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Source: Lance Armstrong to admit to doping to Oprah

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FILE - This combination image made of file photos shows Lance Armstrong, left, on Oct. 7, 2012, and Oprah Winfrey, right, on March 9, 2012. Armstrong plans to admit to doping throughout his career during an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, USA Today reported late Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

Lance Armstrong said he will answer questions "directly, honestly and candidly'' during an interview with Oprah Winfrey next week. He will also apologize and make a limited confession to using performance-enhancing drugs, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Armstrong has spent more than a decade denying that he doped to win the Tour de France seven times. Without saying whether he would confess or apologize during the taping, Armstrong told The Associated Press in a text message early Saturday, "I told her [Winfrey] to go wherever she wants and I'll answer the questions directly, honestly and candidly. That's all I can say.''

A confession would be a stunning reversal for Armstrong after years of public statements, interviews and court battles from Austin to Europe in which he denied doping and zealously protected his reputation.

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From Carson's turban to Spock's ears: 10,000 pieces of TV history need a home [PHOTOS]

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In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 photo, James Comisar holds an original TV Guide issue featuring William Shatner, and Leonard Nimoy of "Star Trek." The item is part of his television memorabilia collection in a temperature- and humidity-controlled warehouse in Los Angeles.

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In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 photo, James Comisar holds the costume George Reeves wore in the 1950s TV show "Adventures of Superman." The item is part of his television memorabilia collection in a temperature- and humidity-controlled warehouse in Los Angeles.

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In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 photo, James Comisar shows a dress worn by Lucille Ball. The item is part of his television memorabilia collection in a temperature- and humidity-controlled warehouse in Los Angeles.

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In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 photo, James Comisar holds a communicator prop used on the original Star Trek series. The item is part of his television memorabilia collection in a temperature- and humidity-controlled warehouse in Los Angeles.

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In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 photo, James Comisar shows costumes from the "Star Trek" original series. The items are part of his television memorabilia collection in a temperature- and humidity-controlled warehouse in Los Angeles.

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In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 photo, James Comisar shows Fess Parker's "Daniel Boone" coonskin hat worn in the late 1960s television show. The item is part of his television memorabilia collection in a temperature- and humidity-controlled warehouse in Los Angeles.

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In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 photo, James Comisar shows a Stetson hat worn by actor Larry Hagman portraying oil tycoon J. R. Ewing in the "Dallas" television show. The item is part of his television memorabilia collection in a temperature- and humidity-controlled warehouse in Los Angeles.

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In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 photo, James Comisar shows boots worn by actor Larry Hagman as oil tycoon J. R. Ewing in the TV show "Dallas." The item is part of his television memorabilia collection in a temperature- and humidity-controlled warehouse in Los Angeles.


James Comisar has collected some 10,000 items of TV memorabilia and is seeking a permanant home to display his heroic archival efforts. He would like to put them in a museum. 

Comisar is the first to acknowledge that more than a few have questioned his sanity for spending the better part of 25 years collecting everything from the costume George Reeves wore in the 1950s TV show "Superman" to the entire set of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."

Then there's the pointy Spock ears Leonard Nimoy wore on "Star Trek" and the guns Tony Soprano used to rub out a mob rival in an episode of "The Sopranos."

"Along the way people thought I was nuts in general for wanting to conserve Keith Partridge's flared pants from 'The Partridge Family,'" the good-natured former TV writer says of the 1970s sitcom as he ambles through rows of costumes, props and what have you from the beginnings of television to the present day.

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The hills are alive with the sound of complaints that Carrie Underwood will play Maria Von Trapp

Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music

That sound you heard wasn't music to many people's ears.

NBC announced Friday that "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood would play the beloved Maria in a live broadcast of "The Sound of Music" next year. And even though the network was thrilled, many fans weren't.

“Speaking for everyone at NBC, we couldn't be happier to have the gifted Carrie Underwood take up the mantle of the great Maria von Trapp,”  NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. “She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist.”

Many throughout Twitter were horrified that the leggy country singer would be picked to perform in the role that most relate to Julie Andrews who starred in the Oscar-winning 1965 film adaptation of the 1959 Broadway hit. These digital critics didn't have anything against Ms. Underwood other than the fact that she was not Ms. Andrews.  

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Larry Hagman, 'Dallas' and 'I Dream of Jeannie' actor, dies at 81

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In this file photo, actor Larry Hagman poses during a press preview of the auction of his personal antiques, fine and decorative art, furniture, and memorabilia from the classic 1980'??s primetime soap opera “Dallas” on May 24, 2011.

Larry Hagman, whose predatory oil baron J.R. Ewing on television's long-running nighttime soap opera "Dallas" became a symbol for 1980s greed and coaxed forth a Texas-sized gusher of TV ratings, has died. He was 81.

Hagman, who returned as J.R. in a new edition of "Dallas" this year, passed away Friday afternoon due to complications from his battle with cancer, according to a statement from the family provided to The Associated Press by Warner Bros., producer of "Dallas."

"Larry was back in his beloved hometown of Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved the most," the family said. "Larry's family and closest friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday."

Hagman was diagnosed in 1992 with cirrhosis of the liver and acknowledged that he had drunk heavily for years. In 1995, a malignant tumor was discovered on his liver and he underwent a transplant.

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Time Warner reaches agreements with Charter Cable and Verizon FIOS for Lakers

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Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers defends LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat during the NBA game at Staples Center on December 25, 2010 in Los Angeles.

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A handout announcing Time Warner Cable Sportsnet broadcasting the Lakers 2012-2013 season

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Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks to the media during Media Day at Toyota Sports Center on October 1, 2012 in El Segundo, California.


About 750,000 Southern Californian cable households can breathe a sigh of relief as the Lakers will now be shown in the homes of those who have Charter Cable and Verizon FIOS.

Time Warner Cable announced Friday that the two TV providers have agreed to their terms to carry the recenetly launched Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Spanish-language sports channel Time Warner Cable Deportes which broadcasts Lakers and Sparks basketball games as well as L.A. Galaxy soccer matches.

The announcement came just four days before the Lakers' NBA season tips off.

"We are proud of Charter’s robust selection of sports programming," said Allan Singer, Charter’s Senior Vice President of Programming in a statement. "Charter is the first provider of this brand new programming in our service areas, and we know that the addition of these networks especially pleases our customers in Southern California.”

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