Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Tumbling Serena leads march of top seeds in Melbourne
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serena Williams was in no mood to allow a painful tumble to divert her from her path to a sixth Australian Open title on Tuesday and duly delivered a resounding 6-0 6-0 win to open her campaign at the year's first grand slam. World number one and defending champion Victoria Azarenka was unable to match the third seed's ruthless dominance but also progressed to the second round, while Andy Murray steadied his grand slam nerves with a controlled three-set victory.
Jazz stifle Heat as Miami's road woes continue
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Ichiro fired up after re-signing with Yankees
TOKYO (Reuters) - Ichiro Suzuki feels a renewed sense of passion after finally signing a two-year contract to stay at the New York Yankees, the Japanese outfielder said on Tuesday. The 39-year-old, a career .322 hitter with 2,606 hits in 12 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), called the storied 'Bronx Bombers' a unique ballclub.
Federer swats aside Frenchman to advance to second round
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer shook off the rust from a competition-free buildup to the Australian Open with a 6-2 6-4 6-1 trouncing of France's Benoit Paire to march into the second round at Melbourne Park on Tuesday. Federer pounced in the opening game to break serve, then broke the unseeded Frenchman again at 4-2 to mow through the first set.
'True fan' McIlroy sacrifices sleep for Wozniacki
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy won't be losing any sleep about his financial future after signing a multi-million dollar deal with Nike, but the Northern Irishman is having to sacrifice some shuteye to watch girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open. McIlroy confirmed he had signed a sponsorship agreement, worth a reported $250 million, with the sportswear giants in Abu Dhabi on Monday, just hours before Wozniacki battled to a 2-6 6-3 6-3 first round win over Germany's Sabine Lisicki.
Armstrong admits to doping during Winfrey interview -report
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - His fall nearly complete, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong finally confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs in an interview on Monday with Oprah Winfrey, USA Today reported. Although American media had widely speculated that Armstrong would admit to cheating in the interview, neither Winfrey nor Armstrong would confirm the report, in which the newspaper cited an anonymous source.
Chiefs player legally drunk when he killed girlfriend: autopsy
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher was legally drunk when he killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and then took his own life last month, according to an autopsy released on Monday. The report showed Belcher had a blood alcohol content of .17 - more than double the .08 level that by Missouri law makes a driver drunk.
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McGinley should be Ryder Cup captain, says McIlroy
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - World golf number one Rory McIlroy wants Ireland's Paul McGinley to be Europe's 2014 Ryder Cup skipper, rather than Colin Montgomerie, with a decision on the captaincy due on Tuesday. Victorious 2010 captain Montgomerie has been linked to the position a second time for next year's event in the eight-times European Tour order of merit winner's native Scotland, something McIlroy disagrees with.