Men's final set: Murray vs Djokovic
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The scene is set for the men's final at the Australian Open as Andy Murray has joined Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) in the title match.
To reach the championship Murray had to beat nemesis Roger Federer, and he did 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2. While U.S. Open champion Murray came into the match with a 10-9 career advantage, he had never beaten Federer in the three times they had met in majors, in the finals at the 2008 U.S. Open, the 2010 Australian Open and last year at Wimbledon.
In playing Djokovic, Murray is facing the defending champion and a man who has beaten him in 10 of their 17 matches.
The final will take place Sunday night.
The women's title match is being played Saturday with sixth-seed Li Na (lee nah) taking on defending champ and top seed Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh).
In the women's doubles final today, top-seeded Sara Errani (ehr-RAH'-nee) and Roberta Vinci (VIN'-chee) of Italy defeated the unseeded Australian pair of Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.
Wolverines have an eye on No. 1
UNDATED (AP) — Trey Burke had 15 points and eight assists to help No. 2 Michigan shake free of Purdue 68-53.
Tim Hardaway Jr. added 13 points for Michigan, which has a chance to move to No. 1 if it can win at Illinois on Sunday. Top-ranked Duke lost big at Miami Wednesday.
The 18-1 Wolverines trailed by seven in the first half, but Purdue (10-9, 3-3) couldn't keep up its torrid outside shooting. Terone Johnson scored 14 points for the Boilermakers.
Michigan took control with a 14-2 run in the second half.
In other top-10 games;
— Shabazz Muhammad scored 23 points as UCLA turned a torrid start into an 84-73 win over No. 6 Arizona. The high-scoring Bruins built a 16-point lead in the game's first seven minutes. Nick Johnson scored 23 for the Wildcats who suffered their second loss in 18 games. Arizona shot a dismal 5-of-24 from 3-point range.
— Kelly Olynyk scored 26 points on a perfect night of shooting to help Gonzaga rebound from a last second loss to Butler last weekend and beat BYU 83-63. Olynyk shot 9 for 9 from the field and 8 for 8 on free throws to go along with nine rebounds.
— Kendall Anthony scored 21 of his 26 points after halftime to lead Richmond to an 86-74 overtime win over No. 19 VCU. Anthony made five of the Spiders 12 three-pointers. Darrien Brothers scored 18 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in regulation. Juvonte Reddic had 20 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort for the 16-4 Rams.
— Southeastern Conference leading scorer Marshall Henderson scored 28 points to pace No. 23 Mississippi over Tennessee 62-56. Henderson hit six 3-pointers in the second half.
Clarke returns for Butler
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Butler leading scorer Rotnei Clarke has returned to practice and could play Saturday against Temple. He's missed three games since he sustained a severely sprained neck after crashing head-first into a padded basket support Jan. 12 at Dayton. Clarke is fifth in the Atlantic 10 in scoring (16.3 points).
Suns surprise Clippers
UNDATED (AP) — Goran Dragic scored 19 of his 24 points in the first half and Phoenix held on to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 93-88. The Suns improving to 2-0 under interim coach Lindsey Hunter.
Marcin Gortat added 15 points, including two free throws with 23.3 seconds left for the Suns, who had not won two in a row since a season-high, four-game winning streak ended on Dec. 19.
The struggling Clippers, who lost their third straight, were without Chris Paul for the fifth time in seven games because of a bruised right kneecap. The team is 3-2 without him.
Jamal Crawford led Los Angeles with 21 points.
Around the rest of the league;
— Carmelo Anthony poured in 28 points to offset a triple-double by Rajon Rondo (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-doh) as the Knicks beat Boston 89-86. Anthony has now scored 20 or more points in 27 straight games. The win snapped the Knicks 11-game losing streak in Boston. Rondo led Boston with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
— DeMar DeRozan swished a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer as Toronto fought off a late-game charge by Orlando to earn a 97-95 victory. The game featured 12 lead changes and 12 players reaching double figures. DeRozan led Toronto with 22 points.
Duncan leads All-Star reserves
NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Duncan was selected to his 14th All-Star game, Spurs teammate Tony Parker is joining him, and the Chicago Bulls also had two reserves chosen for next month's game in Houston.
Joakim (JOH'-kihm) Noah and Luol (loo-AWL') Deng were picked from the Bulls. Noah is one of five first-time All-Stars for the East, along with New York's Tyson Chandler, Indiana's Paul George, Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, and Philadelphia's Jrue Holiday.
Miami's Chris Bosh, picked for his eighth All-Star team, rounded out the East squad.
West forwards David Lee (Golden State), LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland) and Zach Randolph (Memphis) all were picked for the second time. Houston's James Harden was chosen for the first time and joins former Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook, headed to his third straight All-Star game.
Hornets in for name change
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hornets owner Tom Benson is changing his team's nickname to the Pelicans and said the switch will create a bond with the city that could lead to a championship. The brown pelican is the Louisiana state bird.
The NBA is expected to expedite the change at the start of next season.
The new color scheme is blue, gold and red, a departure from the Hornets' teal, purple, gold and white.
Halak stones Preds
UNDATED (AP) — Jaroslav Halak (YAR'-oh-slahv hah-LAHK') had an easy time of it, in recording his second shutout of the season, as the St. Louis Blue earned a 3-0 home victordy over Nashville. Halak was called on to stop just 13 shots, one less than in his season-opening 6-0 win over Detroit.
Patrick Berlund scored on a penalty shot against the Predators to help the Blues win for the third time in four games. Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko and T.J. Oshie (OH'-shee) had the other goals for St. Louis.
In other NHL action;
— Semyon Varlamov (var-LAH'-mawf) made 33 saves for his ninth career shutout as Colorado topped Columbus 4-0. Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN') had a pair of goals and an assist.
