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Cycling: Armstrong cites US Postal success in legal fight

Lance Armstrong's legal team released studies on Friday conducted by the US Postal Service saying the US government sponsorship of his Tour de France team produced a triple return on investment. The documents were made public as the US government joined a lawsuit that claims Armstrong -- who admitted to doping after being stripped of seven Tour de France cycling titles -- defrauded former sponsor US Postal Service.

US sues Lance Armstrong, alleges fraud of sponsor Postal Service

WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday it has joined a civil lawsuit against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, accusing him of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service by using banned substances in international races when the post was his sponsor. The decision came in a statement from department lawyers hours after an Armstrong lawyer said that talks had failed to dissuade the government from suing Armstrong. (Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by David Brunnstrom)

Cycling: US government joins Armstrong suit after talks fail

The US government joined a lawsuit Friday alleging doping-disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong defrauded former sponsor US Postal Service. The government filing in federal court to join a lawsuit filed by Floyd Landis, himself an admitted dope cheat who lost the 2006 Tour de France crown because of doping, came after Armstrong and US lawyers could not reach a deal over damages issues.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Cycling: US government joins Armstrong suit after talks fail

US government officials joined a lawsuit Friday alleging doping-disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong defrauded former sponsor US Postal Service after talks broke down over damages issues. The government filing in federal court to join a lawsuit filed by Floyd Landis, himself an admitted dope cheat who lost the 2006 Tour de France crown because of doping, came after Armstrong and US lawyers could not reach a deal.

US government to join lawsuit against Armstrong

The US government decided Friday to join a doping lawsuit filed by one of Lance Armstrong's former teammates alleging that the disgraced cycling champion defrauded government sponsors. NBC News and the Wall Street Journal reported the government will add its weight to the suit and claim that Armstrong defrauded tax-payers by using performance-enhancing drugs while on the state-funded US Postal Service team.

UPDATE 4-U.S. sues disgraced cyclist Armstrong for sponsor money

* Postal Service sponsorship valued at more than $30 million * "Years of broken promises" U.S. Attorney says * Postal Service benefited from sponsorship, defense says (Adds other cases, expert comment) By David Ingram WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (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.

URGENT ¥¥¥ US govt to join lawsuit against Armstrong: reports

The US Department of Justice decided Friday to join a doping lawsuit filed by one of Lance Armstrong's former teammates alleging that the disgraced cycling champion defrauded government sponsors. NBC News and the Wall Street Journal reported the government will add its weight to the suit and claim that Armstrong defrauded tax-payers by using performance-enhancing drugs while on the state-funded US Postal Service team. bur-jk/dc

Cycling: Armstrong refuses to cooperate with USADA

Lance Armstrong said Wednesday that he will not cooperate with a US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) investigation into dope cheats in cycling but would be willing to help other anti-doping inquiries. The move greatly diminishes Armstrong's chances of having his life ban from World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-sanctioned sport reduced even as it forces USADA to move ahead without his help in looking into others involved in doping.

UPDATE 1-Cycling-Armstrong ignores USADA deadline to cooperate

* Armstrong has issues with USADA * Would cooperate with international investigation (adds Armstrong lawyer statement) Feb 20 (Reuters) - The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) will push ahead with efforts to clean up cycling without help from Lance Armstrong after the disgraced cyclist rejected another deadline to meet anti-doping investigators by Wednesday.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Cycling: Armstrong refuses to cooperate with USADA

Lance Armstrong said Wednesday that he will not cooperate with the US Anti-Doping Agency's investigation into dope cheats in cycling but would be willing to help other anti-doping inquiries. The move greatly diminishes Armstrong's chances of having his life ban from World Anti-Doping Agency-sanctioned sport reduced even as it forces USADA to move ahead without his help in looking into others involved in doping.
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