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Lance interview won't stop courts

CYCLING: Lance Armstrong's decision to give a supposedly "no holds barred" interview to Oprah Winfrey - in which he is expected to at last confess to elements of doping during his seven Tour de France victories - will do nothing to delay his pursuers stepping up efforts to reclaim many millions of dollars worth of bonuses and prize money paid to the cyclist.

The British rider David Millar said the 90-minute interview - to be broadcast in the early hours of Friday morning next week - runs the risk of being "stage-managed" and falls well short of a proper examination of his offences.

It is the first time Armstrong will have answered any questions on doping since he was last year banned for life by the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) and stripped of his Tour titles.

Shortly after the interview is aired papers are expected to be filed in a Dallas court on behalf of SCA Promotions, which is looking to reclaim more than $11million (£9m) from the 41-year-old. It will be the first of a number of cases to come to court.

Perez staying grounded

F1: Sergio Perez is adamant his head will not be turned by his big-money move to McLaren.

On his first official day as a McLaren driver after flying in from Mexico, Perez addressed the entire 550-strong workforce at the team's Technology Centre in Woking yesterday.

At just 22, driving for McLaren and with such riches at his disposal, it is a change of lifestyle that could go to any young driver's head. Perez said: "It is not a problem. For me, the real changes are coming in terms of pressure, results and work."

Waites shows his class

DARTS: Tournament favourite Scott Waites came through his second-round clash at the BDO World Championship with some to spare.

Having seen the top two seeds crash out already, third-seeded Waites needed to show his class and he did, seeing off Geert de Vos 4-1.

Richie George, son of Bobby George, continued his progress through the tournament as he beat Jimmy Hendriks 4-2.

Pietersen row truly over

CRICKET: Ashley Giles admits the breakdown in relations between England and Kevin Pietersen "got out of hand" but is confident the issue is at an end after the batsman signed a full central contract.

Giles, England's new limited-overs coach, said: "The stuff with KP is history - he is back on board and playing as well as ever by the looks of it. It's great news."

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