— Marian Hossa scored a power play goal 1:41 into overtime to give unbeaten Chicago a 3-2 win at Dallas. The Blackhawks rallied from a 2-0 deficit on power play goals by Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews (TAYVS). Chicago has won all four of its games this season.
— Patrick Marleau (MAR'-loh) scored the go ahead goal with 1:53 remaining to help San Jose beat Phoenix 5-3. Marleau's second goal of the game gave him a league-leading six for the season, and highlighted a four-goal third period for the Sharks.
— Eric Staal's hat trick helped Carolina break into the win column with a 6-3 victory over Buffalo. It was the Sabres first loss of the season after two wins.
— Sam Gagner's overtime, power play goal lifted Edmonton past the Los Angeles Kings 2-1. The loss leaves the defending Stanley Cup champs winless in three games this season.
— Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek (VOR'-ah-chehk) scored to help Philadelphia win its first game of the season, 2-1 over the New York Rangers. The Flyers not only avoided their first 0-4 start in team history, they beat the Rangers for the first time in two seasons.
— Andrei Markov had a goal and an assist to help Montreal beat Washington 4-1 and drop the Capitals to 0-3 this season. Washington has lost its first three games for the first time in nearly two decades.
— Matt Moulson and Michael Grabner scored two goals each, as the New York Islanders scored four times in the third period for a 7-4 win over Toronto.
— Erik Karlsson scored the go-ahead goal in the second period to pace Ottawa to a 3-1 win over Florida and help the Senators improve to 3-0.
Stars sign center to multi-year deal
DALLAS (AP) — Jamie Benn and the Dallas Stars have agreed to a $26.25 million, five-year contract. The All-Star center gets $5.25 million each season, with the first year of the deal pro-rated because of the NHL lockout.
The 23-year-old Benn was a restricted free agent who set career highs with 26 goals, 37 assists and 63 points for Dallas last season.
Hartnell sidelined by broken foot
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell is expected to miss four to eight weeks because of a broken left foot.
He suffered the injury after being struck by a shot in Tuesday's games against New Jersey.
Hartnell had one point in three games. He led the Flyers with 37 goals last season and had 67 points.
Lupul to miss significant time
TORONTO (AP) — Toronto's Joffrey Lupul (LOO'-pul) will miss at least six weeks of the NHL season after breaking a forearm during Wednesday's win at Pittsburgh. The veteran forward was in front of the net during a second-period power play when he was hit in the arm by a slap shot taken by teammate Dion Phaneuf (fah-NOOF').
Lupul left the game immediately and didn't return.
MLB-HOT STOVE LEAGUE
Braves get the other Upton
UNDATED (AP) — Arizona has traded outfielder Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves as part of a seven-player deal that sends former All-Star infielder Martin Prado (mar-TEEN' PRAH'-doh) to the Diamondbacks. Prado can become a free agent after this season.
Upton has five-plus major league seasons under his belt but still is just 25 years old. He joins brother B.J. Upton, who recently signed a free agent contract with Atlanta. The younger Upton, who has three years and $38.5 million left on his contract, had been the subject of trade speculation throughout the offseason and vetoed a trade to the Seattle Mariners.
— Pedro Martinez is back with the Red Sox. The former pitcher will serve as a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington. Martinez spent seven seasons with the Red Sox and was a key member of their 2004 World Series championship team.
— The Red Sox also announced they've signed left-hander Craig Breslow. In 63 combined appearances between Arizona and Boston last season, Breslow went 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA.
St. Louis says goodbye to Stan the Man
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The entrance to the Cathedral Basilica looked more like that of a St. Louis Cardinals game on Thursday, just the way Stan Musial would have liked it.
Thousands of fans turned out for Musial's public visitation at the ornate Roman Catholic church, many of them bundled up against the bitter cold in red Cardinals jackets. Musial, a 24-time All-Star who remained a beloved figure in his adopted hometown a half-century after his playing career ended, died Saturday after years of declining health. He was 92.
Saints fire assists
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo (spag-NOH'-loh) after one season.
New Orleans ranked last in the NFL in total defense and run defense, yielding the most yards (7,042) ever in a single season. The Saints went 7-9 this season and allowed 454 points; only Tennessee gave up more.
Head coach Sean Payton, who returned to work this week after a season-long suspension, also fired special teams coordinator Ken Flajole.
PGA-FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN
Snedeker picks up where he left off
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Defending champion Brandt Snedeker fired a 7-under-par 65 and shares the lead with K.J. Choi after the opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open. Tiger Woods was just off the pace until he bogeyed two of the final four holes and settled for a 68. Phil Mickelson opened with a 72.
New event to promote world golf
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two years before golf returns to the Olympics, the LPGA Tour is creating a tournament to determine the best in the world.
The International Crown will start in 2014 and be played every other year.
The event will feature four days of team matches among eight countries that can field the strongest four-player teams based on the world rankings. The inaugural event will be in late July at Caves Valley Golf Club outside Baltimore.
Busch signs new deal with Gibbs
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch has signed a long-term extension with Joe Gibbs Racing to keep driving the No. 18 Toyota Camry. Busch, who has won 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup races and made the Chase for the Cup five times since 2005, says he's staying with JGR after considering at least two other ownership groups.
Notre Dame star talks
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o (MAN'-ty TAY'-oh) has told talk show host Katie Couric that the feelings he had for what turned out to be a fake, online girlfriend were real and reiterated he had nothing to do with the hoax.
Te'o's once-heartwarming tale of inspired play after the deaths of his grandmother and girlfriend on the same day in September was exposed as a bizarre hoax on Jan. 16.
Te'o has admitted that when his girlfriend's "death" became a story, he misled reporters into thinking he had met her in the flesh.