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Williams wins Australian Open...Sherman decision laborious...Goodell grilled



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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams has won her 6th Australian Open and her 19th Grand slam title, defeating Maria Sharapova in a meeting of the top two tournament seeds. Williams won in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (5). The 33-year-old Williams, the oldest winner of the Australian women's title in the Open era, clinched the match on her third match point with an ace. She is now second only to Steffi Graf on the list of major winners in the Open era.

PHOENIX (AP) — Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says it will be star cornerback Richard Sherman's decision whether to play in Sunday's Super Bowl if his pregnant girlfriend goes into labor with the couple's first child sooner than expected. Carroll said during a joint news conference with New England coach Bill Belichick yesterday that family comes first and "if (Sherman) is faced with that decision, we'll support him."

PHOENIX (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held his annual Super Bowl news conference yesterday and described his league and himself as having addressed missteps on difficult matters such as domestic violence and being ready to move on. Goodell spoke of the New England Patriots' use of deflated footballs in the AFC title game, saying the league doesn't have enough information to know who was responsible or whether there was an infraction. Goodell also brushed aside a question about whether there are conflict-of-interest problems with paying those who head up "independent" investigations like the one involving Ray Rice.

PHOENIX (AP) — Denver quarterback Peyton Manning says he hasn't decided if he will return next season, saying he's taking some time to assess some things about his future. Manning said before the playoffs that he would play another season, but he admitted to his uncertainty after the Broncos were beaten by Indianapolis. New Denver head coach Gary Kubiak (KOO'-bee-ak) and Denver vice president John Elway have urged Manning to take his time before making a decision.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Tiger Woods has missed the cut at the PGA's Phoenix Open by carding an 11-over 82 yesterday, the worst score in his 1,267 official rounds as a pro. It was the first time in his career that he missed the cut in consecutive PGA Tour events, the most recent one in August at the PGA Championship. Martin Laird was the leader at 10-under when play was suspended by darkness with 18 players on the course.

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