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Cheap Shots: Lance tries Tour de Oprah

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Armstrong backpedals on his cycling training?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Lance Armstrong agreed to a “no-holds-barred” interview with Oprah Winfrey and sources said the famous cyclist admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in various Tour de France races. You know what they say. Once you've used PEDs, using them again is just like riding a bike.

He'd rather not be in Philadelphia

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly talked with the Philadelphia Eagles but decided to stay with the Fighting Irish. Some analysts initially speculated his NFL flirtation would hurt recruiting.

After taking a step back, most experts now feel the Irish will still land the caliber of players needed to lose to Alabama by four touchdowns.

All flash, no substance

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo tweeted that the New England Patriots' no-huddle, hurry-up offense is a “gimmick” comparable to a “cheap shot” before a fight.

I agree. No way does Tom Brady last in the NFL.

Unemployed with benefits

USC fired basketball coach Kevin O'Neill after a 7-10 start. O'Neill, who is due $1.5 million for the remainder of his contract said he “has nothing but great things to say” about USC. Among those great things: direct deposit.

Hall of Lame

Voters for the Baseball Hall of Fame did not elect a single player to the hall this time, passing on Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens as punishment for alleged steroid use. Voters will reconsider if either player can make it through an entire episode of the Pete Rose reality show, “Hits & Mrs.” without their heads exploding.

Talk is cheap

The Chicago Bears have interviewed or spoken to as more than a dozen coaches about their vacant job. Their list has been so exhaustive, they're considering bringing in Lovie Smith next week.

How about "The one with Rutgers" division?

The Big Ten Conference will contemplate changing the names of the Legends and Leaders divisions in 2014. This move seems sure to upset the three people who can remember which schools are in which division.

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel. Email Reggie Hayes at rhayes@news-sentinel.com.