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Sports This Weekend
 
As the football world focuses on "Deflategate" (more on that below) and next weekend's Super Bowl, here's what else is going on in sports. 

Australian Open
 
The top-10 men looked to be on cruise control through the first two rounds, but the surprise of the tournament came early Friday as unseeded Andreas Seppi of Italy knocked Roger Federer out of the tournament in their third-round match. There have been a few upsets on the women's side as well, as No. 5 Ana Ivanovic crashed out in the first round and No. 8 Caroline Wozniacki lost in Round 2.

The third round continues Friday and Saturday. It mostly features top players against those outside the top-30, but if the Federer match was any indication, there should be some entertaining games. Round 4 begins Sunday and the quarterfinals early next week. You can check out the brackets here.  
 
NHL All-Star Game 

The best from the hockey world gather this weekend in Columbus. The festivities kick off on Friday night with the fantasy draft, where captains Nick Foligno of the hometown Blue Jackets and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks choose teams from a group of selected players. Then on Saturday, the All-Stars and some league rookies take part in a skills competition. The weekend concludes with the All-Star Game itself. Sunday at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
 

The sad state of the 
NFL Pro Bowl

The NFL's version of an All-Star Game also goes this weekend in Arizona, but it is generally considered the least exciting from the four major sports. There are so many injuries and absences, it feels like half the league is invited instead of those truly deserving.

It's Bad
Just look at the QB situation. The NFL had to reach all the way down to 13th-ranked Andy Dalton just to find enough QBs to fill out each roster. That's the Pro Bowl in a nutshell — Dalton threw an embarrassing 17 interceptions to just 19 touchdowns and is an All-Star. 
For those still interested, the game is on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.  
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Ever wonder what it'd be like to get drilled in the face by an Alex Ovechkin slapshot? The net cam found out the hard way, taking a one-timed slapshot right to the lens. Try not to squint. The goal was Ovie's 13th in the last 15 games.
 
Ovechkin Goal Cam Slapshot
Up for Discussion
 
Since it appears the Patriots deflated their game balls on Sunday to make 'em easier for Tom Brady to throw, they should be disqualified from the Super Bowl and coach Belichick should be suspended for at least a full year.

Showing up at girlfriend Lindsey Vonn's World Cup skiing event inexplicably missing a front tooth and wearing a grimacing skull mask proves that Tiger Woods is now more a freak show than an athlete.


Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy gave the worst coaching performance of his career last Sunday and is ultimately the one to blame for the Packers' collapse. 
News This Week

From the NBA
Move over, LeBron James — Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors is the new leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game. Curry will be joined by Kobe Bryant, Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin and Marc Gasol as West starters. LeBron led the Eastern Conference in votes and will start alongside John Wall, Kyle Lowry, Carmelo Anthony and Pau Gasol. The game goes Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden. 

More from the NBA
Kobe Bryant's selection to the West squad, despite the fact that he's having an awful season, might not actually matter because of a torn rotator cuff suffered in Wednesday's game. He'll be reevaluated on Friday, but if it's determined that he needs surgery, he'll miss the rest of the season. 

From the NHL
Tough break for hockey fans as superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will both miss this weekend's All-Star Game due to injuries. Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will also miss the event in his home arena after being hurt in Wednesday's game. 
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