Reuters Sports News Summary

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Murray outmuscles Federer to reach Melbourne final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Andy Murray won a knock-down-drag-out

thriller of a scrap with Roger Federer on Friday to set up an

Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic and finally beat

the Swiss for the first time at a grand slam. Charged with

confidence after claiming his first grand slam title at last

year's U.S. Open and beating Federer in the Olympic final,

Murray met the Swiss as a peer and prevailed 6-4 6-7 6-3 6-7

6-2 after four hours of top quality tennis.

Azarenka eyes second straight Australian Open crown

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Defending champion Victoria Azarenka

will bid for back-to-back titles at Melbourne Park on Saturday

when she takes on China's late-blooming Li Na in the final of

the Australian Open. The 23-year-old Belarusian holds a 5-4

career record against former French Open champion Li, including

the last four of their encounters.

Commission adjourned pending UCI documents

LONDON (Reuters) - Cycling's world governing body has yet

to release any documents to an independent commission it set up

last year to investigate allegations over the Lance Armstrong

doping scandal, a hearing was told on Friday. "It amazes me

that we've had no documents whatsoever," Britain's 11-times

Paralympic champion Tanni Grey-Thompson, one of the three

members on the commission, told International Cycling Union

counsel Ian Mill.

Federer's mask slips as Murray gets under his skin



Injured Venus pulls out of Paris Open and Fed Cup match

PARIS (Reuters) - Former world number one Venus Williams

has pulled out of next week's Paris Open and February's Fed Cup

match against Italy with a back injury. The 32-year-old

American, who has been struggling to get back to her best after

suffering a serious autoimmune disease in 2011, was one of the

main attractions at the French event whose top seed will be

Italian world number seven Sara Errani.

Fisher a PGA Tour convert with rankings goal

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - With his world ranking having

plummeted out of the top 100 from a career-high 17th, Britain's

Ross Fisher felt the timing was right for him to try his hand

on the PGA Tour. So far, so good. The tall Englishman secured

his playing privileges on the U.S. circuit for this season by

tying for second in the tour's qualifying school and has made

an encouraging start to his 2013 campaign.

Agassi shocked, saddened by Armstrong confession

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Andre Agassi was shocked and saddened

by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's confession to using

performance-enhancing drugs and the eight-times grand slam

champion said tighter, more frequent dope testing procedures in

tennis would be good for the sport. The American, who

co-founded a philanthropic organization with Armstrong and

other athletes like Muhammad Ali, women's World Cup winner Mia

Hamm and NBA champion Alonzo Mourning, said he had been

convinced of Armstrong's innocence.

Anthony fires Knicks to win over Celtics


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Qatar leader Wood eyes maiden European Tour victory

DOHA (Reuters) - Briton Chris Wood will take a three-shot

lead into the final round of the Qatar Masters hoping to end an

elusive five-year search for his first win on the European

Tour. The 25-year-old Englishman looked set to have a promising

career when in 2008, while still an amateur, he finish tied for

fifth place behind Padraig Harrington in the British Open at

Royal Birkdale.

UCI wants to work with WADA on doping probe

LONDON (Reuters) - Cycling's world body cast doubt on the

role of its independent commission inquiry into the Lance

Armstrong scandal on Friday by favoring a broader probe with

anti-doping agency WADA into drugs use in the sport.

International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid told

reporters, after a procedural hearing of the independent

commission was adjourned until next week, that a process with

WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, now appeared to be the best

way forward.