MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Victoria Azarenka began her bid for a third consecutive Australian Open title with a 7-6 (2), 6-2 win over Johanna Larsson on Tuesday as the start of a predicted heat wave arrived at Melbourne Park.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and its players' union Monday, seeking to overturn a season-long suspension imposed by an arbitrator who ruled there was "clear and convincing evidence" the New York Yankees star used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the sport's drug investigation.
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and 16 rebounds, and the New York Knicks held the Phoenix Suns without a field goal in overtime to win 98-96 on Monday night for their fifth straight victory.
ZURICH (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't hide how much it meant to him, finally being voted the world's best soccer player again.
TORONTO (AP) - Toronto FC unveiled Michael Bradley as its newest player Monday, signing the American midfielder from Italian club AS Roma.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jonathan Quick made 28 saves in his 27th NHL shutout, Dustin Brown scored early in the third period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat Vancouver 1-0 on Monday night for their fourth win over the Canucks this season.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - After beating up on each other twice earlier this season, Pete Carroll was not surprised to see San Francisco as the opponent coming to Seattle for the NFC championship game.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Titans have wrapped up their coaching search by hiring San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach and 17th in franchise history.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Joe Cipiti, the grandfather of NFL coaching brothers Jim and John Harbaugh, has died. He was 98.
STANFORD (AP) - All-American left guard David Yankey is forgoing his final year of eligibility at Stanford to enter the NFL draft.
Arizona and Syracuse remain No. 1 and 2 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for a sixth straight week and six newcomers joined the Top 25.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Colin Kaepernick raced into the end zone, then pretended to rip open his shirt with both hands imitating Cam Newton's Superman touchdown celebration.
SEATTLE (AP) - When he got around the edge, there was no one for Marshawn Lynch to hit. Directly ahead was open field, the end zone and the Seattle Seahawks' place in the NFC championship game.
SEATTLE (AP) - Seismologists say Seahawks fans shook the ground under Seattle's CenturyLink Field during Saturday's defeat of the New Orleans Saints, causing another fan-generated earthquake.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA says an officiating mistake at the end of this weekend's game between Dallas and New Orleans cost the Pelicans a chance to tie it.
BOSTON (AP) - Giddy fans of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots chanted "Brady! Brady!" and clambered atop massive snowbanks for better views as players danced and waved their way through Boston in a Wednesday parade celebrating their fourth NFL title.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crews have started tearing down San Francisco's storied Candlestick Park so houses, a hotel and a shopping center can be built on the site of the former Giants and 49ers stadium.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After 14 years away, Serena Williams is ready to forgive Indian Wells.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - One player not concerned about Tiger Woods and his golf game is his longest rival - Phil Mickelson.
PHOENIX (AP) - UCLA had gotten the better of Southern California in recruiting battles the past few years, in part because of the sanctions saddling the Trojans.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks were rewarded for the first 17-0 month in NBA history with another first on Wednesday - all five starters were selected Eastern Conference players of the month for January.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has tested positive for steroid use.
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) - Anna Fenninger was barely across the finish line when she looked up and saw "new leader" flash across the video board.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Major league baseball scouts leaned forward as they steadied their radar guns and trained their video cameras on Cuban players who prepared to bat and pitch during Tuesday's Caribbean Series in Puerto Rico.
SEATTLE (AP) - As shocking as it was, the Seattle Seahawks' last-minute loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl Sunday was probably not even the worst loss in the city's sports history.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Tuesday he has seen enough of the NFL's investigation of fake crowd noise at Atlanta's home games to acknowledge wrongdoing.
PHOENIX (AP) - The toll of playing year-round basketball finally caught up with Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A group of PGA Tour caddies sued the PGA Tour in federal court Tuesday for making them wear bibs that have the logo of the tournament sponsors without sharing in what it estimates as $50 million in endorsement revenue.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - UConn coach Geno Auriemma reached 900 wins faster than any other college basketball coach, and has no plans to slow down.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Herb Magee needs a second attempt at joining Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski in the 1,000-win club.