Here are the top sports stories and upcoming coverage plans for Reuters text service as of 09:00 a.m. GMT/02:00 p.m. ET. For a full schedule of news and events, go to our editorial calendar on Reuters Connect https://www.reutersconnect.com/planning.
Paralympics: Athletes offered grants worth $2 million to offset COVID-19
TOKYO (Reuters) - The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced on Thursday an unprecedented grant package worth 1.8 million euros to compensate losses from the coronavirus.
NBA-Rockets trade Westbrook for Wizards' Wall, first-round pick
The Houston Rockets have agreed to trade 2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for five-time All Star point guard John Wall and a future first-round draft pick, both teams announced on Wednesday.
Refunds sought for 18% of tickets sold in Japan, organisers say
TOKYO (Reuters) - Refund requests have been made for around 18% of the tickets sold in Japan for the Tokyo Olympics, the organising committee said on Thursday.
Rugby - Autumn Nations Cup - Ireland team announcement
Ireland name their team to take on Scotland in Saturday's Autumn Nations clash by press release at 14.15. A press conference with coach Andy Farrell will follow
3 Dec 09:00 ET / 14:00 GMT
Rugby - Autumn Nations Cup - Italy team announcement
Italy name their team for their Autumn Nations Cup clash against Wales in Llanelli on Saturday, followed by a news conference Franco Smith.
3 Dec 10:00 ET / 15:00 GMT
Rugby - Autumn Nations Cup - France team to face England
France coach Fabien Galthie names his team for Sunday's Autumn Nations Cup final against England.
4 Dec 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT
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Motor racing - Formula One - Sakhir Grand Prix - FIA News conference
News conference with Formula One drivers ahead of the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain.
3 Dec 11:00 ET / 16:00 GMT
Rallying - World Rally Championship - Rally Monza
The latest action from day one of the Rally Monza - the final race of the year.
Action from day two of Rally Monza - the final race of the year.
4 Dec 05:30 ET / 10:30 GMT
Golf - European Tour - South African Ope
Round one of the South African Open at the Gary Player CC in Sun City.
Golf - PGA Tour - Mayakoba Golf Classic Round one of the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
3 Dec 12:00 ET / 17:00 GMT
Golf - European Tour - Golf in Dubai Championship
Round three of the Golf in Dubai Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE
4 Dec 08:00 ET / 13:00 GMT
Soccer - Italy - Serie A - Crotone v Napoli
Crotone host Napoli in a Serie A match
Soccer - Nations League - Belgium reaction to Nations League draw
Belgium coach Roberto Martínez gives his views on the Nations League draw, conducted digitally in Switzerland. Belgium have qualified for the final four along with world champions, France, Italy and Spain.
Soccer - Europa League - Rangers v Standard Liege
Rangers face Standard Liege in the UEFA Europa League.
3 Dec 15:00 ET / 20:00 GMT
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Soccer - Arsenal v Rapid Vienna
Arsenal face Rapid Vienna in the UEFA Europa League with 2,000 fans allowed to attend the match. It's the first time an English Premier League side has been allowed to have fans inside a stadium since March.
Soccer - MLS - Sporting Kansas City v Minnesota United FC
2020 MLS Season (Playoff) - Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kansas
4 Dec 20:30 ET / 01:30 GMT
Soccer - Iran's Persepolis enduring long wait for shot at glory
By the time the Asian Champions League anthem echoes around Doha's Al Janoub Stadium and the finalists are led onto the turf on December 19, Iranian champions Persepolis will have plenty of time to contemplate the task that lies ahead.
4 Dec 03:00 ET / 08:00 GMT
Soccer - AFC Champions League - Sydney FC v Yokohama F Marinos
Sydney FC play Yokohama F Marinos in their AFC Champions League Group match.
4 Dec 05:00 ET / 10:00 GMT
Soccer - AFC Champions League - Shanghai SIPG v Jeonbuk Motors
Shanghai SIPG play Jeonbuk Motors in their AFC Champions League Group match.
Soccer - AFC Champions League - Vissel Kobe v Suwon Bluewings
Vissel Kobe play Suwon Bluewings in their AFC Champions League Group match.
Soccer - England - Premier League - Liverpool news conference
Liverpool's Juergen Klopp speaks to the media ahead of his team's Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Olympics-Tokyo Games organisers hold meeting to discuss plans for rearranged Games
Officials from Tokyo 2020, Japan national government and Tokyo Metropolitan Government meet in the Japanese capital to discuss further plans for the postponed Games.
Cricket - First Twenty20 International - Australia v India
First of three T20s between Australia and India at Manuka Oval (Night).
Cricket - Cricket - First One Day International - South Africa v England
South Africa play world champions England at Newlands in the first of their three one day internationals