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August 10, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
A federal judge aimed hard questions at the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency  over its aim to strip famed cyclist Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles in a hearing in Austin, Texas, on Friday. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks asked whether USADA has given Armstrong a legitimate chance to defend himself against charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career. “As we said in court today, Mr. Armstrong agreed to play by the same rules that apply to every other athlete and we believe he should not be allowed to create a new set of rules that apply only to him,” USADA Chief Executive Travis Tygart said in a prepared statement emailed to The Times and other news agencies.
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December 13, 2013 | By David Wharton
It seems that Lance Armstrong has ditched the contrite manner in which he previously admitted to doping throughout much of his illustrious cycling career. Now he sounds downright defiant. In an interview with ESPN the Magazine, Armstrong said that -- faced with widespread cheating in his sport -- he would do it all over again and that authorities singled him out because of his contentious nature. "I knew what my competitors were doing," he was quoted as saying. "We [his U.S. Postal Service team]
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June 15, 2012 | By Austin Knoblauch
The man who helped orchestrate Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France victories says the charges brought against him this week by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency have no merit. Johan Bruyneel, who managed Armstrong during his stints with U.S. Postal, Discovery and Team RadioShack, declared his innocence Friday, and expressed confidence that a new case against him would go nowhere. “I have never participated in any doping activity and I am innocent of all charges,” Bruyneel said in a statement posted to his website . “It cannot be right that I or anyone else can be pursued from court to court simply because our accusers do not like the decisions made along the way and so attempt to find a court which will get them the result they want,” he said.
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November 5, 2013 | By David Wharton
A 60-year-old Utah man has pleaded guilty to sending an email threat to the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency during its prosecution of Lance Armstrong. Robert Hutchins faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for interstate communications involving a threat. The Associated Press reported he will avoid jail time if the judge accepts a plea bargain offered by prosecutors. On Aug. 23, 2012 -- after Armstrong announced he would not fight USADA's charges -- Hutchins sent an email to the USADA Chief Executive Travis Tygart stating: "Hope you have body guards and bullet proof vest, your (sic)
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February 20, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
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.
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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.
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July 11, 2012
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday extended its deadline 30 days for Lance Armstrong to decide whether he wants to seek arbitration as the agency moves to strip the seven-time Tour de France champion of his titles. Armstrong attorney Tim Herman -- who on Tuesday refiled a lawsuit against the  USADA in U.S. District Court in Austin, Texas,  contending the quasi-governmental agency lacks jurisdictional rights to strip the titles -- said in a statement that his request for a temporary restraining order "is now not necessary.
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August 24, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Lance Armstrong certainly isn't one to sit around feeling sorry for himself. We already knew that after he beat cancer then turned around and won seven Tour de France titles. On Friday, just hours after those seven titles were stripped away from him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which also slapped him with a lifetime competitive ban, Armstrong posted his plans for the weekend via Twitter. They include a mountain bike race in Aspen, Colo., on Saturday -- "9000 vert in just 36 miles!"
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June 13, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is back in the spotlight after the Washington Post reported Wednesday that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has brought formal doping charges against him that could result in him being stripped of his Tour de France titles. Armstrong has also been immediately banned from competing in triathlons, a sport he recently took up professionally. In the 15-page charging letter obtained by the Post , USADA says it collected blood from Armstrong in 2009 and 2010 that was "fully consistent with blood ma­nipu­la­tion including EPO use and/or blood transfusions.
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August 24, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has announced the formal disqualification of cyclist Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France victories, also slapping him with a lifetime competition ban. “Nobody wins when an athlete decides to cheat with dangerous performance-enhancing drugs, but clean athletes at every level expect those of us here on their behalf, to pursue the truth to ensure the win-at-all-cost culture does not permanently overtake fair, honest competition,”...
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October 24, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
According to website roadcycling.com, Johan Bruyneel, who was Lance Armstrong's team sports director through all his Tour de France wins, along with former team doctors Pedro Celaya and Jose Marti will have an arbitration hearing with USADA, the United States organization charged with patrolling illegal doping in U.S. sports. Armstrong chose not to accept arbitration and was banned for life from all sports under the umbrella of USADA. According to the website report, Bruyneel, Celaya and Marti will have the arbitration hearing in December in London.
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April 25, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Travis Tygart, who is the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, told a French government senate hearing Thursday that he wants Lance Armstrong to provide information detailing the alleged complicity of cycling's governing body, the International Cycling Union (UCI), in his doping. “We have evidence of the UCI's involvement in this affair,” Tygart said. “Armstrong led us to believe - during the course of our interaction with him - that he had evidence of their complicity in this situation, and of course we've developed additional information that will come out through our process, that I can't comment on right now.” UCI has been accused of covering up suspicious samples from Armstrong, accepting financial donations from him and helping him avoid detection in doping tests.
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April 4, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
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.
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April 4, 2013 | By Matt Wilhalme
Though Lance Armstrong has been banned from competing in any events sanctioned by U.S. Anti Doping Agency, the disgraced former cyclist has found another avenue to feed his competitive hunger: swimming. Armstrong, 41, is set to race in three events at the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships at the University of Texas this weekend, according to the Associated Press. He's set to participate in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650-yard freestyle in the 40- to 44-year-old age group.
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February 22, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
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.
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February 20, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
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.
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September 22, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
The Lance Armstrong doping case remains in limbo, causing the president of cycling's governing body to wonder why his organization hasn't received the case for final review from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. It was the USADA that banned the seven-time Tour de France winner from competition for life and stripped him of his victories for his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. But International Cycling Union President Pat McQuaid said during a news conference Saturday in Valkenburg, Netherlands, that he's still waiting for the case file.
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February 20, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
It's not often you get to write this about golf: The first round of the Accenture Match Play Championship was suspended Wednesday because of snow in Marana, Ariz. Competitors will try to continue play tomorrow, weather permitting. "Yes yes the greens are covered in snow in Arizona. Wow it was freezing out there,” golfer Ian Poulter tweeted. Several matches were underway when the snow began to fall. How much snow? Enough for caddies to start a snowball fight, which they did to the delight of the sparse crowd in attendance.
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