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  |   Jan. 15, 2013 at 5:05 PM
Report: Mike McCoy new Chargers head coach

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Denver assistant Mike McCoy has been hired to be the new head coach of the San Diego Chargers, sources told U-T San Diego.

McCoy, the Broncos offensive coordinator since 2008, will replace Norv Turner, who was fired at the end of the season along with General Manager A.J. Smith.

The newspaper said the Chargers apparently decided to go with McCoy prior to interviewing all candidates. Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was due to meet with the team Wednesday.

McCoy will team up with new GM Tom Telesco to get the Chargers back on track in the AFC West. Their primary weapon will be quarterback Phillip Rivers, who endured a long season in large part because of the injury-plagued offensive line.

McCoy helped guide Denver to a solid year on offense. The Broncos ranked second in the NFL in total points with 481, and was fourth in total yards per game and fifth in passing.


Armstrong admits doping to Oprah

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Cyclist Lance Armstrong confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, a person familiar with the interview said.

Winfrey discussed the "no-holds barred" interview on "CBS This Morning" Tuesday.

The interview, conducted in Austin, Texas, Monday, was set for broadcast on Winfrey's network Thursday. After the interview, Winfrey tweeted, "Just wrapped with @lancearmstrong More than 2 1/2 hours . He came READY!"

It was a pivot for Armstrong following years of public statements, interviews and court battles in which the former Tour de France winner denied doping and zealously protected his reputation.

Hours earlier, Armstrong appeared at Livestrong, the cancer charity he founded, and apologized.

The cyclist lost all seven of his Tour de France titles following a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that portrayed him as a ruthless competitor, willing to go to any lengths to win the prestigious race.

In a recent interview USADA chief executive Travis Tygart described Armstrong and his team of doctors, coaches and riders as similar to a "mafia" that kept their secret for years and intimidated riders into silently following their illegal methods.


Panthers, Charlotte talk stadium upgrade

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The Carolina Panthers' owner met with the Charlotte, N.C., City Council to discuss a $125 million renovation to Bank of America Stadium, city officials said.

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has said the city is willing to help pay for some of the upgrades to the stadium, though specifics have not been announced concerning how much of the tab the city will pick up and how it will pay for it, The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday.

Sources told the Observer city leaders met with owner Jerry Richardson and were considering raising the restaurant and bar tax from 1 percent to 2 percent within city limits, which would require approval from the state Legislature. The body had also discussed raising the hotel/motel bed tax.

The renovations were said to include installation of escalators to the stadium's upper bowl and improved video boards.


Top Butler scorer out for at least 2 games

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Rotnei Clarke, Butler University's top scorer, will miss at least two games with a neck injury sustained during the weekend win against Dayton, the team says.

The team said Clarke will not play this week in home games against Richmond and Gonzaga, WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, reported Monday.

Head Athletic Trainer Ryan Galloy said Clarke saw a spine specialist Monday and an MRI "confirmed the presence of a significant neck sprain. His spinal cord and cervical discs were viewed [as] normal."

Galloy said the team "felt it was in his best interest to hold him out this week."

"Right now, he's sore and stiff, but he's out of the collar," Galloy said in a statement posted on butlersports.com. "The next question is when he can resume contact."

Clarke was hurt after he was fouled during a layup attempt Saturday and was taken from the court on a stretcher. Doctors who treated him at a Dayton-area hospital said he had not sustained a fracture.

Clarke is averaging 16.3 points per game for the Bulldogs (14-2, 2-0 Atlantic 10).

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