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The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency wants Lance Armstrong to come forward with information detailing the alleged complicity of cycling's...
USADA chief: Armstrong has evidence against UCI
The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency wants Lance Armstrong to come forward with information detailing the alleged complicity of cycling's governing body in his doping.
Travis Tygart appeared at a French government hearing in Paris on Thursday to discuss ways to improve the fight against doping.
After the USADA'S scathing report on systematic doping by Armstrong and his teams, he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from elite sport for life.
Cycling body UCI has been accused of covering up suspicious samples from Armstrong, accepting financial donations from him and helping him avoid detection in doping tests. UCI denied those accusations. Armstrong had no comment.
Barnes leads Zurich Classic
Ricky Barnes birdied six of the last eight holes at rain-softened TPC Louisiana in Avondale to take a one-stroke lead in the Zurich Classic.
Barnes finished the opening round with an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey for an 8-under 64. Boo Weekley and Lucas Glover were a stroke back, and D.A. Points and Morgan Hoffmann shot 66. Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese amateur playing on a sponsor exemption, opened with an even-par 72.
Former Husky Richard H. Lee shot a 70. Jeff Gove of Seattle had a 71. Kyle Stanley from Gig Harbor shot a 72. Andres Gonzales of Olympia had a 75.
Masson shoots 64 at LPGA
LPGA Tour rookie Caroline Masson from Germany shot a bogey-free 7-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead over Carlota Ciganda of Spain after the first round of the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout in Irving.
Inbee Park, the No. 1 women's player in the world, was in a group at 67.
Taylor Coleman, a 16-year-old high-school sophomore from San Antonio, shot 68.
Second-ranked Stacy Lewis, from The Woodlands near Houston, had a 72.
Washington resident Wendy Ward shot a 72. Former Husky Paige Mackenzie had a 73. Former Cougar Kim Welch shot a 79.
Rangers, Senators clinch
Rangers captain Ryan Callahan scored 2:55 into overtime, and New York rallied to clinch a third straight Eastern Conference playoff berth by beating the host Carolina Hurricanes 4-3.
In Washington, D.C., Sergei Gonchar scored 47 seconds into OT as the Ottawa Senators clinched a playoff berth by beating the Capitals 2-1.
In Detroit, Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and two assists and the Red Wings moved a step closer to their 22nd straight playoff appearance by beating Nashville 5-2.
In Vancouver, B.C., Brad Staubitz's second-period goal sent the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-1 victory over the Canucks. The loss ended Vancouver's home win streak at eight games. The Canucks finished with a 15-6-3 home mark.
Phelps diagnosed with cancer
ESPN said former Notre Dame coach Digger Phelps, 71, has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. Phelps has had surgery and will start follow-up treatment next week in South Bend, Ind.
UCLA releases recruit
One of UCLA's early signees under former coach Ben Howland won't be playing for the Bruins next season. The school said guard Allerik Freeman of Charlotte, N.C., asked for and was granted his release from his letter of intent.
In other news, All-American Doug McDermott said he will return to Creighton for his senior year instead of declaring for June's NBA draft.
La Salle rewarded coach John Giannini with a contract extension after he led the Explorers to their best NCAA tournament run since 1955.
Kenseth calls penalties unfair
Matt Kenseth spoke out one day after his team was slapped with some of the harshest penalties in NASCAR history because his race-winning car at Kansas last week failed post-race inspection.
"I think the penalties are grossly unfair," Kenseth said. "I think it's borderline shameful."
Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia needed more than three hours in her clay-court season debut to beat Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3 for a place in the Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinals in Stuttgart, Germany.
• Chicago Fire defender Wells Thompson was suspended for a game and fined for his reckless challenge on Columbus' Agustin Viana in a game April 20.
• Abby Wambach will miss the Western New York Flash's first game in her hometown of Elma in the new National Women's Soccer League because of a head injury.
• David Luiz beat goalkeeper Yann Sommer with a 22-yard free kick on the final shot of the match in the fourth minute of stoppage time, giving Chelsea a 2-1 win at Basel in the first leg of the Europa League semifinals. In the other match, Fenerbahce beat visiting Benfica 1-0.
• Nicolas Almagro of Spain and Juan Monaco of Argentina both managed third-round wins at the Barcelona Open before rain forced the postponement of matches.
• The British Horseracing Authority banned Godolphin trainer Mahmood al-Zarooni for eight years after he admitted giving anabolic steroids to 15 of his horses at stables in Newmarket, England. Godolphin is owned by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai.
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