IOC unimpressed by Lance's confession...Rory and Tiger miss cut...Venus badly beaten

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Associated Press

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 10:02 AM

LONDON (AP) — IOC vice president Thomas Bach tells the AP that Lance Armstrong's confession to Oprah Winfrey about using performance-enhancing drugs while winning seven Tour de France tittles is "too little, too late." Bach calls it the "first step in the right direction, but no more."

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods won't be around for weekend play at the Abu Dhabi Championship. Top-ranked McIlroy carded a 3-over 75 in today's second round while Woods signed for a 73 before being assessed a two-stroke penalty for a rules misinterpretation.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Third-seeded Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) dominated 25th-seeded American Venus Williams 6-1, 6-3 to earn a fourth round berth at the Australian Open. Two-time defending men's champion Novak Djokovic (JOH-kuh-vich) also was a straight-sets winner in today's third round play at Melbourne Park.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Cardinals have filled the NFL's final head coaching vacancy. Arizona has hired Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who went 9-3 as Colts interim head coach while Chuck Pagano was undergoing treatment for leukemia last season.

NEW YORK (AP) — Kobe Bryant has been voted to his NBA-record 15th consecutive All-Star start, leading four Los Angeles players into next month's game. Lakers teammate Dwight Howard and the Clippers' Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will join Bryant in the Western Conference lineup for the Feb. 17 game in Houston. Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant rounds out the starting five.

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