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AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge Monday refused to block the government's $100 million lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, putting the disgraced cyclist on course for trial in a 2010 case stemming from his performance-enhancing drug use.

The suit was filed by Armstrong's former U.S. Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis. The federal government joined in 2013 after Armstrong publicly admitted he cheated to win the Tour de France seven times from 1999-2005. Armstrong was stripped of those titles and banned from competition.


Bosox icon has cancer relapse

Red Sox TV analyst Jerry Remy said that he has experienced a cancer relapse. Remy, 64, was originally diagnosed with cancer in 2008.

S-ROD OUT: Braves GM John Coppolella said he isn't sure it is realistic to hope for a return this season of INF Sean Rodriguez, set for shoulder surgery after a Jan. 28 car accident.

ROYALS: LHP Travis Wood agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal.


COLLEGES: Michigan State suspended women's gymnastics coach Kathie Klages a week after she was accused in a lawsuit of downplaying complaints about sexual abuse by sports Dr. Larry Nassar.

DOPING: Russia's ban from disabled sports should continue because it is sidestepping allegations of a major doping cover-up, the International Paralympic Committee said.

NFL: The Giants released WR Victor Cruz and RB Rashad Jennings, saving them roughly $10 million in salary cap space. … Packers WR Geronimo Allison, a former Spoto standout, pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.

SKIING: Luca Aerni won the combined event at the world ski championships after being 30th fastest in downhill in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

SOCCER: Diego Silva dos Santos, 28, died after being shot during a clash of rival fans outside Botafogo's Rio de Janeiro stadium. … In EPL, Manchester City overcame Gabriel Jesus' injury departure win at Bournemouth 2-0 and climb to second place. … In Spain, Eibar stayed in contention for European competition next season by routing Granada 4-0 to win its third in a row.

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