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  • McIlroy surges to one-shot lead in Dubai Desert Classic

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy birdied an 18-foot birdie putt on his final hole to surge into a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday. On…

  • Worker who saw victim’s body testifies at Hernandez trial

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Testimony has resumed in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez a day after prosecutors laid out their case in opening statements. Hernandez is accused of…

  • Wawrinka’s Australian Open title defense ends in semifinals

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — For the man nicknamed “Stanimal,” this was not the way for defending champion Stan Wawrinka to go out of the Australian Open — with a whimper, not a roar. It was…

  • Ohio State expects $3M royalties bump after championship win

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State University is cashing in after the Buckeyes’ victory in the NCAA’s championship football game. The university expects a $3 million increase this year in royalties from licensed merchandise…

  • Brazilian officials say canceled IndyCar race was too costly

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian organizers say the IndyCar Series opener scheduled for March was canceled after public prosecutors warned the race would cost too much to the government agency in charge and would be…

  • Djokovic beats defending champ Wawrinka to reach final

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic did enough to beat defending champion Stan Wawrinka in a semifinal match that lacked the intensity of their recent five-setters, setting up an Australian Open final against long-time friend…

  • Australian Open at a glance

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A look at the Australian Open on Friday: Weather: Sunny, high of 21 Celsius (70 Fahrenheit). Attendance: Single session: 21,019. Men’s Singles Semifinal Result: No. 1 Novak Djokovic def. No. 4…

  • Cilic delays return again, withdraws from Zagreb Indoors

    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Defending champion Marin Cilic says he is withdrawing from the Zagreb Indoors because of the lingering right shoulder injury which also forced him to miss the Brisbane International and Australian Open.…

  • Marathon champ Rita Jeptoo banned 2 years for doping

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Athletics Kenya says on Friday it has banned marathon champion Rita Jeptoo two years for doping. Jeptoo has won the Boston Marathon three times, and her second Chicago Marathon in October.…

  • Update on the latest in sports:

    NBA-SCHEDULE Grizzlies shut down Nuggets UNDATED (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have a five-game winning streak and a two-game lead over Houston in the NBA’s Southwest Division. Zach Randolph had 15 points and 17 rebounds…

  • Top 25 Fared

    Thursday 1. Kentucky (20-0) beat Missouri 69-53. Next: vs. Alabama, Saturday. 2. Virginia (19-0) did not play. Next: vs. No. 4 Duke, Saturday. 3. Gonzaga (21-1) beat Portland 64-46. Next: vs. Memphis, Saturday. 4. Duke…

  • Australian Open Show Court Schedules

    Saturday At Melbourne Park Melbourne, Australia All Times EST Play begins at 9 p.m. Friday Rod Laver Arena Girls’ Final: Katie Swan (14), Britain, vs. Tereza Mihalikova, Slovakia Boys’ Final: Roman Safiullin (1), Russia, vs.…

  • Djokovic beats defending champ Wawrinka to reach final

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic was stretched to five sets again against Stan Wawrinka before beating the defending champion 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 Friday night to reach his fifth Australian Open final.…

  • Djokovic beats defending champ Wawrinka to reach final

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic was stretched to five sets again against Stan Wawrinka before beating the defending champion 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 Friday night to reach his fifth Australian Open final.…

  • Australian Open Head-to-Heads

    Women’s Championship Saturday No. 1 Serena Williams vs. No. 2 Maria Sharapova Williams leads 16-2 2004 Miami, hard-outdoor, R16, Williams, 6-4, 6-3. 2004 Wimbledon, grass-outdoor, F, Sharapova, 6-1, 6-4. 2004 WTA Championships-Los Angeles, hard-indoor, F,…