Sports in brief

Cycling

armstrong sanctions get final okay

MONTREAL — The World Anti-Doping Agency accepted the decision that stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles, saying Friday it was the "right and proper sanction" for the disgraced American cyclist.

The sport's governing body last week also accepted the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's sanctions, wiping Armstrong's name from the Tour winners list, banning him for life and asking him to return millions of dollars in prize money. The world antidoping agency had 21 days to decide whether to appeal the decisions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Meanwhile, Irish journalist and former Tour rider Paul Kimmage filed a criminal complaint against governing body leaders Pat McQuaid and Hein Verbruggen, accusing them of protecting Armstrong while he won numerous titles. Kimmage alleges defamation and fraud. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report on Armstrong's case included witness testimony that Armstrong said the governing body helped cover up his positive or suspicious doping tests in 1999 and 2001. McQuaid, the body's president, denied the allegations.

Tennis

Qualifier reaches Masters semifinals

Qualifier Jerzy Janowicz continued his unexpected run at the Paris Masters, advancing to the semifinals when dizzy, fatigued Janko Tipsarevic retired.

The 69th-ranked Janowicz, who previously ousted Andy Murray, was up 3-6, 6-1, 4-1 when eighth-seeded Tipsarevic motioned that he could not continue. Janowicz next plays Gilles Simon, who beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4.

Fourth-seeded David Ferrer beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 7-5 and faces Michael Llodra, who beat American Sam Querrey 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

Tournament of Champions: Nadia Petrova rallied to beat Tsvetana Pironkova 5-7, 6-1, 6-3, but both advanced out of group play in Sofia, Bulgaria. In today's semifinals, Petrova faces Roberta Vinci, and Pironkova plays Caroline Wozniacki.

Soccer

Los Angeles rallies in MLS playoff KO round

Mike Magee scored the tying goal in the 69th minute and Landon Donovan converted a penalty kick four minutes later as host Los Angeles beat Vancouver 2-1 in a Major League Soccer playoff knockout match late Thursday.

The Galaxy advanced to a two-game Western Conference semifinal series against San Jose beginning Sunday.

match-fixing: Zimbabwe's national team was disbanded amid a match-fixing scandal.

Et cetera

Speed skating: Heather Richardson won the women's 500- and 3,000-meter races at the U.S. single distance long track championships in West Allis, Wis., an event being used to qualify skaters for the U.S. World Cup team. Ocala's Brittany Bowe was third in the 500.

Times wires

Sports in brief 11/02/12 [Last modified: Friday, November 2, 2012 11:57pm]

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