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  • Belichick on deflated balls: 'We try to do everything right'
    Belichick on deflated balls: 'We try to do everything right'

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Saying his team "followed every rule to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating.

  • '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. ...

  • Soccer-Iraq confirmed as Asian Cup semi-finalist after Iran protest

    (Corrects to semi-final in intro) By Julian Linden SYDNEY, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Iraq were cleared to take their place in Monday's Asian Cup semi-final against South Korea after the Asian Football Confederation dismissed a protest from Iran. Iraq beat their old foes on penalties in the quarter-finals but Iran submitted a formal protest, asking for the result to be overturned. In the protest, Iran alleged that Iraq had fielded an ineligible player during the quarter-final match in Canberra on Friday.

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