test

Joseph looks for consistency from improving Japan

TOKYO - Japan coach Jamie Joseph has urged his players to maintain their excellent performance in the 34-17 win over Italy in the first test for the second game in Oita. (RUGBY-UNION-JPN-ITA/, expect by 0730 GMT/3.30 AM ET, 250 words)

New Zealand v France, 2nd test

All Blacks chase series win in second test against France

WELLINGTON - An unchanged All Blacks side will look to wrap up a series victory with a match to spare in the second test against France in Wellington. (RUGBY-UNION-NZL-FRA/ (PIX), expect by 0930 GMT/5.30 AM ET, 400 words)

Australia v Ireland, 2nd test

Gamble over, Ireland seek to level series against Wallabies

MELBOURNE - Ireland gambled with an experimental lineup in the first test that ended in an 18-9 loss so have gone with a vastly changed team as they look to ensure Australia do not seal the series with a game to spare. (RUGBY-UNION-AUS-IRL/ (PIX), expect by 1200 GMT/8 AM ET, 400 words)

South Africa v England, second test, Bloemfontein

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - South Africa seek to wrap up their three-match home series against England by inflicting a fifth defeat in a row on Eddie Jones’ side. (RUGBY-UNION-ZAF-ENG/ (PIX), expect by 1655 GMT/1255 PM ET, by Nick Said, 400 words)

Argentina v Wales - test match

BUENOS AIRES - Rugby Union - Argentina face Wales at the Brigadier Lopez stadium in Santa Fe as the Welsh seek to back up last week’s impressive win with another against the Pumas. (RUGBY-UNION-ARG-WAL/ (PIX), 400 words)

BASEBALL

Giants battle Dodgers, Cubs visit Cardinals

Ross Stripling gets the call for the Los Angeles Dodgers when they host the rival San Francisco Giants in the first meeting of their three-game series while the red-hot Jon Lester will take the mound for the Chicago Cubs when they battle the St. Louis Cardinals in two of the fifteen games on the Major League Baseball schedule. (BASEBALL-MLB/HIGHLIGHTS, expect by 0330 GMT/11:30 PM ET, by Field Level Media, 800 words)

NORTH AMERICAN SPORTS

Roundups of off-field developments in the major North American professional sports leagues. (Expect by 0000 GMT/8 PM ET, by Field Level Media, 500 words)

CRICKET

England v Australia - Second one-day international

England bid for second win over Australia

CARDIFF, Wales - England, 1-0 up in the five-match series, play Australia in the second one-day international. (CRICKET-ODI-ENG-AUS/ (PIX), expect by 1800 GMT/2 PM ET, 300 words)

MOTOR RACING

MotoGP - Grand Prix of Catalunya qualifying

MotoGP leader Marquez shooting for pole in Barcelona

BARCELONA - Qualifying for the Grand Prix of Catalunya, round seven of the MotoGP season with Spaniard Marc Marquez leading the championship. (MOTOR-MOTOGP-CATALUNYA/ (PIX, TV), 300 words)

Motor racing-Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race

Toyota on pole as Alonso makes his Le Mans debut

LE MANS, France - Toyota start on pole position for a race they should win, with double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso making his Le Mans 24 Hours debut in the pace-setting car. (MOTOR-LEMANS/ (TV), expect throughout, 400 words) (Asia desk editor: Peter Rutherford)

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