Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Oprah's task: Turn Armstrong audience into regular OWN viewers 2013-01-17T050522Z_1_BRE90G06A_RTROPTC_0_US-OPRAH-LANCEARMSTRON G.XML () -
World awaits Armstrong "confession"
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A road to redemption, or a path to prison? The jury is still out on exactly what Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey will mean for the disgraced cyclist. Lawyers are divided on what the legal implications will be if, as expected, Armstrong admits to using performance drugs when the first part of his interview with Winfrey is broadcast from 9:30 p.m. EST on Thursday (0230 GMT on Friday).
Pound expects no apologies from Armstrong 2013-01-17T015334Z_1_BRE90G03V_RTROPTC_0_US-CYCLING-ARMSTRONG-P OUND.XML () -
Stanley Cup chase promises thrills and free hot dogs
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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.
Football star Te'o's girlfriend and her death a hoax, U.S. college says 2013-01-17T050929Z_3_BRE90G03Y_RTROPTC_0_US-USA-FOOTBALL-HOAX.X ML () -
Azarenka continues dominant dance in Melbourne
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka again highlighted the gap between the top tier of women's tennis and the rest of the field by demolishing Eleni Daniilidou of Greece in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday. A day after Maria Sharapova dished out a second successive 'double bagel' to an overmatched opponent at Melbourne Park, Azarenka was just as ruthless in dispatching Daniilidou 6-1 6-0 in 55 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.
Brady prepping for match of wits with Ravens 2013-01-16T223232Z_1_BRE90F1KW_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-PLAYOFFS-AFC-BR ADY.XML () -
Rays' Price sees scramble for AL East title
NEW YORK (Reuters) - American League Cy Young winner David Price expects the AL East race to be a mad scramble in 2013 with all five teams posing a legitimate chance at capturing the division title. "It's going to be very exciting. Every AL East game is going to be like potentially a postseason game for us." Price told Reuters in a recent interview while shooting a commercial for MLB 2K13 after supplanting Justin Verlander as both Cy Young winner and cover boy for the video game.