April 4, 2013 |
Lance Armstrong won't be returning to competition this weekend after all. The disgraced former cyclist, who has been banned for life from all events sanctioned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, decided not to take part in three distance events in the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships at the University of Texas after objections were raised by FINA, the sport's international federation body. “He doesn't want to cause any more harm to any more organizations,” U.S. Masters Swimming executive director Rob Butcher told Associated Press.
March 22, 2013 |
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has at least one person in his corner: actor Matthew McConaughey. McConaughey and Armstrong have been friends for years, and the actor came to Armstrong's defense in the newest issue of Details magazine . He said that despite Armstrong's years of denial over taking performance-enhancing drugs, the cyclist is not a liar. "He told a lie, he's not a liar," McConaughey said. "When it came out, I took it personally, but then I realized it ain't personal to him....
February 22, 2013 |
Lance Armstrong is now in trouble with the U.S. government. The Justice Department has joined a lawsuit filed two years ago by another disgraced cyclist, Floyd Landis, MSNBC.com was first to report on Friday. The government could claim that it was defrauded by Armstrong, who denied using performing enhancing drugs while riding for the U.S. Postal Service team in the Tour de France but has since admitted to cheating in such a manner. The government, which has a strict ban on illegal drugs, paid at least $30 million to sponsor Armstrong's racing teams.
February 20, 2013 |
Lance Armstrong's interest in cooperating with anti-doping authorities does not include plans to speak to the agency that most thoroughly detailed the transgressions that left him stripped of his seven Tour de France cycling titles. Armstrong on Wednesday announced through his attorney that he is declining to provide information to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and its chief executive, Travis Tygart, who in October released a voluminous report including teammates' sworn statements of how Armstrong beat anti-doping authorities.
February 12, 2013 |
Well, well. Two famous men, both wanting to give back. No wonder that hackneyed phrase “give back” makes my skin crawl. Lance Armstrong is reportedly volunteering to “help clean up” cycling and become the repentant poster boy crusading against drugs in the sport. And Steven Seagal, the action actor, is teaming up with Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio to teach Arpaio's armed volunteer cadres about how to handle school shootings. More on that in a few paragraphs.
February 8, 2013 |
Two things: Don't lie for years about using performance-enhancing drugs, and don't get caught being tricked by an imaginary girlfriend. That's the lesson to be learned from the latest Nielsen/E-Poll of America's 10 most disliked athletes, which is headed by former cyclist Lance Armstrong and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o. Armstrong and Te'o each appeal to just 15% of the public, according to Nielsen's polling, which it conducts on a rolling basis with the help of E-Poll, an Encino-based market research firm.
February 7, 2013 |
A promotion company based sued Lance Armstrong on Thursday, seeking the repayment of $12 million in bonuses that the firm paid Armstrong for winning the Tour de France. Dallas-based SCA Promotions, which contends it was conned out of the money by Armstrong, filed the suit in a Dallas court. Armstrong won the Tour de France a record seven times in a row between 1999 and 2005. But he recently admitted to using performance enhancing drugs and the United States Anti-Doping Agency stripped him of his titles in 2012.
January 31, 2013 |
Charlie Sheen didn't have anything good to say about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong during his interview on the "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno on Wednesday. Of course, Sheen is an authority on the subject of bad behavior. When Leno, himself not a fan of Armstrong, asked Sheen about the cancer survivor turned seven-time Tour de France champion, Sheen got right to the point. "He's kind of a douche," Sheen quickly replied of Armstrong, who has been banned from competition for life and stripped of his championships for finally admitting what everyone had come to suspect -- that he used performance-enhancing drugs.