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(Associated Press Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Schilling's bloody sock going up for auctionPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling _ whose video game company underwent a spectacular collapse into bankruptcy last year _ is selling the blood-stained sock he wore during the 2004 World Series. Chris Ivy, director of sports for Texas-based Heritage Auctions, says online bidding begins around Feb. 4. Live bidding will take place Feb. 23.
Vilma's defamation suit against Goodell dismissedNew Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with the bounty case was dismissed by a federal judge on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan in New Orleans ruled in favor of Goodell's motion to dismiss Vilma's complaint, which was filed in May and set out 11 claims. Vilma had argued that Goodell made false statements, tarnishing the player's reputation, in connection with the league's investigation of what it determined was a system that offered cash bonuses to Saints players for big hits from 2009-11.
Lance Armstrong left it 'all on table' with OprahAll the speculation is about to end. In a matter of hours, viewers can judge for themselves whether Lance Armstrong told the truth this time. Armstrong's confession to Oprah Winfrey about using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France a record seven times in a row will be televised at 9 p.m. Thursday, the first segment of a two-part special on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Since word of his confession during Monday's taping in Austin, Texas, was first reported by The Associated Press, there has been no shortage of opinions or advice on what Armstrong should say.
Lance Armstrong stripped of Olympic bronze medalLONDON (AP) _ On the day he went public with an admission of doping after years of denials, Olympic officials disclosed one more embarrassment for Lance Armstrong: He was stripped of a bronze medal won at the 2000 Sydney Games. The International Olympic Committee sent a letter to Armstrong on Wednesday night asking him to return the medal, just as it said it planned to do last month. The decision was first reported Thursday by The Associated Press.
Timeline of Te'o quotes in girlfriend hoax storyAll-American linebacker Manti Te'o talked to, and about, someone posing as Lennay Kekua online and on the phone in late 2011 and 2012. After media were told Kekua died of leukemia last September, Te'o talked about her with reporters numerous times. This is a chronology of how the fake girlfriend story grew, based primarily on Te'o's comments in social media and interviews. ___
Te'o mentioned `girlfriend' twice recentlySOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ Not once but twice after he supposedly discovered his online girlfriend of three years never even existed, Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te'o perpetuated the heartbreaking story about her death. 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.
Kelly receives a hero's welcome in PhillyPHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Torn between loyalty to his players and accepting a new challenge, Chip Kelly ultimately chose the NFL and the Philadelphia Eagles. He just needed more time to make the decision.
Billy Hunter's actions deemed wrong, not criminalNEW YORK (AP) _ A review of the NBA's players' association found that executive director Billy Hunter did nothing illegal with union funds, but enough wrong that players should consider whether he should remain in his position. The report revealed that Hunter's current contract was never properly approved and he failed to disclose that information to the NBPA's executive committee or player representatives.
Federer ready to take on the last Aussie standingMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ His tennis attire now splashed with pink, Roger Federer was trying to recruit support for his next match. Ordinarily, this wouldn't be a problem. Federer is one of the most popular athletes in Australia, where he has won four of his 17 Grand Slam titles.
Brandt: Te'o's draft stock could plummet furtherHere's the real story: Manti Te'o's stock in the NFL draft already was sinking. Blame his performance in the BCS title game, not any hoax or conspiracy, for that.
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