CHICAGO (AP) – Saying they were his decisions and his mistake, Lance Armstrong told Oprah Winfrey in an interview that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France and couldn’t have won 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. The confession follows a decade of denials by Armstrong, who was stripped of his titles in the wake of a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report last October.
NEW YORK (AP) – Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been voted to his 15th consecutive NBA All-Star start, breaking a record his shared with Shaquille O’Neal, Jerry West and Karl Malone. Joining Bryant on the Western Conference starting lineup is teammate Dwight Howard, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Chris Paul and Blake Griffin of the Clippers. The East starters are Rajon Rondo (RAH’-zhahn RAHN’-doh) and Kevin Garnett of the Celtics, Miami’s LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks.
UNDATED (AP) – The Arizona Cardinals and Jacksonville Jaguars hired new coaches yesterday. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Cardinals filled the NFL’s final head coaching vacancy by hiring Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. The Jaguars hired Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as head coach.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – The Texas Rangers have finalized a $55 million, five-year contract with All-Star pitcher Matt Harrison. The deal includes a 2018 club option that could become guaranteed depending on the number of innings the left-hander pitches. Harrison was 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA in 32 starts last year and is 32-20 over 399 innings during the past two seasons.
UNDATED (AP) – Reliever Drew Storen has agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with the Washington Nationals, avoiding arbitration. The Oakland Athletics have agreed to one-year contracts with new catcher John Jaso (JAY’-soh) and outfielder Seth Smith, avoiding salary arbitration with both players. And Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (sawlt-uh-luh-MAH’-kee-uh) has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $4.5 million, one-year contract.