Reuters Sports News Summary

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Armstrong stripped of 2000 bronze medal

LONDON (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong was stripped of his 2000 Olympic Games cycling time trial bronze medal by the International Olympic Committee on Thursday, continuing the once dominant American rider's spectacular fall from grace after a doping storm. "We have written asking for the return of the medal from the Sydney 2000 Games," an IOC official told Reuters after the decision to take away the last major title held by the disgraced American.

Armstrong faces tough climb to redemption: marketing experts

LONDON (Reuters) - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong faces a tough battle to salvage his image as the usual strategy by fallen stars of confession, apology and making amends may not be enough to appease an angry public, according to crisis management experts. Banned for life and stripped of his race titles, Armstrong will break his silence over his alleged drug use in an interview aired on Thursday with the queen of confessions, U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

Federer and Serena make light of Melbourne scorcher

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer and Serena Williams showed there was plenty of life left in their relatively old legs by easing into the third round of the Australian Open on a day when sweltering heat tested the stamina of thirtysomething and teenager alike. Sunscreen and icepacks were the order of the day on Thursday as temperatures hit 40 degrees Celsius in the late afternoon but 31-year-old Federer was coolness personified in the early evening as he dismissed Nikolay Davydenko 6-3 6-4 6-4.

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Clinton aims for Obama's seal of approval at Challenge

LA QUINTA, California (Reuters) - While Bill Clinton's involvement with the Humana Challenge has given the tournament a much needed boost, the former U.S. president hopes to add further luster with a visit by President Barack Obama. Both men are keen amateur golfers and Clinton believes Obama would relish a trip to the California desert to see what the $5.6 million PGA Tour event is doing away from the course to help raise awareness about health.

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Another double bagel unlikely as Sharapova meets Venus

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - After serving up a 'double, double bagel', second seed Maria Sharapova could find herself packing her bags for her next tournament on Friday after she meets Venus Williams in the third round of the Australian Open. Sharapova has barely been pushed in her successive 6-0 6-0 victories over Olga Puchkova and Misaki Doi at Melbourne Park and while Williams has slipped down the rankings due to injuries and a fatigue-inducing illness, the Russian is not expecting anything other than a taut battle on Rod Laver Arena.

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Notre Dame hoax tip was emailed: editor

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The tip that led to the revelation that one of the most widely recounted U.S. sports narratives of the past year was a hoax came to the editors of an online sports blog as many of their news tips do: an unsolicited email. That email led assignment editor Timothy Burke on the hunt of a story that exposed the heart-wrenching tale of standout Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's dead girlfriend as a fabrication, Burke said on CNN on Thursday.