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Nationals convince LaRoche to extend Washington stay 2013-01-09T045505Z_1_BRE90805J_RTROPTC_0_US-BASEBALL-NATIONALS. XML () -
Coach Adelman misses game but Timberwolves still beat Hawks 2013-01-09T041811Z_1_BRE90805F_RTROPTC_0_US-NBA-TIMBERWOLVES.XM L () -
Armstrong to break silence in Oprah interview 2013-01-09T030232Z_1_BRE90804P_RTROPTC_0_US-CYCLING-ARMSTRONG-O PRAH.XML () -
Armstrong offered donation to anti-doping agency: report 2013-01-08T203329Z_1_BRE9070Z0_RTROPTC_0_US-CYCLING-ARMSTRONG.X ML () -
Jets sack offensive coordinator Sparano after losing season 2013-01-08T191425Z_1_BRE9070W1_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-JETS-SPARANO.XM L () -
Oakley challenges Nike over McIlroy move
LONDON (Reuters) - American sunglasses maker Oakley has launched legal action to try to retain its sponsorship of world number one golfer Rory McIlroy who is set to become the new face of sportswear giant Nike <NKE.N>. U.S. PGA champion McIlroy is poised to rubber-stamp a 10-year deal with U.S. company Nike worth as much as $250 million, according to media reports.
More withdrawals hit Australian Open warm-ups
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Gilles Simon, Radek Stepanek and Kei Nishikori all pulled out of Australian Open warm-up events on Wednesday as fields at the tournaments in the week running up to the year's first grand slam continued to be depleted by injury. Frenchman Simon, who sustained a neck injury playing doubles on Tuesday, and Czech Stepanek withdrew from the men's draw at the Sydney International, while Japan's Nishikori was forced to pull out of the Kooyong Classic with a knee injury.
Donald to make Malaysian Open debut in March 2013-01-08T113821Z_1_BRE9070D8_RTROPTC_0_US-GOLF-ASIA-MALAYSIA. XML () -
Johnson wins windswept PGA season-opener at Kapalua
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Alabama's Saban shoots down talk of move to NFL
MIAMI (Reuters) - University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban, showered with acclaim after a fourth national title, said on Tuesday he has no desire to return to the National Football League and that the college game is where he belongs. Saban's Crimson Tide won their second successive national title on Monday and third in four years with a 42-14 hammering of Notre Dame.