Jan 17:

LANCE ARM­STRONG COMES CLEAN OVER DOP­ING

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - OS­CAR PIS­TO­RIUS AC­CUSED OF MUR­DER ANDY MUR­RAY WINS WIM­BLE­DON OR­A­CLE COME­BACK SE­CURES AMER­ICA’S CUP RED SOX WIN WORLD SE­RIES FOR WOUNDED BOS­TON SACHIN TEN­DULKAR’S LAST TEST

“Yes.” With one word, Lance Arm­strong fi­nally con­fessed to a cy­cling ca­reer built on per­form­ing-en­hanc­ing drugs, putting him­self on a par with Cana­dian sprinter Ben John­son as the world’s most no­to­ri­ous drugs cheat. In an in­ter­view with Oprah Win­frey in Jan­uary, Arm­strong ended his years of de­nials about sys­tem­atic dop­ing and said it would have been im­pos­si­ble to win one of his seven Tour de France ti­tles with­out the drugs. “I am flawed,” the Amer­i­can said. “Deeply flawed.”

Stunned dis­be­lief greeted the news that Os­car Pis­to­rius, who tri­umphed over dis­abil­ity to com­pete with able-bod­ied ath­letes at the Olympics, had shot dead his girl­friend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valen­tine’s Day. South Africa’s “Blade Run­ner”, a dou­ble am­putee who uses carbon-fiber pros­thetic blades to com­pete, will be tried for mur­der next year. Pis­to­rius told a Pre­to­ria bail hear­ing: “I am ab­so­lutely mor­ti­fied by the events and the dev­as­tat­ing loss of my beloved Reeva.”

Andy Mur­ray ended Bri­tain’s 77-year wait for a Wim­ble­don men’s cham­pion by van­quish­ing No­vak Djokovic in an elec­tric fi­nal at the All Eng­land Club in July. Willed on by thou­sands of Union Jack-wav­ing fans on Cen­tre Court and mil­lions across Bri­tain, the Scot won ten­nis’ most pres­ti­gious ti­tle in straight sets. Mur­ray said: “I know what it feels like to lose in fi­nals, in a Wim­ble­don fi­nal, but now I know what it feels like to win and that’s cer­tainly a lot bet­ter.”

Larry El­li­son’s Or­a­cle Team USA capped an in­cred­i­ble come­back to re­tain the Amer­ica’s Cup in San Fran­cisco af­ter a win­ner­takes-all show­down with Emi­rates Team New Zealand. Hit with a pre­match penalty that re­quired Or­a­cle to win 11 races on the wa­ter, the Amer­i­can boat ap­peared to be down and out at 8-1 be­hind. But helped by speed im­prove­ments and in­stalling Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur for­ward Gareth Bale fi­nally put pen to pa­per and joined Real Madrid for a world-record trans­fer fee of 100 mil­lion eu­ros ($132 mil­lion). The fee eclipsed the pre­vi­ous record of 94 mil­lion eu­ros that Real paid for Cris­tiano Ron­aldo from Manch­ester United in 2009. The Welsh­man said Spurs would “al­ways be in my heart” be­fore jet­ting off to Madrid to take his place among the Galac­ti­cos.

Bos­ton closer Koji Ue­hara struck out Matt Car­pen­ter for the fi­nal out as the Red Sox clinched their first World Se­ries at Fen­way Park since the 1918 cham­pi­onship. The win came six months af­ter the city was shocked by the deadly marathon bomb­ings, and the Red Sox had emerged as a bea­con of hope for Bos­ton. Red Sox slug­ger David Or­tiz, who won the World Se­ries Most Valu­able Player award, said of Bos­ton: “We stick to­gether. It’s a fam­ily, and we fight against the world.”

In­dian bats­man Sachin Ten­dulkar strug­gled to hold back the tears af­ter call­ing time on a 24-year cricket ca­reer in Mum­bai, his birth­place. The ‘Lit­tle Mas­ter’ fin­ished his ca­reer as the sport’s most pro­lific in­ter­na­tional run­scorer but was un­able to sign off with a cen­tury against the West Indies in his 200th and fi­nal Test. “My life’s been 22 yards for 24 years,” said Ten­dulkar, who scored 15,921 Test and 18,426 oneday in­ter­na­tional runs.

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