Lance Armstrong

Sports Digest, January 21, 2013

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 January, 2013, 6:11am


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Ex-Usada chief refutes Armstrong claim

Former US Anti-Doping Agency chief Terry Madden said that Lance Armstrong did offer Usada a donation in 2004, contrary to the shamed cyclist's claim in a confessional TV interview. "This is another personal attack on [current chief] Travis Tygart and the United States Anti-Doping Agency," Madden said. Madden, who hasn't commented publicly on doping matters since his tenure at Usada ended, said he remembered the day that Tygart, then Usada's general counsel, received the call. "Travis received a telephone call from one of Lance's closest representatives, who offered to make a contribution to Usada," Madden said. He said Tygart reported the call to him, and "within 30 seconds" Madden told Tygart to call back and reject the offer, since a donation from a person who could be drug-tested by the agency would be improper. A similar six-figure donation by Armstrong to the International Cycling Union has become a point of contention in the governing body's handling of Armstrong, with suggestions it was a pay-off. AP


Late equaliser saves Kitchee's blushes

Defending Hong Kong soccer champions Kitchee needed a late equaliser from Yago Gonzalez to escape with a point against Yokohama FC (HK) in a 2-2 draw at Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground in the RedMR First Division. Kitchee are now three points behind league leaders South China. Citizen, meanwhile, squandered a two-goal lead with nine minutes remaining as they were held to a 3-3 draw by BC Rangers at Sham Shui Po Sports Ground. "The players need to stay focused throughout the match and should not make silly errors," Citizen chairman Pui Kwan-kay said. "We will meet Tai Po in the Senior Shield final on Sunday and we hope the players will heed this warning." Chan Kin-wa


Donaldson rides luck to win in Abu Dhabi

Jamie Donaldson achieved the biggest victory of his golf career after edging out fellow Briton Justin Rose and Dane Thorbjorn Olesen on a thrilling final day at the US$2.7 million Abu Dhabi Championship yesterday. Donaldson squeezed five birdies in a closing four-under-par 68 to finish 14-under on 274, one ahead of overnight leader Rose (71) and Olesen (69). The Welshman almost let in his title rivals when he bogeyed the last hole after missing from five feet. But neither Rose nor Olesen, playing in the match behind, could birdie the 18th and the spectacular Falcon Trophy belonged to Donaldson. "I got away with murder at the last hole but I'm very happy to be holding the trophy," he said after clinching his second European Tour victory. Reuters


Rain proves a blessing for Sri Lanka in Sydney

Rain forced the abandonment of the fourth one-day cricket international between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground yesterday, gifting Sri Lanka an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the series with a match to play. Sri Lanka were 14 without loss in the fourth over, replying to Australia's 222 for nine, when steady drizzle began to fall. Despite frantic efforts from ground staff, the ground was declared unfit to play after a two-hour delay. Reuters