Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Cycling

Armstrong will talk doping but not to U.S. reps

An attorney for Lance Armstrong told the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency the cyclist will cooperate with efforts to "clean up cycling" but not necessarily by talking to it.

In letters exchanged this week between Armstrong's attorneys and the USADA and obtained by the Associated Press on Friday, the USADA requested Armstrong testify before it by Feb. 6. But attorney Tim Herman wrote Armstrong can't accommodate that schedule. Instead, Herman's letter read, Armstrong will appear before a "truth and reconciliation" commission the International Cycling Union announced the creation of on Friday.

Cyclists will be offered a chance to confess to doping without fear of penalty in the UCI's attempt to uncover the full scale of drug use in the sport. There is no timetable for testimony to start.

Meanwhile, Britain's Bradley Wiggins said he is convinced Armstrong doped when he returned to cycling in 2009. Armstrong admitted he doped while winning the Tour de France seven times but denied doing so when he finished third in 2009.

Wiggins, the 2012 champion who finished fourth in 2009, based his suspicions on watching the American during the mountain stages.

"I can still remember … watching the man I saw on the top of Verbier in 2009 to the man I saw on the top of Ventoux a week later when we were in doping control together," Wiggins said. "It wasn't the same bike rider. "

Armstrong was not available for comment.

Baseball

A-Rod could miss 2013, GM says

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said 3B Alex Rodriguez could sit out all of 2013 with a left hip injury. Rodriguez, 37, had surgery last week. The team said it expected him back around the All-Star break. But Cashman said "there's no guarantee … because of the serious nature of the surgery."

Et cetera

Soccer: England's governing body has charged Chelsea's Eden Hazard for kicking the ball boy during Wednesday's League Cup semifinal. The move could add to his three-game ban for getting a red card. He has until Tuesday to respond.

Media: Rachel Nichols is leaving her reporting job at ESPN to work for CNN and Turner Sports. She will anchor a new weekend CNN sports program beginning later this year.

Figure skating: Jeremy Abbott earned 84.10 points despite not trying a quadruple jump to win the short program at the U.S. championships in Omaha, Neb. The three-time champion leads Joshua Farris by three points entering today's free skate. Meryl Davis and Charlie White earned 79.02 points in the short dance. The 2010 Olympic silver medalists lead Madison Chock and Evan Bates by 8.22 and are almost assured of their fifth U.S. title today. Joanna and William Hubbart, who train at the Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar, won the juvenile pairs title. The siblings took third last year.

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