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Brady powers Patriots past Texans into AFC title game 2013-01-14T021617Z_3_BRE90D00W_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-PLAYOFFS-PATRIO TS.XML () -
Falcons survive Seattle rally in thriller 2013-01-14T003433Z_3_BRE90C0ID_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-PLAYOFFS-FALCON S.XML () -
Seahawks coach hails team's spirit after crushing loss 2013-01-14T003244Z_1_BRE90D00N_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-PLAYOFFS-FALCON S-SEAHAWKS.XML () -
One playoff win not enough for relieved Falcons QB Ryan 2013-01-13T233957Z_1_BRE90C0JW_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-PLAYOFFS-FALCON S-RYAN.XML () -
Radwanska bounces Bobusic to extend winning streak
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska battled through a tricky first set and swept through the second to beat Australian Bojana Bobusic 7-5 6-0 and extend her season-long winning streak to 10 matches at the Australian Open on Monday. The fourth seed, who won back-to-back titles to kick off the new year, was never going to match the 6-0 6-0 victory over Dominika Cibulkova in the Sydney International final last week but after a slow start, she gradually overpowered her opponent.
Brady finds right formula in setting playoffs record 2013-01-14T041819Z_1_BRE90D05S_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-PLAYOFFS-PATRIO TS-BRADY.XML () -
Rookie Henley wins by three shots at Waialae
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Venus overpowers Voskoboeva, Sharapova in sights
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - American Venus Williams took the first step towards a potential third round clash against Maria Sharapova with a 6-1 6-0 thrashing of Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva at the Australian Open on Monday. The 32-year-old Williams, who won her first tournament in almost three years in Luxembourg last October after battling injuries and illness, was simply too powerful for the 28-year-old, who had problems with her serve the entire match.
Sweet maker Sharapova doles out double-bagel
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova has put a small fortune into her sweet making business but she might consider a sideline in baked treats after serving up fellow Russian Olga Puchkova a double-bagel to cruise into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday. Sharapova's 6-0 6-0 demolition of the hapless Puchkova at the Rod Laver Arena completed a 'bagel slam', having left opponents scoreless at the French Open, Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows.
Djokovic faces tough first round as history beckons
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic takes his first steps towards entering the history books on Monday and the two-time defending Australian Open champion is taking nothing for granted in his first round clash. The world number one, bidding to become the first man in the professional era to win three successive Australian Open titles, meets France's Paul-Henri Mathieu in the final game of the day session on Rod Laver Arena.