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Sherman hopes baby takes time

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is hopeful that his son will be born after Super Bowl Sunday but should an early arrival occur, coach Pete Carroll says he will leave it to the player to decide how he responds.

Sherman's girlfriend Ashley is due to give birth sometime in early February and is in Phoenix for the game. That has raised questions over whether, if she went into labour tomorrow, Sherman would miss the game.

"That is up to Richard," Carroll said during his news conference. "Whenever our players have a personal or family issue that comes up, it's always about family first, and they have to decide what's best for them, and I support that. We will support that decision," Carroll said.

Sherman said. "I think he's going to be a disciplined young man and stay in there until after the game. He's going to do his father his first favour and stay in there for another week or two."

Djokovic focus on Murray in Oz final

tennis: Novak Djokovic reached a fifth Australian Open final, avenged a long and arduous loss to Stan Wawrinka and ensured he'd renew an old rivalry with Andy Murray.

The top-ranked Djokovic was so absorbed in the moment, he lost track of the score during yesterday's semi-final. His mental lapse after the third set probably cost him the fourth, but the four-time Australian Open champion recovered with three service breaks in the fifth set to beat defending champion Wawrinka 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.