Azarenka secures back-to-back Australian titles
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) has won her second straight Australian Open title, beating Li Na 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a dramatic final that included a break for fireworks and two medical timeouts.
Li tumbled twice to the court after twisting her left ankle. She had the ankle taped after falling in the fifth game of the second set.
On the first point after a 10-minute pause in the third set while fireworks crackled overhead from nearby Australia Day celebrations, Li fell over again and slammed the back of her head on the court. The 2011 French Open champion was treated immediately and had another time out before being allowed to resume the match.
Azarenka won five of the next six games to claim her second major title and retain the No. 1 ranking.
Celtics tumble in double OT to sixth straight loss...Lakers end slide
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Celtics suffered their sixth straight loss -- their longest slide in six years -- by blowing a 27-point lead and falling to Atlanta 123-111 in double overtime. Kyle Korver scored 27 points to lead the Hawks.
Jeff Teague had 23 points for Atlanta before fouling out in the first overtime. Al Horford had 24 points and 13 rebounds. Josh Smith, who opened the second overtime with a three-point play, had 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 10 rebounds but fouled out in the second OT. The 12-point loss is the most lopsided overtime loss in Celtics history
In other NBA action:
— Metta World Peace hit five 3-pointers on his way to scoring 17 points and the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Utah Jazz 102-84. Dwight Howard had 17 points and 13 rebounds as the Lakers snapped a four-game losing streak.
— Kevin Durant had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Kevin Martin scored 24 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a slow start to overwhelm the Sacramento Kings 105-95. The Thunder have won eight of 10 to climb to the top of the NBA standings.
— Kyrie Irving scored 35 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied from a 20-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-108.
— Kirk Hinrich (HYN'-rik) scored a season-high 25 points, hitting six of seven three-pointers in the Chicago Bulls' 103-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
— Dwyane (dwayn) Wade scored 29 points and sparked a pivotal run to help the Miami Heat earn their fourth victory in a row by beating the Detroit Pistons 110-88. The Heat got even for a loss at Detroit on Dec. 28.
— Marc Gasol had 20 points and nine rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies built a 30-point lead in the second half en route to a 101-77 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
— John Wall had 14 points and five assists in his first start of the season, and the no-longer-last Washington Wizards won their 10th game, a 114-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wiz are 5-3 with Wall in the lineup and 5-28 without him.
— San Antonio won the latest battle for Texas by beating Dallas 113-107 for the Spurs' seventh straight win. Mike Budenholzer is 4-0 as a replacement for Gregg Popovich, who has missed the last two games because of the flu. Tony Parker scored 23.
— First-time All-Star James Harden had 30 points and the Houston Rockets broke out of their worst slump of the season by beating the New Orleans Hornets 100-82. The Rockets had lost eight of nine.
Having a Devil of a time
UNDATED (AP) — Ilya Kovalchuk (EEL'-yah KOH'-vul-chook) dented the net with 21 seconds left in overtime to give the undefeated New Jersey Devils their third victory in the NHL's abbreviated 48-game season, 3-2 over winless Washington. The Caps did manage their first point in four games.
Stephen Gionta (JAHN'-tah) and Patrik Elias (EHL'-ee-ahsh) scored for New Jersey, which is off to its first 3-0 start since the 2002-03 season, the last time the Devils won the Stanley Cup.
The Caps were the last NHL team to earn a point this season.
In other NHL action:
— Zdeno Chara (ZAY'-noh CHAH'-rah) scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period in the Boston Bruins' 4-2 win over the New York Islanders. Tuukka Rask (TOO'-kah rask) made 24 saves for the B's.
— Henrik Zetterberg snapped a tie midway through the second period, and Todd Bertuzzi scored his second goal of the game early in the third to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 win over Minnesota.
— Jay Harrison scored the go-ahead goal with 4:50 left, helping the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
— Ryan Malone scored a pair of third-period goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Ottawa Senators 6-4.
— Andrew Ladd scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and the Winnipeg Jets won their first home game of the season, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2.
— Vancouver blanked Anaheim 5-0. Cory Schneider made 30 saves in his fifth career shutout. Mason Raymond scored twice.
