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Armstrong will not be prosecuted for doping: official
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's public admission that he took performance-enhancing drugs will not change U.S. prosecutors' decision to spare him of criminal charges, an attorney who oversaw the federal investigation said on Tuesday. The statement by André Birotte, the U.S. attorney based in Los Angeles, follows Armstrong's confession in a televised interview last month.
Power problems came up during Super Bowl rehearsals
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Power fluctuations during rehearsals for the Super Bowl led organizers to use generators at Sunday's game, which was then interrupted for 35 minutes by a partial blackout, a National Football League official said. About half of the Superdome in New Orleans went dark early in the second half of the contest between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, creating a huge embarrassment for the NFL.
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Nadal wins doubles match on Chilean comeback
VINA DEL MAR, Chile (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal made a successful comeback after a seven-month injury absence with victory in the first round of the Chilean Open doubles on Tuesday. The former world number one and Argentine partner Juan Monaco overpowered second-seeded Czechs Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy 6-3 6-2 in 65 minutes at the Pacific coastal city of Vina del March
Ravens' Lewis delights fans with dance at Super Bowl parade
BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Thousands of fans attending a parade honoring the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens were treated to one last dance by future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis. For 17 National Football League (NFL) seasons Lewis's pre-game dance got Ravens fans fired up and it was no different on Tuesday when he delighted them with his signature moves at M&T Bank Stadium.
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Massa happy not to relive Ferrari nightmare
JEREZ, Spain (Reuters) - Felipe Massa delivered his eagerly-awaited verdict on Ferrari's new Formula One car after the first day of testing on Tuesday, with sighs of relief likely to be heard around Maranello. If the Brazilian did not appear overly thrilled after setting the sixth fastest time, he was happy at least not to be the bearer of bad news.
Singapore joins probe into match-fixing scam
LONDON (Reuters) - Singapore, which European investigators say is the source for hundreds of soccer matches being fixed in a global betting scam, promised on Tuesday to aid the probe but some in the game said many of the revelations were nothing new. About 680 suspicious matches including qualifying games for the World Cup and European Championships, and the Champions League for top European club sides, have been identified in an inquiry by European police forces, the European anti-crime agency Europol and national prosecutors.
French Olympic handball champion banned for betting on game
PARIS (Reuters) - French Olympic champion Nikola Karabatic and his brother Luka were among seven handball players handed six-match bans on Tuesday for their involvement in an illegal betting scandal. The French handball league (LNH) said on its website (www.lnh.fr) that the Karabatic brothers, Olympic champion Samuel Honrubia, Mladen Bojinovic, Dragan Gajic, Primoz Prost and Issam Tej had been found guilty of having "directly or indirectly, placed bets on the result of the game".