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Roger Federer, seeking an 18th
Grand Slam title in his 18th season
on tour, will ease into 2015 with a
match against either a wild-card
entry or a qualifier at the Brisbane
International next week.
Federer, who arrived in Australia
yesterday, has a first-round bye in
the Australian Open tune-up tour-
nament. Then the 17-time Grand
Slam champion will play the winner
of a match between Australian wild-
card entry John Millman and a yet-
Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt,
who beat Federer in the final last
year, will play compatriot Sam Groth
in his first match after the draw was
Hewitt and Federer are on opposite
sides of the draw and could not meet
each other until the final. Hewitt will
have a tough time getting there,
though, with potential matches
against South African Kevin Ander-
son in the second round and Milos
Raonic of Canada in the quarterfi-
Federer last won a Grand Slam at
Wimbledon in 2012, but feels good
about adding a fifth Australian Open
title this year.
Coming back from a disappointing
2013, Federer won more matches (73)
than any player last year and moved
back to No 2 behind Novak Djokovic.
"Overall it was a great season for
me," Federer said Saturday. "I was
consistent and I was playing positive,
attacking tennis just the way I want
to play and I gave myself chances at
quite a few of the slams. This year
I hope I can go one step further
because going close is not quite good
On the women s side, top-seeded
Maria Sharapova also has a bye and
then a second-round match against
either Germany s Sabine Lisicki or
In other warm-up events for the
Australian Open, the Hopman Cup
mixed-team event gets underway in
Perth on Sunday with Wimbledon
runner-up Eugenie Bouchard leading
Canada against the Czech Republic
and Australia playing Poland in the
On Monday, Serena Williams takes
to the court for the United States
against Italy and Andy Murray is
scheduled to lead Britain against
Murray beat Rafael Nadal 6--2,
6--0 in an exhibition in Abu Dhabi
on Friday and is set to play Djokovic
in the final before flying to Perth.
His preparations for the Australian
Open could be curtailed, however,
after he felt pain in his left shoulder
during his win over Nadal.
The Scot was planning to have a
scan on his shoulder later Saturday.
"It s a bit sore. I don t know exactly
what happened," he said. "It was
quite painful at the end and it s quite
strange because I ve never had any-
thing happen to my left shoulder
before. I ll need to see how I am
when I wake up in the morning."
The Hopman Cup has already been
hit hard by injuries. Australia s Nick
Kyrgios, who beat Nadal in the fourth
round at Wimbledon last year, pulled
out with a back injury. Frenchman
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Radek Stepanek
of the Czech Republic and American
Jack Sock were also out due to injury.
In New Zealand, former No 1 Car-
oline Wozniacki and seven-time
Grand Slam winner Venus Williams
will headline the field at the ASB
Classic beginning Monday.
The Australian Open, the first
Grand Slam of the year, begins Jan.
19 in Melbourne.
CALIFORNIA---Stephen Curry had
32 points and 12 assists, Draymond
Green got his first career triple-
double and the Golden State War-
riors rolled past the Toronto Rap-
tors 126--105 on Friday night in a
matchup of conference leaders.
Green finished with 16 points, 13
assists and 11 rebounds, and three
others scored in double digits to help
the NBA-best Warriors (26--5) wear
down the Raptors (24--9) in the sec-
ond half. Golden State started the
third quarter on a 23--5 run.
Toronto s loss allowed Atlanta to
move into first in the East.
Greivis Vasquez scored 25 points,
and Kyle Lowry had 22 points and
eight assists for the Raptors, who
lost consecutive road games for the
first time this season. Toronto fell
to 2-3 on its six-game trip, which
ends at Phoenix today.
