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Lance Armstrong sued by U.S. government over sponsor money

By Jessica Dye (Reuters) - The U.S. government filed court documents Tuesday laying out its case against cyclist Lance Armstrong, who is accused of defrauding the Postal Service by taking millions of dollars in sponsorship money while flouting professional cycling rules by doping. The U.S. Department of Justice said in February it would join a whistleblower lawsuit brought in 2010 by Armstrong's former teammate, Floyd Landis, and on Tuesday filed its formal complaint.

Cycling: Armstrong buys another Texas home

Disgraced US cyclist Lance Armstrong has purchased an Austin-area home just days after he sold his luxury Spanish-style estate he has lived in since 2006, it was reported Tuesday. The Austin American-Statesman described the home as being located in an exclusive sub-division. The newspaper did not reveal the purchase price but Austin real estate agents said it was valued at about $4.3 million. There was also no record of whether Armstrong took out a bank loan to pay for the house, the American-Statesman said.

Lance Armstrong sells his Austin estate

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has sold his Austin estate to an oil-and-gas rights agent.The Austin American-Statesman reported a deed of trust filed with Travis County last week showed Al Koehler obtained a $3.1 million loan to buy the property, Armstrong's home since 2004. Koehler is a founder of Royalty Clearinghouse, which buys oil and gas royalties and mineral rights on behalf of clients. Armstrong spokesman Mark Higgins confirmed the sale and says Armstrong plans to remain an Austin resident.

Cyclist Armstrong sells home in Austin, Texas

By Karen Brooks AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Disgraced former cycling champion Lance Armstrong has sold his sprawling home in the hills of Austin, Texas, his spokesman said on Thursday. Spokesman Mark Higgins, who spoke to Reuters, said Armstrong would continue to call the city his home, but did not elaborate on where Armstrong would live in Austin or offer any details of the sale.

Lance Armstrong drops out of swimming event

Lance Armstrong's doping past got him kicked out of the pool. Armstrong was forced to withdraw Thursday from the Masters South Central Zone Championships this weekend after swimming's international federation raised objections to his participation.The US Anti-Doping Agency banned Armstrong from sanctioned competition for life for his use of performance-enhancing drugs during a cycling career that included seven Tour de France titles.

Armstrong bid for swim comeback thwarted

Disgraced US cyclist Lance Armstrong has been barred from entering a swim race in Texas following objections from the sport's global governing body, organizers confirmed on Thursday. Armstrong, 41, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France wins and banned for life before later confessing to drug-taking throughout his career, had hoped to compete in a US Masters Swimming event in Austin this weekend.

Armstrong scraps plans for swim comeback

Disgraced US cyclist Lance Armstrong has scrapped plans to enter a swim race in Texas following objections from the sport's global governing body, it was reported Thursday. Armstrong, 41, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France wins and banned for life before later confessing to drug-taking throughout his career, had hoped to compete in a US Masters Swimming event in Austin this weekend.

Swimming: FINA objects to Armstrong swim event entry

Swimming's world governing body on Thursday said it had written to organisers of a regional swimming championships in the United States, requesting that shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong be barred from competing. FINA said in a statement from its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, that it was aware of reports that the Texan rider was scheduled to take part in the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships in his home town of Austin this weekend.

Lance Armstrong to compete again - as a swimmer

Disgraced US cyclist Lance Armstrong, who is banned for life from most competitive sports for doping, will compete in a regional swimming championship, a Texas newspaper reported Thursday. The Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championship is not under the umbrella of the US anti-doping agency, which stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France victories and banned him for life from its events, the Austin-American Statesman newspaper reported. Armstrong, 41 will swim over the weekend in Austin, the Texas state capital, and compete against swimmers his own age.

Lobby group urge Armstrong to make full confession

By John Mehaffey LONDON (Reuters) - Disgraced U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong has been personally urged to make a full confession of all his involvement in doping by the founder of the lobby group Change Cycling Now. Jaimie Fuller, who formed the group which includes former Tour de France champion Greg Lemond, told Reuters on Wednesday he had talked to Armstrong for an hour on the telephone last month.
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