Roger Federer extended his own record with his 16th career Grand Slam title on Sunday, besting Scotland's Andy Murray in three sets to capture the Australian Open crown. The top-seeded and world No. 1 Federer earned a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (13-11) triumph for his fourth career Australian Open title to match Andre Agassi for the most men's championships in Melbourne during the Open Era. The Swiss superstar was the runner-up last year to Rafael Nadal and also won the Aussie Open crown in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Murray was appearing in his second career Grand Slam final, also falling to Federer in the 2008 U.S. Open title match. A British man still has not won a major title since Fred Perry in 1936.
The Toronto Maple Leafs pulled off a pair of trades on Sunday in an effort to shake up a team languishing in the basement of the Eastern Conference standings. First Toronto completed a seven-player deal with Calgary, acquiring defenseman Dion Phaneuf, forward Fredrik Sjostrom and defense prospect Keith Aulie from the Flames in exchange for forwards Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers and Matt Stajan, as well as defenseman Ian White. The Leafs then picked up former Conn Smythe-winning goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for goaltender Vesa Toskala and forward Jason Blake.
The NFL's best -- a solid majority anyway -- were in action on Sunday, and the AFC downed the NFC, 41-34, at Sun Life Stadium in the 40th edition of the Pro Bowl. Houston's Matt Schaub got the AFC out to a fast start with touchdown passes to Texans teammate Andre Johnson and Denver's Brandon Marshall. Schaub finished with 189 yards on 13-of-17 attempts and took home the MVP award. San Diego's Vincent Jackson caught seven passes for 122 yards with a TD from Jacksonville's David Garrard, who ended with 183 yards on 8-of-14 attempts and handed off to Jaguars teammate Maurice Jones-Drew for a rushing score. Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay threw for 197 yards and two TDs on 15- of-19 attempts for the NFC, which had won the previous two installments of this contest. DeSean Jackson of Philadelphia caught a pair of touchdowns and had 101 yards on six receptions in defeat.
Colts standout defensive end Dwight Freeney reportedly has ligament damage in his ankle, putting his status for Super Bowl XLIV into question. The NFL Network is one of several media outlets citing sources close to the situation as confirming Freeney's status. The NFL Network's report indicated the Colts organization issued a statement in response to the reports, stating that Freeney had a "low, third-degree ankle injury. Similar to a basketball (ankle) injury. We feel he'll be questionable (for the game)."
New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul will have his injured knee examined by the team medical staff on Monday, according to a report from the Times- Picayune. The paper reported late Sunday that Paul confirmed the meeting but did not indicate whether he would have to undergo surgery. Paul is currently leading the Hornets in scoring (20.4 ppg) and tops the NBA in assists (11.2 apg).
Ben Crane rolled in a tricky three-foot par putt at the 18th hole Sunday to hang on and win the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Crane shot a two- under 70 in the final round to come from behind and win. Marc Leishman (68), Brandt Snedeker (69) and Michael Sim (71) shared second place just one stroke out at 12-under 276. This was Crane's third PGA Tour crown and his first in almost five years. His last victory came at the 2005 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee and his first title was at the 2003 BellSouth Classic. Ernie Els (69), Alex Prugh (66), Michael Allen (65) and Rickie Fowler (70) tied for fifth at minus-11. Phil Mickelson, a three-time champion, was only four back to start the final round, but bogeyed his first three holes to immediately fall out of contention.