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Marshall's 4 TD catches lift AFC in Pro Bowl 8

Posted: January 30, 2012 10:24 AM ; Updated: January 30, 2012 10:24 AM

HONOLULU (AP) -- While everyone was playing at half-speed and ready to extend their Hawaiian vacation, Brandon Marshall played as if it was his last game.

The Miami Dolphins wide receiver caught six passes for 176 yards and a Pro Bowl-record four touchdowns, and the AFC used a second-half surge to beat the NFC 59-41 on Sunday.

"You never know when you're going to be back," Marshall said, "and I wanted to go all out today because it could be my last Pro Bowl."

Marshall had a touchdown catch in each quarter, including an early 74-yarder and a 3-yarder in the fourth, in a game filled with highlight-reel grabs.

He was selected the game's MVP, and his name now will join the likes of Walter Payton and Jerry Rice on the MVP banners at Aloha Stadium.

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Gaborik's trick leads Team Chara to All-Star win

Posted: January 30, 2012 10:22 AM ; Updated: January 30, 2012 10:22 AM

OTTAWA (AP) -- Marian Gaborik got the best of New York Rangers teammate Henrik Lundqvist, and Zdeno Chara scored the winning goal for the NHL All-Star team named after him.

Even in defeat, Daniel Alfredsson rewarded the hometown fans with two goals and an assist, and then the Ottawa Senators captain provided a hint that he might come back for one more season.

For an All-Star game that lacked the league's top-name talent in Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, there was plenty to keep everyone buzzing on Sunday.

Gaborik scored three times, added an assist and earned MVP honors, and Team Chara used a third-period offensive eruption to secure a 12-9 win over Team Alfredsson.

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Djokovic edges Nadal to win historic Australian Open final

Posted: January 30, 2012 10:20 AM ; Updated: January 30, 2012 10:20 AM

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Novak Djokovic wore down Rafael Nadal in the longest Grand Slam singles final ever, winning 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 after 5 hours, 53 minutes to claim his third Australian Open title.

Djokovic wrapped it up at 1:37 a.m. local time on Monday, becoming the fifth man since the Open Era began in 1968 to win three straight Grand Slam finals.

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Fielder reaches deal with Tigers 12

Posted: January 24, 2012 4:26 PM ; Updated: January 24, 2012 4:26 PM

DETROIT (AP) -- Free agent first baseman Prince Fielder and the Detroit Tigers agreed Tuesday on a nine-year, $214 million contract that fills the AL Central champions' need for a power hitter, a person familiar with the deal said.

CBS first reported the agreement.

The person told the Associated Press that the deal was subject to a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract was not yet complete.

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Giants top 49ers 20-17 in OT to reach Super Bowl 9

Posted: January 23, 2012 10:26 AM ; Updated: January 23, 2012 10:27 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- In a season of fabulous finishes, Eli Manning and the Giants had another one in them.

And now New York is headed toward the ending that matters most: another trip to the Super Bowl.

Five plays after the 49ers' Kyle Williams fumbled a punt, Lawrence Tynes kicked a 31-yard field goal in overtime, sending the Giants to the Super Bowl with a 20-17 victory over San Francisco in the NFC championship game on Sunday.

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Brady gets helps from defense, Cundiff 5

Posted: January 23, 2012 10:24 AM ; Updated: January 23, 2012 10:24 AM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Imagine this: The New England Patriots make yet another Super Bowl, and Tom Brady is not the main reason.

By his own assessment, Brady wasn't very good in the Patriots' 23-20 AFC championship game victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Vintage Brady doesn't need much assistance in such settings, but he got plenty of it from the Patriots' much-maligned defense, and from Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff shanking a 32-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining.

Oh, yeah, Brady's 1-yard touchdown dive in which he soared over the Ravens' touted defensive line, provided the winning points with 11:29 remaining.

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Darvish, Rangers reach agreement 5

Posted: January 19, 2012 12:51 PM ; Updated: January 19, 2012 12:53 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Yu Darvish is coming to America to pitch, for the team he really wanted to join for his next challenge.

Japan's best pitcher will play for the Texas Rangers, who scouted him for more than two years and then needed nearly every minute of a 30-day negotiating window before finalizing a $60 million, six-year contract Wednesday. It is a total investment of more than $111 million with a record posting fee.

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