Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Media Day free-for-all kicks off Super Bowl frenzy
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Members of the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens felt the full force of Super Bowl week on Tuesday when they attended the annual Media Day crush where wacky questions are the norm. Viewed by some reporters as a sort of Christmas Day for journalists and by others as a torturous free-for-all, Media Day has come to kick off America's biggest sporting extravaganza.
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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49ers' Moss: "I'm the greatest receiver ever"
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - San Francisco 49er Randy Moss boldly declared himself on Tuesday as the greatest wide receiver to play the game, a statement that will raise many eyebrows, including among his team's fans. Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, a three-time Super Bowl champion with the 49ers and the National Football League's all-time leader in receptions, touchdown receptions and yards, is widely viewed as the greatest to play the position.
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WADA vs. 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.
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Bills agree to five-year extension for Toronto series
TORONTO (Reuters) - The National Football League's (NFL) Buffalo Bills have reached a five-year agreement with Rogers Communications Inc <RCIb.TO> to play an annual regular season game in Toronto, the two sides said on Tuesday. As part of the deal, the Bills will play one regular season game at Toronto's Rogers Centre, home of Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays, in each of the next five NFL seasons plus one preseason game in 2015.
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.
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.