Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Woods in full command at Torrey Pines
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Tiger Woods closed in on his 75th PGA Tour victory by stretching his lead to a commanding six shots with 11 holes remaining in the final round of the fog-delayed Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday. The former world number one, a six-times winner of the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, birdied three of his first seven holes to move to 17 under overall when play was suspended for the day in fading light.
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Kobe and resurgent Lakers silence Thunder
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All stars defend Pro Bowl credibility after NFC thrash AFC
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49ers remain grounded after landing in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The San Francisco 49ers arrived in New Orleans on Sunday with head coach Jim Harbaugh hailing the team's "focus and unity" as they aim for a record-equaling sixth Super Bowl triumph against the Baltimore Ravens. The NFC champions flew 1,900 miles to the venue for the February 3 title game and after barely an hour in the 'Big Easy', Harbaugh started the first of six days of news conferences.
Drug testing woefully inadequate, say leading figures
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic's cheque for winning the Australian Open on Sunday was more than the entire annual budget for anti-doping in tennis, a program many feel is woefully inadequate. Djokovic and Andy Murray left Melbourne on Monday with a combined $3.8 million in their pockets for their efforts over the past fortnight.
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Djokovic pounces to claim Melbourne three-peat
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic came up with his best tennis when it mattered most to reassert his grand slam dominance over Andy Murray on Sunday and become the first man to win three successive Australian Open titles in the professional era. The Serbian world number one played 171 minutes of cat and mouse with his British rival before pouncing when the U.S. Open champion blinked and racing away to a 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2 victory.
Contented Djokovic shows the fun side of a sweet life
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - With the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup sitting a few centimetres away from his left hand, Novak Djokovic was a contented man at his post-match media conference. He should have been.
Valiant Murray run ragged by relentless Djokovic
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Andy Murray ran and ran until the skin on his feet came off and still it was not quite enough. The Briton's hopes of winning his second successive grand slam title were ended by the resilience and defensive brilliance of world number one Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final.