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Report: Armstrong To Confess Doping

USA Today reported Friday that cyclist Lance Armstrong will admit to doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey scheduled to tape Monday at his home in Austin, Texas.

The interview is scheduled to air Thursday on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

The report came after Martial Saugy, the head of Switzerland’s anti-doping laboratory, described as “nonsense” claims by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he helped Armstrong avoid being caught for doping by providing “the keys to beating EPO tests” before the 2002 Tour de France.

Rookies Henley, Langley Rule Sony

HONOLULU — Two days into his PGA Tour career, Russell Henley was in the record book. He putted for birdie on every hole Friday on his way to a second straight round of a 7-under 63, giving him a two-shot lead over fellow rookie Scott Langley and Scott Piercy in the Sony Open.

Henley was at 14-under 126, breaking the 36-hole tournament scoring record by two shots.

In the first full-field event of the season, Langley opened with a 62 and followed that with a 66.

Former Lobo Tim Herron shot a 66 for the second consecutive round and is six strokes behind at 132.

Luongo Is Ready To Leave Canucks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Roberto Luongo is still open to a trade no matter how long it takes the Vancouver Canucks to deal him.

The star goalie returned to the ice for an informal workout with his Canucks teammates Friday while facing an uncertain future.

Luongo was displaced as Vancouver’s No. 1 netminder by Cory Schneider in last year’s playoffs. After the season, Luongo said he would waive his no-trade clause if asked, but general manager Mike Gillis couldn’t swing a deal before the 113-day NHL lockout began in September.

“I told (Gillis) I was ready to go as long as it took,” Luongo said.

STARS: Signed to a one-year free agent contract last summer, 40-year-old winger Jaromir Jagr arrived in Dallas from his native Czech Republic early Friday. A case of jet lag delayed his initial appearance at the club’s practice facility.

The good news is Jagr probably won’t need much time to work himself into game shape as he’s already been playing for Kladno, the Czech team he owns.

Galetti Wins Award For Sportscasting

Scott Galetti of the Lobo Sports Network and Will Webber of the Santa Fe New Mexican were chosen the state’s Sportscaster and Sportswriter of the Year, respectively, by local members of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Only active dues-paying members were allowed to vote. Dave Goren, executive director of the NSSA, said there are only four such members in New Mexico. Goren said no local candidate received the required two nominations, so write-ins were allowed.

“It’s disappointing,” Goren said of the New Mexico membership. “We’ve grown from 650 to 1,000 members nationally.”

Radio talk show host Dan Patrick and Sports Illustrated’s Peter King won national honors.

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TENNIS: In Auckland, New Zealand, top seed David Ferrer beat second-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (5), 6-1 today to win the Heineken Open title for the third straight year and fourth time overall. Ferrer matched the record of Australia’s Roy Emerson, who won the Auckland singles titles in 1960, 1965, 1966 and 1967.

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