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Last Update on January 31, 2015 22:06 GMT


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- The men's championship match at the Australian Open is just hours away. In Melbourne this evening, U.S. time, top-seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) will face No. 6 Andy Murray.

In the women's finale Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-6 for her 19th Grand Slam title. The 33-year-old Williams has now won the event six times and is in second place on the list of major winners in the Open era, behind only Steffi Grafs (grahfs) 22.

Williams has dominated Sharapova with wins in the last 16 matches they've played.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Super Bowl is Sunday and today is the final day of preparation for the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, who are trying to become the first team since New England in 2004 and 2005 to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

A shortage of tickets made available to brokers on the secondary market has driven prices into five figures even for nosebleed seats.

As of midday Saturday the NFL Ticket Exchange, the league's official ticket re-sale website, didn't have tickets for less than $9,000. The cheapest ticket on StubHub was nearly the same. One listing on Craigslist in Phoenix was selling tickets for $8,000 each with the seller willing to meet the buyer at their bank to complete the transaction.

On tap this evening in Phoenix will be the fourth-annual NFL Honors ceremony when The Associated Press hands out its major awards for the 2014 season.


UNDATED (AP) -- A check of afternoon play in men's Top-25 basketball shows an upset and it came in Pittsburgh as the unranked Panthers knocked off No. 8 Notre Dame 76-72. The loss comes just days after the Irish beat No. 4 Duke in South Bend. Pittsburgh guard James Robinson hit a runner with 12 seconds remaining to give the Panthers the lead for good in the victory. Robinson finished with 14 points and 10 assists for his first career double-double. Pitt is now 14-8 while the loss drops the Irish to 20-3.

--The highest-ranked school in action was fifth-ranked Wisconsin, which is now 18-2. The Badgers got 24 points from Frank Kaminsky in a 74-63 win over Iowa, which upped Wisconsin's Big Ten record to 6-1. Nigel Hayes scored 14 points and Sam Dekker and Josh Gasser each added 11 for the Badgers. Wisconsin had 21 second-chance points to win its fifth straight against the 13-8 Hawkeyes, which have lost three straight.

-- Georges Niang scored 23 points and Monte Morris added 16 as No. 15 Iowa State pulled away in the second half to beat TCU 83-66. Iowa State is now 16-4 on the season with a 19 game homecourt winning streak.

--Devin Williams scored 18 points and No. 17 West Virginia forced 26 turnovers in a 77-58 win over Texas Tech. Daxter Miles Jr. added 12 points, Juwan Staten had 11 and Gary Browne scored 10 for the Mountaineers who are now 18-3. The Mountaineers swept the season series with the Red Raiders and have exceeded their win total from last season.

--Georgetown, the 21st-ranked team in the men's AP poll, held Creighton without a field goal for more than 17 minutes in a 67-40 win. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 24 points in the win as the Hoyas upped their record to 15-6. Georgetown beat Creighton 76-61 in Washington earlier in the month.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks have the second half of a back-to-back scheduling challenge tonight. But the way the Hawks are playing, it might not matter. Atlanta, which won its 18th straight last night with a 105-99 victory over Portland, takes on lowly Philadelphia tonight as the Hawks try to keep their franchise-record winning streak growing.

That's one of 11 games on the NBA schedule tonight. Elsewhere, Dallas is at Orlando, Washington hosts Toronto, Indiana hosts Sacramento, Houston is at Detroit, Memphis is home to Oklahoma City, red-hot Cleveland is at Minnesota after beating Sacramento 101-90 last night for the Cavaliers' ninth straight victory, Portland is at Milwaukee, Denver hosts Charlotte, the L.A. Clippers are at San Antonio and the Golden State Warriors have the second half of a back-to-back situation by hosting Phoenix.

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