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Armstrong confronts doping charges in interview: Oprah Winfrey
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong finally has confronted his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career, though he "did not come clean in the manner that I expected," talk show host Oprah Winfrey said a day after interviewing the disgraced athlete. Armstrong, 41, has always vehemently denied using the drugs and had never tested positive in a doping test. But the evidence against him has been overwhelming and pressure has been building on him to admit that he cheated.
Harrison says he could surprise Djokovic
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic was well aware of up and coming American Ryan Harrison, even stating that he knew how to beat the 20-year-old, but his second round Australian Open opponent is sure he may be able to give the world number one a surprise on Wednesday. Two-time defending champion Djokovic will meet Harrison, for the third time in their careers, on Rod Laver Arena, and said after his first round victory over Paul-Henri Mathieu that he felt he knew the American's game and how to beat him.
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Woods cannot wait for his season to start in Abu Dhabi
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - A refreshed and rejuvenated Tiger Woods cannot wait to launch his season at this week's $2.7-million Abu Dhabi Championship, the former world number one said on Tuesday. The 37-year-old American did not touch his clubs for a few weeks after the end of his 2012 campaign and, having gone through a series of injury-interrupted years in recent times, he is relishing the start of the new season.
Tumbling Serena leads Melbourne march of top seeds
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serena Williams refused to let a painful tumble divert her from her quest for a sixth Australian Open title on Tuesday as Roger Federer and Andy Murray progressed almost untroubled towards their goals on day two at Melbourne Park. Williams picked herself up to complete a resounding 6-0 6-0 victory over Edina Gallovits-Hall, a ruthless dominance that world number one and defending champion Victoria Azarenka was unable to replicate as she progressed to the second round.
UCI would ask repentant Armstrong to testify
PARIS (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong would be asked to testify to the commission investigating allegations made against the International Cycling Union (UCI) if reports about his doping confession are true, world cycling's governing body said on Tuesday. The American - stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life - has finally admitted using performance-enhancing drugs in an interview with Oprah Winfrey to be aired on Thursday, USA Today reported.
Irishman McGinley named Europe's Ryder Cup skipper
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Ireland's Paul McGinley has been appointed captain of Europe's Ryder Cup team for the biennial match against the United States next year, the Players' Committee said on Tuesday. The 46-year-old, who holed the winning putt in the 2002 match at The Belfry, edged former skipper Colin Montgomerie in a vote taken by the 15-man committee in Abu Dhabi.
Bring on the heat, says man-for-all seasons Federer
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Searing heat forecast to hit Melbourne Park's second round matches on Thursday holds no fear for Roger Federer, who welcomed the chance to test his 31-year-old body in extreme conditions. The Swiss maestro played his opening match of the Australian Open in far gentler weather on Tuesday, trouncing France's Benoit Paire 6-2 6-4 6-1 on a sun-drenched afternoon at Rod Laver Arena.
Improving American women making up for men's decline
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - For American tennis, it seems that when one door closes, another opens. The retirement of Andy Roddick, illness of Mardy Fish and injury to John Isner meant that Sam Querrey is the only American to be seeded on the men's side at the Australian Open.
Jazz stifle Heat as Miami's road woes continue
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