Clemson scored just one field goal over a stretch of over 17 minutes Sunday and North Carolina capitalized in a big way, leading to an 80-61 Tar Heel victory over the Tigers at the Dean Smith Center. North Carolina improved to 12-7 on the season and 2-4 in the ACC, while the Tigers fell to 13-6 overall, 4-3 in league play. Clemson is now 0-57 all-time in Chapel Hill.
Jerry Rice’s team won the first Pro Bowl in its new format over Deion Sanders’ team, getting the 22-21 win on a two-point conversion by the Carolina Panthers’ Mike Tolbert, after the Dallas Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray caught a 20-yard touchdown pass with 41 seconds left to play. The game was played in steady rain, but warm temperatures, in Hawaii, and saw six interceptions and nine sacks. Instead of playing by league, the Pro Bowl players were picked by the retired NFL stars, Rice and Sanders, for their teams in a new draft format intended to improve the game, a set-up that saw some usual teammates having to compete a against each other.
Stan Wawrinka is this year’s Australian Open champion, after defeating top-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 on Sunday in an upset to win his first Grand Slam title. Nadal was not only battling his eighth-seeded Swiss opponent, but injury as well, after hurting his back in the second set. On the women’s side, China’s fourth-seeded Li Na beat 20th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 7-6 (3), 6-0 on Saturday to take the title, her second Grand Slam championship after the 2011 French Open.