Lance Armstrong clearly has no problem with persistence. After a lawsuit he filed Monday was tossed within hours, Armstrong filed a re-worded suit against the US Anti-Doping Agency late yesterday. The new version, cut down from 80 pages to 25, tones down language that a judge called overly incendiary, the Washington Post reports. Time's up for Armstrong on Saturday, the deadline the USADA set for him to pursue or reject arbitration, and yesterday's filing again asks the judge to bar the organization from acting against him.
Either arbitration option will lead to the same result, his complaint says: a lifetime suspension from major competitions, a loss of his Tour de France titles, and "irreparable reputational damage." It also argues that the USADA doesn't have authority over him, because his racing contracts were with a separate international organization. Meanwhile, two doctors and a trainer from Armstrong's teams who did not admit guilt but rejected arbitration have now been banned from sports for life over participation in "one of the worst doping conspiracies in sport," says the USADA CEO.