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Filed The federal government officially filed its case against Lance Armstrong on Tuesday, stating that the former cyclist and the owners of his team enriched themselves by defrauding the U.S. Postal Service. In February, the U.S. Justice Department announced its intentions to join a whistle-blower suit filed by Floyd Landis in 2010. In the complaint, the government claimed that Armstrong, Johan Bruyneel, his team director, and owners of Tailwind Sports knowingly violated its own contract by participating in a doping program.

Suspended Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown was suspended Wednesday for two games without pay by the NHL for elbowing Minnesota forward Jason Pominville on Tuesday night.

• Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for 10 matches by the English Football Association for biting an opponent during a Premier League match. Unless he wins an appeal, that rules him out for the rest of the season.

Announced The Carolina Hurricanes are going Staal in for the home finale. They have three Staal brothers on the roster after right wing Jared Staal was called up from their AHL affiliate in Charlotte. He will join brothers Eric and Jordan Staal. Coach Kirk Muller says Jared will make his NHL debut tonight against fourth brother Marc Staal’s team, the New York Rangers.

• Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol has won his first NBA Defensive Player of the Year award after anchoring the league’s stingiest defense. Gasol received 212 points and 30 first-place votes to edge Miami’s LeBron James, who had 149 points and 18 first-place votes.

• Montana State football coach Rob Ash has announced the addition of two assistants. Former MSU player Michael Rider has been named assistant defensive line coach, while Daniel DaPrato has been named the team’s special teams coordinator.

Re-signed A day after clinching a sixth consecutive playoff berth, the Washington Capitals have re-signed forwards Eric Fehr and Aaron Volpatti. Fehr, a right wing, got a $3 million, two-year deal. Volpatti, a left wing, will make $1.15 million over his two-year contract.


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