- Patriots say they followed rules, accept no blame
By Mark Lamport-Stokes (Reuters) - The New England Patriots said on Saturday they had followed "every rule to the letter" and accepted no blame for using footballs that were under inflated in their AFC championship win over the Indianapolis Colts six days ago. The victory earned the Patriots a spot in the Feb. 1 Super Bowl against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks. The National Football League is investigating why balls used by the Patriots against the Colts were under inflated. "I believe now 100 percent that I have personally, and we as an organization, have absolutely followed every rule to the letter," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told a news conference.
- Iran want life ban for Aussie referee after Asian Cup loss
Delegation chief Houshang Moghaddas said Iran would lodge a formal complaint against Williams following the dismissal of their protest that had Iraq fielded an ineligible player. Iran were furious with Williams after he questionably yellow-carded defender Mehdrad Pooladi for simulation in the first half of their rollercoaster quarter-final with Iraq. Williams started to run off before being reminded he had already cautioned Pooladi, and returned to brandish a red card -- an incident which enraged Iran coach Carlos Queiroz. Iran, Asia's top-ranked side, were leading 1-0 at the time but the game finished 3-3 after extra time before Iraq won a penalty shootout 7-6 in Canberra.
- Nadal back to best, Kyrgios wins five-set thriller
Rafael Nadal looked back to his best after recent problems as exciting Australian youngster Nick Kyrgios won a memorable five-setter to reach the quarter-finals at the Australian Open on Sunday. Spain's world number three Nadal mastered big-serving South African Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena to set up a last eight showdown with Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych. It will be Nadal's eighth quarter-final appearance as he bids for his second Australian title after losing to Stan Wawrinka in last year's decider. Berdych was too strong for Australia's Bernard Tomic, winning in straight sets.