The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has filed formal charges against Lance Armstrong, accusing the seven-time Tour de France winner of using performance-enhancing drugs.

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U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

files charges against Armstrong

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has filed formal charges against Lance Armstrong, accusing the seven-time Tour de France winner of using performance-enhancing drugs. The USADA accuses Armstrong of using, possessing and trafficking banned substances, including the blood-booster EPO, blood transfusions and steroids. The charges date to 1998.

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If found guilty by an arbitration panel, Armstrong could be stripped of the Tour titles he won from 1999 to 2005.

Armstrong, 40, contends he is innocent. Armstrong attorney Robert Luskin called the charges “wrong and baseless.”

This year’s Tour begins Saturday. Team Sky rider Bradley Wiggins of Britain and the defending champion, Team BMC rider Cadel Evans of Australia, are among the favorites.


Dillon wins, car fails inspection

Rookie Austin Dillon won the Feed The Children 300, a Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, but his car failed its postrace inspection because it was too low in the rear. NASCAR officials will issue a ruling next week.

Tayler Malsam of Seattle was 23rd of 43.

Meanwhile, Jimmie Johnson won the pole for Saturday’s Quaker State 400, a Sprint Cup Series event at Kentucky Speedway, with a lap of 181.818 mph

Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., will start 11th and Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw will start 19th.

College football

NCAA to reconsider sanctions

imposed on Boise State

The NCAA said it will reconsider scholarship sanctions imposed on Boise State’s program.

The NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee concluded the scholarship penalty announced in September, in addition to Boise State’s self-imposed sanctions, was “excessive such that it constituted an abuse of discretion.”

Boise State’s voluntary measures included three fewer scholarships for the 2011-12 school year and fewer preseason practices. The NCAA added scholarship reductions from 85 to 82 through the 2013-14 school year and limited contact during spring practice.

The university appealed the additional sanctions, arguing the NCAA’s history of scholarship-reduction penalties was inconsistent with penalties imposed in the case of Boise State.

The appeals committee agreed; it upheld the spring-practice penalty while remanding the scholarship sanctions back to the infractions committee for reconsideration.

Skov reinstated, to miss opener

Stanford linebacker Shayne Skov has been reinstated to the team and will serve a one-game suspension; he was arrested and jailed in February on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Skov, a senior who led the Cardinal with 84 tackles as a sophomore and missed most of the 2011 season with a knee injury, will sit out the season opener Aug. 31 against San Jose State.

Georgia dismisses Crowell

Georgia sophomore tailback Isaiah Crowell, 19, was dismissed from the team after being arrested on felony weapons charges. Crowell led the Bulldogs last season with 850 rushing yards.


Goodell sends memo about L.A.

League commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo about Los Angeles to the league’s 32 teams — a document that might have resonated with San Diego, Oakland, St. Louis and others that might be considering relocation.

NFL insiders told the Los Angeles Times that Goodell felt it was appropriate to set ground rules, the main one being the league — and not an individual team — will control the relocation process. The L.A. market has been without an NFL franchise since the Raiders and Rams left after the 1994 season.

Goodell emphasized any new stadium must be capable of hosting two franchises.


• The NFL Detroit Lions and coach Jim Schwartz, 46, agreed on a contract extension.

• The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms with safety Chris Hope, 31, who spent the past six seasons with Tennessee.

Erin Andrews is leaving ESPN.

The network released a statement saying the reporter “did great work for us and we made an aggressive offer to keep her. We wish her the best on her next chapter.”

Andrews, 34, covered numerous sports for ESPN since 2004, often as a sideline reporter for college football and basketball. has reported she is being pursued by Fox Sports.

• The NHL and the players’ union opened negotiations on a new labor deal by meeting for about 2 ½ hours at the league office in New York.

• The NHL Calgary Flames have signed right wing Lee Stempniak and defenseman Cory Sarich to two-year contract extensions.

Stempniak, 29, will earn $5 million and Sarich, 33, will get $4 million. Sarich is a former Seattle Thunderbird.

• A Kansas man at the center of a large-scale marijuana case allegedly supplied the drug to multiple players from the 2010-11 Kansas men’s basketball team, a federal prosecutor said.

The Kansas City Star reported an assistant U.S. attorney made the claim during a June 18 detention hearing for Samuel Villeareal III, 32. A court transcript shows the prosecutor, Terra Moorhead, claimed during the hearing Villeareal supplied marijuana to multiple Jayhawks.

• In the WNBA, Angel McCoughtry scored 24 points to lead the Atlanta Dream past host Tulsa 102-92.

Cathrine Kraayeveld, a graduate of Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, added 11 points for the Dream.

DeWanna Bonner scored 27 points to help the visiting Phoenix Mercury beat the Chicago Sky 84-81.

Ex-Storm player Swin Cash scored 16 points for Chicago. Courtney Vandersloot, a former standout at Gonzaga and Kentwood High in Covington, added 13 points.

Asjha Jones scored 20 points to lead Connecticut to a 77-64 victory over the host Washington Mystics.

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