Djokovic into the final ...'Canes mow down Duke...Lakers lose again

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Associated Press

Posted on January 24, 2013 at 5:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 24 at 5:06 AM

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) has advanced to his third consecutive Australian Open final, beating No. 4 David Ferrer 6-2, 6-2, 6-1. The top-ranked Djokovic dominated the match, hitting 30 crisp winners to dispatch the Spaniard in an hour and 29 minutes.

MIAMI (AP) —The upset of the night in college basketball belongs to Miami, which clobbered top-ranked Duke 90-63 last night in the third-worst loss for a team ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press rankings. It's the first time the Hurricanes have beaten a No. 1-ranked team and they did with a stunning 25-1 run midway through the first half.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Darrell Arthur scored 20 points and Mike Conley added 19 as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Lakers 106-93 last night, handing the Lakers their fourth straight loss and 10th in 12 games. Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen added 12 points apiece as Memphis improved to 12-0 when scoring at least 100 points.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brook Lopez strengthened his push for a spot on the All-Star team with 22 points on 10-for-16 shooting, helping the Brooklyn Nets hold off the Minnesota Timberwolves 91-83 last night. The Nets improved to 12-2 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo (kar-LIHS'-ih-moh).

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The NBA's basketball team in New Orleans is going to change colors and nicknames today. A source tells The Associated Press that the New Orleans Hornets will become the Pelicans, the state bird of Louisiana.

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