the rumors are that sprinting and "critical hits" (really?) are going to be added...
however, Minecraft's combat system = a joke
therefore, PvP in Minecraft = a joke
and focusing on the combat system for future updates = a fail
too bad all the mod devs have been making things much better than anything Notch has implemented in the last few months...
hey, do you think there is now the use of two hands (like in adventurecraft) since in the picture steve is holding a sword and a torch. just what i wanted to point out, but i think its very likely to be true
sprinting would be good, but in my opinion, they should make it more of a charge. that will cause you to move faster and do a long jump, but with less control of turning, and under certain circumstances (e.g. on ice or in wet weather) will cause you to slide and trip, that would be humorous. but you could craft shoes (use hard items other than diamond, diamonds are easy to find but skeletons are a challenge for me) that would give you more control with a slight increased speed. this idea for sprint would allow an easy escape from mobs but can be dangerous when on top of a cliff in the rain.