2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Teen arrested after alleged Facebook emoji threats
    Teen arrested after alleged Facebook emoji threats

    Emojis are words too. Indeed, some might see them as a very modern, exalted form of digital cursive script. That seems to be the view of the New York Police Department, after it viewed the Facebook page of 17-year-old Osiris Aristy from Bushwick, Brooklyn.

  • Serena takes aim at pocket rocket as Venus finds Keys
    Serena takes aim at pocket rocket as Venus finds Keys

    Top seed Serena Williams is aiming to shoot down Slovak pocket rocket Dominika Cibulkova in the Australian Open quarter-finals Wednesday, as resurgent sister Venus plays the generation game with teen Madison Keys. The American siblings, for so long a dominant force in women's tennis, will meet in a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time since Wimbledon 2000 if they win their respective last eight clashes. Serena, 33, has progressed in typical fashion so far -- drifting along until she needs to flip the turbo and power past an opponent -- while 34-year-old Venus has been a revelation after a long illness. Serena is chasing her sixth Australian title and 19th Grand Slam overall, which would take her to clear second after Steffi Graf's 22 on the all-time Open-Era tally, with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova also sitting on 18.

  • The phone call that turned around Sharapova's Aussie Open
    The phone call that turned around Sharapova's Aussie Open

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — One phone call was all it took for Maria Sharapova to shake off whatever it was that almost ended her Australian Open.

  • New breed take on old guard in men's Open showdowns
    New breed take on old guard in men's Open showdowns

    Japanese superstar Nishikori ousted Raonic, Wawrinka and Djokovic on the way to losing to Marin Cilic in last year's US Open final when he became the first Asian man to contest a Grand Slam decider. Big-serving Canadian Raonic hasn't beaten world number one and tournament favourite Djokovic in four meetings, but he has been serving up a storm in Melbourne over the past week.

  • Composed Murray ends Kyrgios run to reach Australian Open semis
    Composed Murray ends Kyrgios run to reach Australian Open semis

    Andy Murray's used his greater experience to master exciting Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios and reach the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday, with the Scot content with where his game is at. The British sixth seed, a three-time runner-up, downed the unseeded 19-year-old 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 in 2hr 5min and will face seventh seed Czech Tomas Berdych for a place in Sunday's final.

  • Qatar Games bid "inevitable" - official
    Qatar Games bid "inevitable" - official

    A bid by Qatar to host the Olympics was inevitable but the tiny Gulf state has not yet decided which summer Games it will bid for, the head of the country's most powerful sports organisation said on Monday. Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Secretary General and CEO of the Qatar Olympic Committee, told AFP that no final decision had been made on bidding for the 2024 games.

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