Seven-time Tour de France winner. Armstrong was a professional road racing cyclist and survivor of testicular cancer who retired in early 2011. In June 2012, the US Anti-Doping Agency charged him of using illegal performance enhancing drugs based on evident of blood samples and other cyclists’ testimony. Armstrong gave up fighting against the allegation in August. On October 22, Union Cycliste Internationale(UCI) announced it recognizes USADA' findings, banning Armstrong for life and stripping all his seven Tour de France titles.
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Lane to run his 33rd China Coast Marathon
Two distance races take place tomorrow in Hong Kong: the 33rd Gammon-AVOHK China Coast Marathon at Pak Tam Chung and the 13th Skechers 30km at Shek Kong catchwater. Former HK resident Mark Williams has signed up for the 30 kilometre event, as has Gi Ka-man. Kami Semick, the USATF ultra runner of the year in 2010, has entered the full marathon in the women's event at Pak Tam Chung, while Thomas Kiprotich heads the half marathon entry list. John Lane, 76, has entered the full marathon in the China Coast event and is the only runner to have run all 32 previous races. Richard Castka
Swiss lab rejects Usada Armstrong claim
A Swiss laboratory yesterday denied it helped Lance Armstrong cheat after claims from the US Anti-Doping Agency that it gave the shamed cyclist information about how to beat drug tests. "Did I give the keys to get around EPO [erythropoietin] tests? The answer is clear: no," Martial Saugy, head of the anti-doping laboratory in Lausanne, told a news conference. The head of the Usada, Travis Tygart, claimed this week that Saugy tipped off the Texan rider about a test for the illegal blood booster in 2002. That followed a "suspicious" sample the cyclist had given in 2001. AFP
Chudzinski joins Browns as coach
The Cleveland Browns appointed Rob Chudzinski as their head coach, the new man brought in after Pat Shurmur was fired last month. Chudzinski spent the past two seasons as offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers.
Asylum-seeker cricket star plays in PM's XI
Pakistani asylum-seeker Fawad Ahmed, who was granted a permanent Australian visa in November, was yesterday called up for the Prime Minister's XI match against the West Indies in Canberra. The 33-year-old leg-spinner left his home in the border region near Afghanistan to come to Australia on a short-stay visa to play cricket in 2010, and has established his credentials at the Melbourne Renegades in the T20 Big Bash League. AFP
Pakistan launches own Twenty20 league
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will launch its own Twenty20 Super League in March with the five franchises involved allowed to sign six overseas players each. "[Former ICC chief] Haroon Lorgat and the other organisers are working together to make this a grand success for Pakistan cricket," said PCB chief Zaka Ashraf. "They are hopeful overseas players will take part in the league with the response from players and their agents very positive so far. "This is a US$100 million project we hope will open the door for international cricket to return to Pakistan." The PCB, however, did not make it clear whether any overseas players had yet been signed. Reuters