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Thursday, January 27, 2011
What we're watching, er, DVRing


We're deep into the second week of the Australian Open, and the 16-hour time difference between Melbourne and New York is starting to wear on me. But there's no rest for the weary: the second men's semifinal is tonight. Here's the docket on the tennis and hoops I'll be following tonight ... right after I've picked up a refill of under-eye concealer.

Australian Open: After 11 consecutive men's major finals included either Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, or both, neither of the world's top two players will be vying for the trophy on Sunday night. World No. 3 Novak Djokovic took Federer out in straight sets last night to make his first Aussie Open final since he won the title Down Under in 2008. (It's also the Serb's second straight Grand Slam final; he lost to Nadal in the U.S. Open final last September.) Djokovic's opponent in Sunday's final will be the winner of tonight's second semifinal between David Ferrer, who stunned his Spanish countryman Nadal in straight sets in the quarters, and great Scot Andy Murray. A finalist at last year's Australian Open, Murray is seeking a spot in the third Grand Slam final of his career -- and his first major title. Ferrer holds a 3-2 advantage over Murray in career meetings, but all the Spaniard's wins came on clay, while Murray claimed both hard-court victories.

The match starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday night Melbourne time, so set your alarm (or your DVR) for 3:30 a.m. Friday on the East Coast, or half past midnight on the West Coast.

Women's college basketball: No. 11 Michigan State, off to its best start in school history with an 18-2 record, heads to Iowa City to take on the 15-5 Iowa Hawkeyes.

NBA: The New York Knicks host the Chris Bosh-less Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden tonight. With Bosh out with a high ankle sprain and Dwyane Wade struggling with migraines, the Heat, losers of four of their last five, look for their eighth straight win over the Knicks.