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Lance lying yet again - Tygart

CYCLING: United States Anti-Doping Agency head Travis Tygart has claimed Lance Armstrong is still lying about the full extent of his doping past.

Tygart, the USADA chief executive who was one of the key figures in exposing the disgraced cyclist, insisted there was scientific proof Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs on his comeback to the sport, in 2009 and 2010.

The cyclist admitted in his interview with Oprah Winfrey he doped in all seven of his Tour de France wins, but maintained he raced clean when he came out of retirement.

But Tygart said: "(That is) just contrary to the evidence. The evidence is clear. His blood tests in 2009, 2010, expert reports based on the variation of his blood values from those tests, one to a million chance that it was due to something other than doping."

Tygart claimed there were clear reasons for Armstrong to proclaim his innocence during those later years as it meant he would be exempt from possible criminal prosecution, because of a five-year statute on a charge of fraud.



Shanks triumphs in US

HANDBALL: Charly Shanks, from Armagh, became only the third Irish player to win a professional tournament when he took the honours at the WPH Race4Eight event in Houston, Texas.

The 29-year-old Lurgan right-hander played some of the best handball of his career to demolish Chicago's Vic Perez, Texan Allan Garner and Minnesota's Andy Nett.



Tynan and Clerkin win

MOTORSPORT: Monaghan pair Martin Tynan and Fintan Clerkin came out best on tie-deciding in the Donegal MC Eamon Harvey Memorial Navigation Trial at Letterkenny, taking the verdict over seven other crews who also completed the route without penalty.

Tynan and Clerkin, running in the Novice class, beat three semi-expert pairings and three experts, with James Greenan and Darren Harvey taking runner-up position.



49ers hailed for 'unity'

Gridiron: The San Francisco 49ers arrived in New Orleans yesterday with head coach Jim Harbaugh hailing the team's "focus and unity" as they aim for a record-equalling sixth Super Bowl triumph against the Baltimore Ravens.

The NFC champions flew 1,900 miles to the venue for this Sunday's title game. Harbaugh's brother John coaches the Ravens.



India top one-day list

CRICKET: India returned to the top of the ICC's one-day rankings for the first time in three years after a 3-2 series win over England, but the English ensured they are just a fraction behind by winning the final game in Dharamsala yesterday.

NBA: Boston 100 Miami 98 (OT), LA Lakers 105 Oklahoma City 96, Orlando 102 Detroit 104, Memphis 83 New Orleans 91, NY Knicks 106 Atlanta 104, Dallas 110 Phoenix 95, LA Clippers 96 Portland 83.