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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,...

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...

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...

10 Most Unpopular Athletes
 10 Most Unpopular Athletes 

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Armstrong: I Came Clean Because of My Son
Armstrong: I Came Clean Because of My Son
oprah interview

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...

Armstrong Actually Less Likable After Oprah Interview
Armstrong Actually Less Likable After Oprah Interview
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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

Armstrong: I Doped in All 7 Tour de France Wins

Tells Oprah his career has been 'one big lie'

(Newser) - The first part of Oprah Winfrey's interview with Lance Armstrong aired tonight, and she didn't waste time with small talk at the open, reports ESPN . Winfrey started with a series of yes-or-no questions, beginning with the big one:
  • Winfrey: "Did you ever take banned substances to enhance

Armstrong Debacle a Lesson for USPS. Or Not.
 Armstrong Debacle 
 a Lesson for USPS. Or Not. 
Gail Collins

Armstrong Debacle a Lesson for USPS. Or Not.

Gail Collins is actually having trouble finding a moral

(Newser) - There had better be some lesson America can learn from Lance Armstrong's fall—"or we'll have wasted one heck of a lot of time talking about this guy," writes Gail Collins in the New York Times . Minus his dope-fueled accomplishments, "there's not much point...

Armstrong Loses Yet Another Honor

Sources say his Olympic medal is gone, Oprah interview looms

(Newser) - Tonight's the big night for Lance Armstrong, whose Oprah confession airs at 9pm ET. But it's also shaping up to be a big morning, and not in the most pleasant of ways. Armstrong's mantel looks to be one award lighter, reports the AP , which spoke to sources...

Should We Give Lance Another Chance?
 Should We 
 Give Lance 
OPINION roundup

Should We Give Lance Another Chance?

Reactions to his doping confession

(Newser) - Now that Lance Armstrong has admitted to doping , it seems he's officially made his way from universally beloved to universally reviled . A roundup of reactions to his confession, which airs on Oprah's show tomorrow:
  • "He’s a cheater and a bully who doesn’t deserve leniency,"

Stewart: Lance Was Doping?! Um, Obviously

'Daily Show' host reacts to Armstrong confession

(Newser) - Jon Stewart took on the Lance Armstrong doping confession last night in a hilarious segment that also included a bit of riffing on Oprah Winfrey. "Lance Armstrong was doping? Of course he was doping! It's so obvious," Stewart said. "You can beat testicular cancer. You can...

Olympics May Ax Cycling Over Armstrong Scandal

Sport needs time to clean up, IOC member says

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong's doping scandal could end up sidelining his entire sport from the Olympics, International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound warns. Armstrong—who confessed to doping in an Oprah interview set to air tomorrow—reportedly plans to implicate cycling's world governing body, which could leave the IOC feeling...

Armstrong Admits Doping
 Armstrong Admits Doping 

Armstrong Admits Doping

Sources say he will now testify against cycling officials

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong has finally come clean and admitted using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. The cyclist confessed to Oprah Winfrey during an interview taped yesterday afternoon, sources tell the AP and the New York Times . Insiders say Armstrong is now planning to testify against officials from the...

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