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Even without Serena, Aussie Open women's field still tough

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Melbourne, Jan 14 (AP) - Without defending champion Serena Williams in the draw at the Australian Open, there's certainly an opportunity for another player to go on a surprising run and emerge as a first-time Grand Slam champion.
Sloane Stephens and Jelena Ostapenko did it last year.
Just don't describe the first Grand Slam of the year as "more open" than usual.
"Whenever I get asked that question, it always comes across in really kind of an almost negative way instead of acknowledging how...
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Julio Rocha, jailed former Nicaragua soccer boss, dies at 67

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Managua, Jan 14 (AP)) - Julio Rocha, the former Nicaraguan Football Federation president convicted in the United States in a corruption scandal at FIFA, died on Saturday. He was 67.
Federation president Manuel Quintanilla said his predecessor died after an illness he had had "for several...
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Monaco title challenge fades after draw at Montpellier

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Paris, Jan 14 (AP) - Monaco drew at Montpellier 0-0 on Saturday and further relinquished its grip on the French title it won so convincingly last season.
If league leader Paris Saint-Germain wins at fifth-place Nantes on Sunday it will move 11 points clear of Monaco with 20 of 38 matches...
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