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ARMSTRONG TO TELL ALL TO OPRAH WINFREY

Lance Armstrong has agreed to a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey where he will address allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career.

Winfrey's website says it's Armstrong's first interview since his athletic career crumbled under a massive report by USADA detailing allegations of drug use.

It was unclear if the interview at Armstrong's home in Austin, Texas, has already been taped. The show will air at 9 p.m. Jan. 17 on OWN and Oprah.com.

Also, the chief of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency told 60 Minutes Sports that a representative for Armstrong offered the agency a "donation" in excess of $150,000 in 2004, several years before the investigation that led to Armstrong being stripped of his Tour titles. USADA CEO Travis Tygart said, "We had no hesitation in rejecting that offer." The show's premiere is at 10 tonight on Showtime. Armstrong's attorney, Tim Herman, denied an offer was made.

SOCCER

Nations punished for abusive fans

FIFA denounced racist and anti-Semitic abuse by Bulgaria and Hungary fans, and ordered each team to play a World Cup qualifier in an empty stadium. FIFA also fined Bulgaria $38,000 and Hungary $43,400.

ITALY: Fourth-division Pro Patria was ordered to play one home game behind closed doors after racist chants prompted AC Milan to walk off during an exhibition last week.

MLS: Toronto FC hired defender Ryan Nelsen as coach, but it's unclear when he'll start because he's still under contract as a player at English Premier League team Queens Park Rangers.

HORSES

Dutrow's appeal of drug ban denied

New York's top court refused to hear another appeal by Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. on his 10-year ban for drug violations. The Court of Appeals denied a request that the judges consider another appeal of the state Racing and Wagering Board's 2011 decision.

ET CETERA

FIGURE SKATING: Caydee Denney of Wesley Chapel and John Coughlin won't defend their pairs title at the U.S. Championships this month while he recovers from hip surgery.

OLYMPICS: Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid submitted their plans to host the 2020 Summer Games. The final decision will be made in Buenos Aires in September.

arena football: A memorial service for Storm receiver Chandler Williams, who died last week at 27, is scheduled Saturday in Miami.

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