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Armstrong wants 'to be part of solution' to doping: USADA

US Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart said Wednesday that Lance Armstrong wants to help clean up cycling, and the agency has extended its deadline for the confessed cheat to cooperate to do so. "We have been in communication with Mr. Armstrong and his representatives and we understand that he does want to be part of the solution and assist in the effort to clean up the sport of cycling," Tygart said in a statement. "We have agreed to his request for an additional two weeks to work on details to hopefully allow for this to happen."

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US Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart said Wednesday that Lance Armstrong wants to help clean up cycling, and the agency has extended the deadline for the confessed cheat to cooperate with it. "We have been in communication with Mr. Armstrong and his representatives and we understand that he does want to be part of the solution and assist in the effort to clean up the sport of cycling," Tygart said in a statement. "We have agreed to his request for an additional two weeks to work on details to hopefully allow for this to happen." bb/jk

Cycling: US agents investigating Armstrong: report

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

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.

Cycling: US agents actively investigating Armstrong: report

US federal agents are actively investigating disgraced former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong on possible crimes beyond issues they chose not to pursue last year, ABC News reported Wednesday. The broadcaster cited an unnamed source saying agents are probing whether the US cyclist had ever obstructed justice, tampered with or intimidated witnesses, different charges than those previously examined at a federal level.

Cycling: US agents actively investigating Armstrong: report

US federal justice officials are in the middle of an active criminal investigation of disgraced former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, ABC News reported on Wednesday. The broadcaster cited an unnamed source saying agents are probing whether the US cyclist had ever obstructed justice or tampered with or intimidated witnesses -- different charges than those previously looked at a federal level.

US attorney says no plan to prosecute Armstrong

US prosecutors said Tuesday they have no plans to press criminal charges against cycling cheat Lance Armstrong, despite his confession that he owes his Tour de France victories to illegal doping. US Attorney Andre Birotte, who led a federal investigation into the disgraced rider, did not definitively rule out action, but said Armstrong's public admission had not yet changed the decision not to prosecute.

US attorney says no plan to prosecute Armstrong

US prosecutors said Tuesday they have no plans to press criminal charges against cycling cheat Lance Armstrong, despite his confession that he owes his Tour de France victories to illegal doping. US Attorney Andre Birotte, who led a federal investigation into the disgraced rider, did not definitively rule out action, but said Armstrong's public admission had not yet changed the decision not to prosecute.

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-Doping-Armstrong feels he is cycling's 'fall guy'

(please note strong language in 15th para) (Adds more quotes) PARIS, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong feels he is the scapegoat of a sport that has always been subject to cheating, the disgraced American cyclist said on Wednesday before criticising International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid.
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