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Sports: Nadal in Aussie Finals; Tiger Takes Sunday Off

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- The singles competition at this year's Australian Open comes to an end in a few hours as top-seed Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') takes on No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka (vah-VRINK'-ah). Nadal advanced with a win over Roger Federer while Wawrinka stopped Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK').
On paper it isn't much of a matchup as Nadal has appeared in 13 majors while this is the first for Wawrinka. In career titles, Nadal leads 61-5.
The women's championship was won by Li Na (lee nah), who defeated 20th seed Dominika Cibulkova (doh-mih-NEE'-kuh see-bool-KOH'-vuh) 7-6, 6-0.

PGA-FARMERS
No Sunday play for Woods
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Tiger Woods has failed to make the cut in his season-opening tournament, the Farmer Insurance Open. He shot a third round 79 at Torrey Pines to match his worst score on American soil. Woods missed the 54-hole cut for the first time in his career and had to rally just to break 80.
Gary Woodland is the leader after carding five birdies in a 2-under 70. Woodland is minus-8 after three rounds, one shot ahead of second-round leader Jordan Spieth (speeth) and Marc Leishman.

LPGA-BAHAMAS CLASSIC
South Korean leads after three rounds
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) -- The leader after three rounds of the season-opening LGPA event in the Bahamas is Na Yeon Choi. She shot a 7-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Lizette Salas.

NBA-SCHEDULE
Durant hits for 30 again
(AP) -- Kevin Durant was back in form after missing Friday's game with a shoulder injury.
Durant had a triple-double of 32 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder earned their seventh consecutive win, 103-91 at Philadelphia. The scoring output ran his string of 30-point games to 10 in a row.
Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder, who led by just four in the third quarter before Durant keyed a 14-5 run.
The win gives Oklahoma City a one-game ahead of San Antonio in the battle for the NBA's Western Conference lead.

Also in the NBA:
-- LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and Wesley Matthews added 18 in Portland's 115-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Trail Blazers are 1 1/2 games behind the West-leading Thunder after improving to 33-11, matching their win total for all of last season.
-- Wilson Chandler scored a season-high 25 points and Denver snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Indiana 109-96. Although the Pacers still own the NBA's best record at 34-9, they lost for the eighth time in nine trips to Denver.
-- Paul Millsap scored 14 of his 20 points during a 24-5 spurt that gave Atlanta a 26-point lead in the third quarter of a 112-87 pounding of milwaukee. Reserve Louis Williams had 18 points as the Hawks dealt the Bucks their 11th loss in 12 games.
-- Memphis beat Houston for the second straight night as Zach Randolph contributed 15 points and 17 rebounds in the Grizzlies' 99-81 trouncing of the Rockets. Mike Conley added 17 points and helped the Grizzlies grab a 27-point lead before sitting out much of the fourth quarter.
-- D.J. Augustin scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter as Chicago held off Charlotte Bobcats 89-87 to get back above .500. Joakim (JOH'-keem) Noah had 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in the Bulls' 10th victory in 13 games.
-- Terrence Ross tied a Toronto record by scoring a career-best 51 points, but Jamal Crawford poured in a season-high 37 points and 11 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Raptors 126-118.
-- Enes Kanter scored 24 points on 11 of 13 shooting as Utah downed Washington 104-101. Gordon Hayward capped his 16-point night by hitting two free throws with 2.6 seconds left.

T25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Wolverines top Spartans...Orange still perfect
(AP) -- Michigan has earned state bragging rights by knocking off its archrival.
Nik Stauskas made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:12 left and finished with 19 points as the 21st-ranked Wolverines knocked off No. 3 Michigan State 80-75. Derrick Walton Jr. had a season-high 19 points for the Wolverines, who went on a 10-0 run late in the game to take control. They held on to win for just the second time in 15 games at the Breslin Center.
At 7-0, Michigan is the only Big Ten team without a conference loss.

