Lance Armstrong

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Lance Armstrong Paid Me to Throw a Race, Says Rival

Roberto Gaggioli recalls 1993 alleged incident

(Newser) - An Italian cyclist says a young Lance Armstrong paid him $100,000 to throw a 1993 race for which the top prize was $1 million. "He offered me a panettone [cake] as a present and wished me a Merry Christmas. In the box there were $100,000 in small... More »

8 Celeb 'Charity' Scandals

They're raising money for the less fortunate ... and sometimes also for themselves

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian got herself in hot water recently when it was revealed that just a small fraction of her recent "charity" auction proceeds actually went to charity. But she's far from the only celebrity to get embroiled in such a scandal. Radar rounds up 14 more, including more... More »

Lance Armstrong Doped in Front of Sheryl Crow: Book

She later told investigators about blood transfusion, authors say

(Newser) - A new book claims that Sheryl Crow was with then-boyfriend Lance Armstrong during one of his secret blood transfusions—and that she ultimately snitched on him to federal investigators. The New York Daily News got an early look this week at Wheelmen by Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and... More »

Lance Armstrong Returns Olympic Medal

He gives up his 2000 bronze from Sydney

(Newser) - Another indignity for Lance Armstrong: He has given back his 2000 Olympic bronze medal. Armstrong tweeted the news himself today along with a photo of the medal, which he picked up at the Sydney Games, reports AFP . The medal is now in the hands of the US Olympic Committee, which... More »

Armstrong, UK Times Settle Libel Suit

Ends 9-year legal battle over articles alleging doping

(Newser) - Britain's Sunday Times and Lance Armstrong have settled an almost decade-long legal battle over the disgraced cyclist's doping, the Times reports via a headline that proclaims Armstrong a "drug cheat." Terms of the deal are confidential, but the paper calls it a "mutually acceptable final... More »

Armstrong: 'Impossible' to Win Tour Without Doping

He says on eve of new race

(Newser) - With the 100th Tour de France set to begin, Lance Armstrong as good as called every previous winner a cheater. "It's impossible to win the Tour de France without doping because the tour is an endurance event where oxygen is decisive," he told France's La Monde,... More »

Nike Dumping Livestrong

It's cutting ties with cancer charity started by Lance Armstrong

(Newser) - Nike, which helped build Lance Armstrong's Livestrong cancer charity into a global brand and introduced its familiar yellow wristband, is cutting ties with the foundation in the latest fallout from the former cyclist's doping scandal. The move ends a relationship that began in 2004 and helped the foundation... More »

Gov't Sues Armstrong for USPS Money

Department of Justice actually wants 3x the sponsorship funds

(Newser) - All that money the US Postal Service spent to sponsor Lance Armstrong's cycling team? The Justice Department wants it back, and more. It filed a lawsuit against the cyclist and his company last night, just as its deadline to do so was about to expire. Armstrong's doping was,... More »

Armstrong Drops Out of Swimming Competition

Something about doping in another sport

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong wants to make a triumphant return to competitive athletics, but he's running out of sports. The cyclist-turned-triathlete and doper extraordinaire has dropped out of a swimming competition at the University of Texas this weekend, reports the AP . Organizers of the US Masters Swimming event thought it would... More »

Justice Department Joins Suit Against Armstrong

Teaming with Floyd Landis

(Newser) - The Justice Department has jumped onto Floyd Landis' lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, arguing that the disgraced cyclist defrauded the government by violating its ban on illegal drugs while under contract to race for the US Postal Service team. The government is asking for around $100 million, or about three times... More »

10 Most Unpopular Athletes

Manti Te'o joins Lance Armstrong at top of list

(Newser) - The new Nielsen/E-Poll survey of the most disliked athletes in America has the not-so-surprising name of Lance Armstrong at the top of the list, reports Forbes . More surprising is that Notre Dame star and soon-to-be-NFL'er Manti Te'o tied Armstrong with a measly 15% approval rating. Even if he... More »

Feds Hit Armstrong With Criminal Probe

Cyclist investigated for 'obstruction, witness tampering, and intimidation'

(Newser) - Contrary to comments yesterday by a US attorney, federal agents are investigating Lance Armstrong for criminal activity, ABC News reports. "Agents are actively investigating Armstrong for obstruction, witness tampering, and intimidation," says a source. US attorney Andre Birotte, who yesterday said feds wouldn't charge Armstrong, "does... More »

Feds: We're Not Reopening Lance Armstrong Case

But they will monitor the situation

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors have decided against charging Lance Armstrong with any doping-related crimes, despite his public admission that he used all manner of performance-enhancing drugs and techniques, US Attorney Andre Birotte said today. "We made a decision on that case a little over a year ago ," Birotte said when... More »

2009 Tour Rider: Lance's Dope-Free Comeback a Lie

Bradley Wiggins has choice words for Armstrong

(Newser) - The latest Tour de France winner has some choice words about a cyclist who once inspired him. Watching Lance Armstrong claim to Oprah that he hadn't doped in 2009 and 2010 , "I thought, 'You lying bastard,'" Bradley Wiggins tells the Telegraph . "I can still... More »

Armstrong Sued Over Lies in His 'Non-Fiction' Books

Readers claim they were falsely advertised as non-fiction: suit

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong's PR troubles continue to spiral: Now two readers are suing him over lies in his allegedly non-fiction books. It's Not About the Bike and Every Second Counts were marketed as true stories, but "defendants knew or should have known these books were works of fiction,... More »

Library Moves Armstrong Books ... to Fiction Section

And you thought Lance had nothing else to lose

(Newser) - Just when you thought life couldn't possibly get any worse for Lance Armstrong, an Australian library deals him what may be the harshest blow of all: Books about the cyclist will be moved to the fiction section in Sydney's Manly Library. The titles were formerly considered non-fiction, but... More »

Get Ready for Lance Armstrong Movie

JJ Abrams has movie rights to upcoming investigative book

(Newser) - On the heels of his small-screen appearance , Lance Armstrong looks to be headed to the big screen: The Hollywood Reporter confirms that director JJ Abrams has secured the movie rights to a coming book by New York Times writer Juliet Macur, Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong. Macur... More »

Armstrong Still Lying: Investigators

Cyclist claims he stopped doping in 2005

(Newser) - Looks like Lance Armstrong is still lying, investigators say. While the cyclist did cop to doping to win the Tour de France, he claimed to have stopped in 2005: "That's the only thing in this whole report that upset me," he told Oprah Winfrey. "The accusation... More »

Armstrong: I Came Clean Because of My Son

Cracked after he saw his 13-year-old defending him

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong finally cracked after he saw his son defending him against allegations from anti-doping authorities, he said tonight in the second part of his interview with Oprah Winfrey. Armstrong didn't break over the $75 million in lost sponsorship deals, or after being forced to walk away from the... More »

Armstrong Actually Less Likable After Oprah Interview

Reactions to his sitdown are not good

(Newser) - If Lance Armstrong thought his sitdown with Oprah Winfrey would be the start of an image rehabilitation, he was dead wrong. Some reactions to the first part of the interview, which aired last night :
  • "If it was possible to like Lance Armstrong even less, his 90-minute interview ... went a
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