Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
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Serena faces next generation, Murray takes on Chardy
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serena Williams comes face to face with the next generation of U.S. tennis when she takes on 19-year-old Sloane Stephens in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Wednesday. Stephens secured her maiden appearance in a grand slam quarter-final with a composed three-set win over Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski and further impressed with her wise-cracking performance in an on-court interview after the match.
Deadly Djokovic batters Berdych to reach semis
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serbian superman Novak Djokovic remained firmly on course for a third straight Australian Open title on Tuesday after dismantling Tomas Berdych in four sets to set up a last four meeting with Spanish comeback king David Ferrer. Showing no signs of fatigue from the grinding five-hour duel with Stanislas Wawrinka that ended in the early hours of Monday morning, Djokovic defused the big Czech's big serve 6-1 4-6 6-1 6-4 to progress comfortably to his 11th successive grand slam semi-final.
Federer skips Switzerland's Davis Cup opener
LONDON (Reuters) - Davis Cup champions the Czech Republic will not have to worry about facing Roger Federer in the opening round of their defense after he was left out of Switzerland's team for the Geneva tie. The 17-times grand slam champion, still contesting the Australian Open where he will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last eight on Wednesday, played twice for his country last year but has decided to sit it out the Czech clash.
Iron man Djokovic into Australian Open semis
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic must have been relieved to have given his weary legs a relatively quick workout on Tuesday with 6-1 4-6 6-1 6-4 victory against Czech fifth seed Tomas Berdych in the Australian Open quarter-finals. The world number one, bidding to become the first man to win three successive Australian Open titles since the game went professional, was exhausted from a marathon five-set, five-hour clash against Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday.
49ers finally get chance to add to glory years
ATLANTA (Reuters) - The team of the 1980s are back, at last. The San Francisco 49ers, one of the great franchises of the National Football League, will finally return to the Super Bowl in search of a record-equaling sixth Lombardi Trophy when they face the Baltimore Ravens on February 3 in New Orleans.
Ferrer looks for another miracle after Almagro win
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Spanish terrier David Ferrer pulled off a miraculous escape to reach the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday but then said he would need something even more spectacular if he is to get to his first grand slam final. The fourth seed recovered from two sets down to beat fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 4-6 4-6 7-5 7-6 6-2, three times breaking the 10th seed when he served for the match.
Money talking louder than ever in F1
LONDON (Reuters) - Timo Glock's sudden exit from Marussia has brought into sharper focus an age-old truth of Formula One - that money makes the wheels go round - and highlighted the gulf between cash-rich rights holders and struggling teams. Passion, engineering brilliance and sheer hard work can only go so far and must be paid for. In the end, teams are always chasing the sponsorship dollar even if they manage to keep their rivals behind them on the track.
UCI asks Belgium to sanction Hoste on doping grounds
PARIS (Reuters) - Three-times Tour of Flanders runner-up Leif Hoste faces disciplinary proceedings after an apparent violation of anti-doping rules. "The UCI announces that it has asked the RLVB (Belgian National Cycling Federation) to instigate a disciplinary procedure against the Belgian rider Leif Hoste for an apparent violation of the anti-doping rules, on the basis of information provided by the blood profile in his biological passport," the International Cycling Union (UCI) said in a statement on Tuesday.
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