Cycling eases way for Armstrong

Posted: October 09, 2008

Cycling's governing body is relaxing its rules to allow Lance Armstrong to make his road-race comeback in Australia in January.

The International Cycling Union said yesterday that the seven-time Tour de France champion can compete in the Jan. 20-25 Tour Down Under, his first race since coming out of retirement after three years.

Strict application of the rules would have prevented the 37-year-old American from competing until Feb. 1, six months after he filed paperwork with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

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The International Olympic Committee said it would retest samples from the Beijing Games to search for a new blood-boosting drug at the center of the latest Tour de France scandals. Results and medals could be at stake.

The Beijing samples will be reopened and tested in particular for CERA, a new generation of the endurance-enhancing hormone EPO. The substance boosts an athlete's performance by increasing the number of oxygen-rich blood cells.

No test for CERA was available during the Beijing Games, but a blood test developed by the French Anti-Doping Agency has since detected CERA in samples of Tour de France riders, and the IOC wants to go back and check whether it was used in Beijing.

Colleges

Temple's basketball teams will make their public debuts with Cherry and White Night on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.

The free event at McGonigle Hall will feature the Owls men's and women's basketball teams each playing scrimmages.

Joe Walters, 83, a former player and assistant coach for Villanova basketball who later served as a television analyst for Wildcats athletics, died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday at his Villanova home.

Mr. Walters played for the Wildcats from 1943 through 1945 and led the team in scoring in his senior year. Funeral services will be held tomorrow on campus at the St. Thomas of Villanova chapel.

Elsewhere: Senior Marcus Ginyard will miss eight weeks after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot, North Carolina basketball officials said. . . . Tony Franklin was relieved of his duties as Auburn's offensive coordinator less than a year after he took the job.

Noteworthy

The NHL suspended Chicago Blackhawks left winger Ben Eager for three games without pay for swinging his stick at Dallas Stars left winger Sean Avery during an exhibition game.

Eager, a former Flyer, was on the bench in the third period last Thursday when he tried to swing his stick at Avery, who was on the ice.

Washington Wizards center Brendan Haywood will have surgery for a torn ligament in his right wrist. Haywood, hurt in training camp, visited two hand specialists in New York. The team said it had no timetable for his return.

Elsewhere: Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., will host the Breeders' Cup for the seventh time on Nov. 5-6, 2010.

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