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Kentucky ranked no. 1, Ankiel signs with Royals


Rising Croat Marin Cilic advanced to his first career Grand Slam semifinal with a momentum-switching five-set victory over American Andy Roddick at the Australian Open. The seventh-seeded Roddick was suffering from a right shoulder injury in the first set, received medical attention and was getting blown out, but rallied before the 14th-seeded Cilic took charge in the final set and gained the Tuesday victory, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3. The 21- year-old Cilic played his third five-set match at this fortnight, also coming back from a 2-1 set deficit to beat Aussie Bernard Tomic in round two. He will play the winner of Tuesday's other quarterfinal between second-seeded former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, the defending champion, and fifth-seeded former U.S. Open runner-up Andy Murray.

Former world No. 1 Justine Henin and unseeded Chinese Zheng Jie advanced to the semifinals at the Australian Open with a pair of straight set wins. Henin defeated 19th-seeded Russian Nadia Petrova 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 in a match where both players were not in top form, recording more unforced errors than winners. The match featured nine breaks of serve in 24 games and 67 total errors -- only 26 from Henin. Henin is the third wildcard to advance past a Grand Slam quarterfinal and is the second to do it in as many events. Kim Clijsters, another Belgian who came out of retirement, became the first wildcard entry to win a Grand Slam, doing so in the 2009 U.S. Open. The other will be Henin's next opponent, as Zheng cruised past unseeded Russian Maria Kirilenko, 6-1, 6-3. Zheng advanced to the semis at Wimbledon in 2008 as a wildcard and will now be in her second-ever Grand Slam semifinal.


Kentucky, the lone remaining undefeated team in major men's college basketball, has ascended to the top of the rankings and is an undisputed choice according to the latest Associated Press poll. The Wildcats (19-0) received all 65 first-place votes and a total of 1,625 points from a nationwide media panel to move up one place and take the top spot for the first time since the final poll of the 2002-03 season. Kansas, Villanova, Syracuse and Michigan State all moved up one spot to round out the top five after Texas lost twice last week. The Longhorns had been the top-ranked team for two weeks, but dropped five places to sixth after losing at Kansas State and Connecticut for their first two setbacks of the season. Georgetown, Duke, West Virginia and Purdue comprise the remainder of this week's top 10.


Quarterbacks Donovan McNabb of Philadelphia and David Garrard of Jacksonville were among the 14 players selected for this week's Pro Bowl as replacements for the Pro Bowl members of the Super Bowl participants. With the Pro Bowl being played before the Super Bowl this year, the Pro Bowl selections from the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints will not play in the league's annual All-Star contest. McNabb will replace New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, while Garrard takes over for Indianapolis signal-caller Peyton Manning. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was also named an injury replacement for Minnesota's Brett Favre.


Bill Haas hit a gutsy three-iron into the 18th green Monday and two-putted for a birdie to win the Bob Hope Classic, capturing his first career title in 141 PGA Tour starts. Haas fired an eight-under 64 in the final round to win the 90-hole tournament, which required a Monday finish after Thursday was washed out by rain. He wasn't the first Haas to win the Hope. His better-known father, Jay, also won the tournament in 1988. They became the eighth father- son duo to win on the PGA Tour. Haas finished at 30-under 330, one shot ahead of Matt Kuchar, Tim Clark and Bubba Watson -- who all had a chance to win the tournament on the 18th hole.


Washington Wizards guard Javaris Crittenton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge on Monday stemming from an altercation with teammate Gilbert Arenas at the Verizon Center in December. Crittenton, according to a Washington paper, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and attempting to carry a pistol without a license. The report states the 22-year-old pled guilty to one of the misdemeanors while the other was dropped. He received a sentence of one year probation and $1,250 in fines, according to the paper.


The Kansas City Royals made it official on Monday and agreed to a one-year deal with outfielder Rick Ankiel. Terms of the contract for the former St. Louis Cardinal were not disclosed, but it includes a mutual option for 2011. One season after a career year that saw him hit 25 home runs and drive in 71 runs for the Cardinals, Ankiel struggled through a shoulder injury for most of 2009 with St. Louis and batted just .231 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI.


Florida State locked up new defensive coordinator Mark Stoops with a three- year contract on Monday. A Tallahassee paper reported the deal will pay Stoops $400,000 per year, including $195,000 for speaking and other public- relations engagements. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Stoops was hired this offseason after spending the previous six seasons as defensive coordinator at Arizona.


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