Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 p.m. EDT on Friday, Dec. 28

Dec. 28 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 p.m. EST on Friday:

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The duty editor is Steve Ginsburg, 202-898-8427

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National Hockey League

Hope for hockey in 2013?

The NHL is running out of time to salvage a shortened season, but the two sides are discussing a new proposal from the league. (HKN-NEWS/, moved, expect update by 0001 GMT/7 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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National Football League

Pagano, Colts 'all energy' entering regular-season finale

Chuck Pagano can begin writing his coaching legacy by completing a worst-to-first turnaround in a season that defined the power of team. (FBN-COLTS-NEWS/, expect by 2200 GMT/5 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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Romo out to prove numbers do not lie

Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo is 1-5 all-time in win or go home games, including the playoffs. That is all people remember about Romo despite his litany of team records and successes on the field. The only way to prove he is not all about the numbers is winning when the season hangs in the balance. (FBN-COWBOYS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Big-stage Bob

Robert Griffin III has not blinked under the bright lights, proving through Olympic track trials, at Baylor and in the NFL that no stage overwhelms him. (FBN-REDSKINS-NEWS/, moved, The Sports Xchange, 600 words)

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Bears need health to contain Lions' Johnson

The Bears hope to have all four of their Pro Bowl defensive players suited up for Sunday's do-or-die finale, and they may need all of them to contain Lions record-setting wide receiver Calvin Johnson. (FBN-BEARS-NEWS/, expect by 2300 GMT/6 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 450 words)

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NFL Notebook

The latest news and notes from around the league. (FBN-NOTES/, expect by 0001 GMT/7 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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College Football

Independence Bowl

SHREVEPORT, Louisiana - Ohio did not have a good experience against a fun-and-gun Sun Belt opponent the last time that postseason matchup played out, but the Bobcats have adapted their offense to be a close replica and bring a solid defense to boot. (FBC-OHIO-ULMONROE-WRITETHRU/, expect by 220 GMT/5 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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Russell Athletic Bowl

Virginia Tech shoots for a seventh win against Rutgers, a 9-3 team that ended the season with a loss to Louisville. (FBC-VIRGINIATECH-RUTGERS-WRITETHRU/, expect by 0130 GMT/8:30 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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Armed Forces Bowl preview

Breaking down the key matchups and players to watch in the Armed Forces Bowl. (FBC-RICE-AIRFORCE-NEWS/ (PREVIEW), expect by 2045 GMT/3:45 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl preview

Breaking down the key matchups and players to watch in the Kraft Fight Hunger. (FBC-NAVY-ARIZONASTATE-NEWS/ (PREVIEW), expect by 2130 GMT/4:30 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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Alamo Bowl preview

Breaking down the key matchups and players to watch in the Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl. (FBC-TEXAS-OREGONSTATE-NEWS/ (PREVIEW), expect by 2200 GMT/5 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)

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CFB notebook

The latest from around the league. (FBC-NOTES/, expect by 0001GMT/7 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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National Basketball Association

Blazing Rockets hope to tame Spurs

The Houston Rockets, who have won five games in a row, seek to cut into San Antonio's Southwest Division lead when they visit the Spurs, who are 11-2 at home this season. (NBA-SPURS/, expect by 0500 GMT/midnight ET, 300 words)

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Nets return to court

BROOKLYN, New York - The Brooklyn Nets are back in action a day after coach Avery Johnson was fired. (BKN-NETS-BOBCATS-WRITETHRU/, expect by 0300 GMT/10 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, by Dave Buscema, 750 words)

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Kings of East in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, California - The New York Knicks are shorthanded at Sacramento (9-19) with Carmelo Anthony uncertain and Raymond Felton (finger) out. (BKN-KINGS-KNICKS-WRITETHRU/, expect by 0600 GMT/1 a.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 750 words)

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Curry, Warriors welcome Philadelphia

OAKLAND, California - The Philadelphia 76ers swept two meetings with Golden State last season by a combined 50 points, but Stephen Curry and the Warriors are a different animal in 2012. (BKN-WARRIORS-76ERS-WRITETHRU/, expect by 0600 GMT/1 a.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 700 words)

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NBA notebook

The latest news and notes from around the league. (BKN-NOTES, expect by 0045 GMT/7:45 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 400 words)

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