Murray to face Djokovic
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray has joined Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) in the men's championship match at the Australian Open. Murray, who won last fall's U.S. Open, advanced with a 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 win over Roger Federer. In their previous three meetings in a Grand Slam event, Federer came out on top in the finals at the 2008 U.S. Open, 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. That said, Murray became the first British man to win a major in 76 years when he beat Djokovic in last year's U.S. Open final.
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).
Also on Saturday, American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan will play in their fifth consecutive Australian Open doubles final and attempt to win their record 13th Grand Slam doubles championship. They'll play a Dutch pair in the final.
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.
PGA-FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN
Round two is set in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The second round of the Farmers Insurance Open is being played today in San Diego. Defending champion Brandt Snedeker fired a 7-under-par 65 yesterday to claim a share of the first round lead with K.J. Choi.
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.
Grizz to face Nets
UNDATED (AP) — Two of the better teams in the NBA are meeting tonight in Memphis as the Grizzlies entertain the Nets. Visiting Brooklyn comes in with a record of 26-16, good for second place in the Atlantic Division, while the Grizzlies are 27-14, lodged in second place in the Southwest Division.
Golden State and Chicago are enjoying good seasons. The Warriors are 26-15 and are 4 ½ games back of the Clippers in the Pacific Division. The Bulls top the Central by percentage points over Indiana with a record of 25-16.
San Antonio has the longest winning streak in the NBA these days with six straight victories. Tonight the Spurs are on the road in Dallas to meet the Mavericks.
On the other side of the coin Boston has the longest losing streak right now. The Celtics have dropped their last five in a row and tonight are facing the Hawks in Atlanta.
The rest of the card has Minnesota playing in Washington, the Cavaliers home to Milwaukee, Detroit playing in Miami, the soon to be New Orleans Pelicans at home to Houston, Oklahoma City at Sacramento and Utah in L.A. for a game with the Lakers.
By the way, if you are not familiar with the Pelican's, that's the newly chosen nickname of the Hornets. It's believed the league will approve the change in time for next season.
Deja vu for the Sabres and Hurricanes
UNDATED (AP) — The NHL schedule tonight consists of seven games. In Boston, the Bruins are facing off with the Islanders. This is the first of three meetings this season.
In Buffalo, the Sabres have a date with Carolina. This is the second of a back-to-back, home-and-home set for the teams; the Hurricanes won 6-3 at home on Thursday. Last season, the clubs were evenly matched over four games, each winning twice.
Washington is still looking for its first win of the season, and tonight the Capitals are at New Jersey. The Caps are the only winless team in the Eastern Conference.
Ottawa's Senators are on the road for a game at Tampa Bay. The 3-0-0 Sens swept the season series last year from the Lightning, outscoring them 19-6.
Wrapping things up, Detroit is home to Minnesota, Winnipeg is playing host to Pittsburgh and Vancouver is at Anaheim in the Ducks home opener.
Ban on Olympic cyclist upheld
MADRID (AP) — The two-year doping ban for cyclist and former Olympic silver medalist Antonio "Toni" Tauler has been upheld by Spain's National Court.
The court said Tauler's appeal had been rejected because "no irregularities could be detected" either in the gathering, transport or analysis of his samples. He tested positive for a banned blood-booster EPO in 2010.
Tauler won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.