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August 23, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Lance Armstrong is giving up his fight against the latest wave of charges by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which will likely rule that the seven-time Tour de France winner should be banned from cycling for life and stripped of his titles. Armstrong, who never tested positive during his career, has denied using performance-enhancing drugs. Before retiring last year, the cyclist won the sport's ultimate contest from 1999 to 2005. “There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, 'Enough is enough.' For me, that time is now,” Armstrong said in a statement released on his website.
July 11, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday granted Lance Armstrong an extension of up to 30 days to contest drug charges while the seven-time Tour de France winner challenges the case in federal court. The move erases the Saturday deadline for Armstrong to either send the case to arbitration or accept sanctions from USADA, which would probably include a lifetime ban from cycling and other sports along with stripping the Tour titles he won from 1999 to 2005. Armstrong this week sued in U.S. District Court in Austin, Texas, to block the case from moving forward, arguing that USADA's arbitration process violates his constitutional rights and that the agency doesn't have jurisdiction over the alleged doping violations.
June 29, 2012 | By Austin Knoblauch
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's latest case against Lance Armstrong appears to be heading to an arbitration hearing after the organization's review board made a unanimous recommendation Friday to file formal charges against the seven-time Tour de France winner. If Armstrong challenges the USADA's charges against him -- and he's indicated that he will -- the case will go to arbitration. USADA board member Clark Griffith told the Associated Press that he "can't wait to hear what the arbitration panel thinks of the evidence.
May 1, 2012 | David Lazarus
Does the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have the power to trump theU.S. Supreme Court? That's the intriguing question raised by a seemingly routine announcement last week that the watchdog agency is seeking public comments on "how consumers and financial services companies are affected by arbitration and arbitration clauses. " "Arbitration clauses are found in many contracts for consumer financial products," the bureau's director, Richard Cordray, said in a statement.
April 24, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- The government's new consumer watchdog is launching an inquiry into the use of arbitration clauses in financial contracts, which keep disputes over credit cards and other products out of the court system. Consumer advocates long have complained that so-called "pre-dispute arbitration clauses" gave too much of an advantage to financial firms over average Americans, who often don't realize they've signed away their right to sue. But companies said third-party arbitration is fair and saves money because it's faster and less-expensive than going to court.
March 4, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
As Los Angeles came of age in the 20th century, a stately Windsor Square mansion served as a command post for the city's most powerful couple. The longtime home of publisher Norman Chandler, "Los Tiempos" (The Times) was where his wife, Dorothy Buffum Chandler, raised funds to build a nationally recognized music center and where she urged son Otis Chandler to transform the Los Angeles Times into an award-winning newspaper. Today, the city-designated historic-cultural monument is the focus of an unseemly dispute involving two house hunters who claim they were swindled into buying the compound for more than $8 million, only to find that it was "rotten to the core," according to arbitration documents.
February 24, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
Prince Fielder   of the Detroit Tigers said he's relieved that his former teammate Ryan Braun won his appeal of a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug, clearing his 50-game suspension. "Obviously, it's good. You didn't want him to miss those games," Fielder told reporters Friday. "I'm happy he's able to clear his name. " Braun, who plays for the Milwaukee Brewers, was cleared Thursday. He reportedly tested positive for synthetic testosterone during last year's playoffs,  then took his appeal to an arbitration panel in January, where it was sustained by a 2-1 vote.
February 23, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Ryan Braun, the reigning National League MVP, won his appeal of a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug and had his 50-game suspension overturned by an arbitrator. MLB and the players' union announced the decision Thursday. Rob Manfred, MLB's vice president for labor relations, was incensed at the ruling, saying in a statement: "Major League Baseball considers the obligations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program essential to the integrity of our game, our clubs and all of the players who take the field.
February 13, 2012 | Wire reports
Members of Conference USA and current and future members of the Mountain West are taking a bigger-is-better approach to college sports leagues. The 16 schools announced plans Monday to form a new league that will begin in 2013 and have as many as 24 teams in five time zones. The new conference probably will have 18 to 24 schools, split into divisions, and not only have a football championship game but also semifinals. It also will hold a conference basketball tournament, the statement said.
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