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Heat evaporate in stunning loss to Trail Blazers 2013-01-11T070327Z_1_BRE90A068_RTROPTC_0_US-NBA-TRAILBLAZERS.XM L () -
NFL's Junior Seau had brain disease from blows to head
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Djokovic starts Australia defence against Mathieu
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number one Novak Djokovic's bid for a third successive Australian Open title has been given a boost with a relatively smooth draw in the first grand slam of the season. The 25-year-old Serb kicks off his title defence with a first round tie against unseeded Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu in the draw announced on Friday and faces no major hurdles until a potentially dangerous quarter-final against fifth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych.
49ers' Kaepernick move gets test against Packers 2013-01-11T005152Z_1_BRE90A00W_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-PLAYOFFS-49ERS. XML () -
MLB, players agree to expand drug testing 2013-01-11T020602Z_4_BRE90917V_RTROPTC_0_US-BASEBALL-DRUGS.XML () -
Azarenka's run could face another Williams test
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka had a fairytale year in 2012, opening with a red-hot 26-match win streak and capturing four successive titles, including her first grand slam at the Australian Open. She finished the year with six tournament victories, clinched the world number one ranking and won the bronze medal in singles and gold in mixed doubles at the London Olympics.
Ferrer into Auckland final, Del Potro wins at Kooyong
SYDNEY (Reuters) - David Ferrer underlined his Australian Open threat by thrashing Gael Monfils 6-1 6-2 to reach the final of the Auckland Open on Friday and remain on course for a fourth title at the tournament. Undoubtedly aided by a leg injury suffered by Monfils early in the first set, Ferrer needed just 49 minutes to dispose of the French former world number seven, five minutes less than he required to win his quarter-final against Lukas Lacko.
Ambitious Piercy in contention at Waialae
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Browns hand head coaching role to Chudzinski 2013-01-11T060735Z_1_BRE90A05L_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-BROWNS-CHUDZINS KI.XML () -
Mularkey fired as Jaguars head coach 2013-01-10T181653Z_2_BRE9090X1_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-JAGUARS-MULARKE Y.XML () -