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The phone call that turned around Sharapova's Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) One phone call was all it took for Maria Sharapova to shake off whatever it was that almost ended her Australian Open. That call came early on in the tournament when the No. 2-ranked player came very, very close to losing in the second round to a lowly ranked qualifier. That was a bad day- she made 51 unforced errors, faced match point twice and clawed...
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Bradford co-chairman happy with FA Cup fifth-round draw

Bradford co-chairman Mark Lawn does not think Sunderland or Fulham will fancy the trip to Valley Parade in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Monday night's draw pitched Chelsea's unlikely conquerors into a home tie with either Gus Poyet's Premier League Black Cats or Kit Symons' Championship side, who are due to replay next week after a 0-0 draw on Saturday. "We're at home, I think...
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Young players turn to ex-pros hoping for Slam breakthrough

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Goran Ivanisevic won one Wimbledon title in his colorful tennis career, but the big-serving Croatian believes he might have won even more if he'd had an ex-player as his coach, like many of the top competitors do today. ''Bad luck I did not have someone like me to coach me when I was (playing),'' he said Tuesday at the Australian Open. ''I should have had...
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Maria's message on the camera

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Before she walked off Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday, Maria Sharapova scrawled a message with a felt-tipped pen on the camera lens for tennis fans everywhere to see: ''Fly high, sing your own song.'' But don't search for any deep meaning in that. The tradition of asking tennis players to sign the camera lens after winning at certain tournaments, gets a bit...
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Dutchman Van Praag to challenge Blatter for FIFA presidency

Dutch Football Association president Michael van Praag has announced he will stand as a candidate for the FIFA presidency, bidding to address the "deteriorating situation" at the world governing body. Van Praag revealed the news to UEFA's executive committee on Monday and announced his candidature on the website of the Dutch FA (KNVB). "I'm very worried about the deteriorating...
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Asian Cup: Australia beat UAE 2-0 to reach final

NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) Australia remained on course for its maiden Asian Cup title after defeating United Arab Emirates 2-0 in a semifinal at a wet Newcastle Stadium on Tuesday. Playing in Newcastle for the first time in almost 20 years, the Socceroos took a firm grip on the contest when defenders Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson scored inside the first 15 minutes. Australia...
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Preview: Wild at Oilers

It comes as little surprise that the Edmonton Oilers have the fewest wins in the NHL coming out of the All-Star break as the struggling franchise heads toward a ninth consecutive season without a postseason berth. The Minnesota Wild, who were expected to take another step forward after reaching the Western Conference semifinals last year, have been one of the league's biggest disappointments...
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Preview: Bucks at Heat

His dress shirt unbuttoned at the neck, Jason Kidd looks relaxed and calm on the sideline while coaching the Milwaukee Bucks. At 22-22, the Bucks are enjoying success while sticking with their rebuilding blueprint during Kidd's first year in Milwaukee. Even the playoffs are a possibility now in the mediocre Eastern conference. Milwaukee will try to move back above .500 by taking...
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Murray beats local hope Kyrgios in 3 sets at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Andy Murray ensured there would be no five-set comeback for local hope Nick Kyrgios on Tuesday night, beating the 19-year-old Australian 6-3 7-6 (5), 6-3 in a quarterfinal match at the Australian Open. Kyrgios came back from two sets down and saved a match point in the fourth round Sunday before beating Italian Andreas Seppi, the player who had eliminated...
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Man City plan to offer Jovetic in part-exchange for Juve star

Each day we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around look to splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they're always entertaining... Juventus boss Massimo Allegri has dropped a huge hint that the Italian champions will be willing to do business with midfielder Paul Pogba's Premier League suitors. Manchester United are interested in Dynamo...
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Lucas Silva thrilled by 'dream' move to Real Madrid

New Real Madrid signing Lucas Silva expects to make a seamless transition to Spanish football from Brazil. The Brazilian Under-21 midfielder completed his permanent transfer to the European champions from Cruzeiro on Monday. Silva, 21, has signed a contract with Real until the end of June 2020 and was unveiled to the media on Monday at a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu...
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Sources: Splash Bros. will face off in star-studded 3-point contest

