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Daily Bagel: Arthur Ashe auction includes trophies and ... wisdom teeth

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• Video: Eurosport's WATTS montage for this year's Australian Open isn't the best one it's ever done, but I put more blame on the source material. The Maria Sharapova/Joy Division moment at the 10:55 mark was inspired, though.

• CNN reports that Arthur Ashe memorabilia will be auctioned off on the 20th anniversary of his death. Among the items up for sale:

-- With a starting bid of $2,500, Ashe's 1993 day planner that contains "his own handwritten record of his very last days." The entries include reminders to finish a farewell message to his daughter and a note to cancel an Olympics meeting.

-- With a starting bid of $1,000, the U.S. Open doubles trophy silver plate awarded to Ashe in 1968. He went on to win the men's singles.

-- With a starting bid of $1,000, "unique and personal items owned by Arthur Ashe, including two of his wisdom teeth."

• Andy Murray is skipping any tournaments between now and Indian Wells (which begins March 4) to focus on training.

USA Today reports that the NCAA has put the men's tennis program at Southern Miss on four years of probation and issued a one-year postseason ban for a number of violations.

The NCAA, according to its public report, found that two former tennis coaches at the school offered a player $5,000 and a car to remain at Southern Miss instead of transferring. The former head coach, Teddy Viator, had also offered $200 to a player to win a match in which he was trailing and organized an illegal foreign tour to the Bahamas in 2008. He was also cited for academic misconduct, arranging for a student-athlete at the school to write a paper for one of his players.

• Defending champion Serena Williams has confirmed for the Family Circle Cup.

• Speaking of great tournaments, sad to hear that Paul Flory, former tournament director of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, has died. He was 90.

• The Australian Open is looking into ways to not have things -- i.e., fireworks -- explode in the sky during play. Fingers crossed.

• An op-ed piece in The Brisbane Times laments the bygone era of the one-handed backhand.

• Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Laura Robson, Sloane Stephens and Janko Tipsarevic make SI.com's list of 60 athletes to follow on Instagram.

ESPN Playbook talks to Redfoo. Victoria Azarenka has a cameo.

• Non-tennis: Baltimore vs. San Francisco: The Tale of the Tape.

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