New York City: After months of back-and-forth negotiations following a lockout in 2012, the NHL season began last Saturday. The season will be shortened to just three months of play, but plans for the Stanley Cup Championship are still on track.

Texas and Indiana: It was a tough last week for American sports. Native Texan and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong confessed that doping allegations were real, and it was uncovered that Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o’s girlfriend was fake.

Melbourne, Australia: World No. 1 ranked men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic pulled out a five-hour, five-match nail-biter win against Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka last Sunday in the Australia Open quarterfinals. This match was eerily reminiscent of last year’s Australia Open, where Djokovic won the tournament after a five-hour match against rival Roger Federer.