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17 Sep 2020 / 02:39 H.

    Here are the top sports stories and upcoming coverage plans for Reuters text service as of 6.30 p.m. GMT/2.30 p.m. ET. For a full schedule of news and events, go to our editorial calendar on Reuters Connect https://www.reutersconnect.com/planning.

    TOP STORIES

    HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/NCAA

    Big Ten to start its college football season next month

    The Big Ten Conference changed course on Wednesday saying there will be college football this year after having earlier postponed play amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

    TENNIS-ROME/

    Djokovic back to winning ways in Rome after U.S. Open default

    Novak Djokovic said he was relieved to turn the page on his contentious U.S. Open exit as he began his claycourt season with a solid victory in his first match at the Italian Open on Wednesday.

    CYCLING-FRANCE/

    Job not done yet, says Tour de France leader Roglic

    Primoz Roglic is taking nothing for granted despite holding a comfortable lead in the Tour de France on Wednesday evening with four competitive stages left.

    UPCOMING

    ATHLETICS

    ATHLETICS-DIAMOND-ITALY/ (PIX) 

    Athletics - Diamond League - ItaIy

    Rome's Olympic Stadium hosts a Diamond League athletics meeting.

    17 Sep 11:45 ET / 15:45 GMT

    CYCLING

    CYCLING-FRANCE/ (PIX) (TV)

    Cycling - Tour de France

    Stage 18 of the Tour de France is a 175-km ride from Meribel to La Roche-sur-Foron.

    17 Sep 06:30 ET / 10:30 GMT

    GOLF

    GOLF-USOPEN/ (PIX) (TV) 

    Golf - U.S. Open - First Round

    Coverage of the first round of the U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.

    17 Sep

    GOLF-USOPEN/ (PIX) (TV) 

    Golf - U.S. Open - Preview

    Preview of the U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.

    16 Sep 20:00 ET / 00:00 GMT

    RUGBY

    RUGBY-UNION-CHAMPIONS/ 

    Rugby Union - Champions Cup quarter-final preview

    Preview of this weekend's Champions Cup quarter-finals, headlined by a repeat of last year's fina as Leinster host Saracens

    17 Sep 05:00 ET / 09:00 GMT

    SOCCER

    SOCCER-AFCCHAMPIONS/ 

    Soccer - Asian Champions League - West Asia Group matches

    16 Sep 15:00 ET / 19:00 GMT

    SOCCER-ENGLAND-CHE/HAVERTZ (TV) 

    Soccer - England - Chelsea introduces Kai Havertz

    Chelsea hold a news conference to introduce their new forward Kai Havertz.

    17 Sep 07:00 ET / 11:00 GMT

    SOCCER-FRANCE-PSG-MTZ/REPORT 

    Soccer - Ligue 1 - Paris St Germain v Metz

    Defending champions Paris St Germain host Metz in Ligue 1

    16 Sep 15:00 ET / 19:00 GMT

    SOCCER-FRANCE-PSG-MTZ/REPORT (PIX) 

    Soccer - France - Ligue 1 - Paris St Germain v FC Metz

    Paris St Germain face FC Metz in a French Ligue 1 soccer match taking place at the Parc des Princes.

    16 Sep 15:00 ET / 19:00 GMT

    SOCCER-FRIENDLY-FCB-GIR/REPORT (PIX) 

    Soccer - Spain - Friendly - Barcelona v Girona

    Barcelona play Girona in a pre-season friendly at the Estadi Johan Cruyff.

    16 Sep 15:00 ET / 19:00 GMT

    SOCCER-ITALY/PREVIEW 

    Soccer - Italy - Preview of the 2020-21 season

    Preview of the 2020-21 Serie A season which starts on Saturday

    17 Sep 09:00 ET / 13:00 GMT

    SOCCER-JAPAN/KING-KAZU (TV) 

    Soccer-Interview with Japan's ageless wonder, 53-year-old King Kazu

    53-year-old Kazuyoshi Miura, who is recognised as the world's oldest goalscorer and oldest player currently playing in a professional league, is still going strong. How does he do it?

    17 Sep 04:30 ET / 08:30 GMT

    TENNIS

    TENNIS-ROME/ 

    Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open

    Day four of the Italian Open - a WTA Premier 5 event in Rome.

    17 Sep 05:00 ET / 09:00 GMT

    TENNIS-ROME/ (TV) 

    Tennis - ATP Masters 1000 - Italian Open

    Day four of the Italian Open - an ATP Masters 1000 event in Rome.

    17 Sep 05:00 ET / 09:00 GMT

    MLB

    BASEBALL-MLB-NOTEBOOK

    MLB notebook-Field Level Media Wrapping up Wednesday's headlines around Major League Baseball

    16 Sep

    NFL

    FOOTBALL-NFL-NOTEBOOK

    NFL notebook- Field Level Media

    News and notes from around the league Thursday, including another busy day of draft pick transactions.

    16 Sep

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