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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 January, 2014, 4:10am
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 January, 2014, 4:10am

Australian Open concludes in Melbourne

Li Na will hope its third time lucky when she plays in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships today. Runner-up last year and in 2011, the 31-year-old from Wuhan will battle Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova, the 20th seed, for the trophy. First-time nerves cost Li dearly when she was overhauled by Belgian Kim Clijsters in 2011, and last year it was two unlucky tumbles on the hard court against Victoria Azarenka that took their toll on Asia's first grand slam singles winner. Meanwhile, Stanislas Wawrinka will make his first appearance in a grand slam final when he plays Rafael Nadal for the men's singles title on Sunday. Nadal beat Wawrinka's Swiss compatriot Roger Federer in straight sets in the semi-finals.


India commemorates Republic Day

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be the chief guest in New Delhi as India celebrates Republic Day tomorrow. Republic Day is held to honour the date on which India's constitution came into force in 1950 and is marked by a colourful parade that showcases the country's military might and cultural diversity.


Daft Punk hope to get lucky at Grammys

For decades, even as electronic music sold millions of albums around the world, it was virtually ignored by the music industry's most prestigious awards show. But at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles tomorrow, one of the cornerstone dance acts of the past two decades - Daft Punk  - are up for four awards, including album and record of the year. The French duo's record-of-the-year nomination Get Lucky has sold more than three million copies in the United States. Over the past decade, the awards show has featured some unlikely duets - this year Daft Punk will perform with Stevie Wonder, while Robin Thicke is expected to croon Blurred Lines with rock pensioners Chicago.


Flower markets add colour to Lunar New Year

Several flower markets around the city will open from today to give Lunar New Year shoppers the opportunity to search for the perfect bloom to bring them good luck for the coming year. Markets, including those at the city's two most popular sites at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay and Fa Hui Park in Mong Kok, will be open from noon to midnight until January 31. Entry is free.


City aim to keep quadruple dream alive

Manager Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City face second tier Watford in the fourth round of the FA Cup today with an unprecedented "quadruple" of trophies still in their sights. No team in English football history has won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and European Champions League in the same season, although Manchester United came close in 1999 with a "treble" that excluded the League Cup. Elsewhere, Liverpool travel to Championship side Bournemouth, FA Cup holders Wigan are at home to Crystal Palace, and third division Stevenage will look to cause a shock when Everton travel south.