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Armstrong snubs antidoping agency

Lance Armstrong has refused once again to meet with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and give testimony under oath about the doping practices that fueled most of his career.

After extending a previous deadline by two weeks, the agency had set Wednesday as a deadline for Armstrong to notify it about whether he would like to provide it full disclosure about his doping. But Tim Herman, one of Armstrong's lawyers, said in a statement that Armstrong would cooperate only with "an international tribunal formed to comprehensively address pro cycling, an almost exclusively European sport."

Agency CEO Travis Tygart said his group would continue its investigation without Armstrong.

Et cetera

Tennis: Serena Williams withdrew from the Dubai Championships with a lower-back injury before she was to face Marion Bartoli. Among others advancing were defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and Tampa resident Sam Stosur.

Soccer: Host AC Milan stunned Barcelona 2-0 in the first leg of its European Champions League last-16 tie, beating the Spanish giant for the first time in eight matches. … The Rowdies signed forward Amani Walker for two years. Walker spent the past two seasons with NASL Minnesota.

Olympics: Bulgarian Valentin Yordanov said he is returning his 1996 gold medal to protest the decision to drop wrestling from the Olympic program.

Dogs: Call Me Ishmael, Flyin Pink Floyd, Lily Rose and Pj Domo won second-round qualifiers in the $64,000 Sprint Classic at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg.

Boxing: Mike Tyson sued a financial services firm owned by Live Nation Entertainment, claiming one of its advisers embezzled more than $300,000 from him and cost him millions more in lost earnings. A Live Nation spokeswoman said the company had not been served with the lawsuit and could not comment on it.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times staff, wires

Sports in brief 02/20/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:36pm]
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