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Serena Williams wins 1st set of Australian Open final

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Serena Williams, coughing frequently and still clearly affected by a recent cold, won the first set of her Australian Open final against Maria Sharapova 6-3 on Saturday. Rain began falling at Rod Laver Arena and the roof was closed with Williams serving at 30-30 and up a service break at 3-2. Play was stopped for 13 minutes while the court was dried by...
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Friday's Sports In Brief

NFL PHOENIX (AP) As if wishing made it so, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described his league - and himself - as having addressed missteps on difficult matters such as domestic violence and being ready to move on. Nearing the end of a season he acknowledged was filled with ''plenty of challenges,'' Goodell was asked whether he thought he deserved a pay cut - ''That's up to the...
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Michigan State faces quick turnaround before Michigan

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Apparently even Tom Izzo's 60th birthday celebration can wait. The focus now is on Michigan. ''It's not a birthday today, guys. It's a work day. I'll have my birthday on Monday,'' said Izzo, who turned 60 on Friday. ''We've got work to do for two days, and that's all I've got my mind on right now.'' The Michigan State coach hasn't had much time to prepare...
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Spurs veteran Tim Duncan headed to All-Star Game

SAN ANTONIO (AP) At 38, Tim Duncan admits a few more days' rest might be better for him rather than playing in the All-Star Game. But there is no way he would pass up the chance to razz a former teammate. The San Antonio Spurs forward will make the 15th All-Star appearance of his 18-year career after being selected as a reserve for the Western Conference. The Feb. 15 game is at...
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A Super Bowl weekend at a golf tournament without Tiger

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Three previous trips were enough for Tiger Woods to leave quite an impression at the Phoenix Open. The hole-in-one on the most raucous hole in golf. Fans moving a half-ton boulder. A kid tossing an orange onto the green when he was putting. The most recent memory might have topped them all. He shot 82. Five hours Friday that were a blend of sadness and shock...
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Pats backup QB Garoppolo helps defense prepare for Wilson

PHOENIX (AP) A rookie who probably won't play in the Super Bowl could help the New England Patriots win it. By the time the game starts Sunday night, Jimmy Garoppolo will have done his primary job of preparing the team's defense by imitating speedy Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson in practice. ''I've had to get a lot faster real fast,'' Garoppolo said with a smile. Drafted in...
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Bledsoe, Dragic team up to thwart Bulls

PHOENIX -- As they have so often this season, Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic pushed the Phoenix Suns to victory. Bledsoe scored 23 points and backcourt mate Dragic had 21 as the Phoenix Suns held off the Chicago Bulls 99-93 on Friday night. "It's a hard matchup when you have two point guards on the floor at all times," the Bulls' Derrick Rose said. "...They are a hard team to defend...
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Suns-Warriors Preview

After rolling through much of this month, the Golden State Warriors are on the verge of their longest losing streak this season. They'll try to avoid a third straight loss by extending their home dominance over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night. Golden State had won 13 of 14 and a franchise-best 19 in a row at home before a 113-111 overtime loss to Chicago on Tuesday. The Warriors...
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Blackhawks-Sharks Preview

The San Jose Sharks couldn't have asked for a better start to the season's second half. The Chicago Blackhawks just dominated the NHL's best team, too. San Jose tries to keep building Saturday night against the visiting Blackhawks, who are seeking a sixth win in eight matchups in the series. The Sharks (26-17-6) defeated league-leading Anaheim 6-3 on Thursday in their first action...
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Raptors-Wizards Preview

The Toronto Raptors' offense appears to be back on track after a miserable stretch. DeMar DeRozan and Toronto can match a season high with a sixth straight victory Saturday night when they visit the Washington Wizards, who hope to be refreshed following a flurry of games in spite of the precedent they've set. The Raptors (32-15) averaged 90.0 points on 39.2 percent shooting during...
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Bledsoe, Dragic ignite Suns offense in victory over Bulls

  Eric Bledsoe scored 23 points and backcourt mate Goran Dragic had 21 as the Phoenix Suns held off the Chicago Bulls 99-93 on Friday night. Bledsoe's six-footer high off the glass put the Suns up 97-93. It came after a 7-0 Chicago run that cut the lead to 95-93 on Aaron Brooks' layup with 31.9 seconds to go. Markieff Morris had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Suns. His twin brother...
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Snoop Dogg keeping focus on youth football before Super Bowl

PHOENIX (AP) Super Bowl weekend isn't just about the championship game for Snoop Dogg - it's also a reminder that the next generation of NFL greats need to develop. The rapper has for years sponsored a youth football league that has now seen several players turn pro. Running back Ronnie Hillman, who was in Dogg's league growing up, was part of last year's Denver Broncos team that...
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Clippers-Spurs Preview

