May 10, 2018 / 6:05 AM / 5 months ago

Reuters Sports Schedule at 0635 GMT on Thursday

Reuters sports schedule at 0635 GMT on Thursday:

SOCCER

Premier League (1845)

West Ham United v Manchester United

Man United bid to clinch second place

LONDON - Manchester United bid to earn the point they need to guarantee finishing second in the table. (SOCCER-ENGLAND-WHU-MUN/ (PIX), expect from 2045 GMT/4:45 PM ET, 400 words)

Guardiola seeks a ton as Swansea hope for a miracle

LONDON - Only the most preposterous turnaround can spare Swansea City from relegation on the final Sunday of the Premier League season but if any team can help fashion this mission improbable, it is Pep Guardiola’s dazzling Manchester City. (SOCCER-ENGLAND/PREVIEW (PREVIEW, PIX), moved, by Ian Chadband, 613 words)

Resurgent Sevilla eye Europa League spot in derby at Betis

BARCELONA - Sevilla looked set to miss out on European football for the first time in six seasons a couple of weeks ago but coach Joaquin Caparros has revived their fortunes and on Saturday they could clinch qualification at local rivals Real Betis. (SOCCER-SPAIN/ (PREVIEW), by Richard Martin, 398 words)

Bundesliga

Spotlight on Hamburg ahead of possible first relegation

BERLIN - Former European champions Hamburg SV, the only team to have played in the Bundesliga every season since the league’s 1963 creation, are a game away from their first relegation.

We previewed Saturday’s game and moved factboxes on the club, a timeline, their greatest players and successes over the years. (SOCCER-GERMANY-HSV/, moved, by Karolos Grohmann, 400 words)

Interview with Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson

ZURICH - Iceland national team coach Heimir Hallgrimsson and technical director Arnar Bill Gunnarsson explain to Reuters in an interview how a country of only 340,000 has managed to qualify for their first World Cup. (SOCCER-WORLDCUP-ICE/ (INTERVIEW), by Brian Homewood, expect by 1000 GMT/6 AM ET, 800 words)

MOTOR RACING

Formula One: Spanish Grand Prix

Title rivals Hamilton and Vettel meet the media

BARCELONA - Mercedes’ world champion Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel are among drivers meeting the media as Formula One regroups for the first round of the European season. (MOTOR-F1-SPAIN/ (PIX, TV), expect stories from 1400 GMT/9 AM ET, by Alan Baldwin, 400 words)

Sainz hoping for special return to Spain

BARCELONA - Carlos Sainz boasts a strong record and plenty of fans at his home Spanish Grand Prix but he can expect his return to Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya this weekend to feel particularly special. (MOTOR-FI-SPAIN/SAINZ, moving at 0200 GMT/10 PM ET, by Alan Baldwin, 650 words)

CYCLING

Giro d’Italia

Australian Dennis has one-second lead ahead of Stage Six

MOUNT ETNA, Italy - Australian Rohan Dennis takes a one-second lead into Stage Six, a 163-kilometre route starting in Caltanissetta and finishing at Mount Etna. (CYCLING-GIRO/, (PIX, TV), 400 words)

TENNIS

Madrid Open

Nadal meets Schwartzmann in last 16

MADRID - Top seed Rafa Nadal, a five-times Madrid Open champion, will face Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in the last 16. (TENNIS-MADRID/MEN (PIX, TV), expect by 1700 GMT/1 PM ET, 400 words)

Halep faces Pliskova

MADRID - Two-time defending champion Simona Halep takes on Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals. (TENNIS-MADRID/WOMEN (PIX), 300 words)

RUGBY UNION

Shields set for England squad after New Zealand release

LONDON - Loose forward Brad Shields looks set to be included in Eddie Jone’s England squad for the June tour of South Africa after New Zealand Rugby reluctantly granted his release on Thursday. (RUGBY-UNION-ENG/, expect by 1700 GMT/1 PM ET, 400 words)

GOLF

McIlroy seeks to solve Sawgrass puzzle, Day eyes another win

PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Former world number ones Rory McIlroy and Jason Day have different comfort levels entering the Players Championship — one knowing what it takes to win at TPC Sawgrass, and the other still seeking to solve the puzzle of the famous course. (GOLF-PLAYERS/MCILROY-DAY (PIX), moved, by Andrew Both, 496 words) (Asia Desk Editor: Amlan Chakraborty)

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