NFL playoffs...Aussie Open...Armstrong talks
UNDATED (AP) — There is little time to rest for the four teams still alive in the NFL playoffs. The Baltimore Ravens won a thriller in double overtime against the Denver Broncos. They now face a rematch of last year's AFC championship against the New England Patriots Sunday in Foxboro. New England won last year, 23-20. The Atlanta Falcons are moving on after losing the lead late and getting it back with a field goal with eight seconds left to defeat the Seattle Seahawks. The Falcons travel to San Francisco to play the 49ers.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Defending champion Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) took his first step toward winning his third consecutive Australian Open title, and fourth overall, with a 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 win over Paul-Henri Mathieu (awn-REE mat-YOO'). The win ran Djokovic's winning streak at Melbourne to 15 matches. Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams also easily won their first-round matches.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — For more than a decade, Lance Armstrong has denied he doped to win the Tour de France seven times. Today, Armstrong is supposed to sit down with Oprah Winfrey for what's being called a "no-holds-barred," 90-minute, question-and-answer session. He is expected to reverse course and apologize, as well as offer a limited confession about his alleged role as the head of a long-running scheme to dominate the prestigious bike race with the aid of performance-enhancing drugs. The interview will air Thursday.
UNDATED (AP) — NHL teams don't have a lot of time to prepare for the start of a shortened regular season. Training camps opened yesterday, about a week after the end of the 113-day lockout. There will be a 48-game schedule. Teams like the Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes plan to have their first practices today. The Los Angeles Kings open at home Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks after unveiling the franchise's first Stanley Cup banner.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the Philadelphia Eagles have interviewed former Ravens coach and current Fox analyst Brian Billick for their coaching vacancy. Billick led Baltimore to a Super Bowl title in the 2000 season. The Eagles are known to have interviewed eight other candidates, after firing coach Andy Reid at the end of the regular season.