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Sports in brief: Lance Armstrong faces more accusations

Cycling

Inner Circle rider says Armstrong doped

NEW YORK — George Hincapie, a longtime member of Lance Armstrong's inner circle, told federal authorities he saw the seven-time Tour de France winner use performance-enhancing drugs, CBS's 60 Minutes reported.

On Thursday, Tyler Hamilton, another former member of the U.S. Postal Service team, said he also used PEDs with Armstrong. Hamilton also turned over his 2004 Olympic time trial gold medal to the United States Anti-Doping Agency on Friday.

Hincapie has often been depicted as one of Armstrong's most loyal teammates and was with him for all seven Tour victories. In an interview last year, Armstrong said Hincapie was "like a brother to me."

Hincapie is among several former Armstrong teammates and employees who have appeared before a federal grand jury in Los Angeles investigating doping in cycling.

Armstrong has never tested positive and has denied doping.

According to 60 Minutes, Hincapie testified that he and Armstrong supplied each other with the endurance-boosting substance EPO and discussed having used another banned substance, testosterone, to prepare for races. Hincapie declined to be interviewed by 60 Minutes, which will air its report Sunday.

Tennis

Nadal draws tall order

Defending French Open champions Rafael Nadal and Francesca Schiavone were given first-round matches in Friday's draw against Americans who own a combined two career match wins at Roland Garros.

The top-ranked Nadal's bid to tie Bjorn Borg's record of six titles at the claycourt Grand Slam will begin against the 6-foot-9, hard-serving John Isner, 2-2 at the French.

"He's one of these players that you prefer not to have in the first round," Nadal said. "His style of game is dangerous. His serve is unbelievable."

Schiavone, seeded fifth, starts against 89th-ranked Melanie Oudin, 0-1 at Roland Garros.

Play begins Sunday in Paris.

Colleges

UF in tennis quarters

The Florida women's tennis team beat Clemson 4-1 to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA championships at Stanford, Calif. Florida (28-1) plays Miami on Sunday.

Baseball: Shawn Pleffner singled in Patrick Donahue as the University of Tampa (36-16) beat Southern Arkansas 4-3 in 13 innings, the longest postseason game in UT history, at the NCAA South Region in Pensacola. The Spartans meet the West Florida-Barry loser at 4 today.

Golf: The UF men are tied for second with N.C. State after two rounds at the NCAA region tournament in Ocala. At 7 under, UF is four strokes behind Augusta State going into today's final round. … The UF women were tied for eighth at 32-over after darkness suspended third-round play at the NCAA championships in Texas. UCLA leads at 13-over.

Softball: Pasco-Hernando was eliminated from the Division II junior college national tournament in Normal, Ill., losing 3-2 to Kankakee (Ill.) and 7-2 to South Mountain (Phoenix). … Host UF (48-9) beat Bethune-Cookman 8-0 in the first round of NCAA tournament region play. UF plays UCLA at 1 today in the double-elimination event. … FSU (30-27) lost 2-0 to Alabama-Birmingham in region play in Athens, Ga. The Seminoles face Georgia State at 2:30 today.

APR hits: The Louisville football team will lose three scholarships for the class of 2011 after failing to meet the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate standard, which measures the classroom performance of every Division I athlete and composes a score for each team. … UConn, the men's basketball national champion, will lose two scholarships for the coming season.

Et cetera

NFL: The players unions for MLB, the NHL and NBA filed a brief with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, saying the NFL lockout should be lifted.

Times wires

Sports in brief: Lance Armstrong faces more accusations 05/21/11 [Last modified: Saturday, May 21, 2011 1:21am]

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