22 Jan 2021 / 22:03 H.

    Here are the top sports stories and upcoming coverage plans for Reuters text service as of 2 p.m. GMT/9 a.m. ET. For a full schedule of news and events, go to our editorial calendar on Reuters Connect



    Japan and IOC deny that Olympics will be cancelled

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and the IOC stood firm on Friday on their commitment to host the Tokyo Olympics this year and denied a report of a possible cancellation but the pledge looks unlikely to ease public concern about holding the event during a pandemic.


    FIFA ex-president Blatter was in coma after heart surgery, daughter says

    ZURICH (Reuters) - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter spent a week in an artificially induced coma after heart surgery last month, his daughter has told Swiss media.


    Adelaide quarantine no different to Melbourne, says Thiem

    World number three Dominic Thiem said there is no great advantage for players self-isolating in Adelaide compared to conditions in Melbourne where the vast majority are serving the 14-day quarantine requirement ahead of the Australian Open.



    Basketball - NBA - Charlotte Hornets v Chicago Bulls

    2020-21 NBA Season (Regular Season) - Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina

    23 Jan 19:00 ET / 00:00 GMT


    Basketball - NBA - Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

    2020-21 NBA Season (Regular Season) - Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, Ohio

    23 Jan 19:30 ET / 00:30 GMT


    Basketball - NBA - Detroit Pistons v Houston Rockets

    2020-21 NBA Season (Regular Season) - Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan

    23 Jan 19:00 ET / 00:00 GMT


    Basketball - NBA - Indiana Pacers v Orlando Magic

    2020-21 NBA Season (Regular Season) - Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

    23 Jan 19:00 ET / 00:00 GMT


    Basketball - NBA - Los Angeles Clippers v Oklahoma City Thunder

    2020-21 NBA Season (Regular Season) - Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

    23 Jan 22:00 ET / 03:00 GMT


    Basketball - NBA - Minnesota Timberwolves v Atlanta Hawks

    2020-21 NBA Season (Regular Season) - Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    23 Jan 20:00 ET / 01:00 GMT


    Basketball - NBA - Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

    2020-21 NBA Season (Regular Season) - Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    23 Jan 19:30 ET / 00:30 GMT


    Basketball - NBA - Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

    2020-21 NBA Season (Regular Season) - PHX Arena, Phoenix, Arizona

    23 Jan 22:00 ET / 03:00 GMT


    Basketball - NBA - Sacramento Kings v New York Knicks

    2020-21 NBA Season (Regular Season) - Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California

    23 Jan 22:00 ET / 03:00 GMT


    Basketball - NBA - San Antonio Spurs v Dallas Mavericks

    2020-21 NBA Season (Regular Season) - AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas

    23 Jan 20:30 ET / 01:30 GMT


    Basketball - NBA - Toronto Raptors v Miami Heat

    2020-21 NBA Season (Regular Season) - Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

    23 Jan 19:30 ET / 00:30 GMT


    Cricket - Second Test - Sri Lanka v England - Day 2

    The second day of the second of two tests between Sri Lanka and England at Galle International Stadium.

    23 Jan 03:00 ET / 08:00 GMT


    NFL-Bills bring swagger into clash with defending champion Chiefs

    We preview Sunday's AFC Championship Game where the long-suffering Buffalo Bills can move to within one win of a maiden Super Bowl title when they face the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs who could be without their biggest offensive weapon in quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

    22 Jan 10:00 ET / 15:00 GMT


    Golf - European Tour - Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

    Round one of the HSBC Golf Championship takes place in Abu Dhabi.

    Jan 23


    Golf - PGA Tour - The American Express

    Second round of the American Express at the PGA WEST (Stadium) in La Quinta, which is hosted by Phil Mickelson

    22 Jan 14:00 ET / 19:00 GMT


    Hockey - NHL - Anaheim Ducks v Colorado Avalanche

    2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Honda Center, Anaheim, California

    23 Jan 22:00 ET / 03:00 GMT


    Hockey - NHL - Arizona Coyotes v Vegas Golden Knights

    2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona

    23 Jan 21:00 ET / 02:00 GMT


    Hockey - NHL - Chicago Blackhawks v Detroit Red Wings

    2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - United Center, Chicago, Illinois

    23 Jan 20:00 ET / 01:00 GMT


    Hockey - NHL - Dallas Stars v Nashville Predators

    2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

    23 Jan 20:30 ET / 01:30 GMT


    Hockey - NHL - Minnesota Wild v San Jose Sharks

    2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota

    23 Jan 20:00 ET / 01:00 GMT


    Hockey - NHL - Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Rangers

    2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    23 Jan 19:00 ET / 00:00 GMT


    Hockey - NHL - Toronto Maple Leafs v Edmonton Oilers

    2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario

    23 Jan 19:00 ET / 00:00 GMT ICEHOCKEY-NHL-WSH-BUF/ (PIX)

    Hockey - NHL - Washington Capitals v Buffalo Sabres

    2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia

    23 Jan 19:00 ET / 00:00 GMT

    MMA-UFC-UFC257/ (TV)

    Mixed Martial Arts - UFC 257 - Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor - Weigh-in

    Former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor and his American opponent, Dustin Poirier, tip the scales ahead of UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi

    22 Jan 10:00 ET / 15:00 GMT


    Rallying - World Rally Championship - Monte Carlo Rally

    Day three of the Monte Carlo Rally - the first race of the 2021 season.

    23 Jan 03:00 ET / 08:00 GMT


    Olympics - Anti-Olympics protesters gather to demonstrate against the Tokyo Games

    Dozens of anti-Olympics protesters are expected to gather near the National Stadium to demonstrate against the Tokyo Games as Saturday marks six months until the opening ceremony for the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

    23 Jan 04:00 ET / 09:00 GMT


    Rugby - Six Nations Championship - England squad announcement

    England head coach Eddie Jones holds a news conference as he announces his squad for the Six Nations

    22 Jan 11:30 ET / 16:30 GMT


    Rugby - Currie Cup - Bulls vs Lions

    The Bulls and the Lions meet in a derby at Loftus Versfeld in the first of the Currie Cup semi-finals, with the winner to go on and play either Western Province or the Sharks in the final on Jan. 30.

    23 Jan 07:00 ET / 12:00 GMT


    Sailing - America's Cup Challenger Series

    Action from the round robin races of the Prada Cup, the challenger series for the America's Cup, which is raced on Waitemata Harbour in Auckland.

    23 Jan 21:15 ET / 02:15 GMT


    Soccer - England - FA Cup - Chorley v Wolverhampton Wanderers

    Sixth-tier Chorley face Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

    22 Jan 14:45 ET / 19:45 GMT


    Soccer - England - FA Cup - Southampton v Arsenal

    Southampton play Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

    23 Jan 07:15 ET / 12:15 GMT


    Soccer - France - Ligue 1 - Paris St Germain v Montpellier

    Paris St Germain play Montpellier in Ligue 1.

    22 Jan 15:00 ET / 20:00 GMT


    Soccer - Germany - Bundesliga - Borussia Moenchengladbach v Borussia Dortmund

    Borussia Moenchengladbach face Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

    22 Jan 14:30 ET / 19:30 GMT

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