Cycling: Lance Armstrong said he wanted to see the names of his accusers. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency gave him 26, including 11 ex-teammates.
The world’s most famous cyclist said he wanted to see the hard evidence that he was a doper. The agency gave him that, too: About 200 pages filled with vivid details – from the hotel rooms riders transformed into makeshift blood-transfusion centers to the way Armstrong’s ex-wife rolled cortisone pills into foil and handed them out to all the cyclists.
In all, a USADA report released Wednesday gives the most detailed, unflinching portrayal yet of Armstrong as a man who, day after day, week after week, year after year, spared no expense – financially, emotionally or physically – to win the seven Tour de France titles that the anti-doping agency has ordered taken away.
It presents as matter-of-fact reality that winning and doping went hand in hand in cycling and that Armstrong was the focal point of a big operation, running teams that were the best at getting it done without getting caught. Armstrong won the Tour as leader of the U.S. Postal Service team from 1999-2004 and again in 2005 with the Discovery Channel as the primary sponsor.
USADA said the path Armstrong chose to pursue his goals “ran far outside the rules.”
It accuses him of depending on performance-enhancing drugs to fuel his victories and “more ruthlessly, to expect and to require that his teammates” do the same. Among the 11 former teammates who testified against Armstrong are George Hincapie, Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis.
Armstrong did not fight the USADA charges, but insists he never cheated.
More injuries hit U.S. soccer team
Soccer: Defenders Fabian Johnson and Edgar Castillo will miss the United States’ World Cup qualifier at Antigua and Barbuda on Friday, the latest players out of a critical match for the Americans as they attempt to reach the 2014 tournament in Brazil.
The U.S. roster is down to 20 players. Midfielders Landon Donovan (left knee) and Brek Shea (abdominal strain) withdrew a day earlier.
Seeking their seventh straight World Cup appearance, the Americans figure to need four points to finish in the top two of their group and advance to next year’s regional finals.
Lysacek will miss Skate America
Miscellany: Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek withdrew from Skate America because of a groin injury.
Skate America, which is Oct. 19-21 in Kent, Wash., was to have been his first competition since he won gold at the Vancouver Games.
• Carter honored: Montreal will name a street and a park after Gary Carter, the Hall of Fame catcher who defined the golden era of a once-beloved franchise. Carter died in February of cancer at age 57.
• Sooners receiver eligible: The NCAA has declared receiver Jalen Saunders eligible to play for No. 13 Oklahoma this season, just in time for the Sooners’ rivalry game Saturday against No. 15 Texas. Saunders transferred from Fresno State during the offseason.
• Woods, McIlroy postponed: The anticipated showdown between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods at the World Golf Finals at Belek, Turkey, was pushed back a day because of thunderstorms.
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