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APNewsBreak: Armstrong to ride in Livestrong event
February 20, 2015 (17:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Lance Armstrong is getting back on his bike, this time to ride and raise money for the charity he founded and was later pressured to leave.Armstrong has set up a fundraising team for the Livestrong Challenge... More...
APNewsBreak: Armstrong to ride in Livestrong event (The Associated Press)
February 20, 2015 (17:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong is getting back on his bike, this time to ride and raise money for the charity he founded and was later pressured to leave. Armstrong has set up a fundraising team for the Livestrong Challenge ride in Austin in October. It will be his first return to the Livestrong event since 2012, when a report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency exposed performance-enhancing drug use by Armstrong and his U.S. Postal Service team. In a statement to The Associated Press, Armstrong says he remains ''humbled and proud'' of Livestrong. More...
News shorts: Armstrong pleads guilty to careless driving
February 19, 2015 (11:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Armstrong pleads guilty to careless driving USA Today reported on Wednesday that Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to careless driving for colliding with two parked cars with his SUV in Aspen, Colorado. The story made headlines previously after it was reported that Armstrong's girlfriend, Anna Hansen, originally took responsibility for the December 28 collisions. Hansen later admitted that she lied to avoid media attention.ADVERTISEMENT As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Armstrong entered his plea by mail on Friday, according to USA Today, which reported that Armstrong paid $238.50 to cover court fees and a $150 fine. Deputy District Attorney Andrea Bryan told the newspaper that it is common for people enter pleas by mail in such cases. Careless driving can be punished by up to 90 days in jail, but Bryan told USA Today that jail time is rare. It was a rough week in the courts for Armstrong, who on Monday was ordered to pay $10 million to SCA Promotions, the Texas firm that underwrote a $5 million bonus awarded after his 2004 Tour de France victory. The company spent two years fighting against paying the bonus after the first allegations of Armstrong's doping appeared in the book L.A. Confidentiel by David Walsh and Pierre Ballaster. SCA Promotions settled out of court in 2006 after a lengthy arbitration, paying the original $5 million bonus plus $2.5 million in court costs. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lance Armstrong admits careless driving in Colorado hit-and-run (Reuters)
February 19, 2015 (08:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to careless driving for side-swiping two parked cars in the Colorado ski resort of Aspen late last year in an incident for which his girlfriend initially took the blame, authorities said on Wednesday. The 43-year-old disgraced professional cyclist avoided a court appearance by paying $238.50 in fines and court costs by mail last week, according to the Pitkin County clerk's office. More...
Lance Armstrong pleads guilty to careless driving in Aspen (The Associated Press)
February 19, 2015 (08:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to careless driving for hitting two parked cars with his SUV in Aspen. More...
Lance Armstrong admits careless driving in Colorado hit-and-run (Reuters)
February 19, 2015 (01:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to careless driving for side-swiping two parked cars in the Colorado ski resort of Aspen late last year in an incident for which his girlfriend initially took the blame, authorities said on Wednesday. The 43-year-old disgraced professional cyclist avoided a court appearance by paying $238.50 in fines and court costs by mail last week, according to the Pitkin County clerk's office. More...
Lance Armstrong pleads guilty to careless driving in Aspen (The Associated Press)
February 18, 2015 (19:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to careless driving for hitting two parked cars with his SUV in Aspen. More...
Lance Armstrong pleads guilty to careless driving in Aspen (The Associated Press)
February 18, 2015 (19:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to careless driving for hitting two parked cars with his SUV in Aspen. More...
Armstrong loses ruling over Tour de France bonuses (Reuters)
February 18, 2015 (19:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
(Reuters) - Lance Armstrong was ordered to pay $10 million to a sports insurance company after arbitrators ruled against him in a dispute over Tour de France bonuses, according to court documents made available on Monday. Dallas-based SCA Promotions had paid $12 million in bonuses to Armstrong but sued to get its money back after the disgraced cyclist admitted to doping. The arbitrators, in a 2-1 ruling dated Feb. 4, issued the award to SCA after a multi-day hearing during which Armstrong testified. "The case yet again before this tribunal presents an unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy," the arbitrators wrote in their ruling. More...
