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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

U.S. sues disgraced cyclist Armstrong for sponsor money

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States accused cyclist Lance Armstrong on Friday of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service by taking its sponsorship money at the same time he was doping and using performance-enhancing drugs in violation of cycling rules. The government joined a civil suit against Armstrong, stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from cycling in 2012 after accusations he had cheated for years. In January, he said the accusations were true in an interview with television host Oprah Winfrey.

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Judge clears legal hurdle to Seattle basketball stadium

SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Seattle judge dismissed a lawsuit on Friday that sought to block plans to build a $490 million stadium south of downtown, clearing a major hurdle for an investor group aiming to bring back the city's sorely missed basketball franchise. The proposed stadium is key to a plan by a prominent Seattle investor to buy the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle renamed the SuperSonics to replace a team of that name which the city lost to Oklahoma in 2008.

Australia coach under fire amid scathing Olympic review

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Olympic gold medalist Melanie Schlanger has called for Australia's head swimming coach Leigh Nugent to be sacked, saying he had not been frank about behavioral problems among his London Games swimmers. Nugent is under fire in the wake of an explosive review into Australia's worst performance in the Olympic pool in 20 years which has sparked an investigation into allegations of drunkenness, abuse of prescription drugs and bullying.

Colsaerts thrives on tour with roadie days behind him

MARANA, Arizona (Reuters) - With his reckless nightclubbing days while living "like a roadie" now well behind him, Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts has relished his golfing success over the last two years. The power hitter from Brussels has triumphed twice on the European Tour during that time, made a stunning debut at last year's Ryder Cup and has flourished in the opening rounds of the elite WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship this week.

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Tsonga saves five match points, Simon ousts Del Potro

PARIS (Reuters) - World number eight Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saved five match points in a breathtaking third set tiebreak to edge out Australian Bernard Tomic on Friday and qualify for the Marseille Open semi-finals. The third-seeded Frenchman, who lost the first set, eventually grabbed the tie-break 12-10 to seal a 4-6 6-3 7-6 victory after two hours five minutes.

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South Africa's Pistorius goes free on $113,000 bail

PRETORIA (Reuters) - A South African court granted bail on Friday to Oscar Pistorius, charged with the murder of his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, after his lawyers successfully argued the "Blade Runner" was too famous to flee justice. The decision by Magistrate Desmond Nair drew cheers from the Paralympics star's family and supporters. Pistorius himself was unmoved, in marked contrast to the week-long hearing, when he repeatedly broke down in tears.

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