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Nadal, Azarenka advance in straight sets

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal and two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka posted straight-set victories in their night matches Saturday at the Australian Open.

Former NFL star Darren Sharper arrested on suspicison on rape

Los Angeles police said they are investigating the former defensive back in connection with two sexual assaults, and New Orleans police said they are investigating another sexual-assault allegation.

Sheriff: Hernandez separated for own safety

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez can't watch football on TV for his own safety, the sheriff in charge of the prison said on Saturday.

US racer Goldberg presses Olympic downhill claim

Downhill racer Jared Goldberg pressed his claim Saturday for a spot on the four-man United States team in the glamor event of the Sochi Olympics.

MLB approves expanded replay starting this season

Major League Baseball vaulted into the 21st century of technology on Thursday, approving a huge expansion of instant replay in hopes of eliminating blown calls that riled up players, managers and fans.

Columbia College women's basketball trounces Stephens in 113-41 victory

Janairrika Bland scored 22 points as Columbia College dominated crosstown rival Stephens 113-41 in a women's basketball game Thursday night at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Jets sign coach Rex Ryan to contract extension

The New York Jets signed the popular coach to a contract extension Thursday, removing the lame duck label from Ryan and keeping him with the franchise through the 2015 season — and possibly beyond.

McDaniels tries to stick another dagger in Denver

For a brief time, Josh McDaniels was a celebrity in Denver and he played the part with gusto — running to the corner of the stadium after his first signature win and pumping his fists at the crowd to celebrate.

A-Rod: Suspension could be beneficial

Alex Rodriguez says his season-long suspension could be a benefit, allowing him to rest and return to the Yankees for the final three years of his contract.

Sharapova advances in an Aussie scorcher

Australian Open matches were suspended for four hours as temperatures topped 109 Fahrenheit.

Brady back at practice with the Patriots

The quarterback was removed from the injury report one day after being a no-show at practice because of illness.

49ers vs. Seahawks: A new rivalry out west

One of these teams will emerge Sunday from ear-splitting CenturyLink Field headed for New Jersey to play for the sport's biggest prize. The other will carry into the offseason even more loathing for this opponent.

NBA All-Star jerseys will have sleeves

The NBA All-Stars will wear jerseys with sleeves during this season's midseason celebration in New Orleans.

Tom Brady misses Wednesday practice

The New England quarterback took time off from practice Wednesday as the Patriots prepare to play against Denver on Sunday.

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers prepare for raucous Seattle fans

Jim Harbaugh will turn to lip reading, motioning and even sign language if he has to in order to communicate with quarterback Colin Kaepernick and keep things running smoothly in the deafening noise of Seattle's home stadium.

AP source: Minnesota Vikings select Mike Zimmer as head coach

Mike Zimmer is finally a head coach in the NFL. The Minnesota Vikings think now is the time for the veteran defensive coordinator.

Patriots counting on Blount in AFC Championship

Given a chance by the New England Patriots to revive his career, LeGarrette Blount is running over and away from defenders while leaving behind images of a hot-headed youngster putting his future in jeopardy.

Omaha, Peyton Manning's mysterious play call, gains national attention

Peyton Manning's road to the Super Bowl has taken an unexpected detour: through Omaha, of all places.

Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic advance to 3rd round in Australia

Serena Williams wore a fitted pink blazer into her second-round match at the Australian Open, giving the impression she wasn't feeling the heat.

Clayton Kershaw receives record-breaking deal from Dodgers

The deal made the two-time Cy Young Award winner baseball's first player with a $30 million average salary.

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