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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Serena Williams wore a fitted pink blazer into her second-round match at the Australian Open, giving the impression she wasn’t feeling the heat.

And after her 6-1, 6-2 win over Vesna Dolonc on Wednesday, the second consecutive scorching day at the season’s first major, Williams said she could remember hotter matches.

By extending her winning stretch to 24 matches dating back to August, and improving her career mark to 60-8 at Melbourne Park, she also equaled Margaret Court’s record 60 match wins at the Australian Open in the Open era.

The heat topped 104 degrees during the 63-minute match, and later peaked at just under 108 degrees during Novak Djokovic’s 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 win over Leonardo Mayer. Second-seeded Djokovic, aiming to be the first man in the Open era to win four consecutive Australian Open titles, didn’t face a break point.

Other seeded included No. 4 Li Na and No. 9 Angelique Kerber in the women’s bracket and No. 3 David Ferrer, No. 7 Tomas Berdych and No. 9 Richard Gasquet in the men’s half of the draw.



NEW YORK (AP) - Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel clinched the Eastern Conference coaching spot for next month’s NBA All-Star game.

The Pacers improved to 30-7 with their 116-92 victory over Sacramento, guaranteeing they will have the best winning percentage in the East among eligible teams. Miami’s Erik Spoelstra is ineligible after coaching in last year’s game.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol returned to action against the Oklahoma City Thunder after spraining a left knee ligament less than eight weeks ago.

He played 24 minutes and finished with 12 points the Grizzlies’ 90-87 victory.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama congratulated the NBA champion Miami Heat for showing the “heart and determination” it takes to sit atop the league.

It was a return visit to the White House for the team in honor of its second straight title.

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