LONDON -- The independent panel investigating doping in cycling hopes the chance for reduced bans and even immunity will encourage witnesses -- including Lance Armstrong -- to come forward. . Tasked with shedding more light on the sports tainted past, the three-man commission, which is also investigating whether cyclings governing body colluded with Armstrong, has the power to propose reduced sanctions against testimonies. It has been set up with the approval of the World Anti-Doping Agency and will be able to seal deals with cheats offering valuable information. "The reduced bans will obviously apply to people who have not been already sanctioned," commission chairman Dick Marty told a conference call on Tuesday, adding that immunity could also be granted in some cases if the information is of "great importance." Armstrong has already been banned from Olympic sports for life but can still hope his case will be reviewed if he gives substantial information to the panel based in Lausanne, Switzerland. "For those who have already been punished and are still willing to give important information, the commission can advise the competent authorities to reconsider and shorten their bans," Marty said. The panel, which had a UCI-funded budget of 3 million Swiss francs ($3.35 million) was a key element in the manifesto of Brian Cookson, who was elected UCI president last year after defeating Pat McQuaid. It started its work on Tuesday with the aim of producing a comprehensive report within a year. "Its not just about learning from the past, its also learning lessons for the future so we dont make the same mistakes," Cookson said. The commissions main job is to determine how the culture of doping was able to flourish within cycling and to "discover the main providers and facilitators of doping in cycling" since the Festina affair in 1998. Armstrong has said he would co-operate with any international commission on doping in cycling. He has so far refused to provide sworn testimony to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, whose detailed report in 2012 of drug use by Armstrongs U.S. Postal Service team led to him being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. Cookson did not say whether Armstrong or former UCI presidents Hein Verbruggen and McQuaid had been contacted by the commission but added they would be more than welcomed. The UCI and Verbruggen have been accused of protecting Armstrong and helping cover up his doping. The American might be interested in co-operating after telling a British newspaper last year that Verbruggen helped him cover up doping at the 1999 Tour de France. Verbruggen dismissed it as a "ridiculous story." "There will an invitation to anyone who comes forward," Cookson said. "To anybody, Lance Armstrong or anybody else. Please come forward and offer your information to the commission. ... This is a window of opportunity." Both Marty and Cookson said confidentiality will be granted to witnesses but all the criminal offences compiled will be transmitted to the relevant authorities, whichever the country. They added that negotiations will take place with possible witnesses ahead of their testimonies in order to determine if the information they can provide justifies a reduced ban. "There can be preliminary discussions but until the evidence has been heard it is impossible to determine the amount of sanction reduction," Cookson said. "The reduced sanctions will only apply for the period that the commission is operating, and the danger is other people will come forward. If anyone has something to hide now is the time to come forward and tell all of the truth before someone else comes and tells the truth about your activities." The other members of the commission are German anti-doping expert Ulrich Haas and Peter Nicholson, a former Australian military officer and war crimes investigator. . Harnessing all their big-game experience, the Germans delivered a performance of maturity and efficiency to hold off France 1-0 on Friday and become the first team to reach four straight semifinals in the sports marquee tournament. . -- Gary Harris gave No. . Toronto (7-9) visits Montreal (8-8) for its first road game in five weeks. The Argos went 3-1 on a recent homestand, including a 26-24 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday that gave them the season series with their longtime rivals.Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - UCLA is coming off its most impressive 2014 outing - a 62-27 romp over Arizona State. Utah lost its last game to Washington State. However, the Utes have a great chance to upset the Bruins. Utahs one-point loss to the Cougars was a game the Utes led 24-7 with just over six minutes left in the third quarter. Did they rest on their large lead or did Washington State stifle them over the final 30 minutes? According to head coach Kyle Whittingham, the answer falls squarely with the latter as he gave all the credit to the Cougars. One thing is for certain - the Utes might have taken Washington State lightly coming into the game off their huge road win at Michigan. They even built a 21-0 lead. Nevertheless, two of their first three touchdowns came via the defense and special teams, and the offense scored just one TD coming on a 76- yard scamper by Devontae Booker. Despite taking on the likes of Washington State, Michigan and Fresno State, Utah has allowed more than seven points in a quarter just twice this season. The defense is playing better than it did at the end of last year and the offense is clicking to the tune of 42 points per game. UCLA is in a tough spot this week off its huge 35-point win over the Sun Devils and with Oregon coming to the Rose Bowl on Oct. 11 in what could be a preview of the Pac-12 Championship Game. As a side note, the Bruins are 0-4 both straight-up and against the spread the last four games prior to facing the Ducks. Jim Moras squad struggled with its opposition the first three contests, winning by no more than eight points in a single game. It certainly is not a stretch to say Utah is a better club than Virginia, Memphis and Texas. Most folks look at the UCLA-Arizona State game and come away impressed with the Bruins. However, there is more to that contest than meets the eye. First, the Sun Devils were without quarterback Taylor Kelly. Second, the backup QB led Arizona State to 38 first downs and 626 total yards against what many consider a solid Bruins defense. Third, UCLA was a plus-4 in the turnover department. Given all that, the Bruins led by just 10 points at halftime only because Ishmael Adams returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown inside the final seconds. Arizona States defense, ranked 90th nationally in allowing 30.8 points per game, is a shell of its former self, so the fact UCLA put up 62 points is not a crucial element when analyzing the game against Utah. The Utes, particularly quarterback Travis Wilson, have been waiting for this matchup for a full year as they would love nothing more than to defeat the Bruins for the first time since winning 31-6 in 2011. Travis Wilson made his first career start at the Rose Bowl two years ago and his lone interception (on Utahs initial drive) set up UCLAs first touchdown. That was the difference in thhe Bruins seven-point victory even though Utah covered the 9. . 5-point spread. Last years game was even worse for Wilson as UCLA intercepted him six times, Still, the Utes lost by only seven points once again. This time, they failed to cover the 6.5-point spread. Look for Utah to reverse those two results and come out on the winning side in this years renewal. Take Utah plus 13.5 points in the first of two three-star selections. The other top play this week involves Notre Dame and Stanford. Notre Dame has scored 30 points or more in each of its first four games. However, only one of its four opponents ranks in the top 50 in scoring defense and that team is Michigan at 47th. On Saturday, the Fighting Irish take on the No. 1-ranked defense in the country in Stanford. Not only do the Cardinal top the scoring defense list, but they also are atop the rankings in total defense, allowing only 198 yards per game. Dont expect the Irish to score anywhere near the 35 points they are averaging this season. Furthermore, it is doubtful they will even match the 20 points they scored against Stanford in last years matchup. Along those lines, Stanford will not come close to the 27 points it picked up in that game as this years Cardinal offense is not nearly as powerful as the 2013 version. This game should be played similar to the 2012 matchup when both squads were on top of their games defensively. Notre Dame won that contest, 20-13, in overtime, a defensive battle in which just one offensive touchdown was scored in regulation. Take under 44 points. TWO-STAR SELECTIONS Take Arizona +23.5 (Oregon), North Carolina +2 (Virginia Tech), Ole Miss +7 (Alabama), Texas +15 (Baylor), Cincinnati -4 (Memphis) and Western Ky -9 (UAB). ONE-STAR PLAYS Take Iowa State +17 (Oklahoma State), Northwestern +8 (Wisconsin), New Mexico +17 (UTSA), Rutgers -2.5 (Michigan), ULM +11 (Arkansas State) and Nevada +3.5 (Boise State). THIS YEARS RECORD My overall record stands at 49-33 after an 8-4 mark in Week 5. The headline game won as well as the other top play, so the five-star plays are 4-3. The three-star selections stand at 7-1 after Air Force won outright over Boise State. The two-star choices went 1-1 for a five-week total of 16-16. The one- star plays went 4-3 for a 22-13 mark. THIS WEEKS JEFF FRANK DIRTY DOZEN 1) Florida State, 101.5; 2) Alabama, 101; 3) Ole Miss, 100.5; 4) Oklahoma, 100; 5-T) Oregon, Baylor and Auburn, 99.5; 8) Michigan State, 98.5; 9) Georgia, 98; 10) USC, 97; 11) Texas A&M, 96.5; 12) Ohio State, 96 (The Dirty Dozen is not a reflection of a given teams won-loss record. It is based on power ratings used to predict spreads for the upcoming week. At the beginning of the season, all FBS teams are assigned a power number, which changes on a week-to-week basis depending on the results of the previous week.) ' ' '