WORLD SPORTS

AUSTRALIAN OPEN MELBOURNE, Australia _ The Williams sisters hold court at the Australian Open, a back-to-back Venus-Serena doubleheader that left the siblings still in the mix for yet another Grand Slam singles title. Moved. WITH: _ MELBOURNE, Australia _ BC-TEN–AUSTRALIAN OPEN-IVANOVIC. Moved. By Tanalee Smith. _ MELBOURNE, Australia _ BC-TEN–AUSTRALIAN OPEN NOTEBOOK. Moved. By Jocelyn […]

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

MELBOURNE, Australia _ The Williams sisters hold court at the Australian Open, a back-to-back Venus-Serena doubleheader that left the siblings still in the mix for yet another Grand Slam singles title. Moved.

WITH:

_ MELBOURNE, Australia _ BC-TEN–AUSTRALIAN OPEN-IVANOVIC. Moved. By Tanalee Smith.

_ MELBOURNE, Australia _ BC-TEN–AUSTRALIAN OPEN NOTEBOOK. Moved. By Jocelyn Gecker.

FOOTBALL:

ENGLISH PREVIEW

LONDON _ With its rivals in FA Cup action this weekend, Manchester United has the opportunity to address its recent disappointing form and retake the Premier League lead. Defending champion United can leapfrog Arsenal and Chelsea, which both continue to chase a Wembley final appearance with FA Cup matches at Preston and Stoke, if it beats a Hull side it defeated 3-1 a month ago. Moved. By Stuart Condie.

ITALIAN PREVIEW

MILAN _ AC Milan goes into the city derby against Inter Milan as a slight underdog, but knowing that a win on Sunday could open up the championship race. A Milan win would close the gap to leader Inter to three points, and Leonardo’s side also has a game in hand, against Fiorentina. Moved. By Jeremy Inson.

GERMAN PREVIEW

FRANKFURT _ The top four teams in the Bundesliga go on the road this weekend with Bayern Munich expecting the toughest test against a Werder Bremen side looking to return to form. Moved.

AFRICAN CUP ROUNDUP

BENGUELA, Angola _ Gabon is one win away from reaching the quarterfinals ahead of its meeting against Zambia, while four-time champion Cameroon could seal its spot in the knockout round with a win against Tunisia, which is also in the running for a berth in the last eight. By 1900 GMT. By Bruce Mutsvairo.

CLUB FINANCES

NYON, Switzerland _ UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino updates on the “financial fair play” debate that will see the European football authority announce new rules in the summer aimed at controling clubs’ spending, as English clubs try to restructure their finances to avoid being kicked out of the Champions League in 2012. By 2000 GMT. By Graham Dunbar.

ALSO:

_ LISBON, Portugal _ BC-SOC–SPORTING-INFIGHTING. Moved.

_ LONDON _ BC-SOC–ARSENAL-GIBBS INJURY. Moved.

_ BEIJING _ BC-SOC–CHINA-MATCH FIXING. Moved.

OLYMPICS:

VANCOUVER DOPING

LONDON _ Whether it’s cross-country skiers using blood-boosting drugs to build endurance or hockey players taking steroids to recover from injuries, any athletes planning to cheat at the Vancouver Olympics will have to beat the most stringent anti-doping net in Winter Games history. Moved. By Stephen Wilson.

ALSO:

_ UNDATED _ BC-OLY–CUR-CURLING PREVIEW. Moved. By Janie McCauley.

_ LONDON _ BC-OLY–LONDON 2012-CONSTRUCTION. Moved.

_ PRAGUE _ BC-OLY–CZECH SQUAD. Moved.

CRICKET:

BANGLADESH-INDIA

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh _ Amit Mishra claims four wickets in the final session to bowl out Bangladesh and give India a comfortable 113-run victory in the first test of a two-test series. Moved.

SKIING:

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy _ After failing to score a single point in three consecutive technical races, Lindsey Vonn is planning to get back on track in her favored speed disciplines of downhill and super-G this weekend. German rival Maria Riesch holds a slight edge over Vonn in the overall standings and also has big weekend plans. By 1500 GMT. By Andrew Dampf.

SVINDAL-OLYMPICS HOPES

GENEVA _ Aksel Lund Svindal has some unfinished business to

attend to in the men’s Olympic downhill on Whistler Mountain next

month. He lost his downhill world title in France last season when

fog ruined his run, then Canadian officials wouldn’t let him on to

the Olympic hill for a first look at the downhill course. The

overall World Cup champion is looking forward to a special gold

medal race Feb. 13. By 1300 GMT. By Graham Dunbar.

ALSO:

_ CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy _ BC-SKI–WCUP-WOMEN’S DOWNHILL TRAINING. Moved.

_ KITZBUEHEL, Austria _ BC-SKI–WCUP-MEN’S DOWNHILL TRAINING. Moved.

_ KITZBUEHEL, Austria _ BC-SKI–ALBRECHT-FUTURE. Moved.

GOLF:

ABU DHABI CHAMPIONSHIP

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates _ Paul Lawrie and three others shoot 6-under 66s Thursday to take the early lead in the first round of the Abu Dhabi Championship. Moved.

TIGER WOODS-PHOTOS?

JACKSON, Mississippi _ Celebrity Web site radaronline.com says the next issue of the National Enquirer will feature photos of the world’s No. 1 golfer at Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. BC-GLF–TIGER WOODS-PHOTOS? Moved. By Chris Talbott.

ALSO:

_ LA QUINTA, California _ BC-GLF–HOPE CLASSIC. Moved. By Greg Beacham.

FIGURE SKATING:

EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS

TALLINN, Estonia _ Evgeni Plushenko, elated after a career-best short program, heads into the free program of the European Figure Skating Championships _ his last major test before trying to win a second consecutive Olympics gold next month. Brian Joubert, close behind, is vowing to do multiple quads to overcome him. Russians Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin hold a comfortable, but not insumountable, lead ahead of the original dance. By 1600 GMT. By Jim Heintz.

CYCLING:

TOUR DOWN UNDER

ADELAIDE, Australia _ Portuguese national champion Manuel Cardoso wins the arduous third stage of the Tour Down Under while Lance Armstrong ends a day of sapping heat 30th on the stage and 26th overall. Moved. By Steve McMorran.

ALSO:

_ UNDATED BC-BOX–HAITI-BERTO. Moved. By Tim Dahlberg.

_ NEWARK, New Jersey _ BC-HKN–NHL ROUNDUP. Moved.

_ SAN ANTONIO _ BC-BKN–NBA ROUNDUP. Moved.

_ BEIJING _ BC-BKO–YAO MING. Moved.

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