Armstrong, who has maintained his innocence, focused on his experience as a cancer survivor and the work of his charitable foundation.
Armstrong briefly returned to the doping scandal at the end of his remarks, vowing it wouldn't impact his charitable work.
"I think the real issue here is one of distraction," he said. "I'm going to tell this to you all as if you're friends and partners and allies. I'm not going to be distracted from this fight."
College Football *
A former Bowling Green redshirt player has sued the university, head coach Dave Clawson and team trainers over head injuries he says he received during practice that could have been prevented and were not treated properly. In a filing in Common Pleas Court, Cody Silk, who joined the team in August 2010, says he had short-term memory loss and other symptoms after sustaining "multiple concussions." He eventually dropped out of school and his scholarship was revoked. The suit alleges that BGSU violated NCAA concussion and head trauma protocols.
* Three East Carolina receivers have been suspended for the Pirates' opening game because they violated undisclosed team policy. Coach Ruffin McNeill said that senior Dayon Arrington, sophomore Danny Webster and redshirt freshman Antonio Cannon will miss the Appalachian State game.
Philly File *
Harry Hammond Jr., of Unionville, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Bill Strasbaugh Award, presented by the PGA of America. Hammond, 73, is the director of golf at Penn Oaks Golf Club in West Chester.
Sport Stops *
Usain Bolt said he wants to defend his three Olympic titles at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, though he's undecided about plans for next season. He's not sure which events he'll compete in during the 2013 world championship season. He said he is thinking of adding the long jump to his usual program of 100 and 200 meters and 4 x 100 relay in Jamaica colors at the 2013 world championships in Moscow or beyond. Bolt said his options included focusing on lowering his world record times - 9.58 in the 100 and 19.19 in the 200 - or adding more titles and gold medals.
* A professional tennis referee accused of beating her 80-year-old husband to death pleaded not guilty at her arraignment. Lois Ann Goodman, 70, also won a reduction in bail from $1 million to $500,000, and Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Mitchell Block ruled that she could be released to home confinement when electronic monitoring is set up. Goodman, who has refereed matches between many tennis greats, was arrested last week in New York just before she was to referee at the U.S. Open. Her husband, Alan Goodman, died in April. Authorities initially believed he likely fell down stairs at home while she was away, but later decided it was murder.