Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Armstrong admits doping in "toxic" tale
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong ended years of vehement denial on Thursday by finally coming clean and admitting he had cheated his way to a record seven Tour de France titles with systematic use of banned, performance-enhancing drugs. Confessing his "toxic" tale to chat show host Oprah Winfrey, the cyclist described himself as a "flawed character" while at last owning up to being at the center of one of the biggest drugs scandals in world sport.
Armstrong confession a convenient truth, says WADA 2013-01-18T170853Z_1_BRE90H102_RTROPTC_0_US-CYCLING-ARMSTRONG-W ADA.XML () -
Suns part ways with head coach Gentry 2013-01-18T193838Z_1_BRE90H164_RTROPTC_0_US-NBA-SUNS-GENTRY.XML () -
Lysacek withdraws from U.S. championships 2013-01-18T230507Z_1_BRE90H1D6_RTROPTC_0_US-FIGURESKATING-US-LY SACEK.XML () -
Captain McGinley blown away by whirlwind reaction
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Paul McGinley sported a grin as wide as the 18th green at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club on Friday as he explained how he had been blown away by the reaction to his appointment as Europe's 2014 Ryder Cup captain. The 46-year-old Irishman was almost certain to miss the halfway cut at the Abu Dhabi Championship after carding a one-over-par 73 for a five-over tally of 149.
Alicia Keys to perform anthem at Super Bowl 2013-01-18T202415Z_1_BRE90H17Z_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-SUPERBOWL-ANTHE M-KEYS.XML () -
Cash-strapped Khimki light up Euroleague
BELGRADE (Reuters) - The princes and paupers of Europe's premier club basketball competition celebrated wins in the latest round of matches with Khimki Moscow stealing the show from more illustrious and wealthier city rivals CSKA on Friday. Both teams moved a step closer to the playoffs after Khimki ended a week-long strike over unpaid wages with an 88-67 home whitewash of quadruple Euroleague winners Maccabi Tel Aviv while CSKA enjoyed an 87-73 away rout of Lithuanians Zalgiris Kaunas.
Giants agree to $8 million deal with Posey 2013-01-18T222549Z_1_BRE90H1C4_RTROPTC_0_US-BASEBALL-GIANTS-POS EY.XML () -
Kaepernick the X Factor in tightly matched NFC title game 2013-01-18T184242Z_1_BRE90H144_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-PLAYOFFS-FALCON S-PREVIEW.XML () -
WADA chief dismisses Armstrong's "clean after 2005" claim 2013-01-18T194459Z_1_BRE90H16F_RTROPTC_0_US-CYCLING-ARMSTRONG-W ADA-FAHEY.XML () -