Mavericks 119, Celtics 101
Rajon Rondo scored the Maver-
icks first ten points in his return to
Boston and finished with a season-
Rondo had a career-high five 3-
pointers and also finished with six
rebounds and five assists in his first
game at TD Garden in an opponent s
uniform. The rebuilding Celtics trad-
ed the four-time All-Star to Dallas
Monta Ellis scored 22 points, Dirk
Nowitzki had 17 and Tyson Chandler
collected 16 rebounds to help the
Mavericks to their fourth consecutive
Avery Bradley scored 22 points for
the Celtics, and Tyler Zeller had 17
points and ten rebounds.
Thunder 109, Wizards 102
Kevin Durant scored 34 points to
help Oklahoma City get the win.
Durant was 12 for 18 from the field
in just 32 minutes, including a 4-
for-7 performance from 3-point
Russell Westbrook had 22 points
and six assists for the Thunder (17-
17), who reached .500 for the first
time this season. Oklahoma City
shot 53 per cent from the field to
win for the fourth time in five games.
Bradley Beal had 21 points, ten
rebounds and six assists for Wash-
ington, which has lost two in a row.
Andre Miller added a season-high
15 points, and John Wall had 14
points and 12 assists, but he made
just five of 13 shots.
Hawks 98, Jazz 92
Jeff Teague scored 25 points, and
surging Atlanta picked up another
The Hawks (24--8) have won three
straight and 19 of 22. Paul Millsap
had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and
Al Horford scored 13 points in
Atlanta s sixth consecutive win over
a Western Conference opponent.
Gordon Hayward scored 18 points
and reserve Dante Exum added 13
points for the Jazz. Utah (11--22) was
swept in the season series against
Atlanta for a second consecutive
Pelicans 111, Rockets 83
Ryan Anderson scored 22 points
and Tyreke Evans added 21, leading
New Orleans to the runaway win.
Dante Cunningham added 13
points for New Orleans, which
opened a double-digit lead in the
second quarter and led by as much
as 32 in the second half.
Omer Asik grabbed 11 rebounds,
and Anthony Davis accounted for
three of the Pelicans eight blocked
Dwight Howard scored 12 points
and James Harden had 11 for Hous-
ton, all in the first half. With his
starters ineffective early in the third
quarter, coach Kevin McHale opted
to play reserves during most of the
second half, a move apparently
designed to send a message while
resting prominent players in advance
of Houston s game on Saturday night
Grizzlies 109, Lakers 106
Mike Conley had 19 points and
nine assists, Marc Gasol scored 18
points and the Grizzlies edged the
Five players scored in double digits
for the Southwest Division-leading
Grizzlies, who maintained their one-
game lead over Dallas while beating
the Lakers for the ninth time in the
last 11 meetings and fifth time in a
row. Beno Udrih, the sixth and last
player off the Memphis bench, had
16 points in 19 minutes.
Ed Davis and reserve Jeremy Lin
each had 20 points for Los Angeles.
Kobe Bryant finished with 15 points,
nine rebounds and eight assists, but
missed a potential tying 3-pointer
at the buzzer.
Cavaliers 91, Hornets 87
Kevin Love scored 27 points, Kyrie
Irving had 23 and Cleveland ended
a three-game losing streak.
Tristan Thompson added 14 points
and 14 rebounds as the Cavaliers
won their first game since announc-
ing LeBron James would miss two
weeks with knee and back strains.
Dion Waiters finished with 17 points.
Love returned to the lineup after
missing one start with back spasms
and played 38 minutes. He was 9 of
15 from the field and helped the Cav-
aliers (19--14) take control of the
game with three straight 3-pointers
in the third quarter.
Gerald Henderson led Charlotte
(10--24) with 14 points. The Hornets
have lost five in a row. (AP)
Curry leads the Warriors past Raptors
Federer looks to have easy start to 2015
Roger Federer of
reacts during the
men's final match
Murray of Britain.
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) is defended by Toronto Raptors'
Amir Johnson during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, in
Oakland, California. AP PHOTO
Nets 100, Magic 98
Suns 112, 76ers 96
Pistons 97, Knicks 81
Pacers 94, Bucks 91
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