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Armstrong’s enemies find vindication, sadness

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FILE - In this July 6, 2004, file photo, U.S. Postal Service's Lance Armstrong rides ahead of Team Phonak's Tyler Hamilton,, center, and T-Mobile's Jan Ullrich, of Germany, during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Waterloo, Belgium, and Wasquehal, northern France.  Admitting he cheated was a start. Now, it's all about whether Armstrong is ready to give details, lots of them, to clean up his sport. Hamilton, whose testimony helped lead to Armstrong's downfall, says if Armstrong is willing to provide information to clean up the sport, a reduction in the sanctions would be appropriate. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

First shunned, then vilified by Lance Armstrong, Mike Anderson had to move to the other side of the world to get his life back.

Now running a bike shop outside of Wellington, New Zealand, Armstrong’s former assistant watched news reports about his former boss confessing to performance-enhancing drug use with only mild interest. If Anderson never hears Armstrong’s voice again, it would be too soon.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Former USADA chief says Armstrong rep made offer

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Lance Armstrong. AP FILE PHOTO/Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc., George Burns

The former chief of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says a representative of Lance Armstrong’s offered the agency a donation in the range of $200,000 to $250,000 in 2004 and the agency immediately rejected it.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

26 testify against Lance Armstrong in doping case

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This April 1, 2012 file photo shows seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong grimacing during a news conference after the Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas triathlon in Galveston, Texas. The world may soon know what the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has on Armstrong. USADA has said it had 10 former teammates ready to testify against Armstrong before he chose not to take his case to an arbitration hearing. The list likely includes previous Armstrong accusers Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton. AP/Houston Chronicle, Michael Paulsen

Lance Armstrong said he wanted to see the names of his accusers. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency gave him 26, including 11 ex-teammates.

Posted: October 11th, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories,Multimedia,Photos,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Sharapova eases into 2nd round at US Open

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Maria Sharapova,  (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Playing her first match since a blowout loss to Serena Williams in London and a stomach virus that forced her out of two warm up tournaments, Maria Sharapova returned to tennis in fine fashion Monday at the U.S. Open.

Posted: August 28th, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Pistorius makes it to semifinals of Olympic 400

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Oscar Pistorius. AFP

It began with a smile at the starting line. Moments later, Oscar Pistorius took off and the click-click-clicking of carbon on the track was all but drowned out by the 80,000 fans on hand to watch him make history Saturday. The first amputee to compete in track at the Olympics, Pistorius cruised past an opponent or two in the backstretch of his 400-meter heat, and by the end, the “Blade Runner” was coasting in for a stress-free success.

Posted: August 5th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Latest Sports Stories,Multimedia,Photos,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Comeback lifts Sharapova to career Grand slam

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AP FILE PHOTO

On the days when her doctors argued over what was wrong and her right shoulder hurt each time she reared back to serve, Maria Sharapova used to ask herself a question. When is this going to end?

Posted: June 10th, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Sharapova defeats Errani for French Open title

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Maria Sharapova of Russia poses with the trophy after winning the women's final match against Sara Errani of Italy at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris, Saturday June 9, 2012. Eiffel Tower and Seine river in the background. AP/Michel Euler

The picture she posed for at the beginning foreshadowed a mismatch in the making: the 188-centimeter Maria Sharapova standing at the net, towering over an opponent 25 centimeters smaller than her.

Posted: June 10th, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Men go to form, women don’t at French Open

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Russia's Maria Sharapova falls as she plays Czech Republic's Klara Zakopalova during their fourth round match in the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, June 4, 2012.  AP /CHRISTOPHE ENA

Heading into the quarterfinals of the French Open, the men’s draw includes all the usual suspects — Djokovic, Nadal, Federer — while the names on the women’s bracket look as if they’ve been picked out of a hat.

Posted: June 5th, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Djokovic, Federer move on at French Open

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Novak Djokovic.  AP FILE PHOTO

Rowdy fans waved the tricolor and a few thousand more shouted out “Allez Tsonga” at Roland Garros on Sunday — willing their beloved Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to close out an unpredictable day of tennis with a win before the light ran out.

Posted: June 4th, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Serena Williams makes quarters at US Open

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WINNER. Serena Williams shakes hands with Ana Ivanovic of Serbia after their match during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

New York— Serena Williams fought off the wind, along with brief flurries of effectiveness from her opponent, to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open on Monday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ana Ivanovic. Williams closed out the match with four straight serves that Ivanovic couldn’t get back — clocked at between 99 [...]

Posted: September 6th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Novak Djokovic wins in walkover at US Open

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AFTER THE HURRICANE. Novak Djokovic of gestures to the crowd after his match with Conor Niland of Ireland in the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

If Novak Djokovic’s shoulder was still bothering him, it didn’t show. Then again, he was barely on the court long enough to tell.

Posted: August 31st, 2011 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

2 generations with 2 different views of US Open

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — One is a 13-year-old, getting ready for eighth grade, spending the start of her U.S. Open week wondering if she should be asking these players for autographs or playing beside them. The other is 55, a winner of six majors and all but retired — yet still with enough game to [...]

Posted: July 7th, 2011 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

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