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Full confession a must to lift Lance's lifetime ban: WADA

CYCLING: Lance Armstrong faces a series of interviews over his sordid past if he is to one day return to sporting competition.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and International Cycling Union (UCI) have told Armstrong, whose interview by Oprah Winfrey is to be broadcast later this week, to share his information with the authorities.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the UCI last year and banned for life after the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) found he had been at the heart of "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".

The motives for an admission -- revealed yesterday by Winfrey -- are unclear, but the 41-year-old Texan, who retired from cycling for a second time in 2010, was competing in triathlons until he was banned last year.

Reacting to Winfrey's comments ahead of Thursday's broadcast of the first part of the interview, WADA director general David Howman said in a statement: "Only when Mr Armstrong makes a full confession under oath -- and tells the anti-doping authorities all he knows about doping activities -- can any legal and proper process for him to seek any reopening or reconsideration of his lifetime ban commence."

Meanwhile, Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City have ended their stadium naming deal with Livestrong, the cancer foundation started by Armstrong, the team announced yesterday.



Britton: AAI should have World team

Athletics: Fionnuala Britton has reiterated her desire to have an Irish team running with her at the World Cross-Country Championships in March, but that now looks a non-runner.

Athletics Ireland's high performance director Kevin Ankrom said that AAI is "still open to the idea, but we would want to send our best team, which is the team that won the European title".

Competing in Poland in March is not a priority for three of Ireland's top four finishers in Budapest in December, namely Linda Byrne, Ava Hutchinson and Lizzie Lee. They confirmed this when they met up to formally enter and launch the Spar Great Ireland Run on April 14, which also doubles up as the national 10km road championships.

Britton admitted she had inadvertently stirred up something of a hornet's nest, but stood by her assertion that the marathon runners could double up. "Paula Radcliffe has won World Cross' and run a good marathon afterwards -- it can be done, but it has to be planned in advance," she said. "It probably is a bit too late to aim to launch into World Cross' now, but I still think we could have a competitive team if we all wanted to be there or if we had thought about it sooner.

"It's not athletes who are going to start that planning, someone has to bring all the athletes together the way we did for the Europeans."



Cook keen to move on from defeat

Cricket: England captain Alastair Cook will urge his side not to dwell on yesterday's crushing 127-run defeat by India.

Cook was keen for his players not to get carried away by their unexpected nine-run win after the first one-day international in Rajkot and will now call on his men to put the series-levelling defeat to one side in the same fashion.

"Clearly, it's been tough but you have to remember it's one game of the series," said the batsman. "The danger is to have that little 'here we go again' moment and we can't let that happen. One of the skills we need is to be able to stay calm. In the dressing room after we won we spoke about that. After we've lost we're going to have to speak about that. That is the mentality."



Trump survives scare from Hawkins

Snooker: World No 2 Judd Trump put his best foot forward to reach the quarter-finals of the UK Masters after surviving a major scare against Barry Hawkins.

Trump, who was forced to change his extravagant footwear during the match due to a lack of grip, looked to be sliding to a shock first-round defeat after Hawkins rattled off three successive frames from 3-2 down. However, the Bristol ace battled back and then rattled off a brilliant break of 107 in the final frame to claim a 6-5 victory and will now meet Scot Graeme Dott in the last eight.

Shaun Murphy set up a quarter-final with John Higgins after beating Ricky Walden 6-4.

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