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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Capitals unable to halt march of the Penguins 2013-02-08T045647Z_3_BRE91703K_RTROPTC_0_US-NHL-PENGUINS.XML () -
Lakers' Gasol out at least 6-8 weeks with foot injury 2013-02-08T005923Z_1_BRE91701P_RTROPTC_0_US-NBA-LAKERS-GASOL.XM L () -
Australian betting on football club suspended
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Bookmakers suspended betting on an Australian Rules club on Friday due to doping claims, as police warned of significant match-fixing risks due to large Asian betting pools, citing A$40 million in wagers on one local soccer match. Australia's top criminal intelligence body said on Thursday that organised crime had a growing influence over local sport and that the widespread use of performance enhancing drugs increased the risks of match-fixing.
It is back to work for the Ravens' Harbaugh
OWINGS MILLS, Maryland (Reuters) - Just days after winning the Super Bowl and being hailed as a hero by several hundred thousand fans, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh is already preparing for next season. "We talk to our team about, 'We've got to improve,'" Harbaugh told reporters on Thursday. "We have to get better next year as a football team, just like we always do.
Lance Armstrong sued over $12 million in Tour de France prize money 2013-02-07T235603Z_5_BRE91615Z_RTROPTC_0_US-USA-ARMSTRONG-LAWSU IT.XML () -
Mahan and Knox share Pebble Beach lead
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Williams, reinstated after bounty affair, joins Titans 2013-02-07T230505Z_1_BRE91617Y_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-TITANS-WILLIAMS .XML () -
Bruins trade Thomas to Islanders for draft pick 2013-02-07T235928Z_1_BRE916198_RTROPTC_0_US-NHL-ISLANDERS-THOMA S.XML () -
Soccer scandal shows darker side of regimented Singapore
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore has long cultivated a reputation as a clean, safe and regimented place to live and do business in a turbulent region, but the apparently major role of Singaporeans in a global soccer match-fixing scandal shows a seamy underside often out of view. The soccer scam, graft cases against high-level officials and revelations that some bank traders colluded to manipulate currency rates run contrary to the image of an orderly society, well-swept streets and manicured greenery in a place dubbed "Disneyland with the death penalty" by writer William Gibson.
Doping-Ex-PM says Australia's sports image 'torpedoed' by report
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A damning report into doping in Australian sport has "torpedoed" the country's identity as a nation of fair play and investigators must quickly name the athletes and teams involved, according to former prime minister Kevin Rudd. A government report released on Thursday said the use of performance-enhancing drugs was "widespread" among professional and amateur athletes in Australia but officials declined to provide specific details, citing continuing investigations.