Lance Armstrong loses $10 million arbitration ruling (The Associated Press)
February 18, 2015 (19:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
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. More...
Lance Armstrong pleads guilty to careless driving in Aspen
February 18, 2015 (19:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ASPEN, Colorado (AP) " Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to careless driving after hitting two parked cars with his SUV in Aspen.The cyclist entered his plea by mail on Friday under a plea agreement with prosecutors, closing the... More...
Lance Armstrong pleads guilty to careless driving in Aspen (The Associated Press)
February 18, 2015 (18:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to careless driving for hitting two parked cars with his SUV in Aspen. More...
Armstrong to refuse to comply with SCA Promotions award?
February 17, 2015 (11:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The attorneys for SCA Promotions have issued a petition to a Texas district court to confirm the $10 million award decided by an arbitration panel against Lance Armstrong, one that if accepted would compel Armstrong to pay. In the petition, they write that "Mr. Armstrong has indicated that he will refuse to comply with the Award", but Armstrong's lawyer Tim Herman said in a statement that Armstrong had already offered to pay SCA Promotions the $10 million, but they refused to accept it. The panel decided earlier this month to sanction Armstrong $10 million for repeated perjury, intimidation of witnesses, and for showing no remorse in duping SCA Promotions out of $5 million in bonuses for winning the Tour de France while cheating by using performance enhancing drugs. The two-man majority Richard D. Faulkner and Richard Chernick wrote, "Perjury must never be profitable. Justice in courts of law and arbitration tribunals is impossible when parties feel free to deliberately deceive judges or arbitrators," calling Armstrong's lies under oath "an unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy".ADVERTISEMENT "It is almost certainly the most devious sustained deception ever perpetrated in world sporting history," they wrote. "Tailwind Sports Corp. and Lance Armstrong have justly earned wide public condemnation. That is an inadequate deterrent. Deception demands real, meaningful sanctions." Armstrong's lawyers disagreed, questioning the legality of re-opening a dispute that the two sides had settled to the tune of $7.5 million in 2005. "This award is unprecedented," Herman wrote. "No Court or arbitrator has ever reopened a matter which was fully and finally settled voluntarily. In this matter SCA repeatedly affirmed that it never relied upon anything Armstrong said or did in deciding to settle. The proper analysis of governing law is set forth in the opinion of arbitrator Ted Lyon, which is part of the award and which we believe will be adopted when the Courts review the action of the Arbitration Panel. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lance Armstrong loses in $10 million SCA Promotions lawsuit
February 17, 2015 (11:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Lance Armstrong has been ordered to pay $10 million to SCA Promotions, the Texas firm that underwrote a $5 million bonus awarded after his 2004 Tour de France victory. According to the Associated Press, a three-person arbitration panel decided 2-1 in favor of SCAPromotions, and ordered Armstrong and former USPostal Service team owners Tailwind Sports to pay $10 million. The company spent two years fighting against paying the bonus after the first allegations of Armstrong's doping appeared in the book L.A. Confidentiel by David Walsh and Pierre Ballaster. SCA Promotions settled out of court in 2006 after a lengthy arbitration, paying the original $5 million bonus plus $2.5 million in court costs. In 2012, Armstrong was handed a lifetime ban from the sport and stripped of those sevenTour de France titles for doping. When Armstrong confessed to doping in 2013, the company began working to revisit the legal case. Last February, a judge cleared the way for SCAPromotions to reopen the lawsuit.ADVERTISEMENT According to an SCAPromotions statement, the $10 million award is believed to be the largest of its kind in American judicial history. The arbitration panel said that Armstrong engaged in "an unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy." In the 2005 suit, Armstrong testified under oath on numerous occasions that he had never used performance-enhancing drugs during his career. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Armstrong loses ruling over Tour de France bonuses (Reuters)
February 16, 2015 (21:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
(Reuters) - Lance Armstrong was ordered to pay $10 million to a sports insurance company after arbitrators ruled against the disgraced cyclist over bonuses he received during his Tour de France winning streak, the firm said on Monday. Dallas-based SCA Promotions had paid $12 million in bonuses to Armstrong but sued to get its money back after the American had admitted to doping. The arbitrators issued the award to SCA after a multi-day evidentiary hearing during which Armstrong testified. "According to the arbitrators' written ruling, the sanctions award punishes Armstrong for engaging in 'an unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy,'" SCA said in a statement. More...
