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Sportshorts for Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014

Published: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 12:04 a.m. CDT

NFL

Fox, CBS submit bids for games

Fox and CBS have submitted bids for the rights to broadcast as many as eight Thursday night National Football League games.

Based on the reported $950 million that NBC pays for its package of 19 NFL Sunday night games, an eight-game lineup could be worth $400 million or more. Representatives for both networks did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

TENNIS

Djokovic extends winning streak to 27

MELBOURNE, Australia – Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 27 matches, and stayed on track for a fourth consecutive Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 win Friday over Denis Istomin.

Before rain cooled things off at Melbourne Park, Serena Williams persevered through a fourth day of searing temperatures to also advance.

Five-time champion Williams equaled Margaret Court’s Australian Open mark of 60 match wins with her second-round victory, and beat that in the third round when she also matched Lindsay Davenport’s record of 69 main-draw matches here in the Open era.

On Sunday, she’ll play former No. 1-ranked Ana Ivanovic, who beat 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur 6-7 (8), 6-4, 6-2.

MLB

Sox reach deals with Beckham, De Aza

The Chicago White Sox avoided arbitration with second baseman Gordon Beckham and outfielder Alejandro De Aza on Friday, agreeing to 1-year contracts with both players.

Beckham will receive $4.175 million in base salary in 2014, while De Aza will receive $4.25 million.

OLYMPICS

Putin: Russia is not ‘going after’ gays

Russia is not “going after” gays, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday, defending a ban on “propaganda of homosexuality” that has brought criticism from the West ahead of the Winter Olympics.

The Kremlin hopes the games, starting on Feb. 7 in the city of Sochi on the Black Sea, will showcase Russia’s modern face more than 2 decades after the Soviet Union collapsed.

Stockholm pulls plug on bid

Stockholm has surprisingly pulled the financial plug on its bid to host the 2022 winter Olympics, with the Swedish city’s ruling Moderate party saying on Friday that investing in the Games was not attractive enough.

AUTO RACING

Schumacher remains stable in hospital

Michael Schumacher reportedly remained in stable condition in a French hospital Friday following a skiing accident last month that left the legendary Formula One driver with severe head injuries and in a medically induced coma.

 

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