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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Blackhawks spoil Kings' coronation with easy win
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Chicago Blackhawks spoiled the Los Angeles Kings' opening day party when the visitors eased to a 5-2 victory over the Stanley Cup champions as the strike-shortened NHL season finally got underway on Saturday. Confronted by a hostile Staples Center crowd already whipped into frenzy after the pre-game unveiling of the championship banner, Chicago quickly put a lid on the fervor with three unanswered goals in the opening period.
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Kings unveil championship banner as season finally opens
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles Kings fans waited 45 years for their first Stanley Cup so the 223-day wait from winning goal to unveiling their championship banner on Saturday was worth it. After a long lockout delayed a new season that was scheduled to start in October, the Kings finally hit the ice prior to their opener against the Chicago Blackhawks to accept championship rings and unveil the banner before a full house at the Staples Center.
Stallings charges five ahead at Challenge
LA QUINTA, California (Reuters) - Scott Stallings, helped by a pair of eagles, surged five strokes clear of the field with a sizzling display of golf in the third round of the Humana Challenge on Saturday. One shot off the pace overnight, Stallings fired a nine-under-par 63 on the Nicklaus Private course at PGA West, one of three venues hosting the tournament renowned for its low scoring in the California desert.
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Lifetime ban is "death penalty," says Armstrong
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong says he received the "death penalty" for using performance-enhancing drugs and lying about it for over a decade, but the disgraced cyclist still harbors a strong desire to compete and hopes his lifetime ban will one day be lifted. In contrast to the impassive confessions to doping Armstrong gave in the first part of his interview with U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey on Thursday, Armstrong struggled with his emotions as he discussed the impact his fall had had on his family.
Federer slaps down Tomic after Del Potro upset
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer was in no mood to let a trend develop after the first real upsets of the week at the Australian Open tennis on Saturday and slapped down local upstart Bernard Tomic with authority to reach the fourth round. Juan Martin del Potro stunned Federer to win the U.S. Open in 2009 but the Argentine sixth seed was on the receiving end of the shock on Saturday when an inspired Jeremy Chardy led a four-strong French charge into the last 16.
Saddened Federer says Armstrong's cheating hurt all sport
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Tennis great Roger Federer said he was saddened by American cyclist Lance Armstrong's admission that he cheated his way to seven Tour de France wins and believed it would have a negative impact on all sport. Armstrong confessed in a televised interview with chat show host Oprah Winfrey this week to using banned performance-enhancing substances to establish himself as one of the biggest names in sport.
Baseball Hall of Fame Orioles manager Earl Weaver dies 2013-01-19T173636Z_2_BRE90I0E9_RTROPTC_0_US-BASEBALL-ORIOLES-WE AVER.XML () -
Tennis: Male quartet helps French find their voice again
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Renditions of "La Marseillaise" and chants of "Allez les bleus" are likely to ring out at the Australian Open over the next two days after four Frenchmen advanced to the last 16 of the year's opening grand slam. It is the first time since 1998 that France has celebrated such an achievement at Melbourne Park, though one of the quartet, Jeremy Chardy, was at a loss when asked for the secret of their success.