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 https://www.reutersconnect.com/planning.
Italy staves off threat of Olympic sanctions with decree
BERLIN (Reuters) - Italy on Tuesday approved a decree guaranteeing the autonomy of the country's Olympic committee, a day before the IOC was due to discuss imposing sanctions on the host of the 2026 winter Olympics over perceived government interference in sporting matters.
Safety first, but officials look to get Badosa training equipment
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Spain's Paula Badosa has not received training equipment to help her prepare for the Australian Open because of safety concerns but discussions are taking place on finding a way to get her some, health officials said on Tuesday.
'Bigger than winning World Cup': Nepali climber on first winter ascent of K2
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A team of Nepali climbers that made the first winter summit of K2, the world's second tallest peak, arrived back in the country to a heroes' welcome on Tuesday from crowds of well-wishers.
ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT
PEOPLE-KOBE BRYANT/ (PIX) (TV)
One year anniversary of Kobe Bryant's death
One year since Kobe Bryant, one of the NBA's all-time greatest players and an athlete of global renown, was killed at age 41 in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven on board.
26 Jan 11:00 ET / 16:00 GMT
Soccer - England - Premier League - Crystal Palace v West Ham United.
26 Jan 13:00 ET / 18:00 GMT
Soccer - England - Premier League - Newcastle United v Leeds United
Newcastle United aim to end their four-game losing streak in the Premier League when they host Leeds United.
Soccer - Italy - Coppa Italia - Inter Milan v AC Milan
Inter Milan face AC Milan in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals.
26 Jan 14:45 ET / 19:45 GMT
Soccer - England - Premier League - Southampton v Arsenal Southampton play Arsenal in the Premier League.
26 Jan 15:15 ET / 20:15 GMT
Soccer - England - Premier League - West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City
West Bromwich Albion play Manchester City in the Premier League.
SOCCER-SPAIN/TEBAS (PIX) (TV)
Soccer - Spain - Interview with La Liga president Javier Tebas
La Liga president Javier Tebas speaks to Reuters about handling the pandemic and the threat of a European Super League to domestic competitions.
27 Jan 07:00 ET / 12:00 GMT
Soccer - England - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur news conference
Tottenham Hotspur's Jose Mourinho speaks to the media ahead of his side's Premier League match against Liverpool.
27 Jan 08:00 ET / 13:00 GMT
Soccer - England - Premier League - Liverpool news conference
Liverpool's Juergen Klopp speaks to the media ahead of his team's Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur.
Hockey - NHL - Boston Bruins v Pittsburgh Penguins
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
27 Jan 19:00 ET / 00:00 GMT
Hockey - NHL - New Jersey Devils v Philadelphia Flyers
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Hockey - NHL - Columbus Blue Jackets v Florida Panthers
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Hockey - NHL - Buffalo Sabres v New York Rangers
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
Hockey - NHL - Washington Capitals v New York Islanders
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia
Hockey - NHL - Minnesota Wild v Los Angeles Kings
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
27 Jan 20:00 ET / 01:00 GMT
Hockey - NHL - Winnipeg Jets v Edmonton Oilers
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Hockey - NHL - Nashville Predators v Chicago Blackhawks
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Hockey - NHL - Dallas Stars v Detroit Red Wings
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
27 Jan 20:30 ET / 01:30 GMT
Hockey - NHL - Arizona Coyotes v Anaheim Ducks
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona
27 Jan 21:00 ET / 02:00 GMT
Hockey - NHL - Colorado Avalanche v San Jose Sharks
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado
Hockey - NHL - Calgary Flames v Toronto Maple Leafs
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Hockey - NHL - Vegas Golden Knights v St. Louis Blues
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Basketball - NBA - Houston Rockets v Washington Wizards
2020-21 NBA Season (Regular Season) - Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Basketball - NBA - Utah Jazz v New York Knicks
2020-21 NBA Season (Regular Season) - Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA-Ray Allen interview
Hall of Famer Ray Allen, who played 18 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 2014, discusses his life after basketball.
Basketball - NBA - Atlanta Hawks v Los Angeles Clippers
2020-21 NBA Season (Regular Season) - State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
27 Jan 19:30 ET / 00:30 GMT
Rugby - 2021 Six Nations launch
Virtual launch for the 2021 Six Nations, which will go ahead despite COVID-19 cases being high across Europe. Coaches and captains address the media.
27 Jan 04:00 ET / 09:00 GMT
OLYMPICS-IOC/ (PIX) (TV)
Olympics - IOC holds Executive Board meeting
The International Olympic Committee holds its first executive board meeting of 2021. It's expected to be a virtual meeting and IOC President will hold a news conference following the conclusion of the meeting.
27 Jan 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT
POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
AFGHANISTAN-BREAKDANCING/ (PIX) (TV)
Breaking barriers: female break dancer in Afghanistan aspires to the world stage
At a gym in downtown Kabul, Manizha Talash and her teammates jump and sway to the beat, working up a sweat breakdancing and doing head-spins. When she first joined the breakdancing club about two and a half months ago, there were no girls there. Now five other girls have followed her lead. "I want to be different," says the 18-year-old.