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February 20, 2015 - 10:50am
1 week 3 days ago

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong is getting back on his bike, this time to ride and raise money for the charity he founded and was later pressured to leave.

Armstrong has set up a fundraising team for the Livestrong Challenge ride in Austin in October. It will be his first return to the Livestrong event since 2012, when a report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency exposed performance-enhancing drug use by Armstrong and his U.S. Postal Service team.

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February 20, 2015 - 10:37am
1 week 3 days ago
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TOP 25 BASKETBALL
Women

No. 7 Oregon State at Colorado, 8:30 p.m.

No. 12 Arizona State at UCLA, 10 p.m.

No. 16 Princeton vs. Dartmouth, 7 p.m.

NBA

Indiana at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

New Orleans at Orlando, 7 p.m....

February 20, 2015 - 10:30am
1 week 3 days ago

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian fighter Anderson Silva is speaking out for the first time after his failed doping tests, saying in a statement that he is not a cheater and "never used any substances" to improve his performances.

In the statement published on his Instagram account on Friday, Silva said he has always "played clean" and is still waiting for the "results and analysis from the specialists that are working to reveal the truth."

He said the rush...

February 20, 2015 - 10:30am
1 week 3 days ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — No one seriously questions any more whether Rio de Janeiro will be ready for the 2016 Olympics.

A year ago, an International Olympic Committee vice president called Rio's preparations the "worst" in memory. But since then, work has accelerated as Brazil builds sports arenas, transportation links and hotels.

U.S. network NBC is already airing spots with the headline: "Rio Olympics are coming next summer."

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February 20, 2015 - 10:19am
1 week 3 days ago

Florida won't be penalized for former assistant football coach Joker Phillips having impermissible contact with a recruit.

The NCAA released its ruling Friday, saying the Gators handled the situation appropriately by taking corrective action and self-imposing penalties. A Division I Committee on Infractions panel assigned no additional penalties or measures.

Florida suspended Phillips immediately last year and later parted ways with the former...

February 20, 2015 - 9:52am
1 week 3 days ago

NEW DELHI (AP) — Shiv Chowrasia shot a 4-under 67 Friday to take the sole lead at the Indian Open.

Chowrasia, a two-time winner on the European Tour, had four biridies for a 10-under 132 total.

Defending champion Siddikur Rahman (68) was a stroke behind, while Chapchai Nirat (71) and Joakim Lagergren (71) were tied for third, four strokes behind Chowrasia.

February 20, 2015 - 9:50am
1 week 3 days ago

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The judge and prosecutor in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez have gotten into a heated argument over text messages sent by the victim in the minutes before he was killed.

Hernandez is accused in the June 17, 2013, killing of Odin Lloyd, the boyfriend of his fiancee's sister.

Lloyd sent several texts to his sister early that morning.

Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh...

February 20, 2015 - 9:12am
1 week 3 days ago

FALUN, Sweden (AP) — Johannes Rydzek of Germany beat Alessandro Pittin of Italy in a two-man sprint to the finish Friday to win the Nordic combined normal hill event at the Nordic skiing world championships.

Rydzek and Pittin pulled away from five other skiers on the final kilometer of the 10K cross-country race and the German had the stronger finish to earn his first world title after getting three silver medals in 2011. He finished in 26 minutes, 38.9 seconds, beating...

February 20, 2015 - 8:44am
1 week 3 days ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova will not compete at next month's world figure skating championships.

The Russian skater's coach, Elena Buyanova, says Sotnikova will take off the rest of the season, but she did not say why.

Sotnikova has not competed at any international competitions since the Olympics and tore an ankle ligament in November. Russian skaters still swept the medals at last month's European championships, making...

February 20, 2015 - 8:26am
1 week 3 days ago

DETROIT (AP) — A recreational soccer player has pleaded guilty in the one-punch killing of a referee in a deal with prosecutors.

Bassel Saad admitted in a Detroit courtroom Friday that he struck and killed 44-year-old John Bieniewicz (BEN'-uh-wits) during a game last summer.

Saad pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He was initially charged with second-degree murder and had been scheduled to stand trial beginning Monday.

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