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Report: Armstrong Plans to Return, Ride in the 2009 Tour de France

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Lance Armstrong, 36, will end his retirement and hopes to compete in the 2009 Tour de France, according to a cycling journal report.

The seven-time Tour de France champion will compete in five road races with the Astana team in 2009, the cycling journal VeloNews reported on its Web site yesterday, citing anonymous sources.

Armstrong's manager, Mark Higgins, did not immediately respond to a voice mail left by the Associated Press.

VeloNews, which said Vanity Fair will publish an extensive article detailing Armstrong's comeback, said the cyclist will race for no salary or bonuses and post his internally tested blood work online.

· COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Louisiana State's athletic director said he wants the North Texas game to be played in Baton Rouge's Tiger Stadium on Saturday night as scheduled, but said four other venues are being considered in case Hurricane Ike forces a change.

Hurricane Gustav forced LSU to postpone its game last Saturday against Troy. . . .

Miami RB Javarris James has a high left ankle sprain that could keep him out of the Hurricanes' next game at Texas A&M. . . .

Police cited Penn State CB Willie Harriott with driving with a suspended license the morning before the backup was kicked off the team.

· COLLEGE BASKETBALL: The University of Richmond men's and women's teams violated NCAA rules by contacting recruits in hundreds of e-mails and phone calls, and the two coaches involved have left the school, according to a posting on the school's Web site.

Richmond Athletic Director Jim Miller declined to identify the coaches and told the Associated Press they had not been fired. . . .

Virginia Tech hired Syracuse graduate Adrian Autry as director of men's basketball operations. Autry was a former assistant at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax.

· PRO BASKETBALL: Tan White scored 24 points, including a short jumper with 28.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter, to lift the visiting Indiana Fever to an 81-77 victory over the Atlanta Dream.

Atlanta (3-29) must win its last two games to avoid finishing with the fewest victories of any expansion team in WNBA history.

· AUTO RACING: NASCAR rolled out the first Car of Tomorrow for the Nationwide Series as it started two days of testing at Richmond International Raceway, and its debut drew positive reaction from drivers for its handling and sporty look.

Robin Pemberton, NASCAR'S vice president of competition, said a start date for the COT in the Nationwide Series will likely be 2010.

· OLYMPICS: Dmitriy Gaag of Kazakhstan received a two-year ban from the International Triathlon Union for testing positive for the blood-boosting substance EPO in July.

-- From News Services

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