Reuters Sports News Summary

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Djokovic beats Federer, still reigns supreme

LONDON (Reuters) - The world's top three players all scaled

dizzy heights in 2012 but Novak Djokovic ended the year staring

down at his rivals after grinding down Roger Federer to win the

ATP World Tour Finals title in brutal fashion at London's O2

Arena on Monday. The 25-year-old shed sweat and blood before

dethroning Federer 7-6 7-5 in a showdown that provided a

memorable climax to an incredible men's season.

Trout and Harper claim rookie of the year honors

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Felix and Eaton named U.S. athletes of year

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Armstrong steps down from Livestrong board

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Spotlight shines on Hall of Fame, as lockout drags on

TORONTO (Reuters) - The National Hockey League and locked

out players called a time out on their rancorous labor

negotiations on Monday, allowing the hockey spotlight to shine

on the induction of Pavel Bure, Mats Sundin, Adam Oates and Joe

Sakic into the Hall of Fame. With the lockout lurching towards

two months and talks on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement

(CBA) stalled, the hockey world was left to celebrate its past

accomplishments of four former-greats while surveying a bleak

future and the prospects of a second lost NHL season in eight

years.

Jefferson and Millsap's Jazz fusion inspires road win

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Bills running back Jackson sidelined by a concussion

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Concussions and stricter rules taking their toll

MIAMI (Reuters) - Three teams begin preparation for games

this weekend unsure if their starting quarterback will be

cleared to play as the league's stricter concussion rules start

to bite. The NFL has been concerned about the health

implications from concussions and brain injuries and introduced

a clearly defined series of steps that teams have to follow

when players suffer knocks to the head.

McIlroy piles up further player of the year honors

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Lakers pick D'Antoni, not Jackson, as new coach

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With most of their fans demanding

the return of Phil Jackson, the Los Angeles Lakers sprang a

surprise on Monday by naming former Phoenix Suns and New York

Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni to replace Mike Brown. Hall of Fame

coach Jackson, the 11-time NBA championship winner, had been

widely expected to come out of retirement to lead the Lakers

for a third time but the Lakers instead opted for the

offense-minded D'Antoni.

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