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On a great night of college hoops and LeBron James' return from injury, late night tennis and Venus Williams' ugly outfit at the Australian Open stole the show. If you missed any of it, we've got you covered.
NCAA men's basketball: In the only match-up of top 25 teams, No. 22 Illinois beat No. 18 Michigan State, 71-62. It was the Illini's first win over a ranked Big Ten opponent in their last six such games. Illinois now leads the all-time series 55-54. ... Alabama pulled off the upset of the night (despite nearly blowing a 20-point lead), holding off No. 12 Kentucky, 68-66. The Crimson Tide are now a perfect 10-0 at home this season and are in first place in the SEC West. ... Jimmer Watch 2011 continues as Fredette scored 21 to lead No. 9 BYU over TCU. ... One of the more remarkable streaks in sports history continued as UNC beat Clemson 85-75. The Tar Heels have won an NCAA-record 55 straight home games against the Tigers dating back to 1926. Clemson has never won at North Carolina.
NCAA women's basketball: No. 10 Notre Dame easily handled visiting No. 17 Georgetown, 80-58. ... No. 22 St. Johns crushed visiting Cincinnati, 63-34.
NBA: LeBron James scored 34 points in his return from an ankle injury, but the Miami Heat now has lost a season-high four straight after a 93-89 OT loss to Atlanta. It was the Hawks' fourth win at Miami since 1996. ... In the only other game of the night Charlotte surprised the Bulls, 83-82, snapping a three-game road losing streak at Chicago.
Australian Open: Gilles Simon stood in the way of Roger Federer's quest to repeat as Australian Open champion, and for a while it seemed like Simon would pull off the upset. He had, after all, beaten Federer in their two previous meetings. But Federer broke Simon in the fifth set to take a 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Simon. (9) Fernando Verdasco pulled off a stunning comeback against Janko Tipsarevic to survive in five sets. (4) Venus Williams gutted out a three-set win, overcoming a groin injury and a dreadful outfit. Notable seeded players to advance into the third round include (1) Caroline Wozniacki, (6) Thomas Berdych, (8) Andy Roddick, (11) Justine Henin and (14) Maria Sharapova.