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  • Canadian Freestyle Skier Sarah Burke Dies

    Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke died Thursday, nine days after crashing at the bottom of the superpipe during a training run in Utah.

  • Djokovic, Williams advance

    MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic was having an easy time of it in his first-round match at the Australian Open, so he decided to experiment by coming to the net.
    Like pretty much everything he does on the tennis court these days, it was an unqualified success. He easily beat Paolo Lorenzi 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 Tuesday to advance to the second round, as did five-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams.
    Djokovic is attempting to join Rod Laver, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in winning three straight Grand Slam singles titles.

  • Packers, Giants meet again in the playoffs

    Athletes and coaches don’t live in the past. They do get enlightened and even uplifted from it.
    The Green Bay Packers and New York Giants have good memories from recent postseasons. Green Bay went from sixth-seeded NFC wild card to Super Bowl champion a year ago. New York used a similar route to win the 2007 NFL championship — winning at Lambeau Field on the way.
    They meet Sunday in the final game of the divisional round.
    In going 15-1, including winning all eight home games, the Packers established themselves as the cream of the NFL this season. They have gotten healthy during their bye. They beat the Giants 38-35 in the Meadowlands on Dec. 4.
    Most significantly, they discovered how to win in last year’s surge to the title.

  • Something has to give in contest between Saints, 49ers Saturday

    As NFL matchups go, this one is a classic: unstoppable offense against impenetrable defense.
    The second round of the playoffs begins Saturday in San Francisco, where one of the league’s top defenses — the 49ers yielded 229 points and ranked fourth overall in yards allowed, first against the run — takes on Drew Brees and the Saints’ record-setting attack.
    If defense wins championships, as has been the theory in pro football for decades, the edge clearly belongs to the 49ers. Then again, the NFL hasn’t seen an offense as prolific as the Saints.

  • It's Official: Heisman Winner RG3 Jumping to NFL

    Baylor's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III made it official Wednesday, announcing he's entering the NFL draft. Griffin also displayed a pair of purple Barney character socks he wore to the press conference.

  • Larkin heading to Hall of Fame

    NEW YORK (AP) — Barry Larkin had no idea back in 1982 that he would become a baseball Hall of Famer thanks to Bo Schembechler.
    A two-sport standout in his senior year of high school, Larkin went to the University of Michigan on a scholarship to play defensive back for Schembechler’s Wolverines. When he arrived in Ann Arbor, Larkin learned he was being redshirted.
    “I was a better football player than a baseball player at the time,” Larkin recalled. “And that was influential because I just worked on my baseball talent, just that alone. And that was an eye-opener because I got so much better.”

  • VIDEO: Tebow, Broncos Stun Steelers in OT

    Tim Tebow found Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage in overtime, as Denver stunned Pittsburgh 29-23 Sunday in an AFC wild-card game. Tebow passed for 316 yards on only ten completions.

  • VIDEO: Preview of BCS Championship Game

    Top-ranked LSU and No. 2 Alabama will meet Monday night in the BCS championship game. The AP's John Klobucar is following the two teams in New Orleans.

  • W. Va. routs Clemson Wednesday

    MIAMI (AP) — As the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrated their first Orange Bowl victory, safety Darwin Cook shared a hug with the game’s mascot, Obie.
    They had run into each other earlier in the end zone when Cook scored the night’s pivotal touchdown, then leaped on the smiling orange. Only after the game did he learn a woman was wearing the Obie outfit.
    “I didn’t know you were a girl,” he told her. “I apologize.”
    The Mountaineers ran over everything in their path Wednesday night, including the Clemson Tigers. Geno Smith tied the record for any bowl game with six touchdown passes, and the No. 23-ranked Mountaineers set a bowl scoring record with their high-powered offense by routing No. 14 Clemson 70-33.

  • Michigan picks up win in Sugar Bowl, 23-20

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As Brady Hoke trotted across the Superdome field, his Michigan players celebrating all around him, a big bucket of ice water suddenly came splashing down on the coach’s head.
    It had been quite a while since the Wolverines won a BCS bowl and they were going to enjoy it.
    “All the tough times we’ve been through makes it even more special,” senior defensive tackle Mike Martin said. “To be the fifth team that ever in Michigan history has won 11 games in a season, it means a lot.”
    Brendan Gibbons drilled a 37-yard field goal down the middle in overtime, lifting No. 13 Michigan to a 23-20 victory over 17th-ranked Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl at the Superdome on Tuesday night.