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Armstrong Settles Libel Case Against the Sunday Times

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Saturday, July 1, 2006

Lance Armstrong settled his libel case against a British newspaper over doping allegations yesterday after winning a preliminary court ruling.

The seven-time Tour de France champion sued the Sunday Times over a June 2004 article that referred to a book, "LA Confidential -- The Secrets of Lance Armstrong."

The High Court in London ruled in favor of Armstrong in a pretrial motion, saying the article "meant accusation of guilt and not simply reasonable grounds to suspect."

Later, both sides announced that a settlement had been reached. Terms were not disclosed, but it means the case will not go to trial.

The article reprinted allegations that Armstrong had taken performance enhancing drugs.

? NBA: The Milwaukee Bucks traded point guard T.J. Ford to the Toronto Raptors for forward Charlie Villanueva and cash.

Ford averaged 12.2 points and 6.6 assists in 72 games last season. Villanueva averaged 13 points and 6.4 rebounds in 81 games for the Raptors.

? WNBA: Deanna Nolan hit a jumper with 24 seconds left to break a tie, and Katie Smith made four late free throws to help the Detroit Shock beat the Connecticut Sun, 70-64, in Uncasville, Conn. . . .

In New York, Vickie Johnson scored 19 points to pace five players in double figures as the San Antonio Silver Stars topped the New York Liberty, 91-78, to snap a four-game losing streak. . . .

In Los Angeles, Chamique Holdsclaw scored 18 points and Lisa Leslie added 16 as the host Sparks held on for an 85-83 victory over the Phoenix Mercury.

? TRACK AND FIELD: Sprinter John Capel has accepted a two-year suspension after testing positive for marijuana, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said.

Capel, 27, tested positive on Feb. 18 at the Norwich Union Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham, England.

? HOCKEY: The sale of the St. Louis Blues to a group led by Dave Checketts was completed, and the new owners immediately named top NHL broadcaster John Davidson as team president.

? COURTS: Former Montana State football player John LeBrum was ordered jailed on $1 million bail after he was charged with murder in the shooting death of a suspected cocaine dealer. LeBrum and former Montana State basketball player Branden Miller are charged in the death of Jason Cody Wright . Both are also accused of kidnapping and destroying evidence.

Miller, who was held on $1 million bail Thursday, withdrew from the Bozeman, Mont., school in April, while LeBrum isn't a student at the university.

? FIGURE SKATING: Only one member of a pair or dance team will need to be a citizen of the country for which it competes under new regulations approved by the International Skating Union in Budapest.

? BOXING: Light welterweight Gary Russell III of Capitol Heights, Md., advanced to the title bout at the Junior Olympic National Championships in Marquette, Mich., yesterday with an 18-16 victory over Oscar Molina . Russell will face Gerardo Ibarra Jr. of Houston for the championship.

Darious Moton of Oxon Hill will fight for the championship at 95 pounds, and Dominic Wade of Largo advanced the final in the middleweight division. Moton is Wade's younger brother.

Super heavyweight Zakki Scott of Temple Hills also advanced to the today's finals.

-- From News Services and Staff Reports

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