In other top-25 action:
-- Second-ranked Syracuse held Miami without a basket for 7 1/2 minutes down the stretch and made eight consecutive free throws in the final minute to remain unbeaten with a 64-52 victory over the Hurricanes. Jerami Grant finished with 16 points and Tyler Ennis added 14, five rebounds and four assists.
-- Fourth-ranked Villanova needed overtime to beat Marquette 94-85 in Milwaukee. Ryan Arcidiacono had 20 points and 11 assists in the win.
-- Cleanthony Early scored 19 points and Ron Baker added 14 as fifth-ranked Wichita State thumped Drake 78-61. Nick Wiggins had 11 points for the visiting Shockers, who remain one of three unbeaten teams in men's hoops at 21-0.
-- Michael Frazier II scored 17 points as No. 6 Florida walked all over Tennessee 67-41 for its 11th consecutive win. The 17-2 Gators stretched their school-record home winning streak to 26 games.
-- Andrew Wiggins scored 19 of his career-high 27 points in the first half of the eighth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks' 91-69 rout of TCU. The Jayhawks have won six straight and are the lone Big 12 team without a conference loss.
-- Wisconsin ended its three-game losing streak as Sam Dekker and Traevon Jackson each scored 15 points to help the ninth-ranked Badgers whip Purdue 72-58. The Badgers committed just nine turnovers and held the Boilermakers to 35 percent shooting in winning for the first time since opening the season 16-0.
-- Tenth-ranked Iowa beat Northwestern 76-50 behind Roy Devyn Marble's 14 points. Gabriel Olaseni added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the 16-4 Hawkeyes.
-- LeBryan Nash scored a career-high 29 points and had nine rebounds to help No. 11 Oklahoma State beat West Virginia 81-75.
-- No. 14 Kentucky is now 15-4 after Aaron Harrison scored 15 points and Julius Randle added 14 in a 79-54 win over Georgia.
-- No. 20 Pittsburgh was an 83-79 winner at Maryland as Lamar Patterson scored 28 points and Talib Zanna added 16.
-- Melvin Ejim (EH'-jihm) dropped in 20 points as 16th-ranked Iowa State beat No. 22 Kansas State 81-75.
-- Rodney Hood scored 18 points as 18th-rated Duke beat Florida State 78-56, allowing Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF'-skee) to join Jim Boeheim (BAY'-hym) of Syracuse as the only men's coaches to have 900 victories at one school.
-- Texas has its first-ever three-game winning streak against top 25 teams after Isaiah Taylor scored a career-high 27 points in a 74-60 victory over No. 24 Baylor.
-- Buddy Hield drained four 3-pointers and scored 18 points to lead No. 25 Oklahoma to a 74-65 victory over Texas Tech.

NHL-SCHEDULE
Blues rally...B's rout Flyers
(AP) -- The St. Louis Blues earned a comeback victory with a little help from the NHL's replay officials.
T.J. Oshie (OH'-shee) scored with 27 seconds left in regulation before Kevin Shattenkirk and Alexander Steen tallied in the shootout to give the Blues a 4-3 win over the Islanders. The Isles thought they had won it once Thomas Vanek beat Jaroslav Halak (hah-LAHK') on a power play with 1:15 left in overtime, but the play was overturned on review at the league offices in Toronto, where it was determined Vanek kicked the puck into the net.
The Blues went 3-1 on their four-game road trip and are currently six points behind West-leading Anaheim with two games in hand. The Ducks are in Dodger Stadium right now against the Los Angeles Kings.

Also on ice:
-- Jarome Iginla (juh-ROHM' ih-GIHN'-luh) and Zdeno Chara (zeh-DAY'-noh CHAH'-ruh) each had two goals and Tuukka Rask (TOO'-kah rask) made 25 saves as Boston beat the Flyers 6-1 in Philadelphia.
-- Kari Lehtonen (LEH'-toh-nehn) picked up his second shutout in three games by stopping 24 shots in the Dallas Stars' 3-0 verdict over Pittsburgh.
-- Tyler Johnson's first career hat trick was the difference as Tampa Bay downed Colorado 5-2.
-- Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn) ignited a four-goal second period and Braden Holtby stopped 21 shots as Washington blanked Montreal 5-0 to end a seven-game losing streak.
-- Winnipeg coughed up a 4-1 lead before Dustin Byfuglien's (BUF'-lihnz) goal at 2:44 of overtime gave the Jets a 5-4 win at Toronto.
-- Manny Malhotra (mal-HOH'-trah) had two goals and an assist as Carolina doubled up Ottawa 6-3, the Hurricanes' third straight win.
-- The Blue Jackets' team-record winning streak has ended at eight games after Christian Ehrhoff (EHR'-hawf) and Marcus Foligno (foh-LEE'-noh) scored short-handed goals to lead Buffalo to a 5-2 victory at Columbus.


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