Hardwood heroes and hard-court stars
Women's college basketball: The battle of top 10 teams didn't materialize into much of a battle after all, as No. 4 Stanford thumped No. 8 UCLA 64-38. The win was the Cardinal's ninth straight and 11th in 12 games against the Bruins, who fell for the first time in their last 14 Pac-10 contests. Kayla Pedersen put up 18 points and 10 boards to lead Stanford to a remarkable 55th consecutive home win.
Men's college basketball: No. 20 Washington topped No. 25 Arizona 85-68 in Seattle. The Huskies got 22 points apiece from Isaiah Thomas and Justin Holiday. The win gave Washington sole possession of first place in the Pac-10.
NBA: The Bulls hung on to beat the Mavs 82-77 at the United Center in Chicago. With the loss, Dallas's road skid extended to five straight. Derrick Rose led the way for the home team with 26 points, while Dirk Nowitzki paced the Mavs with 19. In the middle of their game with the 76ers, Bobcats teammates found out that their big man, Tyrus Thomas, will miss up to two months with a knee injury. Despite the sour news, they battled behind a career-high 31 points from D.J. Augustin to top Philly 100-97. Out in Portland, the Clippers' Eric Gordon scored 35 points in a losing effort, as the Blazers won 108-93 and clipped the Clips' three-game win streak.
Australian Open: On Friday in Melbourne, two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova ousted Justine Henin, a seven-time major champ and a finalist last year, 6-4, 7-6 (8). No. 14 seed Maria Sharapova, winner of three career Slam singles titles, needed three sets to defeat Germany's Julia Goerges and advance to the fourth round for the first time since she won the Aussie Open title in 2008. On the men's side, No. 2 Roger Federer cruised into the fourth round with a straight sets win over Xavier Malisse, while No. 8 seed Andy Roddick had 32 aces en route to a four-set defeat of the Netherlands' Robin Haase.