Lance Armstrong was forced to withdraw Thursday from the Masters South Central Zone Championships this weekend in Austin, Texas, after swimming's...

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Armstrong drops out of event

Lance Armstrong was forced to withdraw Thursday from the Masters South Central Zone Championships this weekend in Austin, Texas, after swimming’s international federation raised objections to his participation.

Armstrong has been banned for life from sanctioned Olympic sport competition by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency because of his performance-enhancing drug use during his professional cycling career. He had entered three distance events for the meet at the University of Texas and had been cleared by U.S. Masters Swimming officials to compete.

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FINA stepped in with a letter to U.S. Masters Swimming officials, saying that because the organization falls under the FINA umbrella as a sanctioning body, it must recognize the World Anti-Doping Code and bar Armstrong from competition.

College basketball

More Rutgers firings sought

The call from faculty members and politicians to oust top Rutgers administrators grew louder a day after men’s coach Mike Rice was fired for mistreating players, including shoving them and berating them with gay slurs.

More than 50 faculty members signed a letter calling for the dismissal of athletic director Tim Pernetti and an explanation from president Robert Barchi for why he didn’t fire Rice last year when he learned of a video showing Rice’s behavior during practices.

Meanwhile, two players said the coach wasn’t the abusive tyrant he appears to be. Austin Johnson and Wally Judge both defended Rice.

Also, Rutgers assistant coach Jimmy Martelli has resigned.

College football

Auburn reviewing charges

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said the school is reviewing allegations of NCAA rules violations during its 2010 national-championship season but doesn’t believe they’re credible.

Jacobs issued a statement in response to a report by former New York Times and Sports Illustrated writer Selena Roberts that was posted on The story quoted former Auburn players Mike McNeil and Darvin Adams alleging they received or were offered money from coaches. McNeil said he had a grade changed to stay eligible.


Miami wants case to end

Miami is willing to stipulate to any “properly corroborated allegations” brought against the Hurricanes by the NCAA if the case is brought to an end and without any further penalties. Miami made that offer in a motion filed with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions to dismiss the case.


Thunder tops Spurs

Russell Westbrook scored 27 points, Kevin Durant had 25 and the host Oklahoma City Thunder seized control of the race for home-court advantage in the Western Conference playoffs by beating the San Antonio Spurs 100-88. Oklahoma City still trails San Antonio by a half-game in the standings, but pulled even in the loss column and would control the tiebreaker if both teams won out because of a better record against the West.

Nuggets lose Gallinari

Corey Brewer scored 23 points and got a hand on Anthony Morrow’s last-second shot to preserve the Denver Nuggets’ 19th straight home win, 95-94 over the Dallas Mavericks. But the Nuggets’ dream of a deep playoff run might have taken a huge hit when they lost forward Danilo Gallinari to what looked like serious knee injury in the second quarter.

Robinson lifts Bulls

Carlos Boozer had 29 points and 18 rebounds, former Husky Nate Robinson made the go-ahead basket with 22 seconds left and the Chicago Bulls overcame a 16-point deficit to beat the host Brooklyn Nets 92-90.

Bosh’s home robbed

While Miami Heat star Chris Bosh was out celebrating his birthday at a Morocco-themed party complete with live camels, police said thieves made off with about $340,000 in jewelry from the player’s home.


Isner to face No. 1 Djokovic

John Isner will play top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the first match Friday of the Davis Cup quarterfinal between the United States and Serbia in Boise, Idaho. Sam Querrey, the top-ranked American at No. 20, will face Viktor Troicki in the second match.


• Matches for top-ranked Serena Williams and her sister, Venus, at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., were postponed after a rain delay of nearly 7 ½ hours. Samantha Stosur of Australia withdrew.

• Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien said linebacker recruit Zayd Issah, who has been charged with trying to pass counterfeit money, will not play at the school in 2013.

• UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero has received a six-year contract extension through 2019.

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