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URGENT ¥¥¥ Cycling: US firm sues Armstrong over bonus money

A US insurance firm on Thursday filed a lawsuit against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong seeking restitution of $12 million in bonus money paid to the American for his Tour de France triumphs. The Texas-based company, SCA Promotions, wants Armstrong to repay money the firm insured from his Tour victories in 2002, 2003 and 2004, after he was stripped of his record seven Tour titles last year. js/sst

As lawsuit looms USADA grant Armstrong extension

Lance Armstrong, facing a multi-million-dollar lawsuit and reportedly the subject of a new criminal probe, got a bit of breathing room on Wednesday from the US Anti-Doping Agency. USADA gave him two more weeks to cooperate with anti-doping authorities by testifying under oath, now that Armstrong has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs. Dallas insurance company SCA Promotions said it would file a $12 million lawsuit against Armstrong over bonuses it paid to him for multiple Tour de France victories.

Cycling: US agents actively investigating Armstrong: reports

US federal agents are investigating disgraced former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong for crimes including obstruction, witness tampering and intimidation, reports said Wednesday. Citing an unnamed source, ABC News said the current probe is focused on different charges from those previously investigated. US Attorney Andre Birotte, who led the federal probe that was dropped last year, said he had no plans to press charges despite Armstrong's recent doping admissions, but he did not definitively rule out such action.

Armstrong will not be prosecuted for doping - US official

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's public admission that he took performance-enhancing drugs will not change U.S. prosecutors' decision to spare him of criminal charges, an attorney who oversaw the federal investigation said on Tuesday. The statement by André Birotte, the U.S. attorney based in Los Angeles, follows Armstrong's confession in a televised interview last month.

UPDATE 1-Cycling-WADA v UCI row escalates over truth and reconciliation

(Adds UCI's response) By Julien Pretot PARIS, Jan 29 (Reuters) - The long-standing row between the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) took a farcical turn on Tuesday when WADA boss John Fahey denied having agreed to work with the UCI on a truth and reconciliation process.

Cycling-USADA sets deadline for Armstrong's full cooperation

Jan 26 (Reuters) - The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has set disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong a Feb. 6 deadline to fully cooperate in the investigation into cycling's darkest episode in return for a possible reduction of his life ban. In excerpts of his interview with the CBS network scheduled for Sunday broadcast, USADA CEO Travis Tygart said he had written a letter to Armstrong with the offer.

Reuters Sports News Summary

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs. Tiger takes charge at rainy Torrey Pines SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - It was just like old times for Tiger Woods at a rain-sodden Torrey Pines on Friday as the former world number one surged into an early three-shot lead in the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open. Six-times champion Woods eagled the par-five 18th, his ninth hole of the day, en route to a seven-under-par 65 on the easier North Course, one of two layouts hosting the fourth PGA Tour event of the season.

Reuters Sports News Summary

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs. Murray outmuscles Federer to reach Melbourne final

Cycling-Armstrong fails to convince fans with confession-poll

Jan 23 (Reuters) - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong failed to convince many people he was truly sorry for his actions during his televised confession to cheating his way to a record seven Tour de France titles by using drugs, according to a Reuters poll. Armstrong, 41, admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last week that he used performance-enhancing drugs and lied about it for over decade, finally owning up to being at the centre of one of the biggest drug scandals in world sport.

Reuters Odd News Summary

Following is a summary of current odd news briefs. Subway given sandwich course in measuring feet and inches down under SYDNEY (Reuters) - The U.S. fast-food chain Subway got caught up in an online furor after an Australian teenager measured his "footlong" Subway sandwich and found that it was an inch short. Matt Corby's photo of the sandwich next to a tape measure attracted hundreds of thousands of likes and hundreds more comments when he posted it on Subway's Facebook fanpage.
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