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UCI chief McQuaid steps down from IOC commission
BERLIN (Reuters) - International Cycling Union (UCI) chief Pat McQuaid has stepped down as member of the International Olympic Committee panel evaluating 2020 Games bids, citing time constraints, the IOC said on Wednesday. McQuaid is in the midst of the fallout from the Lance Armstrong doping affair and under fire for the UCI's overall handling of the scandal but IOC officials cited a busy schedule for the Irish sports administrator's departure from the commission.
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Family of former Chargers star Junior Seau sues NFL over suicide
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of former San Diego Chargers star Junior Seau, who killed himself last year, sued the National Football League on Wednesday, claiming that his suicide resulted from brain disease caused by repeated hits to the head during his football career. The wrongful death lawsuit, filed in San Diego Superior Court by Seau's children and ex-wife, as well as the trustee of his estate, also claims that the NFL concealed the risks of brain damage in the sport, court documents showed.
Knicks unseat Lakers as NBA's most valuable team: Forbes
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Te'o tells Katie Couric he lied to maintain hoax
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o told ABC News' Katie Couric that he had lied to keep up a hoax involving a nonexistent dying girlfriend once he learned he had been duped two days before the Heisman Trophy winner was announced. In a preview of the interview shown on Wednesday on "Good Morning America," Te'o talked about the girlfriend, Lennay Kekua. He mourned her September 12 death from cancer, but it later turned out that she never existed except as part of an online fraud.
Doping-WADA hopeful Spanish trial will reap wider reward
MADRID (Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is optimistic the high-profile trial starting on Monday of a Spanish doctor accused of masterminding a doping ring in cycling will finally lead to evidence of wrongdoing in other sports being made available. Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes and his fellow defendants will appear in a Madrid court almost seven years after police seized anabolic steroids, transfusion equipment and blood bags as part of a probe code-named "Operation Puerto".
Dekker to cooperate with Dutch Anti-Doping Agency
PARIS (Reuters) - Thomas Dekker, who was suspended for two years for doping, will give the Dutch Anti-Doping Agency the full extent of his knowledge about cheating, the Garmin-Sharp rider said on Wednesday. "As a member of Team Garmin-Sharp and their policy and values, as a Dutch rider and member of the Dutch federation, as an ex-doper who served a two-year suspension and as a supporter of clean cycling I announce that I will testify and fully cooperate with the Dutch Anti-Doping Authority to help further clean the world of cycling," Dekker said in a statement.