Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Nationals convince LaRoche to extend Washington stay 2013-01-09T045505Z_1_BRE90805J_RTROPTC_0_US-BASEBALL-NATIONALS. XML () -
Cowboys release defensive coordinator Ryan
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Timberwolves overcome lost Love to clip Hawks 2013-01-09T061915Z_2_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.
Isner out in Sydney as withdrawals continue
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Top seed John Isner was knocked out of the Sydney International by compatriot Ryan Harrison on Wednesday but at least he got out on court on a day when injury withdrawals continued to ravage Australian Open warm-up tournaments. Second seed Gilles Simon earlier pulled out before his last 16 match in Sydney with a neck injury, while Kei Nishikori and world number nine Janko Tipsarevic became the second and third players to quit the eight-man field at the Kooyong Classic.
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.