Lance Armstrong has refused, once again, to meet with the United States Anti-Doping Agency and give testimony under oath about the doping...

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Deadline passes for Armstrong to meet with USADA

Lance Armstrong has refused, once again, to meet with the United States Anti-Doping Agency and give testimony under oath about the doping practices that fueled most of his career as a cyclist.

After extending a previous deadline by two weeks, the anti-doping agency had set Wednesday as a deadline for Armstrong to notify the agency he would like to provide it full disclosure about his doping.

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But Tim Herman, one of Armstrong’s lawyers, said Armstrong would cooperate only with “an international tribunal formed to comprehensively address pro cycling, an almost exclusively European sport.”

Travis Tygart, chief executive of the anti-doping agency, said over the past few weeks Armstrong’s representatives had led the agency to believe that Armstrong was willing to cooperate with it. He said Armstrong “wanted to be part of the solution” and wanted to help clean up the drug-tainted sport of cycling, but that he “was worried of potential criminal and civil liability if he did so.”


Snow halts Match Play

In the most bizarre episode of a PGA Tour season already filled with wacky weather, the opening round of the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz., lasted only 3 ½ hours until it was suspended by a winter storm that covered Dove Mountain with nearly 2 inches of snow.

Ten matches had not even started when players were called off the course as slush was starting to form on the greens. Two hours later, there was a blanket of snow as temperatures dipped to 33 degrees. The rest of the day was called off. The opening round was to resume Thursday.


AC Milan stuns Barcelona

With its first win over Barcelona in more than eight years, AC Milan put itself in prime position to advance to the Champions League quarterfinals. Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari scored second-half goals, leading host AC Milan to a 2-0 upset in the first leg of the second round.


Serena Williams withdraws

Serena Williams, who became the oldest top-ranked woman Monday, withdrew from the Dubai Championships in United Arab Emirates. She said she’s had a sore back and ankle since the Australian Open, though she still reached the final in Qatar last weekend.


Canucks’ Hansen suspended

Vancouver Canucks right wing Jannik Hansen was suspended for one game by the NHL for roughing Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa.

Sabres fire Ruff

Lindy Ruff, Buffalo’s coach since 1997, was fired because of the Sabres’ slow start (6-10-1). Ron Rolston was promoted from the Sabres’ minor-league affiliate, AHL Rochester, to finish out the season as Buffalo’s interim head coach. Ruff’s record was 571-432-162.


Patriots’ Dennard convicted

New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was convicted of assaulting a police officer in Lincoln, Neb., last year. Dennard faces up to five years in prison for the officer assault and up to a year for resisting arrest. Sentencing is April 11.

College football

NCAA says 3 former coaches misled probe

The NCAA believes former Miami assistant coaches Clint Hurtt, Aubrey Hill and Jorge Fernandez provided false or misleading information during the probe into the Hurricanes’ athletic department.

The NCAA said all three violated “principles of ethical conduct” as part of the notice of allegations served against the Hurricanes, The Associated Press reported.

Hurtt and Hill were members of Miami’s football staff. Fernandez worked on the men’s basketball staff.


Rachel Alexandra’s appetite is becoming more normal and the 2009 Horse of the Year is taking several short walks daily in Lexington, Ky., while improving from abdominal surgery.

• Retired Bulgarian wrestler Valentin Yordanov, 53, said he’s returning his Olympic gold medal to protest the IOC decision to drop wrestling from the Olympic program.

Sarah Hammer (3K individual pursuit) of the United States won her fifth career gold medal at the track cycling world championships in Minsk, Belarus.

Crystal Mangum, the woman who falsely accused Duke lacrosse players of raping her, was released on bond in Durham, N.C., to await trial for her boyfriend’s murder.

• The Anaheim Ducks signed Viktor Fasth to a two-year, $5.8 million contract extension, rewarding the Swedish goalie for his 8-0-0 start to his first NHL season.

• D.C. United selected former MLS MVP Carlos Ruiz, 33, in the league’s allocation process.

• Amateur boxer Jerimiah Moen, who collapsed during a weekend fight, died in Grand Forks, N.D. He was 29.

Jack Sock of the United States upset No. 2 seed Milos Raonic of Canada in opening-round play with a 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 victory at the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis, Tenn.

Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic struggled past Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-4, 6-7 (10-12), 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Open 13 in Marseille, France.

• Top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain began his defense of the Copa Claro title in Buenos Aires with a comfortable 6-4, 6-1 victory over Argentine wild card Agustin Velotti.

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