Sports Briefs 1-19-14

DENNIS PASSA AP Sports Writer Published:

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Top-seeded Rafael Nadal and two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka looked as if they were in a hurry to get out for late dinners Saturday while posting straight-set victories in their night matches at the Australian Open.

Nadal continued his dominance of Gael Monfils, beating the Frenchman for the 10th time in 12 matches in a 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 victory in just over two hours to advance to a fourth-round match against Kei Nishikori.

The left-handed Spaniard didn't play here last year during a seven-month injury layoff, and said he was pleased to be back on a night session at Rod Laver Arena.

"It's very emotional for me to have the chance to be back here after missing last year," Nadal said. "I think this is my best match of the tournament so far."

Azarenka was equally as dominating in beating Yvonne Meusburger 6-1, 6-0 in exactly an hour.

Azarenka will play American Sloane Stephens in the next round in the reprise of an acrimonious semifinal here when Azarenka took a questionable medical timeout that turned the match in her favor.

Earlier, the girlfriend and boyfriend pair of Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov both advanced along with Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer.

• Football

Burke to Bengals: The Cincinnati Bengals have hired Matt Burke as linebackers coach, the position he held the last five seasons with the Detroit Lions.

Burke succeeds Paul Guenther, who was just promoted to defensive coordinator. The 37-year-old Burke also coached at Tennessee, and has 10 years of NFL coaching experience. He is a Hudson, Mass., native who played for Dartmouth.

Bess arrested: Cleveland Browns and former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess was arrested Friday on charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, the latest in a series of personal problems for the NFL player.

Hernandez can't watch football: Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez can't watch football on TV for his own safety, the sheriff in charge of the prison said on Saturday.

"When somebody with any kind of fame comes in, there are already wise guys who try to improve their own stature by hurting him," Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told The Associated Press. "We don't want to have any problems."

East beats West: Jimmy Garoppolo threw a second-quarter touchdown pass and Nevin Lawson returned a fourth-quarter fumble 5 yards for another TD to lead the East to a 23-13 victory in the 89th East-West Shrine game on Saturday.

Coastal Carolina's Matt Hazel scored on the 1-yard scoring pass from Garoppolo, the Eastern Illinois standout who completed nine of 14 passes for 100 yards and no interceptions. Arkansas' Zach Hocker kicked three field goals for the East, including a 56-yarder that snapped a 13-13 tie early in the fourth quarter.

Nevin, a cornerback from Utah State, scooped up a fumble forced by Western Kentucky's Andrew Jackson to put the East up 23-13 with 9:38 to go.

• Baseball

Masterson, Indians still far apart: Indians All-Star starter Justin Masterson has asked for $11.8 million in salary arbitration, a figure that's $3.75 million above the club's offer for 2014.

Masterson's gap -- Cleveland is offering $8.05 million -- is the largest among pending cases.

Earlier Friday, the Indians avoided salary arbitration with reliever Marc Rzepczynski by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1,375,000.

Scherzer, Tigers agree to deal:AL Cy Young Award winner has agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers for $15,525,000, setting himself up for an even bigger payday when he becomes eligible for free agency after the season. Detroit also reached one-year agreements with right-handers Rick Porcello and Al Alburquerque, and outfielders Andy Dirks and Austin Jackson. All had filed for arbitration.

• Golf

Reed leads: Another perfect day in the Coachella Valley. Another 9-under 63 for Patrick Reed in the Humana Challenge.

Reed broke the PGA Tour record for relation to par in the first three rounds of a tournament, finishing at 27-under Saturday to take a seven-stroke lead into the final round.

He birdied his final hole on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Private Course, hitting a wedge to 2 feet on the par-4 ninth. He also had an eagle, eight birdies and a bogey.

Mickelson surges: Phil Mickelson surged up the leaderboard with a 9-under 63 to put himself in second place after the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, while Rory McIlroy was hit with a two-shot penalty for a rules infraction that dropped him into a tie for fourth. Mickelson barely made the cut but had the best round of the day with nine birdies and an eagle coupled with two bogeys to sit two shots behind leader Craig Lee of Scotland. Lee shot a 69 for a 12-under 204 total.

• Elsewhere

Jamaica qualifies: The Jamaican bobsled team may be headed to another Olympics.

The catch: It needs a lot of money, and it needs it fast.

Olympic organizers said Saturday that Jamaica has qualified for the two-man competition at next month's Sochi Games, though it remains unclear if the fledgling squad will get a chance to race. Funding is a serious problem and sled driver Winston Watts told The Associated Press on Saturday that he's trying to raise as much as $80,000 in the next couple weeks to cover travel and equipment costs.

"Right now," Watts said, "we're at zero."

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