Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Ice-cool rookie Henley sets record pace at Waialae
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Djokovic backs old routine to break new ground
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - For Novak Djokovic, the formula for success at the Australian Open is simple - if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The world number one will try to create history over the next two weeks by becoming the first man to win three straight Australian Open titles in the professional era.
Falcons get chance to end playoff misery 2013-01-11T212944Z_1_BRE90A14T_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-PLAYOFFS-FALCON S.XML () -
Ferrer enters record books with fourth Auckland title 2013-01-12T032021Z_3_BRE90B03F_RTROPTC_0_US-TENNIS-AUSTRALIA-WA RMUPS-AUCKLAND.XML () -
Johnson pulls out of Waialae due to flu 2013-01-12T031812Z_3_BRE90B033_RTROPTC_0_US-GOLF-PGA-JOHNSON.XM L () -
ATP chief to discuss time-violation rule with players
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) chief Brad Drewett will meet with players on Saturday to address concerns over a new rule aimed at speeding up the game that has drawn criticism from professionals on the men's tour. This year, the ATP are enforcing a regulation that allows players 25 seconds to complete a serve or face a warning and then the loss of a point for a second violation, sparking complaints from players who have fallen foul of the law.
Ishikawa, Wiratchant get Masters invitations 2013-01-12T045357Z_2_BRE90A0WY_RTROPTC_0_US-GOLF-MASTERS-ISHIKA WA.XML () -
Embattled Evans bids to prove his worth as BMC leader
NAZARETH, Belgium (Reuters) - Former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans has recovered from the mental scars of last year's race and is looking to rediscover his old form as BMC's team leader. The 35-year-old Australian was blown away in last year's Tour by Briton Bradley Wiggins and the defending champion only finished seventh overall in a largely forgettable season.
Texans' Schaub facing big test against Patriots 2013-01-11T225821Z_1_BRE90A17O_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-PLAYOFFS-PATRIO TS.XML () -
Doping-Swiss laboratory denies helping Armstrong avoid detection
LAUSANNE (Reuters) - The director of Switzerland's laboratory for doping analysis has denied allegations that he once told disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong how to avoid being detected for EPO. Martial Saugy said he had one meeting with Armstrong in 2002 at the request of the International Cycling Union to talk about the tests but refuted the suggestion that he told him how to avoid detection.