AUSTIN Lance Armstrong´s attorney says the cyclist won´t interview under oath with a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency official who wanted Armstrong to tell them all he knows about doping. The agency has said Armstrong´s cooperation in its cleanup effort is the only path open to Armstrong if his lifetime ban from sports is to be reduced. USADA officials had said Armstrong must speak with them if he hoped to reduce his lifetime ban from sports. Wednesday was the deadline for him to agree to interview. After more than two months of negotiations with USADA,
#1: I agree. I want to see their investigation results on the other Tour de France riders. I may not approve of the way Armstrong has conducted himself with his fellow athletes, but I certainly don´t approve of the way this agency has conducted itself, either.
It will be interesting to see if the TdF gets any kind of scrutiny at all this year now that they´ve gotten the fish they were after all along.
This is a quasi goobernment agency. The first rule when dealing with anything involving our goobernment is to stand on the 5th to ALL questions asked. Since Lance has nothing to gain from this and plenty more to lose (is his testimony immune from discovery?), then he has no reason whatsoever to cooperate.
By competing in the Tour, he agreed to abide by their rules. If he wished to use drugs he could have/should have formed a new event or series of events where drug use was legal. To use the reputation, organization, promotional apparatus and fan base of the Tour de France for his own monetary gain was fraudulent, unethical and immoral.
Armstrong should be held accountable for his own actions.
To those who attempt to fault the USADA, I recommend you read their report and cite what parts of it with which you take exception. You also must cite credible evidence to support your argument. So far, I have seen none from USADA critics.
Let me see if I’ve got this right: The most implacable foes of Obamacare are alienating their allies and may inflict grave political damage on their own cause. The most enthusiastic supporters of Obamacare are increasingly suspicious that some of its provisions may inflict serious economic harm on them. The chief justice of the Supreme Court, whose vote “saved” Obamacare, may have fatally undermined one of its key provisions. Some key Republican office holders, all of whom opposed Obamacare, may be in the process of salvaging it. Most of the headlines these days around Obamacare — officially called the Affordable
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Vandals have torched a statue of President Ronald Reagan at a California park he praised for being started by private citizens and not the government. The Ronald Reagan Sports Park in Temecula has a life-size bronze statue of the 40th president - a tribute to his warm words for the park and its founders. At least one park administrator is suggesting the crime was politically-motivated - committed by someone who doesn´t like Reagan or the conservative viewpoint he has come to represent.
With the ratings building up to the season finale of “Breaking Bad,” AMC has made the clever decision to air every episode of the series. Yes, every episode. The marathon is called “Countdown to Finale.” It starts Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. with the very first episode from January 20, 2008, when Walter White (Bryan Cranston) was a mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher celebrating his 50th birthday with his pregnant wife Skyler (Anna Gunn) and son. He later learns that he has inoperable lung cancer. In those days, meth was just something he saw in a report on the
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