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The men's finals of the Australian Open will feature neither Roger Federer nor Rafael Nadal as both the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds were bounced in the semifinals. Nadal was shown the door by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Then, more surprisingly, Federer, who was going for his third consecutive title Down Under, was ambushed by Novak Djokovic in a hard-fought but decisive, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (5), outcome . The men's championship is on Sunday. On the women's side, tomorrow's finals are between No. 4 Ana Ivanovic and No. 5 Maria Sharapova.

*  The Miami Beat (pun intended) lost its 15th in a row in about as fitting as way as possible to defending champion San Antonio. Miami led, or at least was tied with, the Spurs most of the night and was behind by a single point with three seconds left. It had the ball in the hands of star Dwyane Wade.  Wade drove the lane but, on the way up, had his pocket picked by the collapsing Spurs. End of game. The Heat was catching San Antonio at the perfect time because the Spurs were playing their second straight night after outlasting a good Lakers team Wednesday, but Miami couldn't take advantage.

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*  Tiger Woods opened his 2008 at San Diego's Torrey Pines (The Buick Invitational) with a 5-under 67. That put him in a tie for third. The leader for the time being is Troy Matteson at 65.  The Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman returned to the air with a brief apology for her "lynch" remark a few weeks ago. The comment was made in a reference to how other golfers could hope to deal with Woods' domination. Woods has accepted Tilghman's apology.

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