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An attorney familiar with cyclist Lance Armstrong's legal problems said Tuesday that the Justice Department is highly likely to join a whistleblower lawsuit filed against Armstrong by former teammate Floyd Landis.
The False Claims Act lawsuit could result in Armstrong paying a substantial amount of money to the U.S. government. The deadline for the department to join the case is Thursday, though the department could seek an extension if necessary.
According to the attorney, who works outside the government, the lawsuit alleges that Armstrong defrauded the U.S. government based on his years of denying use of performance-enhancing drugs. The U.S. Postal Service was a longtime sponsor of Armstrong's racing career.
The attorney spoke on condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to speak on the record about the matter.
The attorney said Armstrong's lawyers have met with the Justice Department to discuss what damages would be paid. However, the attorney said, the two sides have very divergent views of the amount.
After a decade of denial, Armstrong said he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. The disgraced cyclist made the confession to Oprah Winfrey during an interview taped Monday, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. That person spoke on condition of anonymity because the interview is to be broadcast Thursday on Winfrey's network.
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If you are planning a heartfelt admission and apology, you do not float a trial balloon first to see if it will go over OK. You do not look for the softest landing possible. You do not wait until there is nothing to lose by doing it, and every personal thing to gain.
You do not plan to take down everyone around you.
Something heartfelt, by definition, cannot be calculated, hurtful...
Tweet A couple of days ago Lance Armstrong met with members of Livestrong, the organization he became synonymous with, to apologize for the impact his actions over the years have had on the company. News for Livestrong continues to be unfortunate as a disagreement with Sporting KC of MLS has led to an end [...]
An independent panel preparing to investigate the International Cycling Union's links to Lance Armstrong is fighting back against the governing body's resistance to offer amnesty to potential witnesses.
The three-member panel says it will soon hold a public hearing in London to examine if ''truth and reconciliation'' should be offered to riders and officials...
Lance Armstrong finally cracked.
Not the way anti-doping authorities hoped or as disillusioned fans wanted, while expressing deep remorse or regrets, though there was plenty of that in Friday night's second part of Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey.
It wasn't over the $75 million in lost sponsorship deals, nor when Armstrong was forced to walk away from the Livestrong...
The World Anti-Doping Agency says Lance Armstrong must confess under oath to seek a reduction in his lifetime ban from sports for doping during seven Tour de France victories.
WADA says it ''read with interest media reports suggesting a television `confession' made by Lance Armstrong'' to talk show host Oprah Winfrey on Monday.
Armstrong reportedly hopes to...
Lance Armstrong said Wednesday that viewers can judge for themselves how candid he was in his interview with Oprah Winfrey.
''I left it all on the table with her and when it airs the people can decide,'' he said in a text message to The Associated Press.
Armstrong responded to a report in the New York Daily News, citing an unidentified source, that he was not contrite...
Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah Winfrey during an interview Monday that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the interview is to be broadcast Thursday on Winfrey's network.
Armstrong was stripped of all seven Tour titles last year following...
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Only Oprah Winfrey and her crew have heard the words directly from Lance Armstrong, but his interview this week could result in his sport being bounced from the Olympics, according to a report.
News agency Reuters reported Tuesday that a member of the International Olympic Committee would consider dropping cycling from the Olympics if the sport's governing body were implicated...
Nothing is more effective than hired goons.
"I hope somebody breaks a baseball bat over your head. I also hope that one day you have adversity in your life and you have some type of tragedy that will … definitely make an impact on you."—one of Lance Armstrong’s henchman to the wife of a teammate who just wanted to tell the truth
For as little as I care about cycling...