Lance Armstrong loses $10 million arbitration ruling
February 16, 2015 (19:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " 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... More...
Lance Armstrong loses US$10 million arbitration ruling
February 16, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A three-man arbitration panel has ordered Lance Armstrong and Tailwind Sports to pay US$10 million (NZ$13.3m) in a fraud dispute with a promotions company.Dallas-based SCA Promotions announced the 2-1 ruling against the former cyclist... More...
Lance Armstrong loses $10 million arbitration ruling (The Associated Press)
February 16, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A three-man arbitration panel has ordered Lance Armstrong and Tailwind Sports to pay $10 million in a fraud dispute with a promotions company. More...
News shorts: 'Armstrong treated unfairly,' says Yates
February 14, 2015 (14:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Yates says that Armstrong was treated unfairly Tinkoff-Saxo directeur sportif Sean Yates has told the BBC that his former teammate Lance Armstrong has been unfairly punished following the detailed USADA investigation that covered evidence of systematic doping on his US Postal Service team. Armstrong was banned for life following the publication of USADAs Reasoned Decision in October 2012 and he confessed to doping in a televised interview the following January.ADVERTISEMENT Lance was the big figure that they hunted down, along with others obviously, but he was the stand-out figure and he took the brunt of the publicity and the brunt of the blame, unfairly in my opinion, Yates said. Obviously people will make up their own minds somewhere down the road but that may be a few years to come yet. Yates stepped down as a directeur sportif at Team Sky and announced his retirement in October 2012 only to return with Tinkoff-Saxo this season, where he will be in Alberto Contadors corner against his former charge Chris Froome. Last year they both fell off which was not good for the Tour de France and that enabled [Vincenzo] Nibali to win but I think they are a level above, Yates said of Contador and Froome. Hopefully they both stay on their bikes this year and its a good clean fight, and may the best man win. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tygart thrilled with UCI anti-doping reforms
February 12, 2015 (13:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Travis Tygart, the CEO of the US Anti-Doping Agency, said he was "thrilled" with the reforms made within the UCI since the arrival of new president Brian Cookson. Speaking at an anti-doping intelligence seminar in Singapore, Tygart also dismissed the repeated claims by Cookson's predecessor Pat McQuaid that the USADA case against Lance Armstrong was a 'witch-hunt' and that Armstrong was a scapegoat. "It is easy for Pat McQuaid or others to say sound bites like he said," Tygart said, according to AFP. "The evidence is telling. There have been roughly 26 athletes, coaches, team doctors who have been held accountable. Several of them have gotten lifetime bans as well." Armstrong, his team manager Johan Bruyneel and his infamous coach Michele Ferrari were all handed lifetime bans from sport by USADA in 2012. Armstrong, although he confessed to doping, continues to claim he was not given the same opportunity to cooperate with the authorities in exchange for reduced bans that some of the other athletes who admitted to anti-doping violations were given.ADVERTISEMENT "Lance certainly had every opportunity to challenge that sanction," Tygart said. "And certainly Pat McQuaid could have appealed our decision to impose the lifetime ban. If he, in any way, felt that was unfair or was singling out Lance Armstrong, he certainly, as the president of UCI, had the appeal rights to go to CAS." The UCI under McQuaid briefly challenged the jurisdiction of USADA in prosecuting Armstrong for anti-doping violations, but then changed his tune, saying that the UCI would uphold the sanction, and that Armstrong had "no place in the cycling". Armstrong has since gone on television for the first time since his admission, telling the BBC that although he regretted the way he'd acted during his career, given the same circumstances he would make the same decision to dope again. McQuaid followed that with a BBC radio interview in which he said he still had a "certain sympathy" for Armstrong. "He was very much made a scapegoat, there was a witch-hunt after Armstrong." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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