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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Bills name Syracuse's Marrone as head coach
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Messi sweeps to fourth successive award

ZURICH (Reuters) - Lionel Messi, still only 25, was named
the world's best player for the fourth time in a row on Monday
after a year in which finally produced his best form for
Argentina as well as Barcelona. Messi was handed the FIFA
Ballon D'Or award after a typically cheesy ceremony which
featured a performance from a giant dancing armadillo named
Fuleco, the mascot for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Redskins coach slammed for playing injured Griffin
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Analysis: Winning Stanley Cup may be easier than winning
back fans

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Further gloom for Lakers with Howard and Gasol sidelined
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Seahawks rally to beat Redskins, Griffin injured

LANDOVER, Maryland (Reuters) - Seattle's Russell Wilson
outdueled Washington's Robert Griffin III in a clash of
outstanding rookie quarterbacks to help the Seahawks overcome a
14-0 first-quarter deficit and beat the Redskins 24-14 in their
NFL wildcard game on Sunday. It was the Seahawks' first playoff
victory on the road since a 1983 win over the Miami Dolphins,
and set up a divisional round clash against NFC South champions
Atlanta on January 13.

NFL: Ravens' Lewis says farewell to fans in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (Reuters) - With the clock winding down, Ray
Lewis walked to the center of the field to soak it all in. The
Baltimore Ravens sent him out there -- on offense -- just so
the crowd could pay homage to the first ballot Hall of Fame
linebacker one more time.

Flawless Wilson in three-way tie for Kapalua lead
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NFL: Ravens pound Colts, earn playoff date with Broncos

BALTIMORE (Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens pounded the
Indianapolis Colts 24-9 on Sunday to extend the illustrious
career of Ray Lewis and set up a meeting with the Denver
Broncos in the second round of the playoffs. Joe Flacco
completed 12 of 23 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns for
a Ravens team that limped into the playoffs with losses in four
of their last five regular-season games.

Stosur's Open chances rapidly vanishing
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