Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Tuesday, Dec 24

December 24, 2013

Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Tuesday:

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Australia aiming for Ashes sweep

MELBOURNE - Confident Australia will look to exploit England's troubles and extend their lead to 4-0 in the five-match Ashes series with victory in the fourth test that starts on Thursday. (CRICKET-ASHES/ (PREVIEW), moved, by Ian Ransom, 500 words)

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South Africa hope for better fortune in Durban

South Africa will seek to arrest a dismal Durban run of four straight defeats when they host India in the second and final test on Thursday, four days after the epic draw in Johannesburg. (CRICKET-INDIA/ (PREVIEW), moved, by Nick Said, 550 words)

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Family pride for ice hockey center Kopitar ahead of debut

LOS ANGELES - 'Slovenian synchronicity' aptly describes the near-perfect scenario for center Anze Kopitar as he prepares for his country's ice hockey debut at next year's Winter Olympics amid a huge dose of family pride. (OLYMPICS-ICEHOCKEY/KOPITAR (INTERVIEW), moved, by Mark Lamport-Stokes, 650 words)

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Roundups of off-field developments in the major North American professional sports leagues. (expect by 0101 GMT/8:01 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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