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UCI chief McQuaid steps down from IOC commission
BERLIN (Reuters) - International Cycling Union (UCI) chief Pat McQuaid has stepped down as member of the International Olympic Committee panel evaluating 2020 Games bids, citing time constraints, the IOC said on Wednesday. McQuaid is in the midst of the fallout from the Lance Armstrong doping affair and under fire for the UCI's overall handling of the scandal but IOC officials cited a busy schedule for the Irish sports administrator's departure from the commission.
Gaborik hat-trick spurs Rangers to victory over Bruins
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Bolt eyes three golds at world championships 2013-01-23T192452Z_1_BRE90M1BJ_RTROPTC_0_US-ATHLETICS-DIAMOND-B OLT.XML () -
Howard hurts shoulder again, Lakers' nightmare continues
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Lance Armstrong sued for fraud over book fabrications 2013-01-24T020421Z_1_BRE90N02W_RTROPTC_0_US-USA-ARMSTRONG-LAWSU IT.XML () -
Li routs Sharapova to reach Australian Open final
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - China's Li Na sent Maria Sharapova crashing out of the Australian Open with a 6-2 6-2 thrashing in searing heat to advance to her second Melbourne Park final. In-form Sharapova had conceded only nine games leading into the match but was picked apart by sixth seed Li, who attacked the Russian's serve and overpowered her with a barrage of power hitting from the baseline.
"Bittersweet" feeling for cast aside 49ers quarterback Smith 2013-01-24T034511Z_1_BRE90N03V_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-SUPERBOWL-49ERS -SMITH.XML () -
Family of ex-football star Junior Seau sues NFL over suicide
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of former San Diego Chargers star Junior Seau, who killed himself last year, sued the National Football League on Wednesday, saying that brain damage he suffered during his 20 years in the league led to his suicide. Seau's children and ex-wife, along with the trustee of his estate, also claim in the San Diego Superior Court lawsuit that the NFL has long concealed from its players and the public the risks of neurological injury in the sport.
Knicks unseat Lakers as NBA's most valuable team: Forbes
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Mickelson again apologizes for 'dumb' tax comments
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson has described his "insensitive" public comments about his tax concerns as "dumb", and on a par with the last-hole gaffe that cost him the chance to win the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot. The four-times major champion hinted after last week's Humana Challenge he was considering making "drastic changes" because of soaring federal and state tax rates but has since said he should have kept his thoughts to himself.