The San Antonio Spurs are finding consistency, something they've had plenty of the last six years against the Los Angeles Clippers. Tim Duncan has been a big reason for that this season. After being named to his 15th All-Star game, Duncan will try to keep the Spurs surging by continuing their home dominance of the Clippers on Saturday night. San Antonio (30-17) has won 11 of 14 games...
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Saratoga Dreamer wins Big A's $125K Rego Park Stakes

  Saratoga Dreamer made a successful transition to the main track Friday, winning the $125,000 Rego Park Stakes by a neck over Regal Minister at Aqueduct. The chestnut had run on the turf in his two previous outings. Trainer Christophe Clement thought this race for New York bred 3-year-olds was a favorable spot for a surface change and shipped the colt north from his winter training...
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Canucks' Miller makes 22 saves to stifle former Sabres teammates

  Ryan Miller made 22 saves in his first game against his former team, and the Vancouver Canucks sent the Buffalo Sabres to their 14th straight regulation loss - 5-2 on Friday night. Chris Higgins had a goal and assist, and Bo Horvat, Yannick Weber, Nick Bonino and Radim Vrbata also scored for the Canucks, who snapped a two-game skid. Christopher Tanev added two assists. Chris Stewart...
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Canucks' Miller makes 22 saves in 5-2 win over Sabres

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Ryan Miller made 22 saves in his first game against his former team, and the Vancouver Canucks sent the Buffalo Sabres to their 14th straight regulation loss - 5-2 on Friday night. Chris Higgins had a goal and assist, and Bo Horvat, Yannick Weber, Nick Bonino and Radim Vrbata also scored for the Canucks, who snapped a two-game skid. Christopher Tanev...
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RECAP: Kane, Sharp lead Blackhawks to 4-1 rout of Ducks

Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist, and Patrick Sharp assisted on every Chicago goal in the Blackhawks' 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. Captain Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith also scored for the Blackhawks, who beat the NHL-leading Ducks for the third straight time at Honda Center. Corey Crawford made 21 saves as Chicago controlled the meeting of Western...
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Patricks' power: Kane, Sharp lead Blackhawks to win over Ducks

  Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist, and Patrick Sharp assisted on every Chicago goal in the Blackhawks' 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. Captain Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith also scored for the Blackhawks, who beat the NHL-leading Ducks for the third straight time at Honda Center. Corey Crawford made 21 saves as Chicago controlled the meeting of Western...
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Kane, Sharp lead Blackhawks' 4-1 rout of Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist, and Patrick Sharp assisted on every Chicago goal in the Blackhawks' 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. Captain Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith also scored for the Blackhawks, who beat the NHL-leading Ducks for the third straight time at Honda Center. Corey Crawford made 21 saves as Chicago controlled...
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Trail Blazers-Bucks Preview

The Northwest Division-leading Portland Trail Blazers have cooled considerably, particularly on the road. A Milwaukee Bucks team that is playing better looks to make matters worse for the visitors. The Trail Blazers try to avoid a sixth straight road loss Saturday night against the Bucks, who are seeking a third consecutive victory. Portland (32-15) holds a comfortable 8 1/2-game...
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No. 6 Arizona shuts down Oregon State; Ashley leads way with 12

  Brandon Ashley scored 12 points and T.J. McConnell had a career-high eight steals to spark No. 6 Arizona's smothering defense, lifting the Wildcats to a 57-34 victory over Oregon State on Friday night. Arizona (20-2, 8-1) held Oregon, the Pac-12's top-scoring team, to 56 points on Wednesday and was even better against the methodical Beavers. The Wildcats limited Oregon State to...
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Rockets-Pistons Preview

With Dwight Howard out, Josh Smith has played a significant role in keeping the Houston Rockets on a winning track. Extending the Rockets' streak of victories to five would likely come with some added personal satisfaction for the power forward. Smith will face the struggling Detroit Pistons on Saturday night for the first time since they waived him in December. Smith has scored...
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Xavier Ford and Buffalo blast MAC-leading Kent State 80-55

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Xavier Ford had a career-high 25 points Friday night, and Buffalo knocked off conference-leading Kent State 80-55, snapping the Golden Flashes' six-game winning streak. Ford was 9 of 14 from the field and 3 of 6 from 3-point range with nine rebounds and three steals. The senior came into the game shooting just 3 of 9 on 3-pointers for his career with all the attempts...
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Kings-Pacers Preview

The Indiana Pacers haven't seen much go their way, but they're hoping to build on a promising performance. Indiana would appear to have good chance to do just that Saturday night against the visiting Sacramento Kings, who are mired in their longest losing streak in four seasons. Sitting at the bottom of the Central Division, the Pacers (17-31) rank among the NBA's lowest scoring...
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Dallas Mavericks at Orlando Magic game preview

TV: FOX Sports Florida Time: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. Magic coach Jacque Vaughn is blocking out any talk about his job security ahead of Saturday night's game against the visiting Dallas Mavericks and remains focused on helping his team turn around its recent string of losses. Vaughn said Friday morning before Orlando's practice that he is taking his third season as...
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