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Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with US government

Lance Armstrong has reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career.

In brief: American Katie Ledecky wins 200-meter freestyle in elite field

Swimming: Katie Ledecky won the 200-meter freestyle at the world swimming championships Wednesday night in Kazan, Russia, against a stellar field that included defending champion Missy Franklin and two-time winner Federica Pellegrini. The 18-year-old American rallied from fourth after the first two laps to touch first in 1 minute, 55.16 seconds for her second gold medal of the championships.

Arbitration panel rules against Armstrong in fraud case

AUSTIN, Texas – An arbitration panel ordered Lance Armstrong and Tailwind Sports Corp. to pay $10 million in a fraud dispute with a promotions company for what it called an “unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy” that covered up his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Dallas-based SCA Promotions announced the 2-1 decision against the former cyclist when its lawyers said Monday they had asked Texas’ 116th Civil District Court in Dallas to confirm the arbitration ruling, dated Feb. 4. The panel included a neutral chairman, who ruled in favor of SCA, and one person selected by each side.

Newsmakers

Suspended The NFL has suspended Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington for one year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. . Washington, in a statement released by his agent, says the penalty was for marijuana, and that he takes responsibility for the violation. Considered among the best at his position, Washington was suspended the first four games of last season for violating the substance abuse policy. • New York Giants safety Will Hill was suspended for six games by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Hill has failed three drug tests since 2012. The Giants are expected to release Hill when his suspension ends.

Newsmakers

Signed The Seattle Seahawks have signed defensive end Cassius Marsh, the first of their fourth-round picks in the NFL draft. Financial terms of Marsh’s deal were not released but he will receive a four-year contract. Marsh was taken with the 108th pick overall in the draft out of UCLA. Seattle also signed tight end Rashaun Allen and guard Nate Isles, who both took part in the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp last week on a tryout. To clear roster spots, the Seahawks terminated the contract of tight end Travis Beckum and released cornerback Jimmy Legree. • The Golden State Warriors and Steve Kerr have completed the coaching contract agreed to last week. The sides finalized the five-year deal worth up to $25 million.

‘Lie’ seeks truths behind cyclist’s fall

“The Armstrong Lie” is about as angry and confrontational as documentary titles get, but filmmaker Alex Gibney has good reason to feel aggrieved. One of the top documentarians working today, with films such as “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” and the Oscar-winning “Taxi to the Dark Side” to his credit, Gibney was finishing a Lance Armstrong film with a very different, more upbeat title, “The Road Back,” when the evidence became indisputable that the cyclist had used performance-enhancing drugs.

Panel rules against former cyclist Lance Armstrong

A Texas company is closer to forcing Lance Armstrong to return about $12 million in bonuses he was paid for winning the Tour de France while secretly using performance-enhancing drugs. In a key ruling against Armstrong, a Texas arbitration panel in Austin said Wednesday it would consider Dallas-based SCA Promotions’ appeal to recover its money. The company tried to prove Armstrong used steroids and other drugs and doping methods in 2005, but ultimately agreed to pay him in a 2006 settlement. Armstrong’s attorneys have argued the settlement is irreversible. But the same three-person arbitration panel that presided over the original dispute ruled 2-1 that the settlement gave the panel jurisdiction to decide all future disagreements. – Associated Press

Armstrong uninvited, unwanted guest at 100th Tour

PORTO VECCHIO, Corsica – Lance Armstrong made himself the uninvited guest at the Tour de France on Friday, coming back to haunt the 100th edition of the race and infuriating riders both past and present by talking at length in a newspaper interview about doping in the sport. Armstrong told Le Monde that he still considers himself the record-holder for Tour victories, even though all seven of his titles from 1999-2005 were stripped from him last year for doping.

Newsmakers

Traded Veteran goalie Tim Thomas, who has said he won’t play this season, was traded by the Boston Bruins to the New York Islanders on Thursday for a conditional second-round draft choice either next year or in 2015. Thomas chose to take this season off following the NHL lockout and was suspended by the Bruins after he didn’t report to training camp last month. The 38-year-old goalie is in the final season of a four-year deal that counts for $5 million against the salary cap. Surgery Minnesota Vikings running back and NFL MVP Adrian Peterson had surgery for a sports hernia. The Vikings say they “expect a speedy recovery with no long-term concerns.” Peterson had the procedure in Philadelphia. Peterson, who also was named offensive player of the year after returning from a torn ACL to rush for 2,097 yards, was bothered by an abdominal injury for the last month of the season.

Lance: I lied, I cheated; Slouch: What a revelation!

Lance Armstrong went on national television last week – well, he appeared on something called the OWN network – and, in a “worldwide exclusive,” told Oprah Winfrey he had doped as a cyclist. Other upcoming Oprah interview exclusives:

Anti-doping officials want details

For anti-doping officials, Lance Armstrong’s admission of cheating was only a start. Now they want him to give details – lots of them – to clean up the sport of cycling.

Blanchette: Armstrong still has long road to recovery

A hair-splitting mea culpa on a fifth-rate cable channel nobody gets on a day more people are buzzing about somebody else’s imaginary dead girlfriend. Yes, this is how I want to remember Lance Armstrong. Incomplete. In the margins. Irrelevant. Now, to get Stage 2 of his Tour de Oprah over with so he can file a lawsuit next week against himself for all those nasty things he said about Lance Armstrong. Gad. All this so he can get it on in some fringe triathlons in his golden years?

Oprah: Lance Armstrong admitted doping

AUSTIN, Texas — Lance Armstrong has finally come clean. Armstrong confessed to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey taped Monday, just a couple of hours after a wrenching apology to staff at the Livestrong charity he founded and has now been forced to surrender.

Lance: This is how you come clean?

LOS ANGELES – The Tour de Fraud, Lance Armstrong version, continues. Tighten your helmet chinstraps and grab your handlebars. Armstrong apparently has ‘fessed up. To Oprah.

Armstrong reportedly considers confessing

AUSTIN, Texas – Lance Armstrong may be considering a change in course, dropping his years of denials and admitting that he used performance-enhancing drugs – though whether such a move would help him is uncertain. The New York Times, citing anonymous sources, reported late Friday that Armstrong has told associates he is thinking about the move.

Newsmakers

Resigned Cyclist Lance Armstrong has cut formal ties with his cancer-fighting charity to avoid further damage brought by doping charges and being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. Armstrong resigned from the board of directors for Livestrong on Nov. 4. He had resigned Oct. 17 as chairman from the charity he founded but had kept a seat on the board. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency ordered Armstrong banned from the sport for life and stripped of his titles. Injured Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum will miss at least five more weeks because of a bone bruise in his right knee and may not play in a game until early January. When Bynum was hurt in mid-September, the team initially hoped its newly acquired star would be ready for the season opener Oct. 31. Late last month the Sixers said he was out indefinitely.

Armstrong’s federal case stays closed

LOS ANGELES – As Lance Armstrong continued to face fallout from doping allegations – this time, being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles – questions still surround a federal investigation that closed without criminal charges filed. U.S. Atty. Andre Birotte Jr.’s office declined to comment on the inquiry on Monday, other than to say the case remains closed.

Armstrong loses titles

GENEVA – Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life by the International Cycling Union on Monday. Cycling world governing body UCI said it was ratifying the sanctions taken earlier this month by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.