Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Stanley Cup chase promises thrills and free hot dogs
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"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.
Devils sign center Zajac to long-term deal 2013-01-16T212418Z_1_BRE90F1HU_RTROPTC_0_US-NHL-DEVILS-ZAJAC.XM L () -
UCI independent commission announces public hearing
PARIS (Reuters) - The International Cycling Union's (UCI) independent commission inquiry into allegations made against the world governing body during the Lance Armstrong scandal will hold a public hearing into setting up a "truth and reconciliation" process. The independent commission said on Wednesday that several parties had told it that such a process, with a full or partial amnesty being offered to those involved in professional cycling who confessed to past involvement in doping, should be included in the inquiry.
Brady prepping for match of wits with Ravens 2013-01-16T223232Z_1_BRE90F1KW_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-PLAYOFFS-AFC-BR ADY.XML () -
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.
Ravens get rare do-over in AFC title rematch with Patriots 2013-01-16T204535Z_1_BRE90F1FV_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-PLAYOFFS-AFC.XM L () -
Eagles appoint Oregon's Kelly as head coach 2013-01-16T184730Z_2_BRE90F18C_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-EAGLES-COACH.XM L () -
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.