Ever wondered what it would be like to see the Splash Bros. facing off as opposed to tag-teaming their way to the top of the Western Conference? Looks like you're in luck. And sorry, rest of the West. Golden State is trading one of them. League sources told Yahoo Sports!/FOX Sports 1 NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday that the Warriors' dynamic backcourt duo of Stephen Curry...
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Vanderbilt rape trial to wrap up with defense arguments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Defense attorneys for a former Vanderbilt football player accused of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious coed will get a chance to have their say in closing arguments Tuesday morning. There is no dispute that Brandon Vandenburg did not have sex or penetrate the 21-year-old student. But the question jurors will have to decide is whether he can be...
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Petitions submitted for public vote on Los Angeles-area NFL stadium

  The plan to build a football stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs that could become home for an NFL team has taken a step forward. Organizers behind the project submitted more than 20,000 petition signatures Monday to get the plan before voters in Inglewood, where the stadium would be built. The Los Angeles Times says that's more than twice as many as needed to put the measure on...
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What to Watch Wednesday at the Australian Open quarterfinals

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Once upon a time, the story of women's tennis was all about Serena and Venus Williams: The two sisters who rose from the concrete courts of Compton, California to play such transcending tennis that for a while the Grand Slams were nicknamed the Sisters Slams. But over the years, Serena surged ahead to win 18 majors titles, a few new stars emerged and Venus...
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Monday's Sports In Brief

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) NBA Kobe Bryant will have surgery Wednesday on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The team announced Bryant's surgery Monday. He injured his shoulder last week in New Orleans. The Lakers will announce a timetable for Bryant's recovery after surgery, but coach Byron Scott anticipates losing the third-leading...
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Slow-starting Stars return from break with eye on playoffs

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Jason Spezza won't deny that his arrival in Dallas helped create expectations that the Stars struggled to meet early in the season. He's just glad the weight wasn't enough to ruin the season before the Stars reached the All-Star break. ''When you're a team that makes the playoffs and then you add a couple of pieces, the expectations take another step,'' said Spezza...
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Super Bowl bad guys don't take long to circle the wagons

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) Those bad guys from New England finally made it out West, and it didn't take long for them to begin circling the wagons. An angry Robert Kraft led the way on a rainy Monday night in the desert, reading from a defiant speech crafted at 35,000 feet on the way out. It came straight from the heart, the owner of the New England Patriots said, because someone other...
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Kraft takes the offensive, defends team, seeks NFL apology

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) The New England Patriots came out swinging upon their arrival at the Super Bowl. Not star quarterback Tom Brady or All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis. Not coach Bill Belichick, either. Robert Kraft. The team owner on Monday night demanded an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules regarding using under-inflated...
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Armstrong admits in TV interview: 'I would probably again'

With Alex Rodriguez back in headlines, his current employer trying to void potential bonus payments because of the sluggers ties to performance-enhancing drugs, perhaps the world's most infamous doper is making news again — and his latest comments are a real stunner. Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong spoke with BBC recently and in a story and video posted Monday, the man stripped...
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UNC heats up

UNC heats up.
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Morris returns home to rebuild SMU with Texas made materials

DALLAS (AP) There is an NFL playoff game on the television in the cluttered luxury suite at Gerald J. Ford Stadium that new SMU coach Chad Morris is temporarily using as an office. The 46-year-old Texan who grew up just outside Dallas cannot help but be distracted by the Cowboys and Packers, but Morris doesn't watch football like most fans. He examines and dissects the game. He...
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RECAP: Clippers ride to 102-98 win over Nuggets

Jamal Crawford scored 19 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Denver Nuggets 102-98 Monday night for their fifth straight victory. Crawford scored their final five points and had a key save that led to a basket in the closing seconds, when the Clippers completed their biggest comeback of the season after being down by 16 earlier in the...
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Johan Santana shuts it down in winter ball because of shoulder

  Two-time American League Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana won't pitch during the rest of the Venezuelan Winter League season because of stiffness in his pitching shoulder. The 35-year-old left-hander retired six straight batters for Magallanes on Jan. 13 in his first outing since tearing his left Achilles tendon while pitching for Baltimore last June in extended spring training...
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Rob Manfred officially on duty as MLB commissioner

  Rob Manfred knows he'll get pounded now that he's baseball commissioner -- his name is printed in blue script on the sweet spot between the seams of every big league ball. "Probably good if I get hit hard," he said, smiling and laughing. "A little more offense. We don't have to deal with that issue." Manfred's desk on the 31st floor of baseball's Park Avenue offices was tidy on...
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