Lance Armstrong

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How Lance Armstrong Profited From Livestrong

It built his brand, and in a few cases its deals raised eyebrows

(Newser) - When Lance Armstrong survived his bout with testicular cancer, agent Bill Stapleton saw an opportunity. "Lance isn't just a cyclist anymore," he said at the time. "Because of the cancer … he's on the verge of being a crossover-type spokesman." Stapleton, who works with...

Armstrong 'Ready to Speak Candidly' to Oprah

Cyclist says he's 'calm' and 'at ease' before interview

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong says he is "ready to speak candidly" as he prepares to discuss doping allegations against him in his upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey . Armstrong was out for a morning run Sunday when he spoke briefly with the AP. The man who once ruled cycling was wearing a...

Armstrong Will Admit Doping to Oprah: Report

Cyclist expected to finally come clean next week

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong will make his expected doping admission on Monday during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, reports USA Today . An anonymous insider says Armstrong will not discuss specific events but will confess that he took illegal drugs to boost his performance throughout his cycling career, despite years of denials and...

Armstrong to Appear on Oprah Next Week

Plus: Disgraced cyclist 'offered $250K to anti-doping body'

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong is rumored to be ready to confess to drug use —and it could happen on Oprah's show. The disgraced cyclist will give a "no-holds-barred" interview to Oprah Winfrey that will air on her network next week, CNN reports. In his first formal interview since he...

Lance Armstrong Might Admit Doping

Reports say he's considering a confession to reduce lifetime ban

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong has spent the last decade swearing up and down that he never, ever, used drugs to boost his performance, even as the evidence mounted and he got stripped of his titles and glory. Now, he might just fess up, reports the New York Times and Wall Street Journal...

12 Celebs Who Had a Really Bad 2012

Demi Moore, Lance Armstrong probably happy to see this year end

(Newser) - You think you're ready for 2012 to be over? Well, these dozen celebrities rounded up by the Huffington Post are probably even happier to wave goodbye to this year:
  • Demi Moore: She kicked off 2012 by inhaling too many "whip-its" and having a seizure; her year went on

UK Times Sues Lance Armstrong for $1.6M

Remember that time you sued for libel over doping allegations?

(Newser) - Britain's Sunday Times once paid Lance Armstrong $485,000 to settle a libel lawsuit over doping allegations, and it would like its money back: In more bad news for the disgraced cycling champ, the Times has filed legal paperwork "demanding a return of the settlement payment plus interest,...

Another Loss for Armstrong: No More Honorary Degree

He's no longer 'Dr. Armstrong'

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong has lost his Tour titles , all ties to the charity he founded , his Nike contract , and even his ability to run in the Chicago marathon ... and now he's lost his honorary Tufts degree, too. The university voted to rescind the degree it gave him in 2006, the...

Livestrong Ditches Armstrong's Name

Had officially been called Lance Armstrong Foundation

(Newser) - The Livestrong Foundation's official name was the Lance Armstrong Foundation—until Oct. 30. That day, Texas' secretary of state approved the cancer charity's bid to change its name, in a move to further distance itself from the cyclist who recently cut ties to the group . Henceforth, the Livestrong...

Livestrong Donations Up Since Scandal Broke

Just 8 donors have asked for refunds from charity

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong severed all ties to the cancer-fighting charity he founded in an effort to ensure donors didn't run for the hills—but Livestrong says just eight donors have asked for their money back since Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles were stripped by the US Anti-Doping Agency....

Armstrong Severs Livestrong Ties a bid to keep charity afloat

(Newser) - Last month, Lance Armstrong stepped down as chairman of the Livestrong board ; now, he's severing all official ties to the charity. The cyclist had initially retained a seat on the board; on Nov. 4, he gave it up, the AP reports. But Armstrong "remains the inspiration" for the...

How I Made Armstrong a God—and Denied His Doping

Outside editor Hal Espen admits he looked the other way

(Newser) - Now that Lance Armstrong has resigned from Livestrong and lost his Tour de France titles , someone is feeling guilty: the editor of Outside magazine. Hal Espen lionized Armstrong in the sports mag for years, shrugging off doping accusations and dismissing evidence that drugs had corrupted the sport. "In its...

Now Armstrong's Olympic Bronze Under Investigation

IOC to 'immediately start the process' of reviewing Sydney win

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong's fireplace mantel could get a little emptier: The International Olympic Committee today announced that it will investigate the cyclist's 2000 Olympics win. Armstrong took a time trial bronze at Sydney, reports Reuters . "The IOC will now immediately start the process concerning the involvement of Lance...

Lance Armstrong Will Be Burned in Effigy

He gets annual honor from English town

(Newser) - Poor Lance Armstrong. He lost his Tour de France titles , and now an English town is going to burn him in effigy in a big way. Edenbridge has chosen Armstrong as the celeb to go up in flames in its annual Bonfire Night celebrations on Nov. 5, reports NBC's...

Let Them Dope
 Let Them Dope 

Let Them Dope

Athletes should be free to decide for themselves: Post op-ed

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong has had a lousy week , but maybe it's time the rest of us got over our "sanctimonious" opposition to sports doping and let athletes partake legally, writes a professor of ethics and engineering in the Washington Post . After all, we already let football players takes vicious...

Wiped from Armstrong's Twitter Profile: 7 Tour Titles

Move follows cycling body's decision over doping

(Newser) - Now it's really official—Lance Armstrong is no longer a Tour de France champion . The proof: He removed his titles from his Twitter profile, which has 3.8 million followers, CBS News reports. His profile had proclaimed that he was a "father of 5 amazing kids, 7-time Tour...

Insurance Firm to Lance: We Want Our $7.5M

Armstrong got the money for winning six straight titles

(Newser) - Not only has Lance Armstrong lost his Tour de France titles , but he may owe $7.5 million. The company that insured a bonus for his run of consecutive Tour victories now wants its money back, saying Armstrong's alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs annuls their contract, ESPN reports. "...

Cycling Body Officially Strips Armstrong's 7 Tour Wins

Cyclist banned for life, 'has no place' in sport: top official

(Newser) - Following a recommendation by the US Anti-Doping Agency , the governing organization for cycling has withdrawn Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life. "Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling," says International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid. That leaves Tour de France officials...

Armstrong Resigns From Livestrong
Armstrong Resigns From Livestrong 

Armstrong Resigns From Livestrong

Nike nixes contract, citing 'insurmountable evidence' of doping

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong is leaving his post as chairman of Livestrong, he announced today, in the hopes that he'll take the cloud surrounding his doping allegations with him. "This organization, its mission, and its supporters are incredibly dear to my heart," he said in a statement obtained by...

How Lance Armstrong Got Away With It

One clever technique: Hiding

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong's oft-repeated claim that he'd never tested positive for doping was the result of some elaborate masking techniques —and some less-sophisticated methods, like hiding from testers, according to a US Anti-Doping Agency report. Cyclists have to keep national anti-doping groups updated on their whereabouts. But if...

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