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Martin Brodeur called it a career Thursday, ending a spectacular 22 seasons in the NHL. The 42-year-old goaltender backstopped New Jersey to three Stanley Cup titles and won the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender four times during his 21 seasons with the Devils. He signed with St. Louis in December after Blues goaltender Brian Elliott was injured and appeared in seven games before taking some time off to make a decision on his future. Brodeur, who will remain with the Blues as a senior advisor to the general manager, owns NHL regular-season records with 1,266 games played, 691 wins and 125 shutouts, while his 24 playoff shutouts are also first and his 113 postseason wins rank second all-time.


Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will meet in the women's final of the Australian Open after both cruised to straight-set semifinal victories Thursday. Williams, looking to win her sixth Aussie Open title, took out fellow American Madison Keys 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, while Sharapova reached her 10th career Grand Slam final after beating Russian countrymate Ekaterina Makarova. Sharapova, seeded No. 2 behind Williams, rolled to a 6-3, 6-2 win in just 87 minutes. The 33-yard-old Williams will be trying for her 19th Grand Slam championship and 65th career title overall. She is 5-0 in Australian Open finals and owns a 16-2 lifetime mark against Sharapova.

Andy Murray earned a fourth trip to the Australian Open men's final on Thursday with a four-set semifinal victory over Tomas Berdych. Murray posted a 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 triumph and on Sunday will try for his first title in the year's first major. The sixth-seeded Scot previously fell in the 2010 title match to Roger Federer before losing finals in 2011 and 2013 to Novak Djokovic. On Sunday, he could again face Djokovic, who will meet defending champion Stan Wawrinka on Friday in the second men's semifinal.


Not only is the Super Bowl in Arizona this week, but so is the PGA Tour for the annual stop at the Phoenix Open. Tiger Woods is making his 2015 debut this week and will play at the TPC Scottsdale for the first time since 2001. Other top players in this week's field include three-time Phoenix winner Phil Mickelson, Masters champion Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler. Shawn Stefani has the lead at 6-under par, while Keegan Bradley is next at minus-five.

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