Here are the top sports stories and upcoming coverage plans for Reuters text service as of 7.30 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.
Soccer-Man United's title aspirations set for Anfield acid test
There have been a few false dawns but there is growing belief that Manchester United are on the cusp of reclaiming their place as the pre-eminent force in English football.
Murray a doubt for Australian Open after testing COVID-19 positive
Britain's former world number one Andy Murray is doubtful for next month's Australian Open after organisers confirmed on Thursday that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus.
Ferrari's Leclerc isolating after positive COVID-19 test
Ferrari Formula One driver Charles Leclerc announced on Thursday he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was self-isolating at home in Monaco with mild symptoms.
SOCCER-SPAIN-MAD-ATB/REPORT (PIX) (TV)
Soccer - Spain - Spanish Super Cup - Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao
Real Madrid play Athletic Bilbao in the second Spanish Super Cup semi-final in Malaga.
14 Jan 15:00 ET / 20:00 GMT
Soccer - England - Premier League - Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Arsenal face Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
Surfing-Surfers look ahead to Tokyo Olympics
Surfers discuss the state of the sport as they prepare for the COVID-19 delayed Tokyo Olympics.
Golf - PGA Tour - Sony Open in Hawaii
First round of the Sony Open in Hawaii from Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, where Cameron Smith is the defending champion.
14 Jan 16:00 ET / 21:00 GMT
Basketball - NBA - Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat
2020-21 NBA Season (Regular Season) - Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
15 Jan 19:00 ET / 00:00 GMT
Hockey - NHL - New Jersey Devils v Boston Bruins 2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
POSTPONED - Hockey - NHL - Florida Panthers v Dallas Stars
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida
Hockey - NHL - New York Rangers v New York Islanders
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Hockey - NHL - Buffalo Sabres v Washington Capitals
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
Hockey - NHL - Detroit Red Wings v Carolina Hurricanes
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
15 Jan 19:30 ET / 00:30 GMT
Basketball - NBA - Toronto Raptors v Charlotte Hornets 2020-21 NBA Season (Regular Season) - Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
Basketball - NBA - San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets
2020-21 NBA Season (Regular Season) - AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Cricket - Fourth Test - Australia v India
Day one of the fourth and final test between Australia and India at the Gabba.
15 Jan 20:00 ET / 01:00 GMT
Hockey - NHL - Winnipeg Jets v Calgary Flames
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Hockey - NHL - Nashville Predators v Columbus Blue Jackets
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Hockey - NHL - Edmonton Oilers v Vancouver Canucks
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
15 Jan 21:00 ET / 02:00 GMT
Hockey - NHL - Arizona Coyotes v San Jose Sharks
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona
Basketball - NBA - Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors
2020-21 NBA Season (Regular Season) - Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado
15 Jan 22:00 ET / 03:00 GMT
Hockey - NHL - Los Angeles Kings v Minnesota Wild
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Basketball - NBA - Portland Trail Blazers v Indiana Pacers
2020-21 NBA Season (Regular Season) - Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon
Hockey - NHL - Vegas Golden Knights v Anaheim Ducks
2020-21 NHL Season (Regular Season) - T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Rugby-Japan announces plans for new top level league to begin in 2022
The Japanese Rugby Football Union makes a long-awaited announcement on plans for a new top level domestic rugby union league to begin in 2022. The league is expected to be lucrative and may attract many of the world's biggest stars away from their domestic competitions.
15 Jan 23:00 ET / 04:00 GMT
Cricket - First Test - Sri Lanka v England - Day 2
The second day of the first of two tests between Sri Lanka and England at Galle International Stadium.
15 Jan 03:00 ET / 08:00 GMT
MOTOR-RALLY-DAKAR/ (PIX) (TV)
Rallying - Dakar Rally
The 12th and final stage of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia is a 452-kilometre drive from Yanbu to Jeddah.
15 Jan 04:00 ET / 09:00 GMT
SPORT-DOPING/GERMANY (PIX) (TV)
Verdict likely on German doctor charged with years of blood doping
Verdict expected from Munich court in case of German sports doctor, Mark S., who has admitted to helping athletes with blood doping for years in "Operation Bloodletting".
15 Jan 06:00 ET / 11:00 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 Sheffield United.
15 Jan 07:30 ET / 12:30 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 Manchester United.
15 Jan 08:00 ET / 13:00 GMT
Soccer - England - Premier League - Manchester United news conference
Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks to the media ahead of his team's Premier League match away to Liverpool.
15 Jan 08:30 ET / 13:30 GMT
Soccer - England - Premier League - Manchester City news conference
Manchester City's Pep Guardiola speaks to the media ahead of his side's Premier League match against Crystal Palace.