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2016 champ Kerber into 2nd round

ATP Tour: Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Former champion Angelique Kerber continued her resurgent run with a 6-0, 6-4 win over fellow German Anna-Lena Friedsam to reach the second round of the Australian Open.

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Sharapova advances to round 2 in Australia

ATP Tour: Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Maria Sharapova barely missed a beat in her first match back at the Australian Open since a failed doping test in 2016 resulted in a 15-month ban from tennis.

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Major letdown for US women: Venus, Stephens out in Melbourne

ATP Tour: Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens was first to go, followed quickly by last year’s Australian Open runner-up, Venus Williams.

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Titans fire coach Mike Mularkey after playoff win

NFL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans believe the potential reward from quarterback Marcus Mariota working with his third head coach in his fourth NFL season outweighs the risk of change.

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AIA to host spiritline state tournament at Chase Field on Jan. 20

Local Sports in Brief

The Arizona Interscholastic Association announced Saturday that the 2018 spiritline state tournament is scheduled to take place at Chase Field on Saturday, Jan. 20, in downtown Phoenix.

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Trent, No. 5 Duke use 18-0 burst to rally past No. 25 Miami

College Men's Basketball Roundup

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Gary Trent Jr. scored a season-high 30 points and No. 5 Duke needed less than three minutes to erase a 13-point second-half deficit, scoring 18 consecutive points to overtake No. 25 Miami 83-75 on Monday night.

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Arizona to hire Sumlin as football coach

College Football

TUCSON — Arizona has tabbed former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin as its football coach.

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Pacers start fast, rout Suns

NBA

PHOENIX — There are some NBA games that are over shortly after they began.

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Last-second TD pass advances the Vikings

NFL Playoffs

MINNEAPOLIS — As Case Keenum convened the Minnesota huddle with 10 seconds left, the situation staring down the Vikings was as simple as it was daunting.

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Jaguars won’t be ignored, upset Steelers

NFL Playoffs

PITTSBURGH — The Jacksonville Jaguars heard the chatter, read the tweets and Instagram posts. And they got a little confused.

Ohio St. beats Rutgers, improves to 6-0 in Big 10

College Men's Basketball Roundup

ISCATAWAY, N.J. — Ohio State opened up the season without much expectation. So, making the Top 25 and leading the Big Ten surely wasn’t anticipated.

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Ionescu, No. 8 Oregon beat No. 18 ASU

College Women's Basketball

EUGENE, Ore. — On a near-record shooting night for No. 8 Oregon, it was still the Ducks’ defense that made the difference.

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Venus Williams, US champion Stephens out

ATP Tour

MELBOURNE, Australia — In her first match at the Australian Open since a Williams sister was guaranteed to win the title, Venus Williams lost in the first round to Belinda Bencic and ensured it cannot happen in 2018.

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Kizzire outlasts Hahn on 6th hole of playoff

PGA Tour

HONOLULU — Patton Kizzire figured he was in for a long day when his putting stroke wasn’t up to his standards.

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Tudor hits six 3-pointers, Oregon St. rolls past Arizona

College Women's Basketball

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Kat Tudor scored 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range and No. 22 Oregon State rolled to an 88-48 win over Arizona on Sunday.

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Bradshaw Mountain girls 1-1-1 in region after tying Coconino

Prep Girls Soccer

His offense depleted by injury and a red card issued to one of his best forwards from a previous match, Bradshaw Mountain girls’ soccer coach John Sterling was left searching for answers in a Grand Canyon region game against Coconino Saturday afternoon.

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Eagles use goal-line stand, FGs to shock Falcons

NFL Playoffs

PHILADELPHIA — Fly Eagles Fly. With the wind — and against it.

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Evans rallies No. 11 ASU to 77-75 win over Beavers

College Men's Basketball

TEMPE — Tra Holder was having a bad day, and the 11th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils were staring at the possibility of a 1-4 record in the Pac-12.

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Gibbs, Evans picked as US Olympic women’s bobsled pushers

Olympics

Lauren Gibbs and Aja Evans were picked Saturday as the push athletes who will join pilots Elana Meyers Taylor and Jamie Greubel Poser on the U.S. Olympic women’s bobsled team.

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Patriots beat Titans 35-14, head back to AFC title game

NFL Playoffs

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — First, the Patriots tuned out a week full of off-field drama. Then, they silenced the Titans to earn yet another trip to the AFC championship game.

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No. 17 Arizona uses late run to outlast Oregon 90-83

College Men's Basketball

TUCSON — Arizona went on a big run, then had a rash of turnovers and defensive mistakes to let Oregon back in it.

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Even without Serena, Aussie Open women’s field still tough

ATP Tour: Australian Open Preview

MELBOURNE, Australia — Without defending champion Serena Williams in the draw at the Australian Open, there’s certainly an opportunity for another player to go on a surprising run and emerge as a first-time Grand Slam champion.

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Djokovic back with rebuilt serve at Aussie Open

ATP Tour: Australian Open Preview

MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic is back from six months off the tour with a remodeled service motion partly inspired by Andre Agassi and a growing confidence he can get his sore right elbow through the Australian Open.

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Hoge takes 1-shot lead at Waialae Sony Open

Professional golf

A false missile alert didn’t bother Tom Hoge, and he was just as steady on the golf course Saturday in his round of 6-under 64 to take a one-shot lead at the Sony Open.

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NAU falls to Southern Utah, 81-75

College Men's Basketball

CEDAR CITY, Utah — Brandon Better scored 19 points, Jadon Cohee 18 and Southern Utah defeated Northern Arizona 81-75 on Saturday for the Thunderbirds’ first Big Sky Conference victory this season.

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