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Serena equals Court's Aussie record

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Serena Williams matched one of Margaret Court's records at the Australian Open on Wednesday as she advanced to the third round with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Vesna Dolonc.

Williams improved her record to 60-8 at Melbourne Park, equaling Court's 60 match wins in the Open era at the Australian championship.

Court, who won seven of her 11 Australian titles before the Open era began in 1968, has a show court named in her honour adjacent to Rod Laver Arena.

Two fans held up a sign on Wednesday saying centre court was "Serena's Arena."

She walked into the stadium wearing a fitted pink blazer, despite the heat which topped 40 Celsius (104F) during the 63-minute match.

Williams fended off the only break point she faced against the No. 104-ranked Dolonc with an ace in the sixth game of the second set.

 

Kershaw, Scherzer file for arbitration

NEW YORK -- Cy Young Award winners Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers headed 146 players who filed for salary arbitration.

Tampa Bay pitcher David Price, Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez, Cincinnati pitcher Aroldis Chapman, Arizona outfielder Mark Trumbo, Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters and Washington pitcher Jordan Zimmermann also were among those who filed Tuesday.

Three Toronto Blue Jays, pitchers Brett Cecil and Esmil Rogers, and centre fielder Colby Rasmus, are among those who filed.

Players are set to swap proposed salaries with their clubs Friday, and hearings will be scheduled for next month in St. Petersburg, Fla.

 

Titans get their man Whisenhunt

NASHVILLE -- Ken Whisenhunt is at a point in his NFL career where chemistry is really important to him, feeling comfortable with an organization.

He said Tuesday that's a big reason why he is now the new coach of the Tennessee Titans.

Whisenhunt said he hit it off quickly with Ruston Webster when interviewing for the job Friday night. The coach also had interest from Detroit and Cleveland. The Titans also met with Cincinnati defensive co-ordinator Mike Zimmer on Monday in Houston before hiring Whisenhunt.

The Titans introduced Whisenhunt on Tuesday as their 17th head coach and only their third different coach since moving to Tennessee in 1997. Webster called it a new day toward creating a new culture.

 

Caldwell lands new gig in Motown

DETROIT -- Jim Caldwell got a ringing endorsement from one of his mentors when Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew was doing his homework.

The Lions hired Caldwell on Tuesday to replace fired coach Jim Schwartz, ending a search that included a phone conversation between Mayhew and Tony Dungy.

"Martin called me and said we're looking for a leader who can help turn our locker-room into a winning one and to help us get the most out of our investment in Matthew Stafford," Dungy recalled in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "I told Martin that Jim Caldwell is exactly what you're looking for. "

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 15, 2014 D4

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