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Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 08/20/2014

Lance Armstrong says he’d likely still be lying about doping if he was still racing

Lance Armstrong talks to Oprah in 2013. (George Burns/AFP/Getty Images)

If there’s a such thing as Lance Armstrong being too honest, it might be now. The disgraced cycling legend told CNN that if he was still in competitive road racing today, he’d likely still be lying about doping, the action that got him banned from cycling for life. Armstrong told CNN’s Matt Majendie:

“Once you say ‘no,’ you have to keep saying ‘no.’ If this stuff hadn’t taken place with the federal investigation, I’d probably still be saying ‘no’ with the same conviction and tone as before. But that gig is up.”

After years of speculation about how Armstrong, now 42, managed to win the Tour de France seven times in a row, Armstrong admitted to doping in an interview with Oprah in January 2013. The fallout, which began even before his own admission in October 2012 when his titles were stripped, came fast and hard. He went from famous to infamous almost as fast as he raced.

Despite the cyclist’s admission and revelations that he’d do it again, however, Armstrong sees his life and reputation going in a more, pardon the pun, positive direction. He tells CNN:

“In this day and age, there’s plenty of outlets for people to hurl the most heinous comments that you can think of, you only have to look at the comments that will be at the bottom of this piece [referring to the CNN article]. But day-to-day life is positive. I never get crap, not once, and I’m surprised by that. Sure, I sometimes get the vibe that someone wants to say something, but it’s never happened.”

Armstrong currently lives in Aspen, Colo., where he still bikes, albeit no longer professionally. He equivocates his bike rides with friends (such as Atlanta Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff), along with golf and beer, with therapy. He tells CNN he hasn’t “gotten around to” seeing a psychologist.

Armstrong says he also has plans to write a new tell-all book. “The book needs to be pretty intense and transparent,” he told CNN. “I need to ‘boom’ — put it out there and let it sit. The sooner the better. It has to be the right book, the right tone and there has to be totally no [expletive].”

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Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 08/20/2014

Chip Kelly won the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We can all stop doing that now.

(Associated Press)

The Philadelphia Eagles joined just about everyone else on your Facebook feed and took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Tuesday. But instead of wastefully pouring a bucket of water on everyone’s head, they took the plunge in an above-ground pool filled with ice water.

Awww, that’s nice. Even nicer: Eagles Coach Chip Kelly’s dive:

I give it a 10. No, an 11.

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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 08/20/2014

Yasiel Puig’s reflexes are surprising even to him

(Harry How / Getty Images)

There’s never a dull moment when Yasiel Puig is around.

He just doesn’t do slow. Whether he’s flying around the outfield at 100 mph, or driving his Mercedes even faster, Puig moves at a different rate to most human beings.

That apparently carries over to the dugout as well.

Last night against the San Diego Padres, a frustrated Puig throw down his helmet, which bounced straight back at him. Puig, unfazed, instinctively reaches his left hand up and casually pauses for a second, before again tossing it back into the box. He does all this with a casual swagger I can’t even replicate when catching a falling plate in my kitchen by myself. If he’s pleased with himself, his facial expression doesn’t betray him.

(GIF via Deadspin)

(H/T @ChadMoriyama)

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Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 08/20/2014

Curt Schilling talks about his battle with mouth cancer, says chewing tobacco was to blame

(Associated Press)

In February, former major league pitcher Curt Schilling revealed that he had cancer, without revealing exactly what type of cancer it was. On Wednesday, Schilling said on Boston radio that he had mouth cancer, and that he believes it was caused by his longtime chewing tobacco habit.

Schilling said that doctors diagnosed the cancer — squamous cell carcinoma —in February after he needed treatment on his finger because of a dog bite. While on the way to see the hand doctor, he felt a lump on the side of his neck. That same day, he went to an ear, nose and throat doctor, who performed a biopsy and discovered the cancer.

Steve Silva of transcribed Schilling’s appearance on the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon.

I do believe without a doubt, unquestionably that chewing is what gave me cancer and I’m not going to sit up here from the pedestal and preach about chewing. I will say this: I did for about 30 years. It was an addictive habit. I can think of so many times in my life when it was so relaxing to just sit back and have a dip and do whatever, and I lost my sense of smell, my taste buds for the most part. I had gum issues, they bled, all this other stuff. None of it was enough to ever make me quit. The pain that I was in going through this treatment, the second or third day it was the only thing in my life that had that I wish I could go back and never have dipped. Not once. It was so painful.

Schilling finished his chemotherapy and radiation treatments in June, when he announced on Twitter that he was in remission:

According to Neil Ungerleider of WCVB, Schilling sounded weak and hoarse during his radio appearance. Schilling said he had lost 75 pounds during his treatment.

In August 2013, Schilling revealed that he had suffered a heart attack in 2011 “that required surgery to implant a stent in an artery,” reported Wednesday.

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Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 08/20/2014

FIFA upholds transfer ban on Barcelona, which won’t be able to sign new players in 2015

(Associated Press)

FIFA announced Wednesday that it has rejected an appeal lodged by Barcelona over the one-year transfer ban FIFA handed down after the Spanish soccer power was found to have violated rules on signing international players under the age of 18.

Barcelona said it would continue its appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. If this last-ditch effort fails, it will not be allowed to sign new players over the next two transfer periods, starting in January and lasting throughout 2015.

FIFA announced its initial ban in April after it found that Barcelona and the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) “were guilty of a ‘serious’ infringement of the rules in relation to 10 players,” the BBC reports, explaining the rules in question thusly:

“FIFA rules state that international transfers are only permitted for players over the age of 18 — unless the player in question meets one of three qualifying criteria.

Barcelona then appealed the ban, and FIFA allowed the team to continue signing new players while the process was ongoing. Barcelona used the reprieve to sign eight new players at a cost of $216.3 million, including striker Luis Suarez from Liverpool and defender Thomas Vermaelen from Arsenal.

Barcelona can continue to sign new players until the current transfer period ends on Aug. 31.

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