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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Brady powers Patriots past Texans into AFC title game 2013-01-14T021617Z_3_BRE90D00W_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-PLAYOFFS-PATRIO TS.XML () -

Howard returns to help Lakers snap dire run

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Djokovic breezes past Mathieu into second round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic successfully negotiated the first hurdle in his quest to rewrite the Australian Open record books with an opening round 6-2 6-4 7-5 victory over France's Paul-Henri Mathieu on Monday. The 25-year-old Serb is attempting to win his third successive Australian Open title, and fourth overall. No man in the professional era has won three successive Australian titles.

Thunder let big lead slip but hold on for win 2013-01-14T065329Z_2_BRE90D06Q_RTROPTC_0_US-NBA-TRAILBLAZERS.XM L () -

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.

Falcons survive Seattle rally in thriller 2013-01-14T003433Z_3_BRE90C0ID_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-PLAYOFFS-FALCON S.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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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.

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