Sunday 22 October 2017

Armstrong claims UCI part of cover-up

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Lance Armstrong claims the former president of the sport's world governing body knew he was doping and helped cover it up.

The American was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last year before admitting he had taken performance-enhancing drugs during his career.

Armstrong says that Hein Verbruggen, UCI president from 1991-2005, helped him avoid a ban in 1999 by agreeing to blame a positive test on a backdated prescription for a steroid cream to treat saddle sores.

Verbruggen has denied any wrongdoing.

St Paul's College Raheny edged out Mount Temple 10-5 in the first round of the Leinster Schools Duff Junior Cup.

It all came down to St Paul's recovery from a try by Temple wing Joshua Dyson with one of their own from No 8 Keith Holmes and five points from the boot of Curtis Daly-McGrath.

Elsewhere, centre Brian Ryan scored four tries as Tullamore hammered CBS Naas 40-12 on their debut in the competition.

THE FAI has intervened to broker peace in a row that is preventing 3,000 players from participating in the national cup competitions for schoolboys.

As reported yesterday, the Dublin and District Schoolboys League (DDSL) have refused to set any fixtures for their teams in the Schoolboy FAI (SFAI) competitions.

FAI chief executive John Delaney has requested both parties to nominate two representatives each to meet with the association's honorary secretary Michael Cody and underage committee chairman Donal Conway on Friday with a view to beginning to clear the fixtures backlog on the weekend of December 6-7.

Irish Independent

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