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- Belichick on deflated balls: 'We try to do everything right'
- 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.
- 'Fan coach' helps Serena focus on way to quarters
By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serena Williams took some coaching advice from a fan sitting in the Rod Laver Arena terraces as she struggled to overcome hard-hitting Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 2-6 6-3 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals on Monday. The 24th seed Muguruza, who stunned Williams in the second round at Roland Garros last year, threatened another upset as she tore through the first set with a barrage of sweetly-struck winners on a cool, windy day. It feels good." Williams has started slowly in all her matches at Melbourne Park before rallying and did so again against 21-year-old Muguruza, who showed she has the shots to trouble the world's top players. A fan may have woken Williams up, but her regular coach Patrick Mouratoglou was given most of the credit for keeping her at the top of the heap at the age of 33.
- Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Monday, Jan 26
Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Monday: - - - - TENNIS Australian Open, Melbourne (to Feb 1) Serena avenges French Open loss to reach quarter-finals MELBOURNE - Serena Williams avenged last year's French Open loss to Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open, overhauling the hard-hitting Spaniard 2-6 6-3 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals. Later on, Novak Djokovic also continues his quest for a fifth title against Luxembourg's Gilles Muller. ...