Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Gymnast Sacramone announces retirement 2013-01-29T175243Z_1_BRE90S0UJ_RTROPTC_0_US-GYMNASTICS-SACRAMON E.XML () -
Doping-Spanish doctor had clients in soccer and tennis
MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, accused of masterminding a doping ring in cycling, told a court on Tuesday he also had clients in other sports including soccer, tennis, athletics and boxing after finally taking the stand in a high-profile and much-delayed trial. Fuentes and four other defendants are appearing before a Madrid judge almost seven years after police seized anabolic steroids, transfusion equipment and blood bags as part of a investigation code-named "Operation Puerto".
Never-say-die Kings rally to haunt Canucks again
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WADA v UCI row escalates over truth and reconciliation
PARIS (Reuters) - The long-standing row between the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) took a farcical turn on Tuesday when WADA boss John Fahey denied having agreed to work with the UCI on a truth and reconciliation process. On Monday, the UCI said it was disbanding the Independent Commission investigating the Lance Armstrong drugs scandal in favor of a truth and reconciliation commission (TRC), a move which, it said, was supported by Fahey.
Sunshine and shorts equal no rust for Westwood
DUBAI (Reuters) - Lee Westwood has never felt so well prepared for the start of a new season after having swapped the snow of Britain for the sunshine of Florida, the world number eight said on Tuesday. The European Ryder Cup stalwart, who has taken up membership of the U.S. PGA Tour this year, makes his first competitive outing of 2013 at this week's $2.5 million Dubai Desert Classic.
Subban agrees two-year deal to rejoin Canadiens 2013-01-29T083059Z_1_BRE90S0AB_RTROPTC_0_US-NHL-CANADIENS-SUBBA N.XML () -
NFL players union funds $100 million Harvard study on injury
BOSTON (Reuters) - The union that represents U.S. professional football players has given Harvard University a $100 million grant for a study of the range of health problems, from brain damage to heart conditions, that affect current and former players. Researchers with Harvard Medical School plan to spend a decade studying hundreds of former players who are members of the National Football League Players Association, university officials said on Tuesday. The aim is to develop strategies to limit the long-term damage that players suffer from years of hits on the field.
Ravens get royal sendoff on their way to Super Bowl
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens arrived in New Orleans on Monday, a day later than their opponents for Sunday's Super Bowl, but inspired by a rousing farewell they received from their most dedicated supporters. Ravens coach John Harbaugh was still beaming when he touched down with his team in the Big Easy and went straight to his first news conference ahead of Sunday's title game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Nets dispel Magic to get back to winning ways
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Woods triumphs by four shots at Torrey Pines
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Tiger Woods withstood a late bogey, double-bogey, par, bogey wobble in strengthening winds to end a week of dominant golf by clinching his 75th PGA Tour title by four shots at the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday. Six strokes in front overnight at 17 under with 11 holes to play in the fog-delayed final round, Woods kept his closest challengers at bay as he signed off with a level-par 72 on a cold, sun-splashed afternoon at Torrey Pines.