Armstrong ready to confess to Oprah?

Published: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 9C
Last Modified: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 - 9:46 am

Lance Armstrong plans to admit to doping throughout his career during an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, USA Today reported late Friday.

The interview, scheduled to be taped Monday and broadcast Thursday night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, will be conducted at Armstrong's home in Austin, Texas.

Citing an anonymous source, USA Today reported that the disgraced cyclist plans to admit using performance-enhancing drugs but likely will not get into details of the allegations outlined in a 2012 report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that led to Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from the sport.

Armstrong representatives declined comment, including his attorney Tim Herman. The New York Times first reported last week that Armstrong was considering making a confession.

The 41-year-old Armstrong, who vehemently denied doping for years, has not spoken publicly about the USADA report that cast him as the leader of a sophisticated and brazen doping program on his U.S. Postal Service teams that included use of steroids, blood boosters and illegal blood transfusions.

Alabama stars opt for NFL

Alabama tailback Eddie Lacy, cornerback Dee Milliner and right tackle D.J. Fluker are entering the NFL draft after helping lead the Crimson Tide to a second straight national title.

"I appreciate what they've done for the University of Alabama, but we also acknowledge the fact that from a business standpoint, these guys are making good decisions about their future and what they can do," coach Nick Saban said.

• UCLA coach Jim Mora agreed to a one-year contract extension through 2017 after revitalizing the Bruins in his debut season.

General

• French motorcyclist Thomas Bourgin, 25, died in the Dakar Rally when he collided with a Chilean police car going in the opposite direction.

• Hannah Storm is set to return to ESPN's "SportsCenter" Sunday morning, more than a month after suffering burns in a propane-grill accident.

• Top seed David Ferrer beat second-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (5), 6-1 today to win the Heineken Open title in Auckland, New Zealand, for the third straight year and fourth time overall.

• Ashley Gill-Web, who threw a plastic beer bottle onto the track and shouted abuse at Usain Bolt during the London Olympics was convicted of public disorder. Sentencing was set for Feb. 4.

• Former major league outfielder Milton Bradley has been charged with abusing his estranged wife, Los Angeles city prosecutors said.

– Associated Press

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