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No winner of lance tours?

PARIS — The Tour de France will have no official winner for the races from 1999-2005 if Lance Armstrong is stripped of his seven victories by the sport's governing body for doping.

Tour director Christian Prudhomme called the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's report on Armstrong "damning" and said Friday that it raises doubts about "a system and an era."

Tour officials are waiting on the International Cycling Union's decision on whether to go along with the antidoping agency's decision to ban Armstrong for life and erase his racing results based on the results of its investigation of him. Armstrong's teams "ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen," said the report, released Wednesday.

The governing body must decide by month's end whether to appeal the agency's rulings to the World Anti-Doping Agency. Its president, Pat McQuaid, declined to comment on the report but defended the body's efforts to catch drug cheats. It tests often but can do little if the results are negative, he said.

armstrong cohort out: Armstrong's former team manager, Johan Bruyneel, left the RadioShack-Nissan team after he was singled out in the report as a central figure in the doping program. The decision was by "mutual agreement," the team said. Bruyneel said he left to "concentrate on my defense." He chose an arbitration hearing to fight the antidoping agency's charges.

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olympics: Canadian soccer player Christine Sinclair was suspended for four games and fined $3,500 by the sport's governing body for "displaying unsporting behavior towards match officials" after a controversial loss to the United States in the London Games semifinals, the Canadian Soccer Association said. She was one of several players who criticized the head official over a call against goalkeeper Erin McLeod that led to Abby Wambach's tying penalty kick in the 80th minute. The Americans won in extra time.

tennis: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych, the top four seeds, reached the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters in China. … Top seed and Tampa resident Sam Stosur made the Japan Open semis with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Jamie Hampton at Osaka.

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Sports in brief 10/12/12 [Last modified: Friday, October 12, 2012 10:56pm]
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