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BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST:

- PHOENIX - Domestic violence, concussions, Deflategate. This imperfect storm has turned the Super Bowl into a time for damage control, not celebration.

- PHOENIX - The AP presents its eight NFL individual awards, including MVP, Coach of the Year and Comeback Player at the NFL's honors show. Show starts 8 p.m.

- MELBOURNE, Australia - Serena Williams overcomes a hacking cough to beat Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-6 (5) for her sixth Australian Open crown. With her 19th Grand Slam title, Williams trails only Steffi Graf (22).

- MELBOURNE, Australia - Novak Djokovic meets Andy Murray for the Australian Open title. Murray has lost all three of his finals in this tournament. Final starts 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

- PHOENIX - Junior Seau, Kurt Warner, Orlando Pace are eligible for the first time when the Pro Football Hall of Fame elects its newest class.

- PHOENIX - Unlike past years, Super Bowl tickets are becoming more expensive as the game nears because of a shortage. It can cost nearly $10,000 just to get in the door Sunday.

- SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - With Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson out of the tournament, Martin Laird has a two-shot lead entering the third round of the Phoenix Open.

- SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Tiger Woods is not ranked in the top 50 for the first time in three years. He is coming off an 82 - his worst round as a pro - and failing to make the Phoenix Open cut.

- OCALA, Fla. - Lydia Ko leads by a stroke entering the final round of the Coates Golf Championship. A victory could make the 17-year-old New Zealander the youngest golfer ranked No. 1.

- ATLANTA - The Hawks try to extend their franchise-record 18-game winning streak when they play the Philadelphia 76ers. With one more win, Atlanta will complete January without a loss. Game starts 7:30 p.m.

- CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - No. 2 Virginia, one of two remaining unbeaten teams in the country, faces No. 4 Duke in a rematch of last year's ACC championship game won by the Cavaliers. Game starts 7 p.m.

- LOUISVILLE, Ky. - No. 10 Louisville hosts No. 13 North Carolina, with the Cardinals looking to avenge this month's loss in which the Tar Heels won after erasing a double-digit lead. Game starts 4 p.m.

- Two-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety defends his giant slalom, super-combined and super-G titles at next week's world championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

- CHICAGO - A memorial service is held for Ernie Banks, the Hall of Fame slugger and Mr. Cub who died last week at 83.

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