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Armstrong confirms doping...Cards pick Arians...NBA All-Star starters announced

Friday - 1/18/2013, 3:10am  ET

CHICAGO (AP) -- Lance Armstrong admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. Saying they were his decisions and his mistake, Armstrong said he couldn't have won the race seven times without the drugs. Armstrong answered "yes" when asked if he utilized EPO, blood doping and transfusions, testosterone, cortisone and human growth hormone, saying he did it in all seven of his Tour wins.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the situation says the Arizona Cardinals filled the NFL's final head coaching vacancy by hiring Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. The 60-year-old longtime assistant went 9-3 as Colts interim head coach while Chuck Pagano was undergoing treatment for leukemia last season. Arians replaces Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired on New Year's Eve following the team's second 5-11 finish in three years.

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA has announced the starters for next month's All-Star game, and they include four Los Angeles players. Lakers teammates Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard and joined on the West squad by Chris Paul and Blake Griffin of the Clippers and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant. The East starters will be Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-doh) from the Celtics, Miami's LeBron James and Dwyane (dwayn) Wade, and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te'o (MAN'-ty TAY'-ow) mentioned in at least two interviews his online girlfriend of three years even after the school says he discovered she never existed. An Associated Press review of news coverage found that the Heisman Trophy runner-up talked about his doomed love in a Web interview on Dec. 8 and again in a newspaper interview published Dec. 11. He and the university said Wednesday that he learned on Dec. 6 that it was all a hoax, that not only wasn't she dead, she wasn't real.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The fifth-ranked Michigan Wolverines have won a matchup of top-10 teams. Tim Hardaway Jr. hit four three-pointers by halftime and finished with 21 points as Michigan beat ninth-ranked Minnesota 83-75. Trey Burke had 18 points and nine assists for the Wolverines, who led for the final 33 minutes and improved to 17-1 overall, 4-1 in the Big Ten.

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