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Pursuing a record 23rd major title, Williams opens with win

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — For the first five games in the second set, Serena Williams played almost flawless tennis in her first-round match at the Australian Open.

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No. 9 UNC tops Syracuse, Williams gets 800th win

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina coach Roy Williams stood at midcourt, looking to the Smith Center rafters to watch video messages from former players congratulating him on his 800th win. The Hall of Famer didn’t wait very long before turning his attention back to the present.

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Different Steelers ready for Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots got a break by not having to face Ben Roethlisberger during their regular-season win over the Steelers in October.

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Packers flip the script for the win

GREEN BAY, Wis. — For once after a game, Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby felt sore. He got mobbed by giddy teammates after hitting the 51-yard field goal as time expired to beat the Dallas Cowboys.

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Bledsoe scores 31, but Suns lose

PHOENIX — Joe Johnson scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 49.8 seconds to play, and the Utah Jazz made it seven in a row over Phoenix with a 106-101 victory against the Suns on Monday night.

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Khaira gets 1st goal, Oilers beat Coyotes

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jujhar Khaira gave the Oilers the lead with his first career goal and Edmonton beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 on Monday night for their third straight victory.

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Alabama hires Arizona’s Greg Byrne as AD

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Greg Byrne is returning to the Southeastern Conference as Alabama’s athletic director after running Arizona’s athletic department since 2010.

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Rodgers delivers improbable win

Packers defeat Cowboys by a toe, face Atlanta next

After another improbable throw from Aaron Rodgers that propelled the Green Bay Packers to a playoff win, coach Mike McCarthy was asked if it was the best one yet from his star quarterback.

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Steelers take advantage of Chiefs’ costly mistakes

Eric Fisher stood all alone in the middle of the field as the rest of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrated a 2-point conversion that would have tied the game, well aware that the flag laying a few yards away was thrown at him.

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Top quarterbacks compete for Super Bowl berths

Tom Brady vs. Ben Roethlisberger. Aaron Rodgers vs. Matt Ryan.

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Packers visit Cowboys for Prescott’s playoff debut

Aaron Rodgers has been unbeatable on a seven-game run that carried Green Bay to the divisional round.

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Chiefs aim to get even for loss to Steelers

Alex Smith endured watching film of the Kansas City Chiefs' meltdown in Pittsburgh earlier this season "a bunch of times" this week, still trying to figure out where everything went wrong.

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Lewis scores 3 TDS, Patriots advance to AFC title game 34-16

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots are headed back to a familiar spot: the AFC championship game.

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Ryan leads Falcons to NFC title game, beating Seattle 36-20

Matt Ryan hardly resembled a quarterback who can't win the big games.

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Bernier gets shutout, Ducks beat Coyotes 3-0

Hampus Lindholm, Nick Ritchie and Ryan Kesler scored, and Jonathan Bernier earned his first shutout of the season in the Anaheim Ducks' 3-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.

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Devin Booker has 39 points, Suns beat Spurs in Mexico

NBA - Suns 108, Spurs 105

Devin Booker scored a career-high 39 points for the second straight game in Mexico City and the Phoenix Suns beat the San Antonio Spurs 108-105 on Saturday in the fifth regular-season game in the country.

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Thomas stretches lead to 7 at Sony Open

Justin Thomas made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole Saturday for a 5-udner 65 to tie the 54-hole score record on the PGA Tour and build a seven-shot lead going into the final round of the Sony Open.

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Is it time for NFL teams to scale back shotgun offense?

Might be hard to believe while watching Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson or Ben Roethlisberger in the playoffs this weekend, but it wasn't all that long ago that the shotgun formation was something of a curiosity in the NFL, used less than once every five plays in 2006.

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NFL’s divisional round has familiar feel this time (DOWNLOADS)

NEW YORK — The divisional round of the NFL playoffs has a familiar feel.

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Perlini scores twice, Coyotes top Jets 4-3

GLENDALE — Rookie Brendan Perlini scored twice, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Radim Vrbata each had three assists, and the Arizona Coyotes scored four first-period goals and held on for a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night.

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Arrieta, Harper, Machado, Britton get big MLB deals

NEW YORK — Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Washington star Bryce Harper and Baltimore standouts Manny Machado and Zach Britton got big-money deals Friday as more than 100 major leaguers reached agreements for 2017 and left just 27 players on track for salary arbitration.

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Thomas sets 36-hole record, leads by 5 at Sony Open

HONOLULU — Justin Thomas finished with another eagle and put himself in the PGA Tour record book again Friday in the Sony Open.

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Playoff Preview: Cowboys’ Bryant faces Packers again after a catch that wasn’t

FRISCO, Texas — Dez Bryant still gets stopped all the time by people who are sure the officials blew the replay on the Dallas receiver’s famous catch that wasn’t in a playoff loss at Green Bay two years ago.

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Fresh off a victory, Thomas joins 59 club

HONOLULU — Staring over the top of a bunker on his final hole, the prudent play for Justin Thomas might have been to make sure he got out of the sand and avoided a big number. But then, Thomas didn’t care about a big number.

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Williams shines, Mavericks beat Suns 113-108 in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY — Deron Williams had 23 points and 15 assists, and the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Phoenix Suns 113-108 on Thursday night in the fourth NBA regular-season game played in Mexico.

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