Veteran winger signs with Philly
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Flyers have signed 40-year old right wing Mike Knuble (kuh-NOO'-bul) to a one-year contract. He returns to the Flyers after spending the past three seasons with the Washington Capitals. Knuble played for the Flyers for four seasons, between 2005 and 2009, after signing as a free agent. He appeared in 310 games for Philadelphia, recording 114 goals and 221 points.
PGA-FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN
Just like old times for Tiger
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tiger Woods made it look easy on a dreary day at Torrey Pines and wound up in a place he hasn't been in a while -- his first outright lead going into the weekend in a full-field tournament since the Australian Open in 2011.
He had the 36-hole lead by himself at one of his favorite PGA Tour stops.
Woods was at 11-under 133 and had a two-shot lead over Billy Horschel. Six other players were two shots behind.
Woods says he feels "good right now. I'm leading the tournament."
A-Rod could miss whole season...Giants sign Arias
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says it's possible third baseman Alex Rodriguez could miss the entire season while recovering from hip surgery.
The 37-year-old Rodriguez had surgery on his left hip last week. The team said the rehabilitation time was expected to be six months, which would sideline the star slugger until the All-Star break.
But, Cashman says there is no guarantee that Rodriguez will be able to play this year.
In other baseball news:
— Infielder Joaquin Arias (wah-KEEN' AYR'-ee-ahs) has agreed to a $925,000, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants to avoid salary arbitration. The deal reached today leaves reliever Sergio Romo as the only Giants arbitration-eligible player left to sign with the World Series champions.
— The Royals claimed catcher George Kottaras (kuh-TAHR'-uhs) off waivers from the Oakland Athletics and designated infielder Tony Abreu (uh-BRAY'-oo) for assignment. The 29-year-old Kottaras will compete for a backup job behind Salvador Perez in Kansas City.
— The Seattle Mariners have signed catcher Ronny Paulino to a minor league deal and have invited the 31-year-old to spring training.
Redskins' Williams hurt in bar fight, out of Pro Bowl
HONOLULU (AP) — Washington offensive tackle Trent Williams won't play in the Pro Bowl after being hurt in a brawl at a Honolulu nightclub.
NFL officials and local police said Friday night the first-time all-star was hurt in a fight that injured three men, sending two to the hospital.
Police say one man was arrested and five others are being investigated for assault, but not Williams.
The league says the third-year pro will be on the sideline for the Pro Bowl game Sunday and won't lose his status as a member of the NFC team. Officials say he'll be paid a full Pro Bowl share.
No charges against Niners receiver
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's district attorney won't file criminal charges against 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree after reviewing evidence of an alleged sexual assault in a hotel after the team's playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers.
After examining a "thorough investigation" submitted by police, District Attorney George Gascon says his office determined that no charges would be filed "at this time."
The 49ers are preparing to meet the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 in New Orleans.
Disgraced cyclist says he'll help clean up sport
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tim Herman, attorney for Lance Armstrong, told the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency the cyclist will cooperate with efforts to "clean up cycling," though it's the sport's governing body and world anti-doping officials who should take the lead. Last week, Armstrong admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France seven times.
Penn State negotiator says cash settlements near
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's negotiator for civil claims involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky says the school has been in talks with 28 people and settlement discussions with some claimants could soon produce results.
The number of claimants is 18 more than were involved in Sandusky's criminal case this summer, when eight young men testified they were assaulted by Sandusky. Prosecutors were not able to identify two victims.
Ken Feinberg tells The Associated Press that the talks have gone well and he is hopeful they will yield settlements in the coming weeks.
FOR SALE: MIRACLE ON ICE
Buy a piece of sports history
NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Eruzione (eh-roo-zee-OH'-nee) is putting his jersey, stick and other Olympic paraphernalia up for sale. The 58-year old who scored the winning goal against the Russians in the Lake Placid Olympics, says he is selling the objects to raise money for his children and grandson. The auction will take place in New York on Feb. 23, the day after the historic win over the Russians. The U.S. went on to win the gold with a win over Finland.
The white jersey alone is expected to fetch more than $1 million, but sports memorabilia experts think it could go considerably higher.