Lance Armstrong interview to air Thursday, Friday | A.M. Briefing
Lance Armstrong said viewers can judge for themselves how candid he was in his interview with Oprah Winfrey. "I left it all on the table...
Armstrong interview to air
Lance Armstrong said viewers can judge for themselves how candid he was in his interview with Oprah Winfrey.
"I left it all on the table with her, and when it airs the people can decide," he said in a text message to The Associated Press.
Armstrong responded to a report in the New York Daily News, citing an unidentified source, that he was not contrite when he acknowledged during Monday's taping with Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs. Although the first installment of a two-part interview doesn't air until Thursday night, there has been no shortage of opinions or advice on what Armstrong should say.
Sporting KC drops Livestrong
Sporting Kansas City CEO Rob Heineman said the loss of trust led the Major League Soccer team to sever ties with the cancer charity Livestrong founded by Armstrong. The team is changing Livestrong Sporting Park to Sporting Park.
Miller missing season
Bode Miller has elected to skip the remaining portion of the World Cup season, along with the world championships, to give his knee more time to heal. The two-time overall champion had microfracture surgery nearly a year ago and doesn't want any sort of setback with the Olympics — his last one, he said — coming in 2014.
Rangers give Harrison
a $55M, 4-year deal
A person familiar with the deal said the Texas Rangers and All-Star pitcher Matt Harrison have agreed to a $55 million, five-year contract. The deal includes an option for a sixth season.
In other baseball news, the Colorado Rockies agreed to one-year contracts with right-hander Wilton Lopez ($1,762,500) and left-hander Josh Outman ($675,000) that avoided arbitration.
Free-agent pitcher Vicente Padilla agreed to a $3.25 million, one-year contract with The Softbank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League.
Hughes, Yanks agree at $7.15M
Right-hander Phil Hughes and the New York Yankees agreed to a $7.15 million, one-year contract, a raise of $3.75 million.
Also, Alex Rodriguez underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left hip and is expected to be sidelined until after the All-Star break.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said he's been cleared to start baseball activity in his recovery from a broken left ankle.
San Diego State jilts Big East, staying in Mountain West
San Diego State is staying in the Mountain West and backing out on the Big East — just like Boise State did last month.
Recent defections from the Big East caused Boise State to reconsider and strike a deal to stay in the Mountain West. Without a western partner, San Diego State retreated, too.
Galaxy extends Keane's deal
The Los Angeles Galaxy announced a two-year contract extension for forward Robbie Keane, extending the Irish national team captain's stay with the two-time Major League Soccer champions. The Galaxy also signed midfielder Juninho to a multiyear deal after three seasons on loan from Brazilian club São Paulo.
Revolution trades for No. 1 pick
The New England Revolution obtained the No. 1 pick in the MLS SuperDraft from Toronto FC for the fourth pick and allocation money.
In another deal, the Chicago Fire acquired midfielder Jeff Larentowicz and the 30th pick in the SuperDraft from the Colorado Rapids. Chicago sent the 11th pick to Colorado along with allocation money and a 2013 international slot.
Kovalchuk rejoins Devils
Superstar forward Ilya Kovalchuk said he always planned to play for the New Jersey Devils if there was an NHL season. On his first day back with the Eastern Conference champions, the high-scoring Russian shot down rumors that he either considered playing in Russia after the NHL reached a new collective-bargaining agreement or that he was pressured by the Russian government to stay and finish the KHL season.
The Devils also signed center Travis Zajac to an eight-year, $46 million contract.
Coyotes acquire Lombardi
The Phoenix Coyotes acquired center Matthew Lombardi from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft.
• John L. Smith takes over at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., after being let go as Arkansas football coach.
• Mike Bobinski, who has been in charge of Xavier's athletic department for 12 years, was named Georgia Tech's athletic director.
• Manchester United and Arsenal won 1-0 in replays to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup, while Chelsea's English Premier League title chances were set back with a 2-2 tie against visiting Southampton.
• Four-time Olympic diving medalist Emilie Heymans, 31, of Canada is retiring. Heymans won medals in four consecutive Summer Games — the first female diver and first Canadian Olympian to do so.
• John Teller of the United States won a freestyle World Cup ski cross event in Megeve, France, while Alex Fiva of Switzerland retained the overall lead despite finishing sixth.
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