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Bruins rebound from Rangers loss to beat Islanders
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Memphis end Brooklyn's bright start to 2013
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Memphis Grizzlies handed Brooklyn one of their heaviest defeats of the season on Friday, romping to a 101-77 victory over the Nets. Spanish center Marc Gasol led the way with 20 points, all in the first half, and six of his team mates finished in double figures.
Tiger takes control at rainy Torrey Pines
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - It was just like old times for Tiger Woods at a rain-sodden Torrey Pines on Friday as the former world number one surged into a two-shot lead in the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open. Six-times champion Woods eagled the par-five 18th, his ninth hole of the day, en route to a seven-under-par 65 on the easier North Course, one of two layouts hosting the fourth PGA Tour event of the season.
Players' effort to determine Pro Bowl's future
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Torrey factor brings out the best of Tiger
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Rain or shine, Tiger Woods has generally thrived at Torrey Pines and it was no different on Friday as the six-times Farmers Insurance Open champion again brought his sharp form in practice out to the course. Though Woods has not won a major title since the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, he ended a lengthy barren run on the PGA Tour with three victories on the circuit last year and is upbeat about his prospects for this season.
Qatar leader Wood eyes maiden European Tour victory
DOHA (Reuters) - Briton Chris Wood will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Qatar Masters hoping to end an elusive five-year search for his first win on the European Tour. The 25-year-old Englishman looked set to have a promising career when in 2008, while still an amateur, he finish tied for fifth place behind Padraig Harrington in the British Open at Royal Birkdale.
Injured Venus pulls out of Paris Open and Fed Cup match
PARIS (Reuters) - Former world number one Venus Williams has pulled out of next week's Paris Open and February's Fed Cup match against Italy with a back injury. The 32-year-old American, who has been struggling to get back to her best after suffering a serious autoimmune disease in 2011, was one of the main attractions at the French event whose top seed will be Italian world number seven Sara Errani.
Commission adjourned pending UCI documents
LONDON (Reuters) - Cycling's world governing body has yet to release any documents to an independent commission it set up last year to investigate allegations over the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, a hearing was told on Friday. "It amazes me that we've had no documents whatsoever," Britain's 11-times Paralympic champion Tanni Grey-Thompson, one of the three members on the commission, told International Cycling Union counsel Ian Mill.
Murray outmuscles Federer to reach Melbourne final
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Andy Murray won a knock-down-drag-out thriller of a scrap with Roger Federer on Friday to set up an Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic and finally beat the Swiss for the first time at a grand slam. Charged with confidence after claiming his first grand slam title at last year's U.S. Open and beating Federer in the Olympic final, Murray met the Swiss as a peer and prevailed 6-4 6-7 6-3 6-7 6-2 after four hours of top quality tennis.
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