The Seattle Seahawks have beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 to win the National Football League's NFC Championship and join the Denver Broncos in next month's Super Bowl.
Third seed Maria Sharapova has been dumped out of the Australian Open with a 3-6 6-4 6-1 fourth round loss to Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova on Rod Laver Arena.
Serena Williams admitted that a bad back sustained during practice hampered her movement during her shock fourth round loss to Ana Ivanovic on Sunday, but refused to blame the injury for her stunning exit that blew the Australian Open wide open.
An agitated Andy Murray was at his muttering, tormented best before reaching a higher plain to trounce Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 6-2 and advance to the Australian Open fourth round on Saturday.
Second seed Novak Djokovic extended the hottest winning streak in tennis to 27 matches in the third round of the Australian Open as a cool front brought respite to Melbourne after a four-day heatwave.
Serena Williams eased into the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Vesna Dolonc.
Maria Sharapova celebrated her return to the grand slam spotlight with an emphatic 6-3, 6-4 win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands in what was a clash of styles in more way than one at the Australian Open.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or, claiming the award for the second time in his career.
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