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Brilliant brothers set up unique Super Bowl showdown
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens won their National Football League championships in stunning fashion on Sunday to set up an extraordinary sibling rivalry in next month's 47th Super Bowl. The 49ers, coached by Jim Harbaugh, overturned a 17 point deficit to beat the Atlanta falcons 28-24 in the NFC decider before the Ravens, under the guidance of Jim's older brother John, stunned the highly-fancied New England Patriots 28-13 in the AFC title game.
Ravens swoop for revenge win over Patriots
FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts (Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens won their AFC title rematch against the New England Patriots, using a commanding second-half display to pull away for a 28-13 triumph on Sunday that booked a Super Bowl showdown against the San Francisco 49ers. Baltimore outscored the Pats 21-0 after halftime as coach John Harbaugh gave Joe Flacco the green light to throw more against a depleted Patriots' secondary to complement the hard running by Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce.
Harbaugh brothers make Super Bowl party a family affair
FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts (Reuters) - John and Jim Harbaugh will turn a family reunion into a war of attrition in New Orleans early next month when they become the first coaching brothers to oppose each other in a Super Bowl. Last year, the siblings came within a game each of reaching the Super Bowl but lost in their respective conference championships. On Sunday, their victories set up something of a 'Harbaugh Bowl' for the NFL title.
Penguins chase Lundqvist to dominate Rangers
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Azarenka back to ruthless best, Chardy wins for France
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka returned to her merciless best with a crushing win over Russian Elena Vesnina to make the Australian Open quarter-finals on Monday, as the Gallic juggernaut rolled on with two Frenchmen assured of making the last eight at Melbourne Park. The world number one Azarenka was the first player in the women's top four seeds to drop a set in her tough third-round match against American Jamie Hampton, and set herself the goal of improving "everything" against the 47th-ranked Vesnina.
Abu Dhabi win proves Donaldson was right not to retire
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Jamie Donaldson refused to listen when a doctor told him to quit golf and, nine years on, vindication of his decision to carry on came when the Briton scored the best win of his career at the Abu Dhabi Championship. Donaldson had such a chronic back condition in 2004 that one specialist suggested retirement. But he was given the go-ahead after seeking a second opinion and on Sunday he held aloft the attractive silver Falcon Trophy in the desert.
Refreshed Kuznetsova back in the big time
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Svetlana Kuznetsova, refreshed but unseeded and unheralded after being sidelined for half of 2012, announced her return to the big time in some style on Monday with a win over Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open. The Russian ended a streak of 40 consecutive grand slam appearances stretching back a decade when she pulled out of last year's U.S. Open because of a knee injury, but she was back at her battling best to reach the last eight at Melbourne.
49ers in Super Bowl after comeback against Atlanta
ATLANTA (Reuters) - The San Francisco 49ers battled back from a 17-0 deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 on Sunday and book their first trip to the Super Bowl in 18 years where they will face the Baltimore Ravens. Running back Frank Gore scored two unanswered second half touchdowns as the 49ers, who came up one win short of reaching last year's Super Bowl, booked their place in the February 3 decider in New Orleans.
Azarenka rocks past Vesnina to beat of new song
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An unreleased track by American DJ GoonRock helped Victoria Azarenka get back to her ruthless best at the Australian Open on Monday, the defending champion dispatching Elensa Vesnina in less than an hour to advance to the quarter-finals. The world number one, who was taken a full three sets by an injury-hampered Jamie Hampton in the third round, had said she needed to improve "everything" before facing Vesnina in the fourth.
Falcons' Gonzalez bows out with sadness but no regrets
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Tony Gonzalez's dream of ending his career with a Super Bowl vanished as the tight end's Atlanta Falcons fell victim to a record comeback by the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game on Sunday. Gonzalez, a future Hall of Famer who has set many records at the tight end position during his 16-year NFL career, got his first career playoff win last week but the top-seeded Falcons were unable to give him one more.