Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
"We expect Lance to be completely truthful": Livestrong
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The cancer foundation that Lance Armstrong founded said on Wednesday that it anticipates the former cyclist will be "completely truthful" in his chat with Oprah Winfrey set to air Thursday and Friday. "We expect Lance to be completely truthful and forthcoming in his interview and with all of us in the cancer community," the Austin, Texas-based Livestrong Foundation said in a statement.
Ruthless Djokovic, Sharapova lift Melbourne Park
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova scorched into the third round of the Australian Open with displays of ruthless dominance on Wednesday to bring some much-needed pizzazz to the main showcourts. Djokovic remained on course for a third successive title with a 6-1 6-2 6-3 demolition of Ryan Harrison, while Sharapova pummelled Misaki Doi 6-0 6-0 to become the first player in 28 years to hand out consecutive 'double-bagels' at a grand slam.
Federer and Murray in action as heat rises in Melbourne
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Tournament organizers have spared Roger Federer the worst of Thursday's expected extreme heat when he takes on Russian former world number three Nikolay Davydenko in the second round of the Australian Open. The temperature is expected to hit 39 degrees Celsius in Melbourne but the Swiss maestro is likely to commence play in the relative cool of the evening in the opening match of the late session at Rod Laver Arena.
Gold medalist Anthony hungry for London win
LONDON (Reuters) - Carmelo Anthony, fresh from an extreme self-imposed diet, is eager to help grow the NBA's global brand and position his New York Knicks for a title run when they face the Detroit Pistons in London on Thursday. The match marks the return of U.S. professional basketball to the O2 Arena, the same London stage where Anthony helped lead the United States to a gold medal at last year's Olympics.
Trestman hired as Chicago Bears head coach
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Nadal recovery on course, confirms return next month
MADRID (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal has passed the latest medical tests on his injured knee, the Spanish tennis federation (RFET) said on Wednesday as the world number four confirmed he would return after more than seven months out at the Brazil Open next month. "The tests confirm that Rafa's recovery is proceeding favorably," RFET doctor Angel Ruiz-Cotorro said.
Governing body sets up anti-doping helpline
PARIS (Reuters) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) has launched an anti-doping helpline for professional riders in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal, the world governing body said on Wednesday. "The free helpline, which will take calls in English and French, is for all athletes in the UCI Registered Testing Pool as well as any professional cyclists taking part in UCI competitions," the UCI said in a statement.
American Dufner may take out European Tour membership
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Jason Dufner is considering widening his horizons by competing more in Europe and could decide to become a member of the tour in future, the United States Ryder Cup player said on Wednesday. Dufner is 11th in the world rankings after winning twice on the U.S. PGA Tour last season and making his debut appearance in the Ryder Cup.
Rose and Kaymer back McGinley's selection as captain
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer, two heroes of Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup campaign at Medinah Country Club last year, have backed the choice of Paul McGinley as captain for the 2014 edition. The Players Committee announced on Tuesday that Irishman McGinley would skipper the holders against the United States in Gleneagles